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 www.rsff.org and click on 'Red Stick Day'.
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!
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 www.kisatchiefly.org or call 318-793-5855.
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 clubâs local conservation projects.
Further information can be obtained at the Expo website at www.redriverfishingexpo.com
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 www.kisatchiefly.org
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 www.rsff.org and click on 'Red Stick Fly Fest'.
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 www.KisatchieFly.org and click on the 'Fly Fish 101' page on the menu.
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 Coasts 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 clubs local conservation and outreach projects.
Further information can be obtained via the Kisatchie Fly Fishers web site at www.kisatchiefly.org, or by contacting Glen Cormier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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 Sheriffs 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!
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 www.canecountry.blogspot.com.
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.
22nd annual Red Stick Conclave
Saturday, March 8, 2014
8:30am to 4:00pm
LDWF Waddill Outdoors Center, 4142 N. Flannery, Baton Rouge
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.
- 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 WarmFly.com 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 www.rsff.org or contact the RSFF Events Chair, Emmitt Simmons, at elsimmons(at)cox.net.
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 www.kisatchiefly.org
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 www.rsff.org and click on the 'Fly Fishing 101' page.
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 www.littlemissouriflyfishing.com 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 www.kisatchiefly.org
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 www.rsff.org
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: www.flyfishingshow.com.
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: www.bvffexpo.com
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: www.flyfishingshow.com.
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 www.rrff.org.
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: www.flyfishingshow.com.
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: www.derbycityflyfishers.com
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: www.buckeyeflyfishers.com.
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: www.texasflyfishers.org.
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: www.buckeyeflyfishers.com.
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: www.flyfishingshow.com.
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: www.rsff.org.
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: www.littlemissouriflyfishing.com.
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: www.greatwatersflyfishingexpo.com.
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: www.hawkeyeflyfishing.com.
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: www.grtutroutfest.org.
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: www.flyfishingshow.com.
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: www.grandriverflytyers.org.
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: www.pwwtu.org.
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: www.flyfishingshow.com.
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: www.nwflytyersexpo.com.
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: www.rsff.org.
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: www.tpwd.state.tx.us
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: acadianafly.blogspot.com.
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: www.northarkansasflyfisher.org.
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: www.kellycreekflycasters.org.
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: www.mainlineflytyers.net.
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: www.kisatchiefly.org.
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: www.easttexasflyfishers.org.
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: www.vaflyfishingfestival.org.
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: www.srcexpo.com.
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: www.okieflyfishers.org.
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: www.canecountry.blogspot.com.
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: www.washingtoncouncilfff.org.
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: www.southeastfff.org.
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: www.bassonthefly.org.
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: www.texascouncilifff.com.
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: www.cooncreektroutfest.com.
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: www.paflyfishing.org.
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: www.cedarriver.org.
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: www.fedflyfishers.org.
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: www.contrabandflycasters.net.
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: www.madisonriverfoundation.org
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: www.uvff.org.
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: www.southwestcouncilfff.org.
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 www.nhfd.org
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: www.fredericksburgflyfishers.com.
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: www.southerncouncilfff.org.
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: www.fedflyfishers.org
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: www.southernrodmakers.org.
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: pwflyfishers.blogspot.com.
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: www.wncflyfishingexpo.com.
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: www.internationalflytyingsymposium.com.
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: www.fedflyfishers.org
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: www.fishingtackleunlimited.com.
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.
For more info go to www.kisatchiefly.org
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
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.
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.