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The Red Stick Fly Fishers will host their 26th annual 'Red Stick Day' fly fishing festival on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the BREC Perkins Community Park on 7122 Perkins Road in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Time is 8:30am to 3:00pm. This event is FREE and open to the public. Activities include seminars, fly tying demonstrations, casting clinics, vendors, and more. There's even fishing on the premises!

A jambalaya lunch will be available. There's the big raffle for flies, tackle, equipment, and other items, and a Gamblers Draw at noon. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the club's conservation projects.

For more details, go to the Red Stick Fly Fishers website at and click on 'Red Stick Day'.

February 21, 2018 at 3:37pm

Fly Fishing 101
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
LDWF Booker-Fowler Hatchery
10 Joan Stokes Road, Forest Hill, LA
FREE and open to the public!
Pre-registration required

The Kisatchie Fly Fishers will once again hold their free 'Fly Fishing 101' workshop on Saturday, April 16. There are three one-hour sessions covering: equipment, casting, knots and leaders. Refreshments and handouts are provided. For more info, go to or call 318-793-5855.

March 25, 2016 at 1:47am

2016 Natchitoches Fishing Expo
Saturday, March 5, 2016
8:30am to 5:00pm
Events Center, downtown Natchitoches, LA

The Natchitoches Fishing Expo is the Red River Region's largest fishing show, with free admission for all ages. While the focus is on light tackle fishing, fly fishing, and kayak fishing, the event also helps to promote conservation and family recreation.

Activities include seminars, casting demonstrations, and fly tying demonstrations by many of the top fly tiers from across the region, and on-the-water kayak demos. There's also over 60 exhibitors and vendors. There's even hands-on workshops for a nominal fee (registration required). There will also be a raffle featuring numerous fishing items and accessories to help raise funds for the club’s local conservation projects.

Further information can be obtained at the Expo website at

February 24, 2016 at 12:49pm

The next meeting of the Kisatchie Fly Fishers will be on Monday, January 25 at the Rapides Westside Library in Alexandria. Time is 6:30pm.

Guest speaker will be Jim Wright. Jim is an avid coldwater trout expert and a sales associate with the Orvis store in Baton Rouge. Jim specializes in fishing and guiding on the Lower Mountain Fork in southeast Oklahoma. Jim will speak on fly fishing the LMF, including the changes to the river and fishery brought on by the floods of the past year. He will also speak and demonstrate some of the latest products from Orvis.

The public is welcome. For more info, go to

January 24, 2016 at 12:33pm

The Red Stick Fly Fishers will host their 23rd annual 'Red Stick Day' fly fishing festival or conclave, on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Waddill Outdoors Education Center, 4141 N. Flannery Rd, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The seminar is FREE and open to the public. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. with registration, coffee and donuts. Fly tying and programs begin at 9:00am, and continue until 3:00pm. Programs cover a wide range of topics - something for everyone! They include:
- Casting Basics
- Inshore Sight Casting for Redfish
- Fly Fishing Oklahoma's Lower Mountain Fork River
- Fishing for Rio Grande Perch in Louisiana
- Surf fishing the Gulf Coast waters
- Advanced casting techniques

Fly tyers from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama will be demonstrating their patterns. Learn about the best flies for catching reds, specks, bass, bream, trout and more. There's also good fishing on premises, so bring your tackle.

Backpacker of Baton Rouge will be on hand from 11:00am to 2:00pm with several of their popular fishing kayaks for attendees to demo paddle. Kayak fishing experts will also be on hand to answer questions.

A jambalaya lunch will be available. There's the big raffle for flies, tackle, equipment, and other items, and a Gamblers Draw at noon. Proceeds from the raffle benefit Boy Scouts, National Hunting and Fishing Day, and BREC conservation projects.

For more details, go to and click on 'Red Stick Fly Fest'.

March 02, 2015 at 11:49am

Fly Fishing 101 - hosted by the Kisatchie Fly Fishers
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Time: 8:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Booker-Fowler Hatchery, 10 Joan Stokes Road, Forest Hill, LA

FREE and open to the public!

An opportunity to learn or improve your knowledge and skill in all aspects of fly fishing. Topics covered include:
- equipment and fishing gear and accessories
- hands-on casting led by expert instructors
- hands-on knots and leaders
- basics required for freshwater and marsh fishing

Refreshments are also provided at no cost. If you have equipment, it is advised you bring it (best to learn on what you own). However, for those who do NOT have equipment, the club has a limited number of rods and reels available for instruction.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as attendance is limited to 20 persons. Please contact Catch Cormier at (318) 793-5855 or email Catch.

For more info, go to and click on the 'Fly Fish 101' page on the menu.

February 15, 2015 at 1:37pm

The Kisatchie Fly Fishers will host the 1st-ever Cenla Fly Fishing Festival on Saturday, January 24, 201 at Kees Park Community Center in Pineville, Louisiana. Time is 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Admission is free. The event is open to the public. This celebration of fly fishing - and fishing in general - will feature presentations, casting instruction, fly tying demos by some of the Gulf Coast’s top fly tiers, rod and tackle exhibitors, raffle items, and much more.

Programs will cover a wide variety of topics of interest to all anglers, including kayak fishing for bass, sightcasting to redfish, fish biology, and more. Those interested in learning about fly fishing will want to attend the “Fly Fishing Basics” session at 9:30am, and later, attend the “Casting Basics” session at 10:30am. Both sessions will be instructed by Jeff Ferguson of Lake Charles, a Certified Casting Instructor for the International Federation of Fly Fishers.

A jambalaya lunch is available for a nominal charge, provided by the Buckeye High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) club. There will also be a raffle featuring numerous fly fishing items and accessories to help raise funds for the club’s local conservation and outreach projects.

Further information can be obtained via the Kisatchie Fly Fishers web site at, or by contacting Glen Cormier at

January 15, 2015 at 8:13pm

The next meeting of the Kisatchie Fly Fishers will be on Monday, November 24, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Rapides Westside Library in Alexandria. The public is welcome.

