About

Kisatchie Fly Fishers is based out of Alexandria, Louisiana.  Our mission is to promote fly fishing education and conservation in central Louisiana.

Our membership includes all levels of expertise.  Those interested in learning or improving their skills at fly casting, fly tying, rod building, or fishing strategies will benefit greatly as members of our club.

First and foremost, we are a fishing club. Anyone interested in becoming a better angler, or in joining with other like-minded fishermen who enjoy pursuing a variety of species and waters, from creek fishing to saltwater, are welcome.

Membership

Click on the Membership page for details.

Monthly program meetings, fly tying sessions, and some events are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, all other club activities, such as trips, are for paid members only.

Meeting Location

Unless otherwise noted, our program meetings and fly tying sessions are held at the Rapides Parish Westside Library at 5416 Provine Place in Alexandria.  Click here for Google Maps direction.   All our general meetings and tying sessions are open to the public.

General Meetings 

Our general meetings are usually held the 4th Monday of each month, except December.  Time is 6:30pm.  These meetings include updates on club activities, fishing reports, and often feature some type of presentation either by a club member or a special guest.  Presentations can cover a wide range of topics, either fly fishing or of general fishing interest.

Fly Tying Sessions

Our fly tying sessions are usually held the 2nd Monday of each month, except December.  Time is 6:30pm.  A club member or guest tier leads in the instruction of one or two fly patterns. Attendees can watch or tie along. If you have tools, bring them. If not, then the club has sets of tools for attendees to use during these sessions only.  Materials are provided.  Beginners are always welcome.

Livestream

In April, 2020, we began livestreaming our tying sessions and meetings via the Zoom app.  As a courtesy to our remote members, we will continue to do so in the future.  Our tying sessions are also simulcasted to YouTube.  

  • Members can join via the Zoom app on any PC, tablet, or smartphone.  Enter the meeting ID and password to join in.  Email the club tying chairman to request.
  • Non-members can watch 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. 

Tying sessions are edited later and archived on YouTube.  Both members and non-members can, at any time, watch each of these sessions and the featured flies and learn how the instructor ties them.  

Meeting Exceptions

For holidays or other conflicts, we may reschedule to a different night.  Please check our Calendar and Home pages for exact dates and locations. 

Public Activities

Each year, we hold a "Fly Fishing 101" clinic open to the public.  FF101 is a free, one-day, 3-hour workshop covering the basics of fly fishing, including hands-on sessions on knots, leaders, and fly casting.  To learn more, click on "FF101" in our menu above.  

We also hold a "Fly Tying 101" clinic open to the public.  FT101 is a free, one-day, 3-hour workshop covering the basics of fly tying, with hands-on tying of simple but effective flies.  To learn more, click on "FT101" in our menu above.

In even years, we host the "Cenla Fly Fishing & Light Tackle Festival" in January.  This one-day event features seminars, fly tying demonstrations, casting clinics and coaching, exhibitors, raffles and much more.  Admission is free.  Proceeds go to a local charity as well as our conservation fund. To learn more, click on "Fest" in our menu above.

Each year, we participate in the "Cenla National Hunting and Fishing Day" on the 4th Saturday of September.  Hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, this celebration of the outdoors features dozens of exhibitors and activities for all ages.  KFF does fly tying demonstrations, hands-on casting instruction, and shares info on fly fishing across the region.

Members-only Activities

Each March or April, in lieu of our general meeting, we hold our "Spring Picnic" at Cotile Lake.  Members and their families and guests can fish, take casting lessons, and simply relax and enjoy the scenery.  We gather later to enjoy food off the grill, fixings, side dishes and other desserts.

Each year, we hold a "Summer Workshop" open to members only.  These sessions include hands-on activities and sometimes presentations mixed in, and often feature a guest presenter.  Time range is from 4 to 6 hours.  Past workshops have included:  tying deer hair bugs, making poppers, tying saltwater flies, fishing and tying flies for Arkansas trout, and rod building.

In December, in lieu of any meetings, we hold our annual Christmas Party.  We enjoy the company of our friends and family while entertained.  We also recognize members who have made outstanding contributions to the club over the past year.

We also do several club trips each year to coldwater (trout) destinations, either within a few hours drive or to locations out west.  We also have a couple of saltwater trips to the Louisiana marsh for redfish, speckled trout and other species.  And we also do trips for warmwater species in local waters.

Fly Fishers International (FFI)

Fly Fishers International - formerly Federation of Fly Fishers - is the world's largest organization dedicated to our sport.  It's mission is conserving, restoring and educating thru fly fishing.  Membership includes discounts on equipment, lodging, car rentals, books and more, as well as subscription to the award winning FlyFisher magazine.  Dues go towards conservation projects and causes like Reel Recovery and Casting for Recovery. For more details, go to www.flyfishersinternational.org.

The FFI is divided into regional councils. Louisiana-based FFI clubs and members are by default also members of the Gulf Coast Council, which is involved in casting and fly tying education, and in regional conservation issues and projects. For more details, go to www.gulfcoastcouncilffi.org.

The Kisatchie Fly Fishers is an affiliated club in the FFI, and a member of the FFI Gulf Coast Council. While membership in the FFI is not required for club members, we highly encourage our members to join this wonderful organization.

Other Clubs

There are several other fly fishing clubs within a 3-hour radius of Alexandria, which annually hold activities for which KFF members are encouraged to participate.

  • North Louisiana Fly Fishers of Shreveport.  They co-host the annual "Masters Series" each summer featuring a nationally-renown contributor to our sport.
  • Acadiana Fly Rodders of Lafayette.
  • Contraband Fly Casters of Lake Charles.  
  • Red Stick Fly Fishers of Baton Rouge.  They host their annual "Red Stick Day" in March.  Also club trips in spring and fall to Lake Concordia, for which KFF members are welcome.
  • Pineywoods Fly Fishers of Lufkin, TX.  They organize the annual "Toledo Bend Rendezvous" the first weekend of November. 

For KFF members who like to fish from paddlecraft - we call ourselves puddlers - the Lafayette Kayak Fishing Club (LKFC) frequently hold tournaments and other events open to the public.   

Again, please check our Calendar page often as many exciting things are always happening!

Club Documents for Download

Our club leaflet (tri-fold)   (350kb, PDF format)