Tuesday, June 19, 2018

June 25th meeting - Kristi Butler

Kisatchie Fly Fishers general meeting
Monday, June 25, 2018
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

For our June meeting, we welcome back Ms. Kristi Butler, Manager for the LDWF Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery.  It's been a long four years since Kristi last spoke to our club. So for our many new members since then, this will be a treat!  Kristi will start with a presentation about the workings of the hatchery and stocking efforts in the Cenla region, then take questions from the group.

Also on the agenda: upcoming events, fishing reports, Mixed Bag Contest updates, and tackle tips.

The meeting is open to the public.  So invite a friend to attend!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Link to deer hair presentation

For our 2018 Summer Workshop, Kevin "Musicdoc" Andry instructed us on "Intro to Deer Hair Tying".  At the beginning of the session, Kevin explained the different types of deer hair and how each is processed and used for particular flies.  He then shared a powerpoint presentation on tying a deer hair popper, featuring materials and tools needed, and step-by-step instruction.  After which, we proceeded as a group in tying the popper.

As promised, Kevin has provided us a link to that presentation.  Whether you attended the workshop or not, this is a very helpful guideline if you wish to pursue making deer hair flies. We strongly suggest saving the presentation to your local computer as a PDF file!  Don't ask why - you'll thank us later.

Click here for deer hair presentation

Thursday, June 14, 2018

June fly tying - Disco Midge

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, June 18, 2018
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

* Note: prior to tying, Carlton Townsend will discuss final arrangments for the club trip to the White River.  *

This month we'll revisit a pattern from a previous tying session - the Disco Midge.  This is a great fly for trout, but can be used also for bream.  When fishing for trout in summer, the Disco Midge is a great dropper fly underneath a floating dry, such as a Daves Hopper or Royal Wulff.

If you're one of our many new members - or just a guest - and looking to start fly tying, the the Disco Midge is a great fly for beginners.  If you don't have tools, the club has a few sets for use during the session.  And assistance is always there!  Materials will be provided.

Beginners and guests are welcome!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Mixed Bag Contest update - 6/13

Bill Morrison with a Destin ladyfish
We're now into the fourth month of our club's "Mixed Bag" contest.  This is a months-long CPRO (catch-photo-release optional) tournament where size doesn't matter, but diversity does.  So get your diversity training and go fishing, lol!

Seriously, the intent is to create a database of how many diverse species can be caught on fly rod, where it can be caught, and what flies work to catch these fish.  And in the process, have some fun and win a few prizes.  It's free and open to all KFF members.  See the "Mixed Bag" contest for details. And remember, even entering just one fish into the contest gets your name into a bonus drawing to be held at our Christmas Party.

And now for the current standings:

Jim Johnson (10) - bluegill, chain pickerel, crappie, largemouth bass, longear sunfish, redbreast sunfish, spotted bass, rainbow trout, warmouth, freshwater drum

Bill Morrison (9) - black crappie, bluegill, brown trout, rainbow trout, green sunfish, ladyfish, largemouth bass, longear sunfish, smallmouth bass

Other entries - Carlton Townsend (6), Glen Cormier (6), Greg Babin (5), Rich Hudson (4), Spencer Hackney (3), Phil Havener (3), Gene Taylor (3), Tom Zabasky (2), Corinne Cormier (2), Robert Clark (1), Mike Carlin (1), Greg Hackney (1), Barbara Carlin (1).

The most unusual catch is a freshwater drum (goo) caught by Jim Johnson in Bayou Bouef in Woodworth using a Pat Cohen's Slurp and Burp Worm.

Top flies in coldwater have been: Sqwirmy Worm, A&W Emerger, Ruffled Birds Nest, Adams Parachute and Christmas Tree.
Top flies in warmwater have been: poppers, popping bugs, Ruffled Birds Nest, Fluff Butt and Mop Fly.
Top flies in saltwater have been: Clouser Minnow, LaFleur's Charlie.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

KFF to take part in special June 12th Farmers Market

Kisatchie Fly Fishers has been asked to participate in a special "Fathers Day" edition of the Alexandria Farmers Market on Tuesday, June 12th.  The Alexandria Farmers Market is held every Tuesday afternoon from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at the parking lot of United Methodist Church on Jackson Street.

In addition to the usual plethora of fresh produce and homemade goodies like breads, jellies, jams, etc., the special edition of AFM will feature games and other non-profit groups. KFF will have our tent and table setup.  We are asking members who want to participate and promote our club and/or fly fishing to show up. If you wish to tie, bring your tying equipment.  The club will bring our outfits - there's plenty of grass area under the big oak trees for casting. 

