Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Rainbeaux trout have arrived!

Every year around Christmas, BREC does their annual stocking of rainbow trout in select ponds throughout East Baton Rouge Parish.  Last week, the trout arrived!  Stockings took place at Burbank, Perkins, Forest Park and Zachary Community Park.  Also new for this year, Ascension Parish has stocked their pond at Lamar-Dixon.

The best flies have been black or olive woolybuggers in sizes 10 and 12.  But once the trout get acclimated to the natural food items, a wide selection of flies will work, including parachute adams and black gnats.  Already the trout at Perkins Pond seem to be acclimating, as a good number have been caught-and-released on parachute adams sizes 14 and 16, mostly in the afternoon.

Rainbeaux trout are a coldwater species that can't survive our summer heat.  However, they provide terrific action - with lots of leaps - on winter days when native species are dormant.  As always, we recommend releasing these fish for now, and keeping them starting in February.  These trout can survive until late March or early April.  The more fish released now, the longer we can enjoy rainbeaux trout! 

Friday, December 20, 2013

2014 Calendar updated

There's lots of activities happening again in 2014.  We've already set the dates for most of our activities, and updated them on our CALENDAR page.  Also, other clubs and groups have set their dates thru summer, and those dates are also on our Calendar.  Here's a few Red Stickers might be most interested in:

- Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Fest (Houston, Feb 1)
- RSFF Fly Fishing 101  (Feb 8)
- Little Mo Fly Fishing Fest (Murfreesboro, Feb 14-16)
- Red Stick Day (Mar 8)
- Acadiana Conclave (Lafayette, Mar 15)
- RSFF March Brown trip (Murfreesboro, Mar 22)
- RSFF Spring Concordia weekend (Apr 11-13)
- Paddlepalooza (Apr 11-12)
- Natchitoches Fishing Expo (May 3)
- RSFF Spring Catch-n-Eat (May 16-17)
- Grand Isle Weekend (June 27-29)

And many others not on this list.  Check the Calendar for updates.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December 16 Fly Tying at Orvis - Alex Beane

For December, the fly tying session is moved up a week to the 3rd Monday (due to the holidays).  The session will take place Monday, December 16, at the Orvis Company Store in Perkins-Rowe in Baton Rouge.  Time is 7:00pm.  The public is invited, and beginner tiers are welcome.  

Our featured tier will be Alex Beane, manager of the Orvis store. Alex started fly fishing at the age of 11 in upstate New York and never looked back. He spent nearly a decade managing a fly shop in Colorado and guiding there, then moved to Baton Rouge and worked for Backpacker.  He's a highly respected fly tier and an avid kayak angler.  We are blessed to have Alex as part of our club, and community!