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Fly Fishing Events / 2018 Fly Fishing Events List
« Last post by Catch on December 25, 2017, 07:17:04 PM »
Here is a list of 2018 fly fishing events and tournaments 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. Tournaments listed must have a per person registration of $200 or less.

If you know of any unlisted, or have corrections/updates to those listed, please post in reply. Thanks for your support of fly fishing activities!

JANUARY 2018

JAN 5-7, 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. Multi-day discounts available. Website: www.flyfishingshow.com
JAN 11-14, Denver Sportsmens Expo (ISE), Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO. Times: Thu-Fri 12noon-8pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm. $16 adults, free 15 and under. Fly Fishing Theatre, Fly Tying Theatre. Exhibitors, casting pool. Website: www.sportsexpos.com.
JAN 12-13, Western Idaho Fly Fishing Expo, Expo Idaho, Boise, ID. Fri 12noon-9pm, Sat 9am-4pm. $8 adults, 13 & under free. Programs, fly tying, casting instruction, exhibitors, raffles, banquet. Sponsored by Boise Valley Fly Fishermen. Website: www.bvffexpo.com
JAN 13-14, Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival, Meadow Event Park, Doswell, VA. Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm. Adults $20 each day, $35 both days, includes wine tasting for 21 and older. Seminars, fly tying, casting, workshops, exhibitors, more. Saturday VIP After Party $25 includes food, beer, film. Website: www.vaflyfishingfestival.org.
JAN 17-20, Denver Sportsmens Expo (ISE), Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO. Times: Thu-Fri 12noon-9pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm. $15 adults, free 15 and under. Fly Fishing Theatre, Fly Tying Theatre. Exhibitors, casting pool. Website: www.sportsexpos.com.
JAN 19-21, 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. Multi-day discounts available. Website: www.flyfishingshow.com.
JAN 18-21, Sacramento Sportsmens Expo (ISE), Cal Expo Center, Sacramento, CA. Times: Thu-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm. $16 adults, free 15 and under. Fly Fishing Theatre, Fly Tying Theatre. Exhibitors, casting pool. Website: www.sportsexpos.com.
JAN 20, Cenla Fly Fishing & Light Tackle Festival, 9am-3:30pm, Kees Park Civic Center, Pineville, LA. Free admission. Seminars, fly tying, exhibits, casting. Sponsored by Kisatchie Fly Fishers. Website: www.kisatchiefly.org.
JAN 20, Northern Ohio Fly Fishing Expo, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Brecksville OH.  Times: 9am-4pm. Admission $10 adults, $5 ages 13-18, military active and vets free. Seminars, fly tying, casting, beginner workshop, vendors. Special guests: George Daniel, John Rochus. www.ncff.net.
JAN 26-28, Edison Fly Fishing Show, New Jersey Convention & Expo Center, Edison, NJ. Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 8:30am-6pm, Sun 9am-4:30pm. $15 adults, $10 military, scouts free. Multi-day discounts available. Website: www.flyfishingshow.com.
JAN 27, 13th annual Kentuckiana Fly Fishing Show, 9am-5pm, Paroquet Sprigns Conference Center, Shepherdsville, KY. Seminars, exhibits, fly tying, casting. $7 adults, children and military free. Hosted by Derby City Fly Fishers. Website: www.derbycityflyfishers.com

