Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 24th meeting - What's New for 2018

KFF monthly general meeting
Monday, July 24, 2017
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

Once again, Glen Cormier attended the Fly Tackle Dealer / ICAST trade show earlier this month and has lots of new products to report on.  He'll give us a slide presentation on "New Products for 2018" covering fly fishing, kayak fishing and accessories. He'll also give us a "State of the Sport" summary  giving the latest stats and trends in fly fishing. 

Also, this is the last meeting before our Summer Workshop with Chris Morris.  We'll go over final details.

As always, our meetings are open to the public. Bring a friend!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

July 17th fly tying

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, July 17, 2017
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

Something different this month for our tying session.  Pack and Paddle in Lafayette is expanding their fly fishing section to carry tying supplies and materials.  John Williams has asked us to give him a list of the most often needed materials we use so he can keep those in stock.  We'll discuss and prioritize materials for the list. 

Also, with the upcoming North Louisiana Fly Fishers Masters Series this Saturday, July 22nd, in Bossier City, we'll be selling the last allotment of our tickets at this meeting.

Also, we'll be distributing the first shipment of popping bugs made by club members via special order. Some of the bugs are still on backorder, but we have enough to keep the bream happy for now!

See everyone Monday night!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June 26 general meeting

KFF monthly general meeting
Monday, June 26, 2017
6:00pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

** Please note we're meeting a half-hour early this month - 6:00pm - so attendees can catch as much of the LSU - Florida College World Series game 1 as possible.  Geaux Tigers!  **

Back in May, a few of our members made a trip to the San Juan River in New Mexico, considered one of the best trout waters in the country. For this month, Bill Morrison will lead a presentation featuring pictures from the trip. Other members of the trip will join Bill in discussing the river, flies, accomodations, and more. Expect some great stories - fish and otherwise!

Also on the agenda: July events including Summer Club Workshop with Chris Morris, and the North Louisiana club Masters Series featuring George Daniel  (we still have tickets - bring your money!).

As always, our meetings are open to the public. Bring a friend!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Coming in July - George Daniel and Chris Morris

George Daniel
This summer, Kisatchie members have an opportunity to learn from  not one - but two - of the top trout specialists in the country!

On July 22nd, George Daniel of Pennsylvania will be special guest for the North Louisiana Fly Fishers 5th annual "Masters Series". The event will take place at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge in Bossier City. Daniel is an internationally-acclaimed trout guide, author and instructor. He was 7-time member of Fly Fishing Team USA competing in international tournaments and is currently a coach for the Youth USA Team. His presentations at the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show were SRO!

Seats are limited! Fortunately because KFF is an event sponsor we have 10 tickets available to members. Make that 9. Make that 8.  Yes, they're going that fast.  Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at club meetings. The ticket includes admission, lunch and refreshments.

Chris Morris
A week later - on July 29th - the Kisatchie Fly Fishers will hold another of our popular Summer Workshops featuring Chris Morris. Chris is owner of Arkansas Drift Guide Service and an FFI Certified Casting Instructor. His specialty is big trout on the famed Little Red River, but he also does carp on the fly. He's been a popular speaker and featured tier at clubs, commercial shows, and FFF events across the country.

Chris will be doing a casting clinic, a presentation or two, and some fly tying.  We'll have refreshments and possibly lunch.

There is no fee for this workshop, but seats are limited due to space. Club members get first shot; after June 15 we'll open it up to members of other clubs if space allows.  Email Gene Taylor if you wish to attend.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

June 19 fly tying - Bass Bully

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, June 19, 2017
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

This month Gene Taylor will lead us in tying the Bass Bully. Created by warmwater expert, author and fly tier Terry Wilson, the Bass Bully is great for largemouth and smallmouth. Best colors are olive, rust, black and chartreuse. It can emulate a sculpin, madtom, or salamander. It works best by letting it sink, then retrieving with a strip-pause-strip.

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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May 22nd meeting - Brandon Jennings

KFF monthly general meeting
Monday, May 22, 2017
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

For this month, we are excited to have Brandon Jennings as our guest speaker. Brandon is from Winn Parish and is the founder of the Bayou State Crappie Association. A crappie pro angler, he's a pro staff member for Crappie Psychic lures, NuCanoe kayaks, Trophy Ridge and several other fishing product companies. He's been a featured speaker on crappie fishing at numerous events.

Earlier this year, Brandon teamed up wtih the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce to hold the first-ever "Catch A Special Thrill" C.A.S.T. More than 100 folks took part to help a big group of special needs kids enjoy some fishing and boat riding.

Brandon will talk about tips and techniques for crappie fishing. Regardless of tackle used, there's a lot to learn about this popular and sometimes elusive species!

As always, the meeting is open to the public.