Our special guest speaker will be LDWF regional biologist Rickey Moses who will talk about area fisheries, including results of their recent surveys. Here's a golden opportunity to learn where the fish are!

November 20, 2014 at 10:20pm

Cenla National Hunting and Fishing Day
Saturday, September 27, 2014
7:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Woodworth Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth, LA

7:00am - Gates open, registration begins for kids fishing rodeo (ages 15 and under)
9:00am - Opening ceremonies, national anthem, exhibits and activities open
10:30am - Alligator skinning demonstration
11:00am - Door prize drawings
11:15am - BBQ judging followed by BBQ and Burger King lunch served
12:00 - Door prize drawings
1:00pm - BBQ winner announced
1:30pm - RPSO SWAT Team Flash/Bang demonstration (rifle range)
2:00pm - Event ends - thanks for taking part in NHFD

ACTIVITIES/EXHIBITS: Air rifles, alligator skinning, archery, ATV safety, baby alligator, bow fishing, black bear trail/exhibit, snakes, Fly Fishing and Fly Tying, Hiking, ATV/UTVs, NRCS, retriever demos, .22 rifles, Muzzleloaders, SWAT, Fish ID, Air Boat, Electroshocking, Red Cockaded Woodpecker exhibit, Falconry, Crab Racing, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, FROGGIN’, Fishing, Casting, Mobile Aquarium, Fish Hatchery Lab, Cast Netting, Camping Exhibit, Wildlife ID, Ag and Forestry, US Forest Service, LACHIP

SPONSORS Hixson Autoplex, Woodmen of the World, Cleco, Sayes Office Supply, Red River Waterway Commission, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, Burger King, Wal-Mart, QDMA, Alexandria Optimist Club, Association of Louisiana Bass Clubs, LA Archery, IESI, Whitetails Unlimited

* Kids 15 & Under receive a free t-shirt, lunch, and are entered to win door prizes!

September 23, 2014 at 12:55am

The 2nd Annual Natchitoches Fishing Expo - a celebration of Light Tackle and Fly Fishing - will be held this Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the NSU Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, LA. Time is 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is FREE!

Hosted by the Cane Country Fly Casters, there's activities for the whole family, including kids casting games hosted by professional bass angler Kat Arnold. Also over 50 vendors and exhibitors, 50+ fly tiers from across the South, programs on all types of fishing (bass, crappie, kayaking, fly fishing, fish biology and more) as well as activities for the non-fishing spouses. Silent auction and raffles with many one-of-a-kind items to raise money for our charities. Lots of great local restaurants and places to visit in the Natchitoches area.

For a complete list of activities and programs, and links to Natchitoches area info, go to

April 28, 2014 at 9:28am

The next meeting of the Kisatchie Fly Fishers will be Monday, March 24, at the Rapides Westside Library in Alexandria. Time is 6:30pm. The meeting is open to the public.

This month, Catch Cormier will talk about 'Fluff Butts and How to Fish Them'. This family of flies is great for panfish, bass, and most freshwater species including coldwater trout. In addition, a saltwater version has caught many speckled trout and redfish.

March 23, 2014 at 2:34pm

22nd annual Red Stick Conclave
Saturday, March 8, 2014
8:30am to 4:00pm
LDWF Waddill Outdoors Center, 4142 N. Flannery, Baton Rouge
Cost: FREE

The Red Stick Conclave is a celebration of fly fishing featuring programs, fly tying demos, casting demos, kayak demos, exhibitors, and more. Whether your only brush with fly fishing has been watching the movie 'A River Runs Through It' or you're an accomplished expert, there's something for everyone.

Presenters include:
- Roger del Rio, Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor (FFF-CCI)
- Richard Evans, outdoor writer and photographer
- Tom Jindra, fishing product rep, former president of the International Federation of Fly Fishers, and an FFF Master-certified Casting Instructor
- Pete Cooper, Jr, author, outdoor writer, multiple fly record holder, and member of the Louisiana Outdoors Hall of Fame
- Larry Offner, proprietor of website and owner of Green Trout Fly Shop

The programs include:
- 9:00am 'Fishing the West' by Richard Evans
- 9:00am 'Wind Casting' by Tom Jindra
- 10:00am 'Warmwater Tactics' by Larry Offner
- 11:00am 'Offshore Fly Fishing' by Pete Cooper, Jr
- 11:00am 'Casting Basics' by Roger del Rio
- 1:00pm 'Latest Advances in Flyfishing' by Tom Jindra
- 2:00pm 'Panfish Strategies' by Larry Offner

Backpacker of Baton Rouge will be onsite for free on-the-water kayak demos from 11am to 1pm. Come try out some of the popular fishing models and get tips on this great and affordable way to fish!

Fly tying begins at 9:00am and continues through the day. Some of the region's top fly tiers will be on hand, including Fred Hannie of Lake Charles, Bob Boese of Broussard, Stephen Robert of Houma, Kirk Dietrich of Arabi, Marc Pinsel of Hammond, Jerome and Dena Hebert of Henderson, Kyle Moppert of Baton Rouge, and Mike Jackson of New Orleans.

There's free refreshments during the day. A jambalaya lunch with salad for $7 will be available. Then there's the big raffle for flies, tackle, equipment, and other items, and a Gamblers Draw at noon. Proceeds from the raffle benefit Boy Scouts, Fly Fishing 101, National Hunting and Fishing Day, and BREC conservation projects.

For more details on this event, go to the Red Stick Fly Fishers website at or contact the RSFF Events Chair, Emmitt Simmons, at elsimmons(at)

February 26, 2014 at 6:53pm

The next meeting of the Kisatchie Fly Fishers will be on Monday, February 24 at the Rapides Westside Library in Alexandria. Time is 6:30pm. This meeting is open to the public, and all are invited.