FEBRUARY

FEB 2-3, Atlanta Fly Fishing Show, Infinite Energy Center, Duluth, GA. Fri 9am-6:00pm, Sat 9am-5:30pm. $15 adults, $10 military, scouts free. Multi-day discounts available. Website: www.flyfishingshow.com.
FEB 3, Greater Cincinnati Fly Fishing Show, Oasis Conference Center, Loveland, OH.  9am-4pm. Programs, fly tying, vendors, casting, kids activities, paddlecraft, and more. Special guests: Ed Engle. Sponsored by Buckeye United Fly Fishers. Website: www.buckeyeflyfishers.com.
FEB 9-10, Florida Fly Fishing Show & Expo, Plantation Inn, Crystal River, FL. Show times 9am-5pm both days. Two day admission $25 includes Friday evening reception, Saturday evening banquet $45. Seminars, fly tying, casting, vendors, exhibitors, workshops. Sponsored by Fly Fishers International - Florida Council. Website: www.ffi-florida.org.
FEB 10, 26th annual Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival, Bethany Christian Church, Houston TX. 9am-4pm. $10 adults, $5 students and seniors (62+), free under 12, $15 family. Seminars, casting, rod demos, exhibitors, and over 80 tiers. Special guest: Rich Strolis. Sponsored by Texas Fly Fishers. Website: www.texasflyfishers.org.
FEB 16-18, TroutFest 2018, Lazy L&L Campgrounds, New Braunfels, TX. Fri evening banquet, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm. Seminars, fly tying demos, Kid Fish Ponds. Special guests: Flip Pallot, Jen Ripple, Chris Wood, Daniel Galhardo. Sponsored by Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited. Website: www.grtutroutfest.org.
FEB 16-17, 14th Little Mo Fly Fishing Fest, Community Hall, Murfreesboro, AR. Sat 9am-7pm, Sun casting workshop TBA.  Seminars, fly tying, casting, food, refreshments. $5 admission. Website: www.littlemissouriflyfishing.com
FEB 17-18, Lynnwood Fly Fishing Show, Lynnwood Convention Center, Lynnwood, WA. Sat 9am-5:30pm, Sun 9am-4:30pm. $15 adults, $10 military, scouts free. Multi-day discounts available. Website: www.flyfishingshow.com.
FEB 23-25, 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. Multi-day discounts available. Website: www.flyfishingshow.com.
FEB 24, Fly Fish Texas. 9:00am-5:00pm, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Athens, TX. Fly tying, seminars, exhibitors, casting. Sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife. Website: www.texasflyfish.org.
FEB 24, 3rd annual Mystery Fly Tournament, Lower Mountain Fork River, Broken Bow, OK. Entry fee: $50 + must be a paid member of Lower Mountain Fork River Foundation. Onsite registration available. Entry fee includes dinner at Beavers Bend State Park Nature Center.  Sponsored by LMFRF. Website: www.lmfrfoundation.org.
FEB 24, 9th annual Celebration of Fly Tying, Knights of Columbus Hall, Wyoming, MI. 9am -4pm. Admission $10 adults, $5 ages 12-17, 11 under free. Seminars, fly tying, casting, food, refreshments. $5 admission. Sponsored by Grand River Fly Tyers.  Website: www.grandriverflytyers.org.

