Tuesday, May 10, 2022

May 11th Flies & Flights

The next Flies and Flights night is scheduled for this Wednesday, May 11th, at Rally Cap Brewing beginning at 7pm.  Location is 11212 Pennywood Ave in Baton Rouge.

F&F is not affliated with the Red Stick club, but all members are invited.  This is an independent collective of tiers just looking to tie and enjoy a social gathering with some fine brews.  Anyone can come and join in.

Bring your vise and materials to tie your favorite patterns if you'd like.  Or just come join in for some great company and a cold beer.  For those looking to learn, there will be some spare vises and materials on hand.  Feel free to pass the word along to anyone who may be interested in joining in.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

May 9th monthly meeting

RSFF monthly meeting
Monday, May 9, 2022
6:30 pm - casting
7:00 pm - meeting starts
Room 204, Adult Education Building
Broadmoor United Methodist Church
10230 Mollylea Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

This month, Glen 'Catch' Cormier will present on interesting new products at ICAST 2021 - the world's largest fishing trade show - along with a "State of Fly FIshing 2021".  As Conservation Director for the Fly Fishers International Gulf Coast Council, Catch will also give a second presentation on conservation issues across the region, as well as within the FFI nationally. 

As always, our meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome! 

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Tying flies and drinking brews!

Last night was the first-ever "Flies and Flights" brewery tying night organized by RSFF member Chris Williams.  About a dozen folks showed up to tie, including several new faces. According to Chris, some of the flies tied included wooly buggers, Clouser minnows, Concordia Specials, dragonfly nymphs, and even some intruder-style micro Spey flies!

Flies and Flights is a casual tying event to be held monthly at Rally Cap Brewing Company (11212 Pennywood Ave, Baton Rouge).  Time is 7:00pm. Just bring a vise and materials to tie and share your favorite patterns. Or if you're new to tying, you can get instruction and tie a simple fly, like a wooly bugger.  Extra vises, tools and materials will be available.

Chris also maintains the popular "Fat Fingered Fly Tying" blog, which has a great selection of various fly patterns with step-by-step instructions, as well as photos of a wide variety of freshwater and saltwater species. Check it out at www.fatfingeredflytyer.com   

Sunday, April 10, 2022

April 11th meeting

RSFF monthly meeting
Monday, April 11, 2022

6:15 pm - casting practice *
7:00 pm - meeting begins
Room 204, Adult Education Building
Broadmoor United Methodist Church
10230 Mollylea Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

On the agenda:
- discussion of our Concordia trip coming up April 22-24
- summary of the recent trip to the Little Missouri River
- fishing reports

* We'll have club rods available for anyone who wants to practice casting.  As always, our meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome!

Sunday, March 27, 2022

March 28th tying - Baby Fat Minnow

RSFF monthly fly tying
Monday, March 28, 2022
Adult Education Building
Broadmoor United Methodist Church
10230 Mollylea Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

This month, Sydney Dobson will lead us in tying the chub-colored Baby Fat Minnow.  This is a great pattern for saltwater, but also for catching bass during shad runs on False River and Lake Concordia.

As always, our meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome!  Bring your vise and tools, or use one of the clubs, or simply watch and enjoy.

Monday, March 7, 2022

Sweetwater Classic this weekend in McComb

2nd annual Gulf Coast Sweetwater Classic
Fly fishing festival and fishing contest
Friday-Saturday, March 11-12, 2022
Percy Quin State Park, McComb, MS
FREE admission to festival, entry fee