Just show up if you wish to help. Remember to wear something comfortable... it's summer!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

May 29th meeting - Spring Casting Session

KFF monthly general meeting
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

** Please note: due to the Memorial Day holiday, our May general meeting will be held Tuesday **

This is 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 as hot weather has already begun.

BRING YOUR FAVORITE ROD.  For beginners and novices, we'll work on a technique guaranteed to improve your fly casting.  For veterans, we'll use that same technique to work on the "Backhand Cast" - an alternative to using your non-dominant hand when dealing with a cross wind or obstruction on your dominant side.

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.

See you Tuesday!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Deadline for Summer Workshop approaching

KFF Summer Workshop
Saturday, June 9, 2018
8:30am to 12:30pm
Cotile Volunteer Fire Department
55 Parker Rd, Boyce, 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: rod building, popper construction and painting, casting clinics, tying saltwater flies for the marsh, and fly fishing and tying flies for the Little Missouri and Little Red River in Arkansas.

For June 9th, the course will be on "Introductory Deer Hair Tying". Special presenter will be our good friend, Kevin "Doc" Andry of Baton Rouge. Doc will lead us in tying a couple of deer hair flies and explain the various terms used in tying with hair, as well as hair selection and tools. For those who plan to attend the Contraband Fly Fishing Expo in July - featuring one of the world's premier deer hair tiers in Pat Cohen - this will be a great opportunity to learn about this art form.

We've been advertising this workshop for several months, and have posted a page "Summer Workshop" with details. Thursday night, May 24th, is the deadline to register for the workshop. After then, you can still register as an "audit" participant, which means you can sit and watch but won't be tying.

These sessions are open to members-only of Kisatchie Fly Fishers or other recognized fly fishing clubs.  Refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May 21st fly tying

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, May 21, 2018
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

This month, Gene Taylor will be leading us in tying the Skip Morris Panfish or SMP.  Morris is a prolific tier, fly designer, and author of 18 books on fly tying and fly fishing.  His SMP was designed to target bluegills, crappie and other panfish in deeper water.  Larger bluegills and redears feed in deep water during summer months, and the SMP is an effective fly for this behavior.

Hook: 1X long dry fly or heavy wire hook, sizes 8 down to 14.
Thread: Flat waxed nylon (orange or other color you wish).
Body: Dubbing (bright orange or other colors).
Eyes: Bead-chain eyes, or light barbell eyes.
Wing: Marabou (orange over yellow,  or other color combinations).

Here is an instructional video on how to tie the SMP:

As always, materials will be provided. Bring your tools if you have some, if not, the club has a few sets for use during these sessions.  Beginners are welcome!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Mixed Bag Update - May 9th

Greg Babin caught this 15" rainbow on a Ruffled Birds Nest
Our club's annual "March Brown" outing to the Little Missouri River in southwest Arkansas had to be rescheduled to the first weekend of May this year. Several club members took advantage of the trip to bolster their species list in the Mixed Bag Contest. Almost all added rainbow trout, but Bill Morrison added smallmouth and brown trout to his list, and Greg Babin added a smallmouth also.

Another recent interesting catch was Jim Johnson's chain pickerel. While somewhat common in Cenla waters, the "grass pike" have been rather scarce this Spring for some reason.

Here are the current leaders:
Bill Morrison - 9 species
Carlton Townsend - 6 species
Glen Cormier - 6 species
Greg Babin - 5 species
Jim Johnson - 5 species

Gene Taylor, Corinne Cormier, Rich Hudson, Spencer Hackney and Tom Zabasky all have multiple species entered. Several other members have at least one fish.  Remember that the biggest prize will be drawn from everyone who has entered at least one fish in the Mixed Bag. So go fishing, take a photo with your token, and enter it!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

CCFC Spring Fishing Day - KFF members invited

Cane River bluegill caught on Jitterbee
Cane Country Fly Casters
Spring Fishing Day & Picnic

Kisatchie Fly Fishers welcome!
Saturday, May 19, 2018
11:00am to 1:00pm
Cane River at Shell Beach

Kisatchie members are welcome to come fish the Cane River and join members of the Cane Country Fly Casters afterwards at Shell Beach for grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. Bring your own chairs and drinks - and your fishing stories from that morning!

The Cane River offers some of the best bream fishing in central Louisiana. Launch your boat, kayak or canoe downtown, Shell Beach or at the dam. Or fish from the bank downtown. Best flies are Jitterbees, Hares Ears, Fluff Butts, Cap Spiders, Ruffled Birds Nest, and of course, small popping bugs.

