Wednesday, April 20, 2016

April 25 general meeting

Our next general meeting will be on Monday, April 25th, at the Rapides Westside Library in Alexandria. This month we take advantage of longer daylight and mild weather - before it gets hot - to hold our annual "Casting Meeting". Starting at 6:00pm, we'll gather on the lawn back of the library and do some casting analysis and share techniques for improving casting. We'll also cover a few specialty casts, such as Roll Cast, Reach Cast, Pendulum Cast, Belgian Cast, maybe even Double Haul.

Afterwards, we'll gather inside to discuss a few business items, including: Recap of Fly Fishing 101, the upcoming Grand Isle Fly Fishing Weekend in June, and the 2017 Cenla Fishing Expo.

As always, meetings are open to both members and non-members, so please share!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

April 18 fly tying

Our next fly tying session will be Monday, April 18, at the Rapides Westside Libary in Alexandria. Time is 6:30pm.

This month Brent Humphries will lead us in tying the Cap Spider.  This famous fly was created by the late Mike Verduin, a nationally-recognized and awarded tier out of Lewisville, TX.  The name of Mike's fly came from an encounter in a tournament, where he saw several spider-like jigs on the cap of another angler.  He was so impressed with the lure that he modified it to make it "fly friendly". On several occasions when fishing Louisiana with members of other clubs, he demonstrated how deadly the Cap Spider was on bedding bream, especially redears.

There are very few places to buy Cap Spiders.  One of those is Belah Bugs, owned by our fellow member Brent Humphries (look up Belah Bugs on Facebook).  Brent ties all of his flies and jigs, so you know there's quality.  The "Cap" is easy to tie, and Brent will show us this month how to tie our own.

As always, beginners are welcome. Bring your tools if you have some, otherwise the club has a few toolsets for those without tools.  Materials are provided.  See you Monday!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Fly Fishing 101 this Saturday!

Have you ever considered learning about fly fishing?  Or actually doing it?  As they say, there's nothing more rewarding than catching a fish on a fly.  Unless it's catching one on a fly that you tied!

This Saturday, April 16th is our 3rd annual "Fly Fishing 101" workshop at LDWF Booker-Fowler Hatchery in Forest Hill.  It runs 8:30am to 12:30pm.  Best of all, it's FREE and open to the public.  Coffee, donuts, soft drinks and handouts are provided.

FF101 is a 3-hour hands-on workshop that covers the basics of fly fishing, fly casting, knots, leaders, and flies used for the sport.  Details and a schedule can be found by clicking on the menu above on "2016 Fly Fish 101".  Bring your rod/reel if you own one, but if not, the club has setups for use during this workshop.

All we ask is that you register by calling 318-793-5855 or email so we know how many to expect.  Thanks!