This month we are delighted to have John Williams as our guest speaker. John and his wife Becky own Pack & Paddle in Lafayette. John is an avid kayak angler and enjoys all types of kayak fishing, but especially going into the marsh after redfish. He's also been successful in kayak tournament fishing. John will talk about various kayaks for fishing, basic accessories and rigging, and opportunities for kayak fishing in south Louisiana.

For more info, go to

February 19, 2014 at 11:54pm

The Red Stick Fly Fishers will hold a free 'Fly Fishing 101' clinic on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Location is the LDWF Waddill Education Center at 4142 Flannery in Baton Rouge. Time is 8:30am to 2:30pm. The clinic teaches basics of fly fishing such as equipment, casting, leaders and knots, and fly tying.

Cost is FREE. Handouts, coffee, lunch, and refreshments are provided. The club has rods, reels, fly tying vises, and materials available for instruction. However, if you have equipment, it is advised to bring it as it's best to learn on what you own.

Early registration is advised. For more info, please contact Dugan Sabins at 225-766-4060 or Dan Weber at 225-767-2405 or go to and click on the 'Fly Fishing 101' page.

January 31, 2014 at 10:48pm

The next meeting of the Kisatchie Fly Fishers will be on Monday, January 27. Location is the Rapides Westside Library on 5416 Province Place in Alexandria, in the north meeting room. Time is 6:30pm. This meeting is open to the public, and all are invited.

For January, we are delighted to have Mr. Jeff Guerin as our guest speaker. Jeff is a fly fishing guide on the Little Missouri River in southwest Arkansas, and owner of the website. He's also an accomplished blues musician.

The Little Missouri River is located near Murfreesboro, AR, exactly four hours from Alexandria. It is one of three tailwaters in the Ouachita Mountains that are cold enough to support rainbow trout year-round. In addition, there is a winter-only stocking of trout in the river section above Lake Greeson. Jeff will talk about the history and future of trout on the river, about tackle, flies, and tactics for trout, and other fly fishing opportunities in the Ouachitas. Jeff is always fun to listen to, and this promises to be a very informative meeting... you will not want to miss!

For more info about this meeting or KFF, go to

January 22, 2014 at 10:44am

The next meeting of the Red Stick Fly Fishers will be on Monday, January 13, at the LDWF building on Quail Drive in Baton Rouge. Time is 7:00pm. Guests are welcome!

Guest speaker will be Lyle Johnson, who will give a presentation on the Louisiana Fish Records. Lyle is president of the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association and curator of the state fish records maintained by the LOWA. The records include both Rod-and-Reel and Fly Divisions, and a top 10 listing is maintained for each species.

For more info, go to

January 13, 2014 at 12:09pm

Here is a list of 2014 fly fishing shows, conclaves, festivals, and other activities across the country which are (1) open to the public, (2) do not have limited registration and (3) fly fishing makes up a substantial portion of the event. If you know of any unlisted, or have corrections/updates to those listed, please post in reply. Thanks for your support of fly fishing education.


JAN 3-5, Denver Fly Fishing Show, Denver Merchandise Mart, Denver, CO. Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-5:30pm, Sun 9am-4:30pm. $15 adults, $10 military, scouts free. Website:
JAN 11-12, Western Idaho Fly Fishing Expo, Expo Idaho, Boise, ID. Fri 12noon-9pm, Sat 9am-4pm. $5 admission. Programs, fly tying, casting instruction, exhibitors, raffles, banquet. Featuring Phil Rowley, Kelly Galloup. Sponsored by Boise Valley Fly Fishermen. Website:
JAN 17-19, Marlborough Fly Fishing Show, Royal Plaza Centre, Marlborough, MA. Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-5:30pm, Sun 9am-4:30pm. $15 adults, $10 military, scouts free. Website:
JAN 18, 3rd annual Red River Rendezvous, Eisenhower State Park, Denison, TX. Times: 9am-4pm. Sponsored by the Red River Fly Fishers and Texas Parks and Wildlife. Expert fly tiers and beginning instruction available. Free admission, includes free fishing to Lake Texoma. Website
JAN 24-26, Somerset Fly Fishing Show, Garden State Exhibit Center, Somerset, NJ. Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-5:30pm, Sun 9am-4:30pm. $15 adults, $10 military, scouts free. Website:
JAN 25, 9th annual Kentuckiana Fly Fishing Show, 9am-5pm, Fern Valley Inn and Conference Center, Louisville, KY. Seminars, exhibits, fly tying, casting. $7 adults, children and military free. Special guest: Davy Wotton. Sponsored by Derby City Fly Fishers. Website:
JAN 31, Greater Cincinnati Fly Fishing Show, Oasis Conference Center, Loveland, OH. 9am-4:30pm. Vendors, fly tiers, programs, casting, kids activities, paddlecraft, much more. Special guest: A.K. Best. Sponsored by Buckeye United Fly Fishers. Website:


FEB 1, 22nd annual Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival, Bethany Christian Church, Houston TX. 9am-4pm. $10 adults, $5 students, $8 seniors (62+), free under 12, $14 family. Seminars, casting, rod demos, exhibitors, and over 80 tiers. Special guest: Charlie Craven. Sponsored by the Texas Fly Fishers. Website:
FEB 2, Greater Cincinnati Fly Fishing Show, Oasis Conference Center, Loveland, OH. 9am-4:30pm. Vendors, fly tiers, programs, casting, kids activities, paddlecraft, much more. Special guests: Skip and Carol Ann Morris. Sponsored by Buckeye United Fly Fishers. Website:
FEB 7-8, Winstom-Salem Fly Fishing Show, Benton Convention Center, Winstom-Salem, NC. Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-5:30pm. $15 adults, $10 military, scouts free. Website:
FEB 8, Fly Fishing 101, Baton Rouge, LA. 8:30am - 2:30pm. Sponsored by the Red Stick Fly Fishers. Free clinic covering basics of casting, knots and leaders, tackle and gear, fly tying. Lunch included. Registration required. Website:
FEB 15-16, 12th Little Mo Fly Fishing Fest, Community Hall, Murfreesboro, AR. Sat 9am-7pm, Sun casting workshop TBA. Fly tying, seminars, casting, food, refreshments. $5 admission. Website:
MAR 22-24, Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo, National Sports Center, Blaine, MN. Times: Fri 3pm-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-4pm. Adult $10/day, youth $6/day, under 12 free. Website:
FEB 21-23, 40th annual Hawkeye Fly Fishing Show, Clarion Hotel & Convention Center, Cedar Rapids, IA. Seminars, casting, fly tying, exhibitors, more. Special guests: Bob Clouser, Terry & Roxanne Wilson, Scott Sanchez. Sponsored by Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association. Website:
FEB 21-23, GRTU TroutFest 2014, Rio Raft and Resort, New Braunfels, TX. Fri evening banquet, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm. Seminars, fly tying demos, Kid Fish Ponds. Special guests: Dave & Emily Whitlock, Charlie Craven, Duane Hada. Sponsored by Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited. Website:
FEB 21-23, Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA. Show times: Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-5:30pm, Sun 9am-4:30pm. $15 adults, $10 military, scouts free. Website:
FEB 22, 6th annual Celebration of Fly Tying, 9am-4pm. Knights of Columbus Hall, Wyoming, MI. Sponsored by the FFF Great Lakes Council and Grand River Fly Tyers. $10 adults, $5 12-17, 11 under free. Special presentations by Dennis Potter, Chris Helm, Bear Andrews, others. Website:
FEB 23, Cabin Fever 2014 Fly Fishing Show, Four Points Hotel, Mars, PA. Programs, fly tiers, rod builders, vendors, mfg reps, and more. Hosted by Penns Wood West Chapter TU. Website:


MAR 1-2, Philadelphia Fly Fishing Show, Lancaster County Convention Center, Lancaster, PA. Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-5:30pm, Sun 9am-4:30pm. $15 adult, military $10, scouts free. Website:
MAR 7-9, 26th annual Northwest Fly Tyer and Fly Fishing Expo, Linn County Expo Center, Albany, OR. Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm. $7 adult, free for FFF members, veterans, youth. Over 100 tiers, indoor casting pools, seminars, exhibitors, raffles, silent auctions and more. Sponsored by Oregon Council Federation of Fly Fishers. Website:
MAR 8, 23rd annual Red Stick Day Conclave, LDWF Waddill Outdoors Center, Baton Rouge, LA. Sat 8:30am-4:00pm. Free admission. Programs, fly tying, casting, kayak demos, fishing, raffles, food and refreshments. Special guest: Tim Borski. Sponsored by Red Stick Fly Fishers. Website:
MAR 8, 12th annual Fly Fish Texas. 9am-5pm, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Athens, TX. Fly tying, seminars, exhibitors, casting. Sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife. Website:
MAR 15, 27th annual Acadiana Fly Fishers Conclave, Grace Presbyterian Church Hall, Lafayette, LA. Sat 9:00am-5:00pm. Seminars, fly tying, casting, raffles, food and refreshments. Sponsored by Acadiana Fly Rodders. Website:
MAR 20-22, Sowbug Roundup, Baxter County Fairgrounds, Mountain Home, AR. Times: 9am-4pm Thu-Sat. $5 adults for all 3 days, under 12 free. Over 100 fly tiers, seminars, casting, exhibitors. Sponsored by North Arkansas Fly Fishers. Website:
MAR 21-22, North Idaho Fly Fishing Expo, Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center, Lewiston, ID. Fri 1pm-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm. Free admission, some fee on workshops. Fly tying, casting, seminars, exhibits. Sponsored by Kelly Creek Flycasters. Website:


APR 5, 16th annual 'Learn to Fly Fish', Ressica Falls Scout Reservation, Marshalls Creek, PA. Sat: 9:00am-4:00pm. Sponsored by Main Line Fly Tyers club. Cost $40, free to MLFT members, includes lunch and instruction. Website:
APR 5, 'Fly Fishing 101', LDWF Woodworth Education Center, Woodworth, LA. 8:30am - 12:30pm. Sponsored by the Kisatchie Fly Fishers. Free clinic covering basics of casting, knots and leaders, tackle and gear. Registration required. Website:
APR 11-12, 5th annual Caddo Conclave, Caddo Lake State Park, Karnack, TX. Fri fishing day, Sat 9am-5pm. Programs, fly tying, rod building demos, fishing on premises. Co-sponsored by East Texas Fly Fishers and North Louisiana Fly Fishers. Website:
APR 12, 15th annual Tri-Lakes Fly Fishing Expo, Assembly of God Church, Brighton, MO. Hours: Sat 9:00am-5:00pm. Free and open to the public. Programs, fly tying, casting, vendors, raffles and silent auction, food available. Sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Fly Fishers.
APR 12-13, Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival, South River Bridge, Waynesboro, VA. 9am-5pm. $15 adults. Programs, fly tying, wine tasting, vendors, much more. Hosted by Hanover Fly Fishers, City of Waynesboro and others. Website:
APR 20-21, 21st annual East Idaho Fly Tying and Fishing Expo, Shilo Inn, Idaho Falls, ID. Free admission. Fly tying, programs, workshops, exhibits and much more. Website:


MAY 2-3, Smallmouth Rendezvous, Calvary Assembly of God Church, Tahlequah, OK. Fri-Sat 9am - 4pm. Free admission. Presented by Northeastern Oklahoma Fly Fishing Club. Seminars, fly tying, casting, much more. Website:
MAY 3, 2nd annual Natchitoches Fishing Expo, 9am-5pm, Prather Coliseum, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA. Seminars, fly tying, kayak demos, exhibitors, and more. Sponsored by the Cane Country Fly Casters club. Website:
MAY 3-4, Washington Fly Fishing Fair, Kittitas Valley Event Center, Ellensburg, WA. Fri-Sat, 8:30am-5:00pm. Programs, fly tying, casting clinics, exhibitors, raffles, auction, women's activities. Sponsored by the Washington Council Federation of Fly Fishers. Website:
MAY 15-17, Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival, The Ramsey Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC. Fri-Sat 8:30am-4:30pm. $5 per day, under 18 free. Workshops and some activities extra. Programs, fly tying, casting clinics, exhibitors, raffles, auction, youth and women activities. FFF Casting Certification. Fishing on premises. Sponsored by the Southeastern Council Federation of Fly Fishers. Website:
MAY 31, 5th annual Bass On The Fly Tournament, Lake Fork Marina, Lake Fork, TX. Fri 6pm activities and seminar, Sat 6am-2pm tournament. $55 per person, optional $5 bluegill pot. Categories: boat, bank, canoe/kayak. Casting clinics and vendors. Website:


JUN 12-14, 1st-ever IFFF Texas Council Expo, New Braunfels Civic Center, New Braunfels, TX. Fri-Sat 8:30am-4:30pm. $10 per day, under 18 free. Workshops and some activities extra. Programs, fly tying, casting clinics, exhibitors, raffles, auction, youth and women activities. FFF Casting Certification. Sponsored by the Texas Council Federation of Fly Fishers. Website:
JUN 14, Coon Creek Trout Fest, Nelson AgriCenter, Coon Valley, WI. Programs, fly tying, fly casting lessons, vendors and local merchants, classic car show, fly films, live bands, food, kids activities, much more. Sponsored by Coon Valley Business Association and others. Website:
JUN 14, 13th annual Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Heritage Day, Allenberry Resort, Boiling Springs, PA. 8:30am - 4pm. $8 adults, kids free. Speakers, fly tying demos, over 70 vendors, bamboo, historical items, buffet. Website:


JUL TBA, 5th annual Cedar River Fly Fest, Cavanaugh Ponds Natural Resource Area, WA. 9am-2pm. Free admission. Fly casting, fly tying, restoration programs, free lunch, more. Sponsored by Friends of the Cedar River Watershed. Website:


AUG 4-9, 49th annual International Federation of Fly Fishers International Fly Fishing Fair, Livingston, MT. Tue-Wed: workshops only. Thu-Sat, exposition: 8:30am-5:00pm. Programs, fly tying demos, exhibitors, workshops, youth and womens activities, awards banquet. FFF Casting Certification. Website:
AUG 30, 6th annual Contraband Fly Fishing Expo, 8:30am - 4:00pm, PPG - Porter Hall, 2250 Prater Road, Westlake, LA. Free admission. Sponsored by the Contraband Fly Casters / Tom Nixon Chapter. Seminars, fly tying, casting demos, food, raffles, displays, much more. Website:
AUG 29-30, 12th annual Ennis on the Madison Fly Fishing Festival, Ennis, MT. Free admission. A celebration of the art and sport of fly fishing, with programs, fly tying, artwork, collectibles, food, entertainment, kids activities, and much more. Sponsored by the Madison River Foundation. Website:


SEP TBA, 5th annual North Umpqua Fall Fly Tying Festival, Glide Community Center, Glide, OR. Free admission. Fly tiers from the West Coast, vendors, casting, programs, kids games, raffles. Sponsored by Umpqua Valley Fly Fishers. Website:
SEP 19-21 (tent), Federation of Fly Fishers Southwest Council Fly Fishing Fair, Cerro Coso College, Mammoth, CA. Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 9am - 5pm, Sun 9am - 3pm. $15 adults, $20 family, 16 and under free. Programs, workshops, fly tying, casting demos, film showings, vendors, youth and women's activities, much more. Website:
SEP 27, National Hunting and Fishing Day. Celebrations held in 43 states, many include fly fishing and fly tying activities. For a list of activites in each state, check


OCT TBA, 11th annual Oktoberfisch Fly Fishing Festival, Morgan Shady Park, Fredricksburg, TX. Hosted by Fredericksburg Fly Fishers. $40 includes 2 nights camping, admission, activities. $25 steak dinner Saturday night. Website:
OCT 3-5, Federation of Fly Fishers Southern Conclave, Baxter County Fairgrounds, Mountain Home, AR. Show hours: Fri-Sat, 8:30am-4:30pm. $10 per day, $5 under 18. Workshops and some activities extra. Programs, fly tying, casting clinics, exhibitors, youth and women's activities, and more. Sponsored by the IFFF Southern Council. Website:
OCT 10-11, Federation of Fly Fishers Florida Expo, The Plantation, Crystal River, FL. Show hours: 9am-6pm. Admission: $10, under 16 free. Workshops and some activities extra. Programs, fly tying, casting clinics, exhibitors, women's activities, and more. Sponsored by IFFF Florida Council. Website:
OCT 17-19, 16th annual Southern Rodmakers Gathering, Fulton's Lodge, Mountain Home, AR. A gathering for bamboo rodmakers, collectors, and those who enjoy fishing the lovely reed. Rod making demos, seminars, and more. $60 includes activities and several meals. Website:
OCT 31-NOV 2, 24th annual Southern Fly Fishers Rendezvous, North Toledo Bend State Park, Zwolle, LA. Informal gathering of fly fishers from several states. No organized activities, but typically 30 or more tiers active at any time. Fee includes lodging and meals. Website:


NOV 1-2, 6th annual Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Expo, WNC Agricultural Center, Asheville, NC. 9am -5pm. $10 admission, free under 15. Seminars, fly tying demos, exhibitors, vendors, guides, microbreweries, and more. Website:
NOV 15-16 (tent), International Fly Tying Symposium, Garden State Convention Center, Somerset, NJ. $15 Sat, $12 Sun, $20 both days. Over 100 of the top tiers from US, Canada, Europe along with seminars, exhibitors, casting pool, classes. Website:


DEC TBA - 5th annual FFF Great Lakes Council Fly Tying Expo, Holt High School, Holt, MI. 9am - 4pm. Adults $10, $5 ages 13-18, 12 and under free. Programs, fly tying, casting clinics, exhibitors, youth and women's activities, raffles, and more. Sponsored by IFFF Great Lakes Council. Website:
DEC TBA - 7th Annual FTU Inshore Fly and Tackle Expo, Fishing Tackle Unlimited, Katy, TX. 10am - 5pm. Free admission. Seminars on fishing conventional and fly tackle, fly tying, casting demos. Website:

December 23, 2013 at 12:32am

The next meeting of the Kisatchie Fly Fishers will be on Monday, November 25. Location is the Rapides Westside Library on 5416 Province Place in Alexandria, in the north meeting room. Time is 6:30pm. This meeting is open to the public, and all are invited.

