Sunday, December 14, 2014

December 15 Fly Tying - Orvis

Our next fly tying session will be held Monday, December 15, 2014, at the Orvis store in Perkins-Rowe off Bluebonnet. Time is 7:00pm.

Beginners are welcome!  Please bring your tools, materials are provided. If you don't have any tools, the club has several sets for use during these sessions.

Monday, November 10, 2014

RSFF member Jerome Hebert passes away

The Red Stick Fly Fishers mourn the loss of our longtime fellow member and dear friend, Jerome Hebert, who passed away this Friday unexpectedly.  He was only 43 years old. Our sympathies go to his wife Dena and the rest of the family.

This is not only a great loss for our club, but also one for the fly fishing community in Louisiana. Jerome and his wife were the First Couple of fly tying here in our state. Jerome was an innovative tier, a talented artist, and an avid promoter of warmwater fly fishing. Further, he gave freely of his time to teach others - whether as a demo tier at countless events (including the IFFF National Conclave), or giving a workshop on tying flies, or teaching someone to fly fish.  His passion for our sport was rarely matched.  He also donated his artwork and flies for numerous club events, including Red Stick Day, as well as his personal charities.  He was a very special young man, a devoted Christian. We will miss him greatly.

Funeral will be held at Martin and Castille downtown Lafayette on Thursday, November 13,  at 10am. Visitation will be from 2pm-9pm on Wednesday and again Thursday 8am - 10am.

November 10th meeting

The next meeting of the Red Stick Fly Fishers will be held Monday, November 10, 2014, at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries building on Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.  Time is 7:00pm.  The public is welcome!

For November, Larry Offner of Green Trout Fly Shop will give a presentation on fly fishing in and around Baton Rouge. There are many ponds, streams, and creeks in the area that offer good fall and winter fishing.  Also fishing reports, and news on upcoming club trips.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October 27 Fly Tying - Cabelas

Our next fly tying session will be on Monday, October 27th, at Cabelas in Gonzales. Time is 7:00pm. The session will be led by Roger del Rio, who recently won the Fly Fishing East Division of the CCA STAR tournament. Roger has been flyfishing saltwater for over 35 years, and brings a wealth of knowledge on catching specks, reds, and other marsh species.  Roger wll demonstrate a couple of his favorite marsh patterns. 

Our monthly tying sessions are FREE and open to the public. If you have tools, please bring them. Otherwise, the club has a few toolsets (vise, bobbin, bodkin, scissors, etc.) to use during these sessions. Materials will be provided.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

October 13th meeting - Favorite Saltwater Flies For The Marsh

The next meeting of the Red Stick Fly Fishers will be held Monday, October 13, 2014, at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries building on Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.  Time is 7:00pm.  The public is welcome!

For October, the meeting will be dedicated to our favorite saltwater flies we use for reds, specks and flounder. This will be a great opportunity to learn which flies work best in our SE Louisiana saltwaters. The meeting is open to the public, so come join us.

The format will be an open forum where participants will describe their flies, talk about how and when to use them, and mention where to buy them, or if  not commercially available, how to tie them. Please bring copies of the recipe. All attendees are encouraged to participate. The more, the better.

If you are planning to present one or more flies at the meeting, please send an email to so we can get an idea of how many presenters we can expect.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Fly Fishers Meeting June 9th

Come out for our monthly meeting on June 9th!  As a prelude to the annual Grand Isle trip, members of the club are teaming together to bring you a special meeting on Fishing Grand Isle.  You won't want to miss this meeting if you are going on the Grand Isle trip, or if you have any interest in saltwater fly fishing.

