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.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Mixed Bag Standings - March 16th

Spring is here. That means crawfish, pollen, excellent fishing, and more additions to our Mixed Bag Contest. The MBC is our members-only, online tournament where size doesn't matter, but diversity does.

Chris Williams has shot into the lead with a remarkable 11 species. This is the highest number this early in the year during the four years of our Mixed Bag!  Congratulations, Chris!

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 (11) - black crappie, bluegill, bowfin, largemouth bass, longear sunfish, redfish, redear sunfish, redspotted sunfish, spotted bass, striped mullet, warmouth
  • Jerry Patton (7) - black crappie, brown trout, cutthroat, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, redfish, spotted bass
  • Glen Cormier (5) - black crappie, chain pickerel, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, yellow bass
  • Carlton Townsend (4) - black crappie, brown trout, largemouth bass, rainbow trout
  • Robert Hughes (3) - brown trout, rainbow trout, longear
  • Tyler Wood (3) - redfish, seatrout, flounder
  • Bill Morrison (2) - bluegill, spotted bass
  • Rich Hudson (1) - rainbow trout
  • Jim Johnson (1) - bluegill
  • Joel Dinnat (1) - rainbow trout

Again, to see who caught what, and where and how, go to the Mixed Bag page and click on "Submissions Recieved".

Saturday, March 13, 2021

New time for Social Distance Casting

Social Distance Casting
Mondays

5:00pm to dark
Big Island Field, City Park, Alexandria

Spring is here!  So is Daylight Savings Time.  That means we'll be starting later and with enough extra daylight for working folks to come out and take part in casting.  No coats necessary... maybe some bug spray.  Big Island has lots of space.  At least for the time being, we'll continue to wear masks and  practice social distancing guidelines. 

Our group of casting instructors can help improve your skills - from novice to advanced.  We also have a fun format with challenges for casters of all levels of proficiency.

  • Hula Hoop Loop. See if you can throw a loop thru a hula hoop. 
  • Casting Target. See if you can cast a fly into a hula hoop laying on the grass. 
  • Balloon Pop. This is a test of high accuracy. See if you can hit a balloon target and make the balloon pop!

Or participate in the Casting Skills Challenge program and earn a Bronze, Silver or Gold recognition. If you're a member of Fly Fishers International (FFI), you can also receive an FFI casting award.

Monday, February 22, 2021

March 9th meeting - Fly Fishing the Little Missouri River

KFF monthly general meeting
Tuesday, March 9, 2021

6:00pm
Zoom meeting

Our annual club "March Brown" trip to the Little Missouri River in southwest Arkansas is coming up March 25-28. A record number of newbies will be joining our group for this trip. For them, and anyone else interested in fishing this year-round coldwater trout fishery just over 4 hours from Alexandria, we strongly advise you attend this virtual meeting!

Our resident Little Mo expert, Carlton Townsend, will lead the presentation. Among the many topics that he will cover include: tackle, leaders, packs or vests, boots and waders, accessories, flies, river access points and possibly the most important - river safety!

There are two ways to join in:

1)  Active participants can join via Zoom app on any PC, tablet, or smartphone.  Enter the meeting ID and password to join in.  If you need the ID and password, email Bill Morrison with a 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.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

March Virtual Tying Tuesday sessions

Tuesday, March 2nd
6:00pm
Christmas Tree, Green Weenie
Deadline for materials request:  Monday, Feb.  22nd

For March, we'll be tying patterns that are effective for rainbow and brown trout on the Little Missouri River in southwest Arkansas. These are also good for bream.  

We'll start the month with Carlton leading us in tying the Christmas Tree (originated by Mike Ingram) and the Green Weenie.  Both are very productive flies that are relatively easy to tie.

Link to request sample materials:
https://forms.gle/j2AAJyE2zkr3LSSFA

Tuesday, March 16th
6:00pm
Squirm Worm, Ruby Midge
Deadline for materials request:  Monday, March 8th

Bill Morrison will lead the group in tying the Squirm Worm (Umpqua version using two sections of material) and the Ruby Midge (a small #18 pattern). 

Link to request sample materials:
https://forms.gle/j2AAJyE2zkr3LSSFA

Tuesday, March 30th
6:00pm
Frenchie
Deadline for materials request:  Monday, March 22nd

This is a favorite of Robert Hughes, though he ties it in a size #18.  For the ease of tying in our session, we will tie a size 14.

Link to request sample materials:
https://forms.gle/j2AAJyE2zkr3LSSFA

To join in:

1)  Active participants can join via Zoom (www.zoom.us).  Download the Zoom app for use on any PC, tablet, or smartphone.  Enter the meeting ID and password to join in.  If you need the ID and password, email Bill Morrison with a request.

2)  Casual observers can join via live-streaming on YouTube.   No downloads necessary.   If you have a YouTube app on your PC, smartphone or tablet, you can even cast it onto your TV  (if your TV has an internet connection) and watch it on the big screen in high definition!

 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Virtual Tying Tuesday reminder

A short reminder that tonight for our bi-weekly Virtual Tying Tuesday, Gene Taylor will be leading us in tying the Seaducer.  There are two ways to join in.

1)  Active participants can join via Zoom (www.zoom.us).  Download the Zoom app for use on any PC, tablet, or smartphone.  Enter the meeting ID and password to join in.  If you need the ID and password, email Bill Morrison with a request.