MARCH

MAR 2-3, 43rd annual Hawkeye Fly Fishing Show, Isle Casino Conference Center, Bettendorf, IA. Seminars, casting, fly tying, exhibitors, more. Saturday evening awards and fundraising banquet. Sponsored by Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association. Website: www.qchffa2013.com.
MAR 3, 26th annual Red Stick Day Fly Fishing Festival, LDWF Waddill Outdoors Center, Baton Rouge, LA. Sat 8:30am-4:00pm. Free admission. Programs, fly tying, casting, kayak demos, pond fishing, raffles, food and refreshments. Sponsored by Red Stick Fly Fishers. Website: www.rsff.org.
MAR 3-4, Lancaster Fly Fishing Show, Lancaster County Convention Center, Lancaster, PA. Sat 9am-5:30pm, Sun 9am-4:30pm. $15 adult, military $10, scouts free. Multi-day discounts available. Website: www.flyfishingshow.com
MAR 9-10, 29th annual Northwest Fly Tyer and Fly Fishing Expo, Linn County Expo Center, Albany, OR. Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 8am-5:30pm. $7 adult, free for FFI 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 9-10, 3rd annual TRWD Fly Fest, Clear Fork of the Trinity River, 3024 Acme Brick Plaza, Fort Worth, TX.  Free admission, some workshops may charge a nominal fee.  This unique event offers fishing contests, fly tying and casting lessons, cooking demonstrations, live music, kids activities and more.  Speakers include Frank Smethurst, Chris Johnson, Rob Woodruff, Steve Hollensed. Co-sponsored by Tarrant Regional Water District and Texas Council of Fly Fishers International (FFI). Website: www.trwdflyfest.com.
MAR 10, 3rd annual Legends of the Fly fly fishing tournament, Brock Environmental Center, Virginia Beach, VA. Entry fee $200 per team includes Captains Dinner and Film Festival. Special guest TBA. Fly tying, casting, live music, auction. Benefits local and national charities. Website: www.legendsofthefly.com.
MAR 10-11, 40th annual Midwest Fly Fishing Expo, Macomb Community College Expo Center, Warren, MI. Sat 9:00am-6:00pm, Sun 10:00am-4:00pm. Adults $10/day, $15/both days, Kids 16-under free. Programs, fly tying, casting, exhibitors. Sponsored by Michigan Fly Fishing Club. Website: www.midwestflyfishingexpo.com.
MAR 10-11, 2nd annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival, Plano Center, Plano, TX. Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm. Adults $20 each day, $35 both days, includes beer for 21 and older. Seminars, fly tying, casting, workshops, exhibitors, more. Fee for some workshops. Speakers include Ed Jaworoski, Wanda Taylor, Stacy Lynn, Dave Whitlock, Jason Randall, Pat Dorsey. Website: www.txflyfishingfestival.org.
MAR 16-18, Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo, Hamline University, St Paul, MN. Times: Fri 1pm-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm. Sunday Film Showcase & Social 6pm-10pm. Speakers include Skip Morris, Landon Meyer. Adult $10/day, youth $6/day, under 12 free. Sponsored by Minnesota Trout Unlimited. Website: www.greatwatersflyfishingexpo.com
MAR 18, Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo, Bethel Inn Resort Conference Center, Bethel, ME. Time 9am-4pm. Reception and Film Festival 6pm. Admission $5, under 16 free. Seminars, fly tying, casting, kids activities, raffles, more. Benefits Mollyocket Trout Unlimited. Website: www.mollyockettu.org.
MAR 22-24, 21st annual 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 22-25, Scottsdale Sportsmens Expo (ISE), Westworld of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ. Times: Thu-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm. $12 adults, free military, 15 and under. Fly Fishing Theatre, Fly Tying Theatre. Exhibitors, casting pool. Website: www.sportsexpos.com.

APRIL

APR 6-7, 4th annual Lake Athens Fly Fishing Festival, Lake Athens Marina, Athens, TX. Free admission. Both days: fly tying, casting, kayak demos. Saturday: Big Bass Tournament, entry fee $40. Pre-registration required. Benefits Project Healing Waters - North Texas. Website: www.johnnyonthefly.com
APR 7, 71st annual New Orleans City Park Big Bass Rodeo & Fishtival, Casino building, NO City Park. Onsite registration: 6am - 8:30am, fishing 6:30am -11am. Entry fee $10 adults, $5 ages 12 and under. Exhibitors, kayak demos, entry prizes. Fly fishing division for largest bass and largest Rio Grande Cichlid. Website: www.neworleanscitypark.com
APR 7, 18th annual Tri-Lakes Fly Fishing Expo, Assembly of God Church Annex, 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 20-21, 25th 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.
APR 28-29, 2nd annual Fly Fishin For The Mission fly fishing tournament, Eddies Kayak Rentals, Pointe-aux-Chenes, LA. Fri: casting, fly tying, kayak demos, Sat: tournament day. Entry fee: $50 per team. Open to the public. Heaviest 2 redfish per team. Benefits Mission Six non-profit. Website: www.mission6.org.

MAY

MAY 5, 7th annual Bass On The Fly Tournament, Lake Fork Marina, Lake Fork, TX.  CPR format. Open to the public, entry fee $60. Fri: casting contest, fly tying, exhibitors, Sunfish Tournament 4pm-7pm (entry fee $5). Sat: Bass Tournament 6am - 2pm. Optional Big Bass Pot $5. Benefits Reel Recovery. Website: www.bassonthefly.org.
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 10-12, 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.
MAY 16-18, 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.

