Monday, January 20, 2020

Our 2020 Festival recap - we made history!

For those who didn't make our Festival on Saturday, you missed another fun event!  Everyone had a great time.  If you would like to see some photos and read comments from those in attendance, you can find them on our Facebook page.  All of the tiers are looking forward to coming back in 2022.

The bad weather held off until the very end, allowing us to have a full day of casting on the lawn. Several newbies learned to cast - and do quite well thanks to instruction from Jeff Ferguson, Keith Richard and other instructors. Steve Breaux of Lake Charles qualified for the FFI Bronze Casting Certificate, while our members Cindy Griffin, Kristy Kelley, and Johnny Borden advanced towards their first certificate.

Inside, folks got to see some of the best fly tiers from several states, not just Louisiana. Everyone was impressed with the tying talent and variety of flies.  And several of us learned a few new tying tricks and techniques, as well as new patterns to enhance our fishing.

We also had some terrific presentations, a "very tasty" lunch prepared by our own Greg Babin, and one of the largest raffles you'll see at any fly fishing event - by count 82 items! We even had KALB-TV visit and do a segment for the evening news.

Can't say enough about H2GO Outdoors in Monroe and Mudfish Adventures for coming out despite the gloomy forecast and exhibiting at our event. H2GO has some exciting outdoors products and carries the BOTE and Crescent Kayaks. Mudfish makes the best casting short rods ever made!

And while attendance was down slightly from our last festival, we did end up signing 13 new members, the most at any one time in club history.  That brings our KFF membership up to 79 member families! 

We also made more than enough money to make a generous donation to The Food Bank of Central Louisiana.  More about the Festival will be discussed at our January general membership meeting on the 27th.