Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Festival time is here!

Cenla Fly Fishing & Light Tackle Festival
Saturday, January 29, 2022
8:30am to 3:30pm 
Kees Park, Pineville, LA
FREE admission!!

Every even-numbered year we hold our biennial Festival, a celebration of the light tackle lifestyle.  This event is a unique experience, vastly different from most outdoors shows.  With the Festival, it's all about education, instruction, and community.

We encourage attendees to come learn about new places to fish, how to fish them. Watch some of the top tiers from across the region tie flies, or make jigs.  Cast a fly rod or a spinning rod, or learn how a local rod company builds rods. Get casting instruction from top FFI certified instructors.  Learn why kayaks are an economical and very effective way to fish to fish the marsh.  

And please take part in our giant raffle and fundraiser to raise money for our friends at The Food Bank of Central Louisiana - and help feed some hungry families! Speaking of food, we'll have a pastalaya cooked by our own Greg Babin for just five bucks - including drink.

For complete details, including schedule, list of fly tiers and jig makers, exhibitors, speakers, and much more, click on the "2022 Fest" menu above.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

KFF January meeting - Cenla Fest, ICAST report

KFF monthly meeting
Monday, January 24, 2022

6:00pm     * note change in meeting time *
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria
Also livestreamed on Zoom 

This month, our meeting will kickoff at 6:00 pm instead of 6:30.  The earlier start is to facilitate final preparations for our biennial Cenla Fly Fishing and Light Tackle Festival which takes place later in the week - Saturday, January 29th at Kees Park in Pineville.  

We'll start the meeting with details on the Fest and proceed to where members can help.  

Areas include:

  • setting up electrical cords for fly tiers
  • greeting tiers and vendors and assisting them carry equipment into building
  • volunteering at registration, membership, donation tables to allow breaks
  • other actions to help make the event run smoothly for attendees
  • donations for our club raffle, gamblers draw and silent auction

So that the meeting isn't just serious business, we'll follow up with a 30-minute two-part presentation by Glen 'Catch' Cormier from ICAST 2021 back in July.

  •  Ten best and worst new fly fishing products / accessories 
  •  State of the Sport - Fly Fishing statistics 2020

We need a strong turnout at this meeting to help get our festival organized.  Please make every effort to attend. As always, our meetings are open to the public!

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

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

January 10th fly tying - Parachute Adams

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, January 10, 2022

Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria
Also livestreamed on Zoom and YouTube

From Bill Morrison: we will tie the #14 Parachute Adams in a March Brown color as shown in the photo. This color should be especially good for those early morning or just-before-dark risers on the Little Missouri during our club March Brown trip (March 31-April 3). It is identical to the “regular” grey Parachute Adams, so the skills learned in tying this version will directly apply to the regular Parachute Adams.
The Parachute Adams is sort of the “gumbo” of fly tying. It seems that everyone has their own recipe and methods - though tiers may not be as passionate about their recipes as gumbo cooks! To many, the most challenging piece of the fly is tying the parachute post and there seems to be an almost infinite number of methods posted on the Internet. I struggled with this for a long time as well until I discovered an easy method to hold the post and wrap the thread.
As always, beginners and guests are welcome!  All materials will be provided, and we will have several sets of tools for any who do not have their own.  For more information, email me at kffcpr@gmail.com.

On-site attendees should bring a mask as the library requires masks when indoors. For Zoom participants, enter the meeting number and password sent by email.