As this is our last meeting of the year - no meeting in December due to holidays - we will talk about a great alternative to spending those cold winter days in front of the television (besides hunting, of course). That's TYING FLIES! We'll have an overview of tools needed, a few materials to get started, and even demo a simple pattern guaranteed to catch fish especially in the winter months.

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November 24, 2013 at 11:18am

The next meeting of the Kisatchie Fly Fishers will be on Monday, October 28, 2013. This meeting is open to the public, and all are invited.

Location: Rapides Westside Regional Library, 5416 Provine Place, Alexandria, LA
Time: 6:30pm.

On the agenda: club business, general discussion, fishing reports, featured program

This month's presentation will be on 'Fly Tackle for Saltwater and Bass'. With peak fall fishing for reds and specks almost here, and bass feeding to build winter reserves, there's never a better time than now to catch these species (and others) on fly rod. We will discuss tackle, flies, techniques, and even a few prime fall spots for using the long rod.

October 22, 2013 at 11:22am

The next meeting of the Red Stick Fly Fishers will be on Monday, August 12, in the Conference Room at the Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs. Time is 7pm to 9pm.

Our August speaker will be Mr. David Cresson, Executive Director of CCA Louisiana. Under his tenure, CCA has been involved in many successful endeavors, including numerous conservation projects. In addition, CCA-LA has been at the forefront of improving fisheries management. David will talk about several current activities in CCA.

The public is invited to this meeting.

August 08, 2013 at 3:20pm
A comment titled: Re: Fly Fishing 101 - Sat, April 16 in response to a report titled: Fly Fishing 101 - Sat, April 16

Admiral, depending on what type of rod you have it could be a classic and worth some money. Send me an email at and I'll send you the email of someone who knows about these classic rods and can give you an estimate.

March 29, 2016 at 12:43pm
A comment titled: Re: Opinions on tandem kayaks in response to a report titled: Opinions on tandem kayaks

I've used both canoe (Old Town Guide 147) and tandem kayak (Native Ultimate 14) in the marsh. If you fish 2 people, that particular canoe is very tough to beat. It's made of the same polyethylene used in most yaks. I even add a trolling motor to it sometimes and that makes it so much nicer coming back to the launch in 90 degree weather.

If you fish solo, the canoe is an option only on days with wind < 10 knots otherwise it's a bear. The Native on the other hand converts to solo and does quite well in windy conditions and is quite fast and tracks well. It's also very light for a tandem. However, it's a kayak-canoe hybrid so if you want to fish big waters like the surf you'll need to go SOT (sit-on-top).

As suggested, the Jackson Big Tuna is a great SOT option. There are a few others including the Hobie Tandem where you pedal instead of paddle. I'm not sure the Hobie T converts to solo, but the Big Tuna does.

For the money you'll spend on most tandem yaks, I'd suggest getting BOTH an Old Town Guide 147 ($750) for 2-person fishing, and a solo yak like the new Perception Pro 120 ($800) or Pelican Catch 120 ($700) for 1-person fishing, and you still break even or come out ahead.

January 29, 2016 at 6:56pm
A comment titled: Re: Fly fishing for reds in response to a report titled: Fly fishing for reds

Along with what E-man said, bring a few short poppers. This time of year thru Christmas can be very special for topwater reds. Nothing like watching a redfish hit topwater.

October 15, 2015 at 6:56pm
A comment titled: Re: Fly Fishing Help in response to a report titled: Fly Fishing Help

Sorry late to the response. I think this board needs a 'Fly Fishing Forum' so topics like this don't get mired in other topics. Some good responses so far. I'll add my 2 pesos.

Reel - your Hobbs Creek is a good freshwater reel, but for salt you'll need something that is either machined or anodized with stainless parts. The Cabelas RLS, TFO HSR, Allen Compass and Orvis Access reels are very good for the money. Also the new Redington Behemoth - just out for 2015-2016 - will sell for $109 and is salt specific.

Rod - as mentioned, the TFO Lefty Kreh rods are best bang for the buck and $25 warranty for life is great. Also consider Orvis Encounter and Redington Path, both under $150 and have warranty. As mentioned, 8 weight is the best choice for general inshore and light offshore fishing.

Line - you'll need a saltwater (stiff core) line, look for the symbol WF-8-F on the box. Some lines can be pretty expensive ($80), but the TFO line, Cabelas Saltwater Prestige Plus, and Rio Mainstream Saltwater line are $40 and excellent for the money.

Leader - check the August issue of Louisiana Sportsman 'Fly Lines' column. I answered a question about leaders and give details.

Flies - can't go wrong with Clousers for Specks and Spoonflies for Reds. And Poppers for both. Other good choices: Deceivers, Seaducers, Charlies, Dahlberg Divers, Crab patterns, Rattle Rousers, Redchasers.

Other - join a fly fishing club and/or attend a 'conclave'. Most clubs have casting sessions either at their meetings or by arrangement. The conclaves have programs and casting clinics. You'll learn a lot that YouTube can't offer. Again, check the LAS magazine 'Fly Lines' column. I post fly fishing events each month - next one is August 22nd in Lake Charles. If you need dates for club meetings, it's available on the CALENDAR page at

August 02, 2015 at 3:45pm
A comment titled: Not so sure in response to a report titled: Diversions

I do agree on some things with Save Louisiana Coalition. For example, I agree that diverting water in the coldest winter months could be damaging. The river gets very cold in winter (45 degrees) and that there is now evidence that tiny tarpon are attempting to overwinter in our marshes. This could deal a fatal blow to reviving our once-great inshore tarpon fishery.