JUNE

JUN 8, Teton Valley Fly Fishing Fest, downtown Driggs, ID. Time: 9am - 6pm. Fly tying, casting, kids activities, barbecue, local brews, live music, more. Website: www. tetonvalleyflyfishingfest.com.

JULY

JUL 1-2, Gallatin River Fly Fishing Festival, Big Sky Town Center, Big Sky, MT. Fri 5pm-7pm Pesca Fiesta at Gallatin River Guides. Sat 1pm-6pm, tying, casting clinics, kids activities, races, live music. No cost. Sun 6pm "Hooked on the Gallatin" banquet at RiverHouse Grill. Website: www.gallatinrivertaskforce.org.
JUL 13-14, 14th Contraband Fly Fishing Expo, Isle of Caprino Hotel, Westlake, LA.  Times: Fri 12noon-5pm, Sat 8:30am-4pm. Programs, fly tying, casting, kayak demos, raffles, food and refreshments. FFI Casting Instructor examination. Sponsored by Contraband Fly Casters / Tom Nixon Chapter. Website: www.contrabandflycasters.net
JUL 28, 6th annual North Louisiana Fly Fishers Masters Series, Red River Wildlife Refuge, Bossier City, LA. 9am - 5pm. Cost $35, includes admission, lunch, coffee, drinks. Pre-registration required, seating limited to 75. Presentor: Kelly Galloup. Website: www.northlaflyfishers.org.

AUGUST

AUG 7-11, 53rd annual Fly Fishers International Fly Fishing Fair, Century Link Arena, Boise ID. Tue-Wed: workshops only. Thu-Sat, exposition: 8:30am-5:00pm. Admission $10, Saturday free. Programs, fly tying demos, exhibitors, workshops, youth and womens activities. FFI Casting Certification. Website: www.fedflyfishers.org.

SEPTEMBER

SEP 14-15, Gulf Coast Fly Fishing Expo, Ocean Springs Civic Center, Ocean Springs, MS. Times: Fri-Sat, 8:30am-4:30pm, Fri evening banquet 6pm-9pm. Free admission. Some workshops and activities extra. Programs, fly tying, casting clinics, exhibitors, youth and women's activities, and more. Sponsored by Fly Fishers International - Gulf Coast Council. Website: www.gulfcoastfff.org.
SEP 22, 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 

OCTOBER

OCT 5-6, Southern Fly Fishing Expo, Vada Sheid Center, ASU - Mt. Home campus, Mountain Home, AR. Times: 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 Fly Fishers International Southern Council. Website: www.ifffsoc.org.

NOVEMBER

NOV 2-4, 29th 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: www.texascouncilfff.org or www.gulfcoastfff.org.
NOV 3-4, Fly Tiers Weekend, Little River Outfitters, Townsend, TN. Times: 9am -5pm both days. Free admission. Nearly 50 tiers from across the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Gulf Coast under the large heated tent. Raffles and food sales benefit Casting For Recovery. Website: www.littleriveroutfitters.com.

DECEMBER

DEC 1, 2nd annual Select A Fly Challenge fly fishing tournament, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Athens, TX. Time: 9am-2pm. Entry fee $40. CPR format, longest rainbow trout per hour, total inches day. Proceeds benefit Friends of Texas Freshwater Fisheries. Website: www.tpwd.texas.gov.
DEC 7-8, Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Expo, WNC Agricultural Center, Asheville, NC. Times: Fri 12noon-7pm, Sat 9am-4pm. Tickets $15 adults, free 16 & under. Speakers, fly tying, workshops, vendors, casting, food, films, and more. Website: www.wncflyfishingexpo.com
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Kisatchie Fly Fishers / November 20 fly tying
« Last post by Catch on November 19, 2017, 06:26:15 PM »
Kisatchie Fly Fishers monthly fly tying session
Monday, November 20, 2017
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria, LA

For our final tying session of the year, Gene Taylor will lead us in tying up the Hippie Chick.  Created by Steve Dally, this is a streamer fly good for deep water fishing, from coldwater trout to smallmouth, largemouth and other species.