2)  Casual observers can join via live-streaming on YouTube.   No downloads necessary.   If you have a YouTube app on your PC, smartphone or tablet, you can even cast it onto your TV  (if your TV has an internet connection) and watch it on the big screen in high definition!

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Patton early leader in 2021 Mixed Bag

Red taken by Chris Williams on EP Shrimp fly
January 1st kicked off our 4th annual "Mixed Bag Contest" - a members-only CPRE (catch-photo-release encouraged) online tournament where size doesn't matter, but diversity does. The goal is to catch as many different species as possible, for chances at awards and prizes. 

Speaking of awards and prizes, for 2021 there are a few changes coming to encourage greater participation by "spreading the wealth". We all know that we have a group of outstanding anglers in our club that routinely catch 10 or more species each year on fly. The changes will give the folks who catch fewer fish a greater opportunity at more prizes. We'll still recognize "winners" but their cash prizes will be reduced or eliminated. For the prize drawing, we'll expand the number of prizes from only 1 to at least 3, possibly 5. Each entry in the Mixed Bag continues to get you 1 ticket into the drawing, so there's still an incentive to get as many entries in as possible.     

We'll have more on that later. Meanwhile, we have our first month on the books.  It's been a rough start to 2021, with cold and windy days, but our members have braved the elements and made a great start!  

Here are our current leaders:
Jerry Patton (5) - black crappie, rainbow trout, brown trout, largemouth bass, spotted bass
Chris Williams (4) - bluegill, spotted bass, striped mullet, red drum
Carlton Townsend (4) - brown trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass, black crappie
Tyler Wood (3) - redfish, seatrout, flounder
Rich Hudson (1) - rainbow trout

The most productive flies have been: Clouser Minnow and EP Shrimp Fly in saltwater, Squirmy Worm, Green Weenie and Pheasant Tail in fresh.  Top locations have been Highway 1 marsh to Grand Isle, Calcasieu marsh, Lower Mountain Fork, Little Missouri river, and Toledo Bend.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

February Virtual Tying Tuesday sessions

Tuesday, February 2nd
6:00pm
Lefty's Deceiver
Deadline for materials request:  Monday, Jan.  18th

* Postponed from 1/25 due to materials shipping backlog *  

The next fly pattern we will tie will be the Lefty’s Deceiver.  This is a proven fly for any species that eats baitfish and is probably only exceeded in popularity by the Clouser Minnow. We will tie a size #2 version in the popular white/chartreuse colors that should work well for bass, large trout, or saltwater. 

Link to request sample materials:
https://forms.gle/7etFHwBwTb9ZtBoy7

Tuesday, February 16th
6:00pm
Seaducer
Deadline for materials request:  Friday, Feb. 5th

Seaducers have been around since the late 19th century, and have been used for nearly every predator species from brown trout to stripers to tarpon.  Chico Fernandez used this fly to catch his world-record redfish.  The Godfather of Fly Fishing, Lefty Kreh, writes in his book, Presenting the Fly, that Seaducers are "one of the best patterns for both large and smallmouth bass that I've fished. I never make a trip without some of these in my box.".

Link to request sample materials:
https://forms.gle/7etFHwBwTb9ZtBoy7

For all sessions:

  • Active participants can join via Zoom (www.zoom.us).  Download the app for use on any PC, tablet, or smartphone.  Enter the meeting ID and password to join in.
  • Casual observers can join via live-streaming on YouTube.   No downloads necessary, just click on the link below and click on "Live" videos to watch.   If you have a YouTube app on your smartphone or tablet (almost all do), you can even cast it onto your TV  (if it has an internet connection) and watch on your TV.
  • Link to KFF YouTube Channel:  http://bit.ly/3oBk106

 

Friday, January 22, 2021

Social Distance Casting sessions

Social Distance Casting
Mondays

4:30pm to dark
Big Island Field, City Park, Alexandria

Big Island has lots of space.  Please wear a mask and practice social distancing guidelines. 

 We'll continue our fun format with challenges for casters of all levels of proficiency.

  • Hula Hoop Loop. See if you can throw a loop thru a hula hoop. 
  • Casting Target. See if you can cast a fly into a hula hoop laying on the grass. 
  • Balloon Pop. This is a test of high accuracy. See if you can hit a balloon target and make the balloon pop!

As always, there will be casting instruction and tips to improve your casting. Or participate in the Casting Skills Challenge program and earn a Bronze, Silver or Gold recognition.  Our Casting Committee led by Roger Breedlove and Chris Perkins will be very happy to guide you through the process.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

January Virtual Tying Tuesday sessions

Tuesday, January 12th
6:00pm
Ozark Craw

Deadline for materials request:  Monday, Jan. 4th

Jim Johnson will lead us in tying Chris Johnson's "Ozark Craw".  This fly is a crawfish imitation which is effective on multiple species.  It's also fairly simple to tie.

Link to request sample materials:
https://forms.gle/ChMY7RZP3rXgBTGP8

For all sessions:

  • Active participants can join via Zoom (www.zoom.us).  Download the app for use on any PC, tablet, or smartphone.  Enter the meeting ID and password to join in.
  • Casual observers can join via live-streaming on YouTube.   No downloads necessary, just click on the link below and click on "Live" videos to watch.   If you have a YouTube app on your smartphone or tablet (almost all do), you can even cast it onto your TV  (if it has an internet connection) and watch on your TV.
  • Link to KFF YouTube Channel:  http://bit.ly/3oBk106