Fly of the Month: Blood Dot Egg

At the May fly tying session, Dan Fromme led the group of 11 tiers in tying the Blood Dot Egg Fly. The name "Blood Dot" could be used to describe the red dot on top the pattern, but it's actually the name of  it's creator, Jeff Blood. Blood is a well-known steelhead guru from Pennsylvania who 30 years ago observed that steelhead eggs had a distinct orange marking on one side. While the pattern was created for steelhead, it's been exceptionally good for all species of trout.

There are a couple of variations to tying this fly, but here's a video on the technique Dan used (and which doesn't require a special tool).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj7hMthKGP0

Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 15th fly tying

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, May 15, 2017
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April 24th general meeting - Cormier's 2nd Law

KFF monthly general meeting
Monday, April 24, 2017
6:00pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

For April, we'll take advantage of longer daylight and mild weather - before it gets hot - to hold our annual "Casting Meeting". Come starting at 6:00pm, or whenever you can arrive, and bring your favorite rod.  If none, the club has a few sets for use during the session.

** Weather permitting. If it rains, we'll watch a video instead on different casts and techniques. ** 

Cormier's 2nd Law of Fly Fishing states, "Casting prowess equals fishing success".  Many flycasters work tirelessly on improving distance, and that's good. But 90 percent of all fish are caught within 50 feet.  For that reason, accuracy is far more important.

To help us improve our accuracy skills, we'll be doing a Casting Game.  We'll share tips on practicing for accuracy, and analyze for improvements.  

Afterwards, we'll gather inside to recap what we learned from our casting session. As well as discuss a few business items including the club caps and shirts, Summer Workshops, and NLFF Masters Series.

See you on Monday!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

April 17 fly tying

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, April 17, 2017
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

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

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Introducing Fly Fishers International

The International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) is now Fly Fishers International (FFI).  The largest organization dedicated to the sport of fly fishing underwent a name change on April 1st.  The name change came after a marketing study in which "brand identification" was tagged as one of the issues in reaching out to the growing number of young fly casters.

While a name change is only a small part of the overall marketing effort, it's one that has made the most news - and favorably at that. A logo change also has been made. One of the new logos is shown on left.  Also, if you click on their old website domain name, www.fedflyfishers.org, it will take you to www.flyfishersinternational.org.

Since Kisatchie Fly Fishers is an affiliated club of FFI, we will have to make some changes to our website and leaflets.  Fortunately, there's great timing here - our updated leaflets were going thru the proofreading process when the name change was announced!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Another successful FF101

Our annual Fly Fishing 101 was another big success! With 18 students - beating last year's record participation - we had great weather for fly casting outside, while Gene Taylor and others gave instruction inside the classroom on knots, leaders, and flies.  Everyone got handouts, including a list of places to fish in north and central Louisiana from bank or boat. 

Thanks to everyone who helped as instructors, organizing or bringing important stuff like coffee, donuts, fruit, and drinks:  Rich Hudson, Gene Taylor, Roger Breedlove, Jim Johnson, Rich Dewees, Chris Perkins and Glen Cormier. Also big thanks to Kristi Butler for her assistance and giving the group a tour of the hatchery prior to the workshop! 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Fly Fishing 101 this Saturday!

Arnold Gingrich once said, "Fly fishing is the most fun you can have standing up. Or sitting down.". If you've ever wanted to find out what makes this sport so addictive, here's your chance!

This Saturday, April 8th is our annual "Fly Fishing 101" workshop at the LDWF Booker-Fowler Hatchery in Forest Hill.  Time is 8:30am to 12 noon.  It's FREE and open to the public.  Coffee, donuts, refreshments, handouts and door prizes!

FF101 is a 3-hour hands-on workshop that covers the basics of fly fishing, fly casting, knots, leaders, and flies often used.  Details and a schedule can be found by clicking on the menu above on "2017 Fly Fish 101".  Bring your rod/reel if you have one. If not, the club has setups for use during this workshop.

Please pre-register by calling 318-793-5855 or email catch@laflyfish.com.  Thanks!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March 27 "on the water" meeting

KFF monthly general meeting
Monday, March 27, 2017
Cotile Lake Recreation Area
(weather permitting)

** Please check back on Monday. The current forecast calls for a slight chance of rain. If the forecast gets much worse, we'll meet instead at the Westside Library at the usual time. ** 

With Daylight Savings Time in effect, it's time for our annual "on the water" meeting.  Once again, we'll meet at the Cotile Lake Recreation Area.  Come anytime that afternoon and fish from the bank.  Or bring your boat, kayak, pirogue, and launch at the rec area.

Then at 7:30pm, we'll start gathering at Pavilion #2 (the open pavilion overlooking the lake) and share fishing stories while nourishing on burgers and hot dogs fresh off the grill.  Bring your own drinks and even your own lawn chairs (they have chairs but they're not as comfortable).

Here's a Google Map to Cotile Lake Recreation Area.  It's about 20 minutes from Alexandria.