Bring your tools. If none, the club has a few sets for use during these sessions. Materials are provided.

As always, beginners are welcome!   :thumbup:
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Kisatchie Fly Fishers / KFF Marsh Invasion trip
« Last post by Catch on November 14, 2017, 09:27:56 PM »
The Kisatchie Fly Fishers will hold their first-ever "Marsh Invasion" out of Pointe-aux-Chenes this coming weekend.  Kayak anglers can launch from Eddies Kayak Rentals at the end of Highway 667.  Boaters can launch from the nearby PAC Marina.  Both boats and kayaks can launch from Island Road launch a couple miles north.

KFF Marsh Preparation Checklist:

General items:
- fly rod, suggested 6wt - 8wt, bring at least 2
- fly reels, saltwater proof
- leader material, recommended tippet 10-12 lbs, fluorocarbon for clear water spots
- sink tip connector or intermediate line (if fishing deeper holes)
- speck flies: clousers, pencil poppers or skipping bugs, gurglers, baitfish patterns
- redfish flies: spoonflies, charlies, seaducers, tarpon flies, small poppers
- hat:  preferably quick-dry long-brimmed or wide-brimmed with strap
- shirts, shorts or pants that quick-dry (nylon or polyester)
- sunglasses, polarized
- sunscreen, suggest minimum 30 SPF waterproof
- bug deet or Amber Romance or Swamp Swatter
- disinfectant and first aid kit
- water shoes  (wading booties, pool shoes, clogs)
- ice chest
- beach towels (to dry off and cover seats)
- filet knife and knife glove
- gallon zip lock bags to put your filets in
- Gatorade, Powerade, bottled water to avoid dehydration
- fishing maps
- fishing license
- clothes (non-fishing)

Boat or canoe or kayak items:
- life preservers
- paddles
- seat
- anchor or Cajun anchor
- trolling motor / mount
- battery / battery charger
- net
- fish stringer or fish bag or kayak-size ice chest
- lip gripper and/or fish pliers
- dry storage: dry bag or Pelican box or watertight box

Comfort items:
- lawn chair or portable chair    (BYOC)
- drinks / ice chest for drinks    (BYOD)
- fishing glove or tape (to protect stripping finger)
- fish towel
- camera
- medical / health: bandages, aspirin, antiseptic. First aid kit helpful.
- fly tying bag (bring only what you need)
- extra cash or check to buy shrimp to take home (some places don't accept credit cards)
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Red Stick Fly Fishers / October 23 fly tying - LaFleurs Charlie
« Last post by Catch on October 22, 2017, 01:19:30 PM »
Red Stick Fly Fishers - monthly fly tying
Monday, October 23, 2017
7:00pm
Cabelas in Gonzales

Mike LaFleur will be leading in tying his LaFleur's Charlie.  As Mike likes to say, "It's all you need" for marsh fishing.

Bring your tying tools if you have some. If not, the club has a few sets for use. Materials are provided.

As always, beginners and other visitors are welcome!
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Kisatchie Fly Fishers / KFF October 23rd meeting - Fall Marsh Basics
« Last post by Catch on October 22, 2017, 01:14:31 PM »
KFF monthly general meeting
Monday, October 23, 2017
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

Now through Christmas is the best time of the year for fly fishing the marsh!  Speckled trout have moved inside, and fish of all size are roaming the interior lakes.  North winds will continue to drop water levels, exposing banks where redfish, drum and sheepshead roam.

In preparation for our club trips to Pointe-aux-Chenes (Nov. 18) and Lake Prien (Dec. 2), our own Catch Cormier will give us a presentation on "Marsh Fly Fishing Basics" with emphasis on Fall and Winter fishing.  Catch will cover tackle, flies, rigging, tactics, what to look for, and specific areas in the Pointe-aux-Chenes and Calcasieu areas.

