Tuesday, June 1, 2021

June 14th tying session - Peanut Envy

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, June 14, 2021

6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

* Remote members can still participate via the Zoom app on any PC, tablet, or smartphone.  Enter the meeting ID and password to join in.  Email Bill Morrison to request.

For our first in-person fly tying session in over a year, Tyler Wood will lead us in tying a smaller version of Kelly Galloup's Peanut Envy.  In a size 4, this small profile streamer is easier to cast, and versatile for a wide variety of predatory species.  Bring your tools, materials will be provided.  

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, May 23, 2021

KFF in-person meetings to resume in June

Great News!  The large meeting room at the Rapides Westside Library room will reopen in June.  Our monthly meetings are now scheduled through November (no meeting in December, that is our annual Christmas Party).   

With the renewal of meetings, there is a schedule change.  Fly tying meetings will now be the 2nd Monday of each month, and program meetings the 4th Monday of each month. 

Although our fly tying sessions will be in-person, Bill Morrison and the Tying Committee are working to simultaneously broadcast these in Zoom, and have interactive participation with our remote members and friends.  We will also continue to post our flies on YouTube.  The next tying session will be June 14th.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Mixed Bag Contest standings - 5/18

This has been the wettest Spring in Louisiana since Bienville stuck the French flag into our mud and it sunk.  Rain, wind, dark of night... none of that has bothered Jerry Patton on his quest to catch different species of fish in our Mixed Bag Contest.  Jerry has already set a new MBC record and we're only halfway into the contest!

While most members will probably never catch up to Jerry and current runnerup Chris Williams (whose also having a "big year"), there is good news.  For 2021, we've expanded the number of consolation drawings and prizes. 

So, when the sun does come out (eventually it will... we think), get your fly tackle and go catch fish. Take a photo of each different species with your smartphone or camera, then make your entries online. The more entries = greater chances to win!

Here are the current standings:

Jerry Patton - 20
Chris Williams - 16
Tyler Wood - 7
Glen Cormier - 6
Carlton Townsend - 6
Bill Morrison - 6
Robert Hughes - 5
Rich Hudson -5

Other entries: Mike Carlin - 3, Joel Dinnat - 3, Preston Keiser - 2,  Gene Taylor - 2,  Louis Busby - 2, Barbara Carlin - 2,  Jim Johnson - 2

Among the most recent interesting species entered include: hardhead catfish (Jerry Patton), pinfish (Jerry Patton), a 20-inch speckled trout (Bill Morrison personal best), rainbow trout (Preston Keiser), and Rio Grande Cichlid (Mike Carlin & Barbara Carlin).  The spotted bass pictured was caught by Tyler Wood using a "Mad Scientist Crab".

Thursday, May 6, 2021

May 17th Virtual Tying Monday (not Tuesday)

Monday, May 17th
6:00pm
Jawbreaker fly

Zoom session / YouTube Live 

* please note the date change!

Deadline for materials request:  Sunday, May 9th
Material request form:  https://forms.gle/H6iEspntoSstssRU9

For this session, Jim Johnson will lead us in tying the new bass fly, the Jawbreaker.  Think of it as a woolybugger with legs, on a jig hook, and a plastic curly tail.  If you can get past the idea of a plastic tail on a fly, this one is a killer for bass!

To join in:

  • Active participants can join via the Zoom app on any PC, tablet, or smartphone.  Enter the meeting ID and password to join in.  Email Bill Morrison to request.
  • Casual observers can join via live-streaming on YouTube.   No downloads necessary.  Go to the Kisatchie Fly Fishers YouTube Channel:  http://bit.ly/3oBk106  and click on "Live" videos.  Use the Chat feature to ask questions.

Friday, April 23, 2021

May 4th Virtual Tying Tuesday

Tuesday, May 4th
6:00pm
Gene Taylor's Woolybugger

Zoom session / YouTube Live

Deadline for materials request:  Sunday, April 25th
Material request form:
https://forms.gle/H6iEspntoSstssRU9

For May 4th, Gene Taylor will lead us in his variation of the Woolly Bugger. This pattern proved to be a killer at the March Brown trip to the Little Missouri River.

To join in:

  • Active participants can join via the Zoom app on any PC, tablet, or smartphone.  Enter the meeting ID and password to join in.  Email Bill Morrison to request.
  • Casual observers can join via live-streaming on YouTube.   No downloads necessary.  Go to the Kisatchie Fly Fishers YouTube Channel:  http://bit.ly/3oBk106  and click on "Live" videos.  Use the Chat feature to ask questions.


Saturday, April 17, 2021

Mixed Bag Update - April 17th

Rain, rain, go away! Come again another...month! Honestly, the only critters happy right now with all the water are frogs and fish.

Speaking of fish, the nasty weather hasn't curtailed members from getting entries into our Mixed Bag Contest (MBC). In fact, Chris Williams and Jerry Patton have both recorded a record number of entries by any individual for this time of year. Overall, we've had more entries into the MBC for this date than any previous year.

With the Spring Picnic and a club outing coming up soon, we hope many more members will get an entry into the Mixed Bag. Remember, this year we'll be expanding the number of drawing prizes. Each entry represents one ticket in the drawing. So, more entries = greater chances to win!

Here are the current standings:

Chris Williams - 13
Jerry Patton - 11
Bill Morrison - 6
Tyler Wood - 5
Carlton Townsend - 5
Glen Cormier - 5

Other entries: Robert Hughes - 4, Joel Dinnat - 3, Gene Taylor - 2, Jim Johnson - 2, Louis Busby - 1,  Rich Hudson - 1

Among the many species listed so far, are some not normally caught on fly.  Those include: flounder (Tyler Wood), bowfin and striped mullet (Chris Williams).

Friday, April 9, 2021

Virtual Tying Tuesday postponed to April 20th

Tuesday, April 20th
6:00pm
Skip Morris Predator Fly
Deadline for materials request:  Sunday, April 4th

* This session has been moved back a week due to delays in getting materials *

For our next session, we'll tie the Skip Morris Predator fly, a versatile and scalable foam top-water pattern that can be tied as large as #4 for bass and down to a #10 for panfish.  As we are on top of spring bluegill and panfish season, we will tie a tan #10 version.

To join in:

1)  Active participants can join via the Zoom app on any PC, tablet, or smartphone.  Enter the meeting ID and password to join in.  Email Bill Morrison to request.

2)  Casual observers can join via live-streaming on YouTube.   No downloads necessary.  Go to the Kisatchie Fly Fishers YouTube Channel:  http://bit.ly/3oBk106  and click on "Live" videos.  Use the Chat feature to ask questions.

Monday, April 5, 2021

April 26th - annual "On The Water Picnic"

KFF Spring Picnic
Monday, April 26, 2021

Cotile Lake Recreation Area
(weather permitting)

** If inclement weather, we'll reschedule the picnic to a later date. **

Once again, we'll meet at the Cotile Lake Recreation Area.  KFF members, family members and member guests are welcome to attend!  Come anytime that afternoon and fish from the bank.  Or bring your boat, kayak, pirogue, and launch at the Rec Area.  Or take in some casting lessons and/or participate in our Casting Skills Program. 

Then at 7:00pm, 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.  Participants are welcome to bring side dishes and desserts.  Please respond to the PICNIC email regarding side items.

Please note the following:
1. There is NO entrance fee for our group. Tell 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.
5.  Bring a camera (or smartphone) to submit entries for the Mixed Bag Contest.

If you plan to attend, please fill out this short form:  CLICK HERE TO SIGNUP.

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