But I also believe diversions are necessary. This is how nature intended it, and man has altered. Having listened to, and questioned, a number of scientists, I understand there are more dynamics involved with diversions than just building solid land. Dredging is necessary, too. But without diversions, it's a temporary fix.

What I don't like about Save Louisiana Coast is the tactics they've resorted to, to win public support. The gloom-and-doom scenarios of a greatly polluted river contaminating the entire coast. Global warming all over again! The river may not be perfectly pristine, but it's actually cleaner than many of the local rivers and bayous that drain off our coast. I wish they'd stick to the arguments that got their support to begin with.

August 08, 2013 at 3:44pm
A comment titled: limits in response to a report titled: LWF Commission to Impose Tripletail regulations

'so youre saying there should be a limit on white trout, croaker, and channel mullet too'

White trout begin spawning at 6 inches. So a minimum size length of 6 inches? Not sure if needed...

'that one sentence you quoted doesnt say that trips spawn 18-31 times per season with an average female producing over 4 million eggs a year. And they are of mature spawning size before they are two years old'

The females ovulate from late June to August, about every 5 days. The problem is that the males peak during the early part of this period. So despite lots of sex going on, the numbers of baby trips generated isn't as great as the numbers might suggest. If it was, the Gulf would be overrun with trips.

Bottom line is that there aren't a whole lot of tripletail out there like there is speckled trout. There has to be a reason. Biologists don't look at the number of eggs, they look at the recruitment (those number of fish that are spawning). They aren't seeing a whole lot. It's better to be safe than sorry.

August 06, 2013 at 3:54pm
A comment titled: Here we go again... in response to a report titled: LWF Commission to Impose Tripletail regulations

The science has been done in several states. No use for LDWF to reinvent the wheel. Here from a biologist with Mississippi DMR regarding tripletail:

'About 50 percent of the 18-inch females have spawned, he said. At 20 inches, 100 percent of the females reach maturity. Research also shows tripletail are highly susceptible to capture by hook and line, and the lack of a size limit allows many immature fish to be landed.'

Believe me, they've crunched the numbers and come up with scenarios and chosen the one they think will be most acceptable.

But this continuing complaint about 'the science' anytime a regulation is proposed is getting old fast. Fish are a renewable resource. Every renewable resource needs to be managed. I've complained about Louisiana not having a limit on bream, while 40+ states do. Some say 'We don't need limits on bream, our biologists say so.' Remember, it was an LDWF biologist who once stated that, Louisiana had a 50 combined limit on reds and specks because 'it seemed like a good number'. The comment was so ridiculed by the scientific community that it led to separate limits for reds and specks the next year.

Look, we can talk about statistical modeling using Chebychev polynomials. That doesn't mean crap except for determining what limit options are available. EVERY GAMEFISH needs to have limits of some sort in order to insure quality fishing for generations. Why do we always wait until a resource has to be in trouble before we come to our senses and act?

August 06, 2013 at 2:25pm
A comment titled: Response in response to a report titled: CCA Star Prizes LA vs TX

I saw this thread and as a former CCA-LA board member (many years ago) had to respond. I realize there are folks who are anti-CCA and that's okay. I don't agree 100-percent with everything the organization does or supports, but overall the positives far outweigh the negatives.

As for prize inequity, I think that's been explained... Texas simply has many more people and many more STAR participants than Louisiana does. The sponsors who donate the prizes base their donations on that.

As for who owns CCA-Louisiana, indirectly the members do via a board of directors. Anytime you form an org, non-profit or not, there needs to be an Executive Committee. It often is the parent organization (like CCA National) that is represented on the form. But it did happen once that the members revolted against the board, and the board was fired, and a new board appointed. So democracy does work, even in CCA.

As for where membership money goes, it goes to CCA National. State money is generated from banquets. Operating money from STAR is generated from STAR entry fees. If you don't think it costs money to operate an org, try starting one and find out for yourself! You can't even begin to imagine the bureaucracy you have to deal with (especially under Obama). As for dues going to National, some folks may not like that, but realize it was 'national' that lobbied Congress and fought NOAA for sensibility in the 2013 red snapper season and limits.

That's my $.02. I have nothing more to say.

July 08, 2013 at 12:12pm
A comment titled: Bank spots limited in response to a report titled: Fly fishing hot spots

You're basically limited to around the downtown lake, around Lake Prien launch area, LaFleur's Park, and in the Hog Gully canal. Also if you want to try the beaches at Holly, Peveto, and Johnson. The beaches can be very good this time of year on calm mornings, from first light to 9am. The upper areas are best in the fall and winter. I've caught a limit of reds on two occasions on fly from the seawall.

But your BEST option is to get a kayak. The entire Calcasieu estuary offers great kayak fishing. I don't know what your budget is, but a decent used kayak can be found for $300 or $400. Academy and other stores have some fishable models for $400. If that's not feasible, check if Ship to Shore offers rentals. That will at least get you a chance to explore this exciting opportunity.

Don't expect to catch a lot of specks this time of year. Fly fishing is tough in late summer. In fall and winter it can be awesome. One day last December, I limited out on specks in Lake Charles while two guys fishing next to me with bait didn't get a single fish!

June 27, 2013 at 1:58pm
A comment titled: Perception Pescador 12 in response to a report titled: Thinking of getting into kayaking

It's same as the old Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 (one of my plastic navy). When Wilderness upgraded the Tarpon, they sent the old mold to their sister company, Perception. Basically, you're getting a good tracking, pretty fast yak for about 30% less than what it sold for under the Wilderness name.

Check out the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club. Lots of great folks in that club, including me and Chris, willing to help beginners. We have some fun events as well.

April 25, 2013 at 2:27pm
A comment titled: Schedule of activities in response to a report titled: Red Stick Fly Fest - Sat, March 2

Here's a leaflet with the schedule for the Red Stick Fly Fest. Will be a good day for learning to fly cast - LOTS of wind!

