2020 Cenla Fest

Cenla Fly Fishing &  Light Tackle Festival
Saturday, January 18, 2020
8:30am - 3:30pm
Kees Park Civic Center
2450 Hwy 28 E, Pineville, LA
FREE admission!

Hosted by the Kisatchie Fly Fishers, this biennial festival - held in even years - is a celebration of fly fishing, kayak fishing and light tackle fishing. Unlike typical outdoor shows, this event is focused on education.  The Cenla Fest brings anglers of similiar interests together to exchange their expertise.  It's family friendly and free to the public.


Activities include:
- Programs
- Kayak rigging
- Fly Tying Demonstrations
- Fly Casting Clinics
- Beginners Seminar
- Exhibitors
- Raffles
and more!

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Fly tying begins at 9:00am and continues until 3:00pm. Many of the region's top fly tiers will be on hand tying flies for bream, bass, trout, and redfish.

Also among the tiers will be jig tiers crafting lures that are effective for the area's "white perch".

Seminars covering a variety of fishing topics will be presented by local and regional experts. Seminars start at 9:30am and continue through the day.

Need to improve your fly casting skills? One of the region's top fly casting instructors will be on hand with instruction and casting coaching.

Lunch (pastalaya) and choice of lemonade or tea will be available for just $5.  Bottled water will be available free during the day.

There's also a raffle and Gamblers Draw.  Items include tackle, flies, lures, accessories, homemade goods, and many other items. Net proceeds to benefit The Food Bank of Central Louisiana.

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Schedule

8:30 am - doors open
9:00 am - fly tying begins
9:30 am - Fly Casting Basics with Jeff Ferguson (park)
9:30 am - "Fishing the Backwaters of Toledo Bend" - Capt. Steve Stubbe
11:00 am - "Fly Fishing the Little Missouri River" - Jeff Guerin
12:00 pm - Lunch ($5 donation)
12:30 pm - Gamblers Draw
1:00 pm - Casting Skills Challenge (park)
1:00 pm - "Aging & Growth of Fish" - LDWF biologist Kris Connor
2:00 pm - "Kayak Fishing Fresh & Salt Waters" - Kevin Andry & Catch Cormier
3:00 pm - Raffle Draw
3:30 pm - Adieu and see ya'll in 2022!

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Fly Tiers & Jig Tiers

Peter Allen - Slidell, LA

Kevin Andry - Baton Rouge, LA

Doc Andry is a nationally-awarded Band Director at St. Micheal the Archangel High School where he's also the moderator for the only high school fly fishing club in the Gulf South!  He's been fly fishing and kayak fishing for about 10 years, and posts his fishing adventures to his blog "Kayak Fishing with Kevin" as well as his YouTube channel. While he ties many different flies, he is widely recognized for his deer hair bugs. Kevin will also be giving a program on "Kayak Fishing for Fresh & Salt Waters".

Ray Boudreaux - New Iberia, LA

Ron Braud - Prarieville, LA

Tom Bullock - Shreveport, LA

Donald Dehm - Gulf Shores, AL

Donald began kayak fishing in 2008 when a friend invited him to a kayak-only salt water tournament in Savannah, GA. He began to fly fish about 5 years ago and learned by watching YouTube and DVDs on casting. He took up fly tying shortly after getting into fly fishing and enjoys tying flies for everything from nymphs to poppers to deer hair to musky flies and everything in between. He is currently taking the steps to become a Fly Fishing International Certified Fly Casting Instructor and hopes to receive that accreditation by the end of the year.

He teaches people the basics of kayaking, fly fishing, kayak fly fishing, and fly tying through his business, Floating Feathers Kayak Fly Fishing School, www.kayakflyfishingschool.com.  He is the former Education Director at Tennessee Valley Fly Fishers, a FFI Charter Club. He has won multiple awards and accommodations in kayaking, fly fishing, and fly tying to include the following: 2019 Solarez™ World Fly Tying Contest, North American Champion and 2019 recipient of "Friend of the Gulf Coast Council". He also developed a one-of-a-kind fly tying 101 course that Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions said “This is the most comprehensive and complete Fly Tying 101 Courses that I have ever seen.”.

You’ll often find Donald on rivers and lakes standing in one of his kayaks, fly fishing for bream, black and white bass and trout. He also thoroughly enjoys salt water fly fishing in LA, FL, GA, and AL. He is currently looking to relocate to south Alabama or the panhandle of Florida.

Keith Hensley - Bee Branch, AR

I like to tie soft hackles and nymphs but at the show I will be tying hoppers. I started tying and fly fishing in 1984 on the Little Red River.

Scott Irwin - Bossier City, LA

Scott grew up in Amite, LA and went to college at Louisiana Tech. He and his wife Peggy live in Bossier City, where they raised two kids. Peggy works at Bass Pro, while Scott has a less fun job working as a financial advisor with Lincoln National. He's also a City Councilman for Bossier. In the little spare time he has, he enjoys fly fishing (something he's done since 8 years old). Mostly cold and warm water fishing.  His kayak is an inflatable Sea Eagle 300x fishing rig

Burley Johnson - Natchitoches, LA

Adam Kinney (aka, Bobbin Slinger) - Mt. Vernon, TX

I have have been fly tying for 6 years this coming March.  I got tired of watch garbage on television so I embarked on finding a hobby to occupy my free time.  I was going to take up leather working but there was too much start up cost.  Hindsight on fly tying because I spend money on it but I really enjoy it!  I mostly tie panfish flies for bluegills and large streamer flies for largemouth bass in East Texas.  I say "Tie a Fly, Fish it, and Have Fun!".

