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Red Stick Fly Fishers / October 23 fly tying - LaFleurs Charlie
« Last post by Catch on Today at 01:19:30 PM »
Red Stick Fly Fishers - monthly fly tying
Monday, October 23, 2017
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!
Kisatchie Fly Fishers / KFF October 23rd meeting - Fall Marsh Basics
« Last post by Catch on Today at 01:14:31 PM »
KFF monthly general meeting
Monday, October 23, 2017
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!

Fly Tying / latest ties
« Last post by Rick Z on October 16, 2017, 10:01:31 AM »
mini leeches  different colors on the hook and heads.
Also a woven fly with biot legs.
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
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!
Fishing Reports / Fishing 10-9
« Last post by Rick Z on October 09, 2017, 03:21:23 PM »
Went out this am and had a ball.
Any yellow fly that hit the water caught fish.
Fillets for dinner and to share tomorrow.

Fly Tying / Re: Fishable and Fanciful
« Last post by Admin on October 09, 2017, 09:04:30 AM »
I can say from personal experience that Ron's flies not only look great, they catch fish.
Fly Tying / Re: Fishable and Fanciful
« Last post by texanafield on October 08, 2017, 08:45:36 PM »
Those are really great looking!
General Discussion / Re: Pond Renovation.
« Last post by Linecaster43 on September 30, 2017, 09:34:01 AM »
Blue Gill  are my favourite  fish to catch on my 2 weight TFO. You have done a tremendous  job of managing and producing  those those prize Blue Gills.  We'll done and keep  making us jealous.  Love the pictures  of your fish. The bass look healthy  too.
General Discussion / Re: Pond Renovation.
« Last post by Flydude on September 28, 2017, 07:55:43 AM »
Cliff those are some prized fish and just beautiful. You'll have done a great job with the pond.

General Discussion / Re: Pond Renovation.
« Last post by chunting on September 28, 2017, 07:20:45 AM »
We are harvesting fish now and the key to continued growth will be successful management/manipulation of the population.  We've had several family eatin' gatherings and the first thing folks do upon arrival is head for the pond.  After the first two events, all are well versed in what to keep and what to put in the "eating" bucket.  They have seen what we have accomplished in size and really enjoy catching and releasing the larger bluegills.  Basically, they have "bought" in to the deal.  Results can win over the most skeptical. 

Yesterday the bride wanted to fish so I grabbed scale and measuring board and walked down to the pond as I'd not sampled the population for a month.  She was using worms on a light spinning rod, which is the best method to sample fish that are being feed regularly.  The second fish she caught put on a pretty good show before I slipped the net under it and when it first flashed that broad side, I knew this might be the one we have been waiting on.  I quickly measured and weighed the bluegill.  It was a large female, taping 9.75 inches and weighed 16 ounces and a hair on the kitchen scale I have been using.  I was controlling the bluegill while the bride checked the weight.  I asked her "How much?"  She replied casually, "Sixteen ounces."  I glanced up and told her we needed to weigh it one more time.  The answer was the same, "Sixteen ounces and a hair."  I leaned over and read the scale myself.  YES, 16 ounces.  :)  The next we weighed was a large male that taped 9 inches and some, pushing the needle down to 12 ounces.

The thickness, mass and width from top to bottom of this fish could not be captured by the camera, one had to hold the sucker in your hands to fully appreciated the size of a 16 ounce bluegill.  My wife is holding the first "pound" bluegill from our pond and in the other is my scale with the 12 ounce male she caught.  The scale is shows about 16 ounces but I had rotated the bowl so she could take a photo and in doing so, it moved the scale some.  You can get a pretty good look at the mass these big gills are developing.  Our gills haven't added much length since they reached 8 inches but are gaining lots of weight with each increment in length. 

We set out to grow 16 ounce bluegills and it only took two summers after stocking the fish in our pond.  They will have been in our pond two years in late February 2018.  Basically, they are three year old fish. 

Now, we will see just how big they will grow.


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