Topics include:
-Fishing on foot                                               Roger Del Rio
-Fishing from a canoe or kayak                        Mike Lafleur
-Fishing from a motor boat                              Dave McDougal, Randy Leonpacher

-It’s 30 minutes before dawn, what do I do?     Kyle Moppert
-Night time on the bridge                                 Glen Cormier
-Should I stay and fish or go eat?                    Gary Peterson

-Flies for the beach                                           Kyle Moppert, Roger Del Rio
-Flies for the marsh                                           Kyle Moppert, Mike Lafleur
-The water is murky, what color works best?     Kyle Moppert, Glen Cormier

The meeting will be held at 7:00pm at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries building at 2000 Quail Drive in Baton Rouge, but come out at 6:30 and cast some (I will be there casting).

Special thanks to Gary Parrish for coordinating this meeting, and to all the presenters who are making it possible.  It should be great!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

May 12 membership meeting

Our next monthly membership meeting will be held on Monday, May 12 at the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Buiding on Quail at 7:00 PM.  There will be a presentation by Jim Wright on the Lower Mountain Fork trout fishery located near Broken Bow, Oklahoma.  This is also the potential location for a club trip this Fall and we hope to gauge interest, so please plan to attend.  We will also have updates from the trip chairs and discussion regarding our two upcoming saltwater trips, the Spring Catch and Eat (May 16-18) and Grand Isle Weekend (June 27-29).  Hope to see you there.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

March 10th meeting - DST Casting

Our next general meeting will be on Monday, March 10, at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries building on Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.  Time is 7:00pm.  Guests are welcome!

Now that Daylight Savings Time is here, we'll initiate our casting practice sessions outside the LDWF building starting about 6:30pm.  Bring your rod.  Perhaps you learned a few new things - or many new things - from casting guru Tom Jindra on Red Stick Day.  Now is a good time to put them to use and let our club casting experts assist in making sure you practice as Tom preached!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Red Stick Day Conclave - Saturday, March 8th

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
Open to all ages, families welcome!

The Red Stick Conclave is a celebration of fly fishing featuring programs, fly tying demos, casting demos, kayak demos, exhibitors, and more. Guest speakers this year include Tom Jindra, Pete Cooper Jr, Larry Offner, Richard Evans, and Roger del Rio. Guest tiers include 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.

Backpacker of Baton Rouge will be onsite for free on-the-water kayak demos from 11am to 1pm. There's free refreshments during the day. A jambalaya lunch with salad for $7 will also be available.

For more details on this event, click on the RED STICK CONCLAVE page, or click here for the 2014 RSFF Conclave Leaflet.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

February 10th Meeting - Red Stick Day Preparation

Red Stick Day is quickly approaching and we need EVERYONE to chip in to make it a success.   As you know Catch Cormier has been the events chair for many years and most of us have no idea of how much goes into this event to make it a success.  As the March 7th banquet and the March 8th Red Stick day are closing in I have prepared an action item list that should help us ensure we’ll have all the items covered. Be prepared at the Monday, February 10th, meeting to commit to the items you will be responsible for on Red Stick Day.  It might be cooking for the banquet, tying some flies or leaders, donating books and DVD’s, or contacting our sponsors for prizes.  Too many items to mention here, just be ready to jump in and help make our event a success.

Meanwhile back at the ranch I have contacted several tiers and am just a couple of folks shy of having our maximum allotment for the Waddill Center.  I have one speaker committed and others are being contacted to see if they will come share their knowledge with the club.  We may want to enlist a couple of Red Stick’s Finest to round out our speakers.

Please come and volunteer so we make this event the success that it has always been in the past.
Any questions email me, or text or call 225-335-4596.
Looking forward to seeing you Monday February 10.

-Emmitt Simmons

Monday, January 6, 2014

January 13th meeting - Lyle Johnson of LOWA

Our next general meeting will be on Monday, January 13, at the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries building on Quail Drive in Baton Rouge.  Time is 7:00pm.  Guests are welcome!

For January, our program will feature Mr. 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.

Lyle is also co-host of Ascension Outdoors TV Show, shown weekly on Eatel channel 4 and Cox 113 "The Pelican".  He is a freelance writer and also does a weekly column in the Gonzales Weekly Citizen and online at  You can follow him at "Ascension Outdoors" on Facebook.