Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Mixed Bag Contest - update August 17th

Joel Dinnat's white bass
Our 5th annual Mixed Bag Contest is at the halfway point and we're up to 139 entries. The MBC is our members-only, months-long online tournament where size doesn't matter, but diversity does.

And while the top place will win a dedicated prize, the new format gives out more prizes for the drawing. Each entry represents one ticket in the drawing. For example, enter 4 species in the Mixed Bag and you get 4 tickets in the drawing. More entries = greater chances to win! So get out there and catch fish!

Prizes are cool, but the real winner of the Mixed Bag is you, the angler. It's a database for finding a good location to catch a particular species, and what flies might work best.

Here are the current standings:
  • Chris Williams - 24
  • Bill Morrison - 19
  • Jim Johnson - 15
  • Carlton Townsend - 13
  • Glen Cormier - 12
  • Jeff Albrecht - 7
  • Jim Guillory - 7
  • Robert Hughes - 7
Also: Phillip Cole - 6, Doug Bell - 5, Joel Dinnat - 5, Rich Hudson - 4, Tom Zabasky - 4, Keith Breazeale - 3, Rick Maddox - 2, Mike Carlin - 2, Pitt Merryman - 1, Preston Keiser - 1

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

August 22nd meeting - Big Easy Rios

KFF monthly meeting
Monday, August 22, 2022

5:30pm - casting
6:30pm - meeting
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria
Also livestreamed on Zoom and YouTube

This month's program will be a presentation by Bill Morrison, Jim Johnson and Catch Cormier.  Jim and Bill recently fished for Rio Grande Cichlids (aka Rio Grande Perch) with AJ Rosenbohm in New Orleans City Park.  Jim and Bill will speak of that June fishing trip and specifically, fishing in City Park.  Catch will add his thoughts on the Rodeo from the perspective of being a two time tournament winner.  Bill will propose a KFF club trip down to NOLA for the tournament which takes place on October 1st.

We'll also discuss our plans for Cenla National Hunting & Fishing Day (Sept. 24).

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 -

Thursday, August 4, 2022

August 8th fly tying - Clouser Swimming Nymph

KFF monthly fly tying session
Monday, August 8, 2022

5:30pm -  casting on back lawn
6:30pm - session begins
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria
Also livestreamed on Zoom and YouTube

This month, Chris Williams will be here in person to lead us in tying the Clouser Swimming Nymph. According to Chris, most carp patterns are weighted so the hook point and tail are up. But his research found one major exception: Bob Clouser's Swimming Nymph. This fly was designed for smallmouth, but despite an active retrieve this fly has also been a carp killer.

This fly can also be a good crawfish imitation, especially in the preferred colors of rust/orange or olive. It can also be weighted or unweighted depending on fishing in grass or hard bottom.

All materials other than thread will be provided, and we have several sets of tools for beginners to use during the session.

For Zoom participants, enter the meeting number and password sent by email. For YouTube participants, search for "Kisatchie Fly Fishers" on YT.