As always, our meetings are open to the public. Bring a friend!

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Kisatchie Fly Fishers / KFF October 16 fly tying
« Last post by Catch on October 15, 2017, 11:43:04 PM »
Kisatchie Fly Fishers monthly fly tying session
Monday, October 16, 2017
6:30pm
Rapides Westside Library, 5416 Provine, Alexandria

This month Dan Fromme will be leading us in tying the RS2, a trout pattern created by South Platte River enthusiast Rim Chung.    Complete details about this fly - including materials and step-by-step instruction - can be found on Charlie Craven's Fly Box website  (Click here).

Bring your tying tools, if none, the club has sets to use during the session. Materials will be provided.

Also... bring gray tying thread or similiar color, if you have some.

As always, beginners are welcome!
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Cane Country Fly Casters / CCFC Sept. 18 meeting
« Last post by Catch on September 11, 2017, 11:55:34 AM »
Cane Country Fly Casters monthly meeting
* Monday, September 18, 2017
Casting 6:00pm, Meeting 6:30pm
Westside Baptist Family Life Center, Hwy 1 bypass, Natchitoches

* Please note the date change. For September, we've moved the meeting from our usual 2nd Monday to the 3rd Monday.  More details to come.

As always, bring a friend!
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Kisatchie Fly Fishers / March Brown Preparation Checklist
« Last post by Catch on August 27, 2017, 12:13:01 PM »
For those members of KFF going up for our annual "March Brown" trip to the Little Missouri in March, here's a checklist of items to bring.  Some are optional.  Others like "yourself", are not optional!

Tackle
- Fishing License.  In addition to an Arkansas basic license, you'll need the annual non-resident trout permit. 
- Fly rods. Suggested 2wt - 5wt, 5wt most common.  Bring at least 2 rods.
- Fly reels.
- Fly vest. Snippers, fine pliers, other accessories.
- Leader material. The tippet (end of leader) recommend 4x - 6x  depending on size flies you'll use.   
- Flies: size 10 or 12 olive and black woolybuggers, Lil Mo Wooly (littlemissouriflyfishing.com), SR71 Woolybugger (laflyfish.com), size 12 Adams to imitate March Brown mayflies, size 16-18 mayflies to imitate smaller mayflies, size 14-16 elk hair caddis, A&W emergers (littlemissouriflyfishing.com), size 14-16 pheasant tails nymphs, hare's ear nymphs.
- Strike indicators. For nymphs or even woolybuggers.   
- Hat. Preferably quick-dry long-brimmed or wide-brimmed with strap
- Shirts, shorts or pants that quick-dry (nylon or polyester)
- Thermal underwear for layer warmth
- Rain jacket.
- Waders and wading boots (recommend breathable)
- Wading staff (strongly advised if fishing 'Buttbuster Shoal')
- Sunglasses, polarized (amber, yellow best for early am, late pm)
- Net
- Fishing glove (to protect stripping finger)

Comfort items
- Sunscreen. Suggest minimum 30 SPF waterproof
- Clogs or crocs. For after the waders come off
- Small ice chest. For drinks or to keep a few fish to bring home (limit is four)
- Gatorade, Powerade, bottled water to avoid dehydration
- Toiletries
- Medical / health kit for emergency need
- CAMERA
- Cell phone
- GPS / maps.   
- Fly tying bag (don't bring the whole caboodle, just what you need)
- Portable chair
- Cash for breakfast, dinner, snacks, needed supplies

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Red Stick Fly Fishers / Re: 2017 Fall Catch-n-Eat marsh trip - November 10-12
« Last post by Catch on August 27, 2017, 12:06:39 PM »
Catch-and-Eat outing Preparation Checklist:

General items:
- fly rod, suggested 6wt - 8wt, bring at least 2
- fly reels, saltwater proof
- leader material, recommended tippet 10-12 lbs, fluorocarbon for clear water spots
- sink tip connector or intermediate line (if fishing deeper holes)
- speck flies: clousers, pencil poppers or skipping bugs, gurglers, baitfish patterns
- redfish flies: spoonflies, charlies, seaducers, tarpon flies, small poppers
- hat:  preferably quick-dry long-brimmed or wide-brimmed with strap
- shirts, shorts or pants that quick-dry (nylon or polyester)
- sunglasses, polarized
- sunscreen, suggest minimum 30 SPF waterproof
- bug deet or Amber Romance or Swamp Swatter
- disinfectant and first aid kit
- water shoes  (wading booties, pool shoes, clogs)
- ice chest
- beach towels (to dry off and cover seats)
- filet knife and knife glove
- gallon zip lock bags to put your filets in
- Gatorade, Powerade, bottled water to avoid dehydration
- fishing maps
- fishing license
- clothes (non-fishing)

Boat or canoe or kayak items:
- life preservers
- paddles
- seat
- anchor or Cajun anchor
- trolling motor / mount
- battery / battery charger
- net
- fish stringer or fish bag or kayak-size ice chest
- lip gripper and/or fish pliers
- dry storage: dry bag or Pelican box or watertight box

Comfort items:
- lawn chair or portable chair    (BYOC)
- drinks / ice chest for drinks    (BYOD)
- fishing glove or tape (to protect stripping finger)
- fish towel
- camera
- medical / health: bandages, aspirin, antiseptic. First aid kit helpful.
- fly tying bag (bring only what you need)
- extra cash or check to buy shrimp to take home (some places don't accept credit cards)

Cooking items - Cooks provide:
- pot
- lighter for propane tank
- skimmer
- temperature gauge
- detergent / scrub pad
- portable table (optional)

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Red Stick Fly Fishers / 2017 Fall Catch-n-Eat marsh trip - November 10-12
« Last post by Catch on August 27, 2017, 12:02:13 PM »
Red Stick Fly Fishers - Fall Catch-n-Eat
November 10-12, 2017
Highway 1 corridor
Free event - open to RSFF members, and members of other recognized clubs, and their guests

Cool weather is almost here, and that means it's time to start planning for our annual Fall Saltwater Catch-n-Eat. Without doubt, this is typically the best RSFF Saltwater event, year-in-and-year out, in terms of number of fish caught and most pleasurable fishing conditions.

For the new folks, this is an informal fishing event.  Fishing takes place along Highway 1 from Galliano south to Grand Isle. Find a partner(s) then group with others who fish by your style - boat, off-road, puddle craft. Everyone handles their own reservations at a favorite place of stay. Popular places are Boudreaux's Condeauxs, Galliano Inn, Catfish Lake Cabins, Days Inn all of which are in Golden Meadow. Also popular is Boudreaux's Motel in Leeville and Blue Dolphin Inn in Grand Isle.

Here is web link providing Lofourche parish accommodations: http://www.visitlafourche.com/accomodations.php

Updates will be posted on this forum.

We will check shrimp availability at the Seafood Shed when we get closer to the date and I'll post an updates on that.

On Friday evening, we usually gather at one of the local restaurants in Golden Meadow and get fishing reports from the folks who fished Friday. We also exchange tips, techniques, and locations from those who did well.

On Saturday evening, there's the traditional fish & shrimp fry. The location will most likely be Boudreaux's Condeaux's in Golden Meadow.  We ask everyone with enough fish to make a fresh fish contribution.  The main course will be fresh fried fish fillets, shrimp, and potatoes.  Also, garlic bread and eggplant (if available).

Saltwater Chair Randy Leonpacker will be looking for volunteers to bring their cooking rigs (burner, pot, gas) and cook.  Sometimes folks ask if they can bring something to the fry. This is OPTIONAL. The main course is well covered.  Additional items might be hors d'oeuvres, snacks, salad, cookies, dessert, etc. But again, this is OPTIONAL. You do not need to bring anything (other than your own drinks) for this event.

Make sure you all bring your own soft drinks or alternative beverage. You may also want to bring a couple of folding chairs as seating is likely to be limited.

If interested, contact Randy by email so your name is added to the C&E email list.

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