There's a $5 entry fee per vehicle if you're under 60 years old. It's FREE if you're 60 or older.

Please RSVP to Catch Cormier if you plan to attend so we'll know how many burgers/dogs to get.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March 20 fly tying - Kray Phish

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, March 20, 2017
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

This month Catch Cormier will be leading us in tying a crawfish pattern called the "Kray Phish". Created by Daniel Moss of North Carolina, this pattern uses a couple of fairly new products to fly tying: EP Fiber Tarantula Brush and Fish Skull Cray Tail. Other materials include zonker strips and bucktail. In some variations, Daniel uses hackle instead of zonker strips and another new product from Fish Skull, Faux Bucktail, in lieu of real bucktail.

Here's a video of Daniel tying the Kray Phish.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM2GBGyz7Ak

For more info, go to Daniel's website at www.9-5flyz.com.

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

Thursday, February 23, 2017

February 27 general meeting - Kevin Andry

KFF monthly general meeting
Monday, February 27, 2017
6:30 pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

For our "Mardi Gras meeting", we'll have king cake and refreshments, and a special guest.

We are delighted to welcome back Kevin "Doc" Andry of Baton Rouge as this month's featured presenter.  A nationally-awarded music teacher at St. Micheals High School, Doc is also an avid fly angler, tier and kayak fisherman. He chronicles his fishing adventures on his blog, "Kayak Fishing With Kevin". 

Since has last visit almost 3 years ago, he's been working on surface flies.  This time, he's going to demonstrate tying one of his favorite bream flies - The Round Dinny - as well as one of his favorite bass flies - the Crease Fly. He'll also discuss how to effectively fish these flies under all conditions.

He's bringing bodies and materials, enough for club members to join in. So bring your vise and tools, or just listen in. Doc has plenty of entertaining and informative stories regarding his fishing passion!

Bring a guest! See ya'll Monday night.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

February 20 fly tying

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, February 20, 2017
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

Yes, it's President's Day, but the Westside Library will be open!

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

This month Gene Taylor will be leading us in tying the Peacock and Partridge Wet Fly.  Wet flies are great imitations of emerging caddis pupa, diving caddis adults or even mayfly spinners. These once-popular flies have made a comeback in recent years.

There are several videos for tying this particular fly on Youtube. Here's a link to one of the better videos:
 https://youtu.be/koEPRSL6OSg

See ya' there!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January 23rd meeting - Tom Bullock

KFF monthly general meeting
Monday, January 23, 2017
6:30 pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

We are delighted to welcome Tom Bullock as our guest speaker for our January meeting.  Tom will give us a presentation on "Soft Hackled Flies and How to Fish Them".   Tom has fly fished his entire life and travels extensively in pursuit of trout with wet flies.  He’s also a board member of the North Louisiana Fly Fishers, and the IFFF Gulf Coast Council.

As always, the public is welcome! 

Also on the agenda: fishing reports, upcoming regional events, and ideas for a local fishing outing.

Also, a reminder that 2017 dues are due!  Please pay our Treasurer, Rich Hudson, or email your check for $25 to:

Kisatchie Fly Fishers
5093 Laura Lane
Woodworth, LA  71485

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January 17 fly tying

KFF monthly fly tying session
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, Alexandria

** Please note the date!  Because of the ML King holiday, the library is closed on our normal tying day (Monday).  So we will meet on Tuesday instead. **  

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

This month's pattern will be the Jitterbee.  This now-famous bream fly was created by Randy Leonpacher of Baton Rouge two decades ago.  Randy, an avid bream fisherman, was looking for a fly that could best match the tiny split-tail  plastic grubs he had success with on spinning tackle.  Unable to find such a fly, he created his own - and the Jitterbee was born!

The Jitterbee is an excellent bead head nymph that looks like a bee with a cricket-like tail. Best colors are black/orange, black/red or black/chartreuse. As Randy says, "This bug is my first line of offense for bream. It can be fished deep or under a strike indicator. In either case don't set your rod down 'cause once the bream get sight of this bug its gone pecan!".

Instructions for tying the Jitterbee can be found on www.laflyfish.com and on www.frankenfly.com.  The photo shown comes courtesy of FrankenFly.

** Please note that we start collecting 2017 dues this month.  Dues are now $25 - individual or family - we went up $5 to cover our FFF dues.  If you're a full-time student or active military, membership is still FREE!  **

See you Tuesday! 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Cenla Fishing Expo has been cancelled

We regretfully have announced that our first-ever general fishing expo which was set for January 21st has been cancelled.  If we had postponed the event, we had enough vendor interest for a later date, but there were very few dates available and all had considerable conflicts.

The club is still looking forward to doing a special event each year.  What that event might be is in discussion. We may go back to doing our very successful - but much smaller - fly fishing festival.  Or we may hold a fishing event, similiar to the New Orleans Fly Fishers Rio Grande Rodeo.