Don Lawler - Shreveport, LA

Larry Offner - Denham Springs, LA

Lance Renoux - Slidell, LA

Originally from Lafayette, Lance is a biologist as well as a strongman (strength athlete). He mainly ties saltwater flies along with predator flies.

Lee. Robinson - Jennings, LA

Born in Jennings LA in Feb of 1942, a very good year. Moved to Roanoke LA in 3rd grade and graduated from there in 1961.  Took Basic Training at Ft. Jackson SC and Armor training at Ft. Knox KY. Served 14 years in the Louisiana Army NationAl Guard attaining the inlisted rank of SFC E-7. Attended Louisiana OCS at Camp Beauregard from 1969 to 1971 and was Commissioned as a 2nd Lt. for 3 years, as Rifle Platoon Leader at Co C, 3rd Bn. 156th Inf Bde in Jennings and as a Detachment Unit Commander at 2228th Eng Bn. in DeRidder.  I was self employed 15 years at Robinson Radiator and served 31 years with Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff`s Dept. Serving as Correctional Officer, Parish Jail Warden, Road Deputy, Neighborhood Watch Commander, Hunter Safety Instructor and the last 20 years as D.A.R.E. Coordinator / Facilitator, retiring in Jan 2012.

I  was brought to a fly tying meeting at Contraband Flycasters in 2009 and joined at the age of 67. I learned to weave at an expo in 2011 and have been weaving Wasp, Spiders and the like ever since.

A.J. Rosenbohm - River Ridge, LA

AJ Rosenbohm is a member of the New Orleans Fly Fishers Club. He presently serves as the club president as well as president of the Gulf Coast Council of Fly Fishers International. He loves to tie saltwater patterns (especially shrimp and crabs)and all types of topwater poppers.

Dustin Schouest - Pointe Aux Chenes, LA

A lifelong angler, I started fly fishing in 2013 and it overtook my life. My entire lifestyle has shifted to include fly tying and fishing in every aspect. Between gaming, Dungeons and Dragons, and writing for my blog, Dark Marsh Fishing, I make fishing and tying videos for YouTube (Dark Marsh Fishing) and try to spread the healing powers of the greatest activity man has ever created.

Flip Siracusa - Lafayette, LA 

I fly fished as a youngster in ponds along the Mississippi River during the 1960's. My Dad had an old Wright & McGill fiberglass rod that was about as limber as a wet noodle. We'd take wine bottle corks, chicken and quail feathers, sewing thread and model paints and make our own small popping bugs and catch hundreds of small bream with the occasional keeper. The equipment now is considerably more advanced than back then. In 2000, about 10 years before I retired from a 32 year career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, I developed a renewed interest in the sport of fly fishing. I learned fairly quickly to hand tie my own flies and even make my own fly rods. I found it much more fulfilling to catch fish on something I made myself. I'm perfectly satisfied being in the marsh all day chasing redfish in skinny water, placing a well made fly in front of them and watching with exhilaration as a fish charges it.

Kevin Smith - Winnfield, LA

Kevin is pastor of First United Methodist Church in Winnfield. A graduate of LSU and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, he and his wife Jane are big LSU Tigers and Saints fans. In his spare time, he loves fishing and hunting, particularly fly fishing and fishing for crappie (white perch) with his hand-tied jigs.  


Chris Sumers - Nassau Bay, TX

Growing up, around our house, fishing was a way of life. Just about every water from streams to offshore. Spare time and vacations almost always revolved around fishing. However, in 1995, health problems sidelined me for a year. My cardiologist suggested that I take up a non-stressful hobby. So, I took up fly tying. Like many beginners, I started out with a bare bones kit which focused on beginner flies. Soon I was on to more advanced flies like Deceivers, Seaducers and Clouser Minnows. It was also around this time when I joined a club, bought a rod and, invested in my first rotary vise. I was hooked!  After catching my first redfish on a fly - on one of my hand tied patterns - I knew that there was no turning back.

Most of my fishing time is spent along the coastal waters of Texas and Louisiana in search of speckled trout and redfish but, I can also be found in the Texas Hill Country, particularly Lake Buchanan, casting for largemouth, white and striped bass.

I am an active member of the Texas FlyFishers Club, where I serve as Chairman of the annual Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival. Before that, I served as the Club’s Vice President and, 4 terms as Saltwater Outings Chair. I am also past winner of the Club’s prestigious Sweetened Hook Award. I am also a long time member of the Fly Fishers International and the FFI Texas Council.   

Gene Taylor - Woodworth, LA

Gene has served as the fly tying chair of Kisatchie Fly Fishers since 2015.  His favorite patterns to tie are articulated streamers for predatory fish.

Rex White - Stonewall, LA

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Vendors and Exhibitors:

H2GO Paddlesports


. FFI Gulf Coast Council

Fenwick / Hardy



LDWF Booker-Fowler Fish Hatchery

. Mudfish Adventures

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If you wish to exhibit or tie flies,  contact Glen 'Catch' Cormier at 318-793-5855 or by email .



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