March 01, 2013 at 12:31am
A comment titled: Other events might help in response to a report titled: Fly Fishing 101 - Sat, Feb 16

Like E-man said, this event has no vendors. However, you might check out the Texas Custom Rod and Tackle Show near Houston April 19-20. Man, do they have it all! Closer to SE Louisiana, there's usually a couple of rod folks from Texas at the Acadiana Fly Rodders conclave last Saturday in February. Can't guarantee it, but usually there are. Just not a lot of antique rod experts around here, except perhaps for Tom Tripi in Folsom. You might check out his website at for contact info.

January 02, 2013 at 1:08pm
A comment titled: STAR rules in response to a report titled: Fly Fishing 101 - Sat, Feb 16

I assume you're talking about the CCA STAR tournament. The Fly Rod Division rules state, 'Flies must be of the recognized type of artificial fly according to IGFA rules.' According to the IGFA, the 'lure' must be a recognized type of artificial fly, which includes streamer, bucktail, tube fly, wet fly, dry fly, nymph, poppers, etc. It also prohibits the use of scents or 'tipping' of bait on flies.

I know STAR Director Rad Trascher has a catalog of flies for reference, and if there's a particular fly that isn't found, he usually contacts someone who knows, like myself, to confirm. With so many synthetic products now used for flies, the consensus has been as follows: if the body of the 'lure' is secured to the hook with thread or epoxy, contains no metal or plastic (other than eyes or wire), and weighs less than 1/16 ounce dry, it generally is acccepted as a fly.

January 01, 2013 at 10:32am
A comment titled: Flies in response to a report titled: Fly Fishing

Your 8-weight is perfect. I use everything from 6-weight (mostly for specks) to 10-weight for big poppers and bull reds in the passes or on the beaches. But an 8-weight will come in handy for big reds, big flies and windy days, while not wearing you out from a day of casting.

There are several clubs in south LA that hold monthly meetings and fly tying sessions, where you can get more info or learn to tie flies. You can check those meeting dates on the Calendar page of my website,

You can also get some tips by checking out the Fly Lines columns - past issues are all available here on the LA Sportsman website (a little shameless self-promotion, lol). But I'll give you the best tip of all right here... NOW until New Years is the best time for fly fishing the marsh. The fish are active, the water is clear, and as someone famous once said, 'Clear water favors the flyrodder!'

October 18, 2012 at 9:24pm
A comment titled: Pescador 12 in response to a report titled: First Kayak

The Perception Pescador 12 is made by Confluence Systems, same makers of Wilderness Systems kayaks. The P12 is basically the older version of the WS Tarpon 120, which I happen to own. It's one of the fastest sit-on-top paddle-powered kayaks there is, tracks very well without a rudder, and is decently stable (although definitely not for standing up in unless you're a small guy or gal). The Field and Stream looks like a good fishing setup, but I'm not sure it has the quality hull of the Perception. I'd go with the P12. Just my 2 pesos. BTW, pick a light color for those hot summer days, and to get seen easily by the fossil fuel boats.

March 06, 2012 at 9:35am
A comment titled: Sauger in response to a report titled: atchafalaya fish

The sauger is smaller cousin to the walleye. I've caught them in the Atchafalaya River while fishing for white bass. Like walleye, they are delicious. Unfortunately, I don't know of any way to target them specifically.

There are also walleye in Arkansas, and big ones at that. This time of year around Heber Springs, they catch them up to 15-lbs, with the state record of 22-lbs being caught there.

February 19, 2012 at 1:57pm
A comment titled: Yes! in response to a report titled: Sit In Kayak fly fishing?

I've fly fished out of several sit-inside kayaks, also known as SINKs. In fact, when I started kayak fishing 22 years ago they didn't have sit-on-tops, aka SOTs, at the time. The two things you want to avoid are lots of torso movement when casting. It's not good when casting in a SINK, which tend to rock a lot more than SOTs. In fact, it's not good when casting standing up either. It can lead to sore back muscles. Learn to control your casts to your upper arm only. A good technique is to practice fly casting sitting down in a low chair. This will force you to confine your motion, but it also is good to develop kayak casting skills. Always stop your backcast at the 12 o'clock position when 'low' casting. That is, never let your hand go past the ear. Learn to develop a sidearm cast of 45 degrees to the horizon. That will come in handy when casting with the wind to your side. Another recommendation: attend a local fly fishing club meeting. Almost all are open to the public, and do casting practice / teaching prior to their meetings. You can check for meeting dates in your area by going to the Calendar Page on Hope this helps!

January 16, 2012 at 10:42am
A comment titled: Agree, hold on to it in response to a report titled: Fly Fishing Forum

These things go in cycles. About five years ago, any vintage bamboo rod was selling as fast as it hit eBay. Not any more, although it may have to do a lot with the economy. Folks being a lot more cautious about collectible purchases. There are only a few reels like yours and they're not making any new ones. Value can only go up.

November 06, 2011 at 12:47pm
A comment titled: Count me in! in response to a report titled: Fly Fishing Forum

Yes! A fly fishing forum on this site would be awesome.

Currently, there are a trio of Louisiana-based fly fishing forums that I know of. One is mine ( and another is Also a fly fishing forum exists on the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club website (

Even so, I'd love to see a forum here. I'm thinking has more visitors than all other state fishing sites combined. I know many questions come to me from the Fly Lines column being posted on this site. It would be nice to have those discussions here where others could read and/or contribute.

November 03, 2011 at 6:14pm
A comment titled: Congrats! in response to a report titled: First trip to West Cove

Tribiggs... I know a lot of folks who frequently kayak fish West Cove and are still waiting for their first monster trout (me included). And you got yours on first trip? Awesome!

Muletrout1025... yes, the Pescador is the older version of the Tarpon. It also doesn't have the same hull thickness and quality inspection as the premium Confluence boats. That's why the weight is lighter.

You might also check out local retailers for 2011 demos or clearance boats. There are some deals to be had this time of year.

November 03, 2011 at 5:55pm
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