RSVP Sunny at sunny@reagan.com if you plan to attend.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

April 23rd meeting - Tom Bullock

Kisatchie Fly Fishers general meeting
Monday, April 23, 2018
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

For our April meeting, we welcome back Tom Bullock of Shreveport. Tom is an avid trout angler, and along with his friends Davy Wotton and Dave Whitlock, has popularized various nymphing techniques on Arkansas rivers.

His presentation will be "Fishing the White & Norfork Rivers Below the Dams". The program will address a short history of the rivers before and after the dams, how the tailwater results in rapid growth of trout, the skills needed to catch very big fish, including equipment and flies, identifying habitat, methods of fishing, how to release fish safely, rising water safety, and a short discussion on river maps and places to fish.  If you've never fished the White & Norfork rivers in Arkansas, this is a MUST session.  Even if you've fished many times, Tom's expert advise will make you a better trout angler.

Because of the special presentation, we'll keep the business session to a maximum of five (5) minutes.  We'll talk about the upcoming North Lousiana Fly Fishers Masters Series in July (which Tom organizes and can address) as well as the Summer Workshop in June.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Mixed Bag Contest update 4/18

Our "Mixed Bag" Contest is a members-only CPR online tournament where size doesn't matter, but variety of species does. The contest started March 1st and so far, it's been a tough few weeks. Here in the Cenla area, we've had 180 percent of average rainfall to date! And near record low temperatures on several nights. Between the heavy rain and the cold, there's been gusty winds. Even the commie tackle folks are struggling to catch any decent numbers of fish. We're hoping the weather improves soon so members can have fun and put a lot of fish on the board.

Here are our current leaders:
1. Glen Cormier (bluegill, crappie, largemouth, redear, yellow bass)
2. Bill Morrison (redear, green sunfish, crappie, bluegill)
3. Spencer Hackney (redear, longear)
4. Greg Babin (largemouth, longear)

Mike Carlin, Barbara Carlin, Tom Zabasky, Carlton Townsend, Jim Johnson, and Gene Taylor each have 1 species.

Several interesting entries so far.  Young Spencer Hackney's longear on his first cast as a flyrodder (wow!), the yellow bass taken by Catch Cormier off the bank in downtown Natchitoches, and the four fish taken by Bill Morrison on the infamous "Mop Fly". Yes, the Mop Fly does work.  So does the Sqwirmy - at least Carlton tells us so, lol.  Another interesting catch was Greg Babin's longear taken on the "Indicator Fly" that the club tied at our March tying session.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

April 16th fly tying

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, April 16, 2018
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

This month, Catch Cormier will lead us in tying the Ruffled Birds Nest, a variation of the Birds Nest fly. The Birds Nest nymph was created in 1959 by Cal Bird, the owner of a small fly shop in San Francisco. His original pattern used wood duck flank feathers and a dubbing body. The Ruffled version uses various feathers from a pheasant skin, with a beadhead for weight. This verson gives a fuzzier appearance that attracts trout and sunfish. It's also easy to tie - so the many new tiers in our club will like this fly!

As always, bring your tools if you have some. If not, we have a few sets for use during the session. Materials will be provided. Beginners and guests are welcome!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Fly Fishing 101 coming April 14th

Tom Brokaw once said, "If fishing is like religion, then fly fishing is the high church.". Well, for those interested in getting baptized in this sport, here's your chance!

Saturday, April 14th 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, schedule, and a link to registration can be found by clicking on the menu above on "Fly Fish 101". 

And best of all, it's FREE!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

March 26 annual "On the Water" meeting

KFF monthly general meeting
Monday, March 26, 2018
Cotile Lake Recreation Area
(weather permitting)

** If inclement weather, we'll reschedule this meeting at a later date. ** 

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. Family members and member guests are welcome to attend!

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.

Please note the following:
1. There is NO entrance fee for our group. Tell Butch or whoever at the entrance that you are with "Kisatchie Fly Fishers" and they'll let you in free.
2.  Bring your favorite beverages.
3.  Bring a chair.
4.  Bring your fly rod and flies.  Those small popping bugs we purchased as a club work great here!  Bring a few wet flies, hares ears, fluff butts, woolybuggers or similiar.  Bass like bigger poppers and streamers.

If you plan to attend, please fill out this short form.  Click here.
Or RSVP to Catch Cormier if you plan to attend so we'll know how many burgers/dogs to get.

