Tuesday, October 4, 2022

October 10th tying - Redfish Rattle

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, October 10, 2022

5:30pm - casting on back lawn
6:30pm - session begins
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria
Also livestreamed on Zoom and YouTube

For October, we have another relatively simple pattern that comes as a recommendation from our own Chris Williams, the Redfish Rattle.  While the redfish version of the fly is tied in white/tan to imitate shrimp, we will tie it in the red/white colors that Chris has found effective for warm/freshwater species such as bass, pickerel, and more.

As always, all materials other than thread will be provided, and we have several sets of tools for beginners to use during the session.

Weather permitting, we'll have casting practice from 5:30pm – 6:30pm on the lawn to the rear of the library.  If you have specific casting problems to work on or just want to get in some guided practice, there will be people there who can help.

For Zoom participants, enter the meeting number and password sent by email. For YouTube participants, search for "Kisatchie Fly Fishers" on YT.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

September 26th meeting - Small group fly tying

KFF monthly meeting
Monday, September 26, 2022

5:00pm - casting
6:30pm - meeting
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria
Also livestreamed on Zoom and YouTube

This meeting will include a short business meeting followed by small group fly tying like we did at our May meeting. After our business agenda, we'll gather in small groups with each group led by a member who will tie a specific fly and proceed at a pace conducive to beginners or those looking to hone a specific skill set.  The club will support with some materials, vises and tools.

Casting weather should be good as a cool front is expected to pass Monday morning. Casting practice will begin at 5:30pm behind the library.

For Zoom connection, email Mike or Bill for meeting number and password. For the KFF YouTube Channel, use this link and go to Live videos - http://bit.ly/3oBk106

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Cenla NHF Day this Saturday

National Hunting and Fishing Day is a national event celebrated on the fourth Saturday in September. It was established by Congress in 1972 to celebrate the conservation contributions of our nation's hunters and anglers.  For over 30 years, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has celebrated NHFD at four venues across the state, including their Woodworth location.

Kisatchie Fly Fishers is proud to once again be part of the Cenla NHFD activities at Woodworth.  We will doing fly tying demos, hands-on tying, hands-on fly casting, and talking about fly fishing, including opportunities in the Cenla area, and beyond.

2022 Cenla National Hunting and Fishing Day
Saturday, September 24

8:00am - 1:30pm
LDWF Woodworth Outdoor Education Center
661 Robinson Rd, Woodworth, LA
FREE admission!

Unlike previous years, LDWF will not be providing food to attendees. However, there will be several food trucks onsite to provide lunch. Also, LDWF will provide bottled to participants and refreshments to volunteers and exhibitors.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

September 12th tying - Bluegill Bully Spider

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, September 12, 2022

5:30pm -  casting on back lawn
6:30pm - session begins
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria
Also livestreamed on Zoom and YouTube

For September, we will tie a modified version of Terry and Roxanne Wilson's famous Bluegill Bully Spider.  This version was first tied by A.J. Rosenbohm, President of the FFI Gulf Coast Council.  Bill Morrison and Jim Johnson did well with this fly while fishing in New Orleans City Park for the Rio Grande Cichlid.

This is an easy and effective fly to tie, suitable for both beginners and advanced tiers.  All materials other than thread will be provided, and we have several sets of tools for beginners to use during the session.

For Zoom participants, enter the meeting number and password sent by email. For YouTube participants, search for "Kisatchie Fly Fishers" on YT.

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Mixed Bag Contest - update August 17th

Joel Dinnat's white bass
Our 5th annual Mixed Bag Contest is at the halfway point and we're up to 139 entries. The MBC is our members-only, months-long online tournament where size doesn't matter, but diversity does.

And while the top place will win a dedicated prize, the new format gives out more prizes for the drawing. Each entry represents one ticket in the drawing. For example, enter 4 species in the Mixed Bag and you get 4 tickets in the drawing. More entries = greater chances to win! So get out there and catch fish!

Prizes are cool, but the real winner of the Mixed Bag is you, the angler. It's a database for finding a good location to catch a particular species, and what flies might work best.

Here are the current standings:
  • Chris Williams - 24
  • Bill Morrison - 19
  • Jim Johnson - 15
  • Carlton Townsend - 13
  • Glen Cormier - 12
  • Jeff Albrecht - 7
  • Jim Guillory - 7
  • Robert Hughes - 7
Also: Phillip Cole - 6, Doug Bell - 5, Joel Dinnat - 5, Rich Hudson - 4, Tom Zabasky - 4, Keith Breazeale - 3, Rick Maddox - 2, Mike Carlin - 2, Pitt Merryman - 1, Preston Keiser - 1

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

August 22nd meeting - Big Easy Rios

KFF monthly meeting
Monday, August 22, 2022

5:30pm - casting
6:30pm - meeting
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria
Also livestreamed on Zoom and YouTube

This month's program will be a presentation by Bill Morrison, Jim Johnson and Catch Cormier.  Jim and Bill recently fished for Rio Grande Cichlids (aka Rio Grande Perch) with AJ Rosenbohm in New Orleans City Park.  Jim and Bill will speak of that June fishing trip and specifically, fishing in City Park.  Catch will add his thoughts on the Rodeo from the perspective of being a two time tournament winner.  Bill will propose a KFF club trip down to NOLA for the tournament which takes place on October 1st.

We'll also discuss our plans for Cenla National Hunting & Fishing Day (Sept. 24).

For Zoom connection, email Mike or Bill for meeting number and password. For the KFF YouTube Channel, use this link and go to Live videos - http://bit.ly/3oBk106

Thursday, August 4, 2022

August 8th fly tying - Clouser Swimming Nymph

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, August 8, 2022

5:30pm -  casting on back lawn
6:30pm - session begins
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria
Also livestreamed on Zoom and YouTube

This month, Chris Williams will be here in person to lead us in tying the Clouser Swimming Nymph. According to Chris, most carp patterns are weighted so the hook point and tail are up. But his research found one major exception: Bob Clouser's Swimming Nymph. This fly was designed for smallmouth, but despite an active retrieve this fly has also been a carp killer.

This fly can also be a good crawfish imitation, especially in the preferred colors of rust/orange or olive. It can also be weighted or unweighted depending on fishing in grass or hard bottom.

All materials other than thread will be provided, and we have several sets of tools for beginners to use during the session.

For Zoom participants, enter the meeting number and password sent by email. For YouTube participants, search for "Kisatchie Fly Fishers" on YT.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

July 25th meeting - A Caribbean Fishing Adventure

KFF monthly meeting
Monday, July 25, 2022

5:30pm - casting
6:30pm - meeting
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria
Also livestreamed on Zoom and YouTube

For this meeting, we'll have the program that was scheduled for our June meeting, but cancelled due to the library closure.  Rob Ratcliff will talk on his recent fly fishing trip to Cuba.  Rob and his compadres pursued a variety of tropical species including bonefish, tarpon, permit and more. He'll also share some photos of the city and country life and give his take on a country few Americans have visited.

After the presentations, we'll have a raffle for some outstanding flies tied by KFF members and donated by Richard Dewees.  You need to be present to win.

For Zoom connection, email Mike or Bill for meeting number and password. For the KFF YouTube Channel, use this link and go to Live videos - http://bit.ly/3oBk106