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
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
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:

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.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

May 28th general meeting - open session

Kisatchie Fly Fishers general meeting
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

* Due to the Memorial Day holiday, we'll meet on Tuesday instead of our regular 4th Monday *

Our scheduled speaker can't make it so we'll have an open Q&A session. Bring your questions about fly fishing or where to fish and what to use. Members will attempt to answer those questions.

Also on the agenda: Catch Cormier will recap recent fly fishing tournaments - the Fly Fishin For The Mission and Bass On The Fly. Also upcoming events, fishing reports, Mixed Bag Contest updates.

As always, our meetings are open to the public. 

Monday, May 13, 2019

May 20th tying session - Rod building basics

KFF monthly session
Monday, May 20, 2019
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

This month, our usual fly tying session will be dedicated to discuss another fly fishing craft - rod building.  Our resident rod building expert, Roger Breedlove, will discuss the process of assembling a fly rod from components such as blanks, grips, reel seats, etc.  This is in preparation for our Rod Building Summer Workshop taking place on Saturday, June 29th.

Roger will discuss the particulars of choosing the right blank length, rod weight and action for your needs, selecting matching hardware, and tools you will need to build a rod. 

If you plan to take part of the workshop on June 29th or build a rod sometime later in the future, you want to attend this meeting.  If you do -NOT- plan to build a rod, you will still find this meeting very informative and interesting.  

As always, this session is open to the public.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Summer Workshop: Rod building

Rod Building Workshop
Saturday, June 29, 2019

8:00am to 2:00pm
LDWF Education Facility
56 Robinson Rd, Woodworth, LA

Our annual summer workshops typically bring in a special guest, or cover a special skill or genre of our sport that would not be practical for our regular meetings and tying sessions. Past topics have included: popper construction and painting, casting clinics, tying saltwater flies for the marsh, deer hair tying, fly fishing and tying flies for Arkansas trout waters, and more.

We have at least one workshop scheduled for 2019.  On Saturday, June 29th, KFF will hold a free "Rod Building Workshop" instructed by longtime rod builder Roger Breedlove. Due to limited space, the workshop is open to KFF members only at this time.

Prior to the workshop - at our May 20th meeting - in lieu of our usual tying session, Roger will discuss the particulars of choosing the right blank length, rod weight and action for your needs, selecting matching hardware, and tools you will need to build a rod. This meeting is open to the public.

At the workshop, students will learn how to prep the blank, determine the blank spline, mark the guide spacing, assemble the grip and reel seat, wrap the guides, color seal the wraps (optional), and epoxy coat the wraps. It is the intent that students will leave the workshop with several guides wrapped, and finish the wrapping and coating at home.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Mixed Bag Contest update 5/5

Taken on Sqwirm Worm at Cotile Lake by Carlton Townsend
Fishing in central Louisiana has been unusually slow, but warm weather is here and the fish are getting more active by the day.  Are you ready to add a few species to the Mixed Bag Contest? Remember, it only takes one (1) entry to get into the Consolation Drawing. But why go for the consolation when you place in the main event?  Although Bill Morrison and Catch Cormier lead the pack, it's only seven (7) species.  There are dozens of possible species, so this is far from over!

Here are the current standings:

Bill Morrison - 7 - bluegill, chain pickerel, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, rio, speckled trout, channel catfish
Glen Cormier - 7 - black crappie, bluegill, goggle eye, rainbow trout, redear, redfish, sheepshead
Jim Johnson - 6 - black crappie, bluegill, chain pickerel, largemouth bass, longear sunfish, rainbow trout
Carlton Townsend - 6 - rainbow trout, bluegill, largemouth bass, longear sunfish, black crappie, black tail shiner
Gene Taylor - 5 - bluegill, chain pickerel, rainbow trout, spotted bass, white crappie
Joel Dinnat - 3 - rainbow trout, black crappie, catfish
Robert Hughes - 3 - black crappie, longear sunfish, rainbow trout
Robert Clark - 3 - bluegill, rainbow trout, redear
Phil Havener - 2 - rainbow trout, green sunfish
Rich Hudson - 1 - rainbow trout

Again, each entry is available online. So you can see what the fish was caught on, where it was caught, and even a photo of the fish. That's the real value of the MBC... a database for members to use to improve their success!