Tuesday, August 30, 2016

National Hunting and Fishing Day - September 24th

Cenla National Hunting and Fishing Day Festival
Saturday, September 24, 2016
7:00am - 9:00am - Kids Fishing Derby
9:00am - 2:00pm - Main exhibits and activities
LDWF Woodworth Outdoors Center
661 Robinson Road, Woodworth, LA

FREE admission! Food and refreshments provided, BBQ sampling as well as wild game tasting.

Activities include: Falconry demonstrations, Alligator skinning SWAT Team Demonstration, cannon net demonstrations, target shooting with shotguns, .22 rifles, Muzzeloaders, air rifles, as well as archery target shooting, live snake display, free photos taken on the Air Boat, rock wall climbing, retriever dog demos, hay rides.  

Also fly casting and fly tying demos by the Kisatchie Fly Fishers. 

There will be free burgers and drinks courtesy of Burger King, Sayes Office Supply and the Alexandria Optimist Club. Also barbecue samples from the Woodmen of the World BBQ Contest.  For the Kids Fishing Derby, participants should bring their own bait and fishing gear. Ages 15 and under can fish for bream, bass and catfish.

For more info, click on the Cenla NHF Day poster above.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

August 22nd meeting

Our next general meeting will be on Monday, August 22, at the Rapides Westside Library in Alexandria. Time is 6:30pm.

For the program, we'll watch a brand new DVD by Gary Borger entitled "The Perfect Cast".  If you're a beginner or even intermediate level caster, or an expert looking for a few extra tips on making tighter loops and more control casts, this video will be the ticket!

Also on the agenda:  Cenla National Hunting and Fishing Day the last Saturday in September. KFF will participate.  Also, fishing reports and the new NatGeo application for locating fishing spots.

The public is welcome, so bring a guest if you can!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Recap: Fly Tying Workshop with Jeff Guerin

For the summer months - June, July and August - the Kisatchie Fly Fishers cancelled our regular 3rd Monday fly tying sessions and instead held two "Summer Fly Tying Workshops" featuring nationally-renown fly tiers.  The first with Stephen Robert was held in July, and the second with Jeff Guerin was held in August. Both were held on Saturday mornings at the LDWF Woodworth Outdoors Education Center, and were open to members of other clubs.

The August 13th session with Jeff Guerin came on the worst weekend possible, when a tropical depression moved over south Louisiana, dumping as much as 22 inches of rain in some locations - the worst natural disaster in our state since Hurricane Katrina!  Central Louisiana was spared the flooding, so the class went on as scheduled.  Although it did take a toll as only 11 of the 18 registered were able to attend.

Still, it was a great session!  Jeff demonstrated the original hare's ear pattern, a basic wet fly pattern, and his own creation, the A&W Emerger.  Even the expert tiers in the group learned quite a bit as most of Jeff's presentation was more about the concepts of fly design, dubbing selection and mixing, and numerous production tying tips.  Jeff also explained why certain patterns are very effective and his observations from many years of guiding folks on the rivers of southern Arkansas.

KFF would like to thank Jeff very much for giving us this workshop.  Check out his website at www.littlemissouriflyfishing.com.  If you've never been fly fishing on the Little Missouri River near Murfreesboro, or have never fished for trout on moving water, I strongly recommend hiring Jeff for a day.  He's a great guide and excellent casting instructor.