Monday, May 13, 2019

May 20th tying session - Rod building basics

KFF monthly session
Monday, May 20, 2019
6:30pm
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!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

April 22nd meeting - Spring Casting Session

KFF monthly general meeting
Monday, April 22, 2019
6:00pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

** Please note: we'll meet a half-hour earlier than usual **

We finally have some great weather, and before it gets too hot, we'll hold our annual "Spring Casting Session".  We'll start a half-hour early - 6:00pm - and take advantage of the longer daylight to work on our casting skills.  Wear some comfortable clothing.

BRING YOUR FAVORITE ROD.  For beginners and novices, we'll work on our special technique guaranteed to improve your fly casting.  For veterans, we'll work on the "Jerk Haul" - a shorter version of the Single Haul or Double Haul.  If you fish from a canoe or kayak, or simply want to reduce your arm motion from fatigue, this is a great technique to improve your distance and shoot line!

We'll meet in the library, go thru a few basics, then proceed outside to the grass lawn. We'll finish up in the library with a few business items before adjourning.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Mixed Bag Contest update 4/12

Spring is finally here.  And while fishing is far from being "prime time", a few KFF members have added species to their Mixed Bag Contest listings over the last few weeks.  Here are the current standings:

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

As you can see, only a small fraction of our membership has made entries so far into the Mixed Bag. We're hoping that with good weather, everyone will get out and catch some fish! Remember, you only need one (1) entry to be in the Consolation Drawing. But we hope everyone will give Jim Johnson and Bill Morrison some competition!

A variety of flies have been used so far. The Mardi Craw, Taylor's No Name, Rosborough Hares Ear, Squirmy Worm, and variations of the Woolybugger top the list. Others include: Seaducer, Red Dart, Fluff Butt, popping bug, Adams dry, Christmas Tree, SMP Crappie Fly, Meat Whistle and Goobers Bug.

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!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

April 9th tying session - Red Dart, Laser Bugger

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

For April fly tying, we will tie the Red Dart and the Laser Bugger. The Red Dart is the creation of Lance Egan, renown fly tier and competitive angler from Utah. It combines features of several legacy patterns with modern materials.

The Laser Bugger is the creation of our own Bill Morrison and was very successful on the recent Little Mo club trip.

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.

If you have these color threads, please bring them: red thread, olive or brown thread. Also please bring a dubbing loop tool (we hope to have our "dubbing tools" for distribution at the meeting).

Friday, April 5, 2019

Another successful Fly Fishing 101

Last Saturday, we held our fourth annual Fly Fishing 101 at Booker-Fowler Hatchery in Forest Hill. Predictions for stormy weather came true, but not until after the workshop was long over. The 26 students were our largest group yet. As is our usual practice, we broke the students into two groups, one for casting and one for rigging and tactics.

Thanks to all our helpers, with several key members out, their assistance was vital. Jeff Ferguson, Carlton Townsend, Chris Perkins, Mike Carlin, Roger Breedlove, Bill Morrison, Ronnie Richmond, Steve Templin, Jim Guillory. Jeff - an FFI Master Certified Casting Instructor and Casting Director for the FFI Gulf Coast Council - also helped some of our more seasoned members on their casting. We hope to get Jeff back for a casting workshop later this year.

Eight new member families took advantage of a discounted club membership offered to participants.

- Danny & Janie Deshotels
- Patrick Deshotels
- Chris & Luke Griffin
- Preston Keiser
- Sam Poole
- Patricia Spangler
- John Thibodeaux
- Karen Williams, Bella & Alayna Duruisseau

Welcome to Kisatchie Fly Fishers!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

March 18th tying session - Rosborough Hares Ear

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, March 18, 2019
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

This month Glen Cormier will lead us in tying the Rosborough Hares Ear (RHE). The original Hares Ear is attributed to 19th century English tier James Odgen. This very buggy variation of the classic nymph is credited to Polly Rosborough, author of the book "The Fuzzy Nymphs".  Rosborough was a proponent of flies that are suggestive in nature and which have a softer profile that gives the fly animation even in still waters.

Tying the RHE will make use of a technique called a dubbing loop. While a dubbing loop tool will suffice, an electronic single hook test clip (as shown in photo above) makes for a very good, simple, and inexpensive dubbing loop tool. So if you have a test clip, bring it.

Bring thread, colors either brown, red, olive, black.  Also some reading glasses, as this is a smaller hook size than we often tie on.

Club will provide: size 14 barbless hooks, size 1/8" copper brass beads, hares mask in different colors, copper wire.

Bring your tools - if none, the club has sets for use during the session.