Friday, March 16, 2018

March 19 fly tying

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, March 19, 2018
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

As always, bring your tools if you have some. If not, we have a few sets for use during the session. Materials will be provided. Beginners and guests are welcome!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Mixed Bag Contest goes live!

Our first-ever Mixed Bag Contest kicks off tomorrow morning - March 1st - at 12:01am.  It's a members-only FREE contest.  Are you ready?  Here's what you need to compete:
  • Be a 2018 member of KFF
  • Go to the Mixed Bag Contest page and review the rules
  • Print your token  (links at top of MBC page)
  • Laminate your token if possible (keeps it waterproof)
  • Have your camera available when fishing
  • Take photos of your catch and log them in using the links on the MBC page.
  • Bring your enthusiasm!  Remember, while catching the most different species wins, the biggest prize goes to one lucky person among all non-winners who participate.
Got questions?  Check out our forum on warmfly.org for discussion on the contest.  Also check out our Facebook page.

Friday, February 23, 2018

February 26th meeting - Ricky Yeldell and more!

KFF monthly general meeting
Monday, February 26, 2018
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

We have a big agenda on tap for this month, so please make every effort to come out!

For starters, we'll have one of our favorite guest speakers back. Ricky Yeldell was LDWF's managing biologist for Toledo Bend. Although retired, Ricky keeps his finger on the pulse of all things Toledo Bend. He'll give us an update from his last presentation two years ago, as well as insight to where to find lunker bass, crappie and other species.

After Ricky's talk, we'll give an update on the Little Missouri River. Our annual "March Brown" club trip is just a couple weeks away.

Finally, Bill Morrison and Gene Taylor will discuss the club's first-ever "Mixed Bag" tournament which kicks off March 1st. This free entry, members-only, CPRO (catch-photo-release optional) competition is different than most others. Instead of biggest fish wins, it's most species wins. And the biggest winner is the lucky member who didn't place but gets their name drawn from all entrants. Check the "Mixed Bag" page on the menu above for more details.

* Reminder that 2018 dues are due! It's $25 for individuals or family, and free to active service members or full-time students *

See ya'll there!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

February fly tying - Gurgler

KFF monthly fly tying session
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

* Please note: because of the holiday, the library is unavailable this month on the 3rd Monday, so we'll meet on 3rd Tuesday instead *

This month we'll tie the Gurgler. Created by the late Jack Gartside, the Gurgler is one of the universal patterns that has caught nearly everything from bream to tarpon. The Gurgler is a surface fly that pushes water and gives the general appearance of a variety of prey, from hoppers to frogs to baitfish.

As always, bring your tools if you have some. If not, we have a few sets for use during the session. Materials will be provided.  Beginners and guests are welcome!

Monday, February 5, 2018

KFF makes donation to Food Bank!

Last Wednesday, Richard Hudson and Catch Cormier presented a check on behalf of the Kisatchie Fly Fishers to The Food Bank of Central Louisiana. Accepting on behalf of FBCL was Jayne Wright-Velez and Linda Hutson. The money was generated from our fundraiser during the recent Cenla Fly Fishing & Light Tackle Festival. This donation will help feed five seniors for a whole year!

We wish to thank all of our generous benefactors who made our Festival a success and this donation possible. Red Alert Lures, Maria's Farm Products, Rogers Custom Rods, Lil Boos Hardware & Sporting Goods, Red River Bank, the City of Pineville, and all the fly tiers and KFF members who donated stuff or gave their time at the Fest to help out.

Monday, January 22, 2018

January 22nd meeting - Crappie on the Fly

KFF monthly general meeting
Monday, January 22, 2018
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

For our program this month, Catch Cormier will talk about fly fishing for crappie. If you attended Brandon Jennings presentation at the Cenla Fishing Festival, then this will be a good complimentary program, geared entirely towards fly rod use and strategies.

We'll also have an open discussion about the Festival.  Also fishing reports and upcoming activities.

Friday, January 12, 2018

January 16th fly tying

The January 16th fly tying session has been cancelled due to winter weather advisory.  In addition, the Westside Library and most services are closed today.  Stay warm and safe, and hope to see everyone at the Fest on Saturday.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

2018 Festival - 9 days and counting!

We're just a little over a week away from our 2nd-ever Cenla Fly Fishing & Light Tackle Festival on Saturday, January 20th at Kees Park in Pineville.

We have a great lineup of tiers, speakers, and  exhibitors. All the details can be found by clicking on the 2018 Cenla Fly Fest page.