Tuesday, August 13, 2019

August 19th fly tying - March Brown Spider

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, August 19, 2019
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

This month, we'll be tying the March Brown Spider. Originated by his friend Sylvester Nemes, Dave Hughes mentioned it several times during his recent presentation at the NLFF Masters Series as one of his most productive wet flies. It imitates an emerging March Brown mayfly.

Materials we will use include:
- hook: standard wet fly, sizes 12 or 14
- thread: orange 6/0 or 8/0
- hackle: brown partridge
- rib: oval gold tinsel
- body: hares ear fur and sparkle yarn mix

As always, beginners are welcome!  Bring your tools, if none, the club has sets for use during these sessions. Materials are provided.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Mixed Bag Contest update - August 11

Joel Dinnat's white bass taken on Red River oxbow
August is the last full month of SweatFest 2019 - the festival no one likes to celebrate.  Typically a tough time for fishing. But the rivers were so high for so long, and now that they're low and clear, fishing is off the charts good at places like Red River, Saline Lake, Larto Lake, Deer Park and several others.  And salinities are up all over the coast.

Our members have taken advantage of this late summer jubilee with several recent entries to the Mixed Bag Contest.  The MBC is our months-long CPRO (catch-photo-release optional) contest where size doesn't matter but diversity does. The goal is to catch as many species as possible on fly rod, and register that catch online.

Here are the latest standings (number is different species registered):

Bill Morrison - 15
Carlton Townsend - 15
Robert Hughes - 12
Phil Havener - 8
Jim Johnson - 8
Glen Cormier - 8
Joel Dinnat - 6

Others: Gene Taylor -5, Rich Hudson -4, Greg Babin -3, Robert Clark -3, Ronnie Richmond -2, Jonathon Bennett -2, Tom Zabasky -1.

Making the biggest jump since our last update were Robert Hughes and Bill Morrison, each with 5 entries.

A few of the species taken in the last month include: two white bass on the Red River (both on Clouser Minnow), Spanish Mackeral at Dauphin Island (Coma Spoon), Channel Catfish at Toledo Bend (Rosborough Hares Ear), Blue Runner in northwest Florida (Bead chain fly), Common Carp (Mop Fly) and an Ozark Bass (Creek Crawler) taken at Crooked Creek.

A reminder that there are 67 possible listings! So this contest is far, far from over. We'll be awarding 6 (six) places. In addition, all non-place entrants will have a shot in the Consolation Drawing.  Remember, you only need one (1) entry to be in that drawing.

Friday, July 19, 2019

No July general meeting

Due to a special event the fourth week of July at the Rapides Westside Library, the meeting rooms were not available.  We thought it might be a good time to take a break as many members are on vacation anyhow. 

We will resume our usual 4th Monday general meetings in August.  See you then!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

July 15th fly tying - Bluegill Gurgler

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, July 15, 2019
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

For this month, Gene Taylor will lead us in tying a foam fly, the Bluegill Gurgler, a great-looking popper.  All materials will be provided, and we'll have a selection of different foam colors from which to choose. Bring whatever thread color you think you want to tie.

Here are materials we will use:
- hook: size 10 standard length
- tail: marabou with pearl Krystal Flash
- shellback: 2mm foam body
- body: ice dubbing
- legs: barred rubber legs

Aways, beginners are welcome! 

Friday, July 5, 2019

KFF makes library donation

As part of our mission to promote fly fishing in central Louisiana, Kisatchie Fly Fishers has made a donation of nine books, two DVDs, and cash to the Rapides Parish Library.

The donation was presented by KFF Vice-President Carlton Townsend and Secretary-Treasurer Rich Hudson to Baconda Bey, assistant manager of the Westside Library branch where the club holds its meetings.

After reviewing the existing catalog of books and DVDs - of which there were 11 titles - the KFF Education Committee determined that there was opportunity to fill gaps, especially as it related to fly tying and beginning fly fishing. In addition to the donation of books and DVDs, a check of $100 was given to the library, which has a deal to buy numerous titles at below cost.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Mixed Bag Contest update - July 1st

We're officially at the halfway point in our annual Mixed Bag Contest. FYI, this is a CPRO (catch-photo-release optional) contest where size doesn't matter but diversity does. The goal is to catch as many species as possible on fly rod, and register that catch online. The photo is submitted by email to our tournament chairman.

There's been some major shakeups in the standings since the last posting:

Carlton Townsend - 13
Bill Morrison - 10
Phil Havener - 8
Jim Johnson - 8
Glen Cormier - 8
Robert Hughes - 7

Also: Joel Dinnat -5, Gene Taylor -5, Rich Hudson -4, Robert Clark -3, Ronnie Richmond -2, Greg Babin -2, Jonathan Bennett -2, Tom Zabasky -1.

Making the biggest jumps since our last update were Carlton Townsend (10), Phil Havener (7), and Joel Dinnat (4). Great going, guys!

In addition to the usual freshwater suspects (bass, bluegill, redear, etc) taken on fly, there's a sizeable number of non-usual species such as channel catfish, goldeneye, freshwater drum (goo), redtail carp, and skipjack herring. A number of saltwater species including pompano, sheepshead, redfish, flounder, speckled trout and ladyfish are also listed.

Of course, the contest is only half over. There's beaucoup species - we determined 67 possible listings - so anyone can still win this contest. But if you don't win, that's okay, because we'll be awarding six places. In addition, all non-place entrants will have a shot in the Consolation Drawing.  Remember, you only need one (1) entry to be in that drawing.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

June 24th general meeting - Tom Konvicka

Kisatchie Fly Fishers general meeting
Monday, June 24, 2019
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

Our guest speaker this month is Tom Konvicka, chief meteorologist for the KALB-TV weather team. Tom is an institution in central Louisiana, having been with KALB for 35 years! Tom specializations include weather forecasting and tropical cyclones, and he has published articles for the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, and several others. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Louisiana College in Pineville. 

Weather is an integral part of the fishing experience. Tom will talk about various weather topics and answer questions from members. We are very excited about having Tom speak to our club!

As always, our meetings are open to the public. 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

June 17th fly tying - Goober Bug

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, June 17, 2019
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

For our June fly tying, Bill Morrison will lead us in tying the Goober Bug.  This fly is the creation of Bruce Sublett of Texas, owner of Gulf & Ozark Flies, who states that it's one of the best post-spawn bass flies he's ever fished.  It's also good for brown trout, smallmouth bass, and even large redear.  Best of all, it's easy to tie, so novice tiers can add several colors to their box without spending many hours at the vise!

Here's a link to the YouTube video showing Sublett tying this fly:
https://youtu.be/TbYLrpBQllo

As always, beginners are welcome!  Please bring your tools. If you don't have tools, the club has sets for use during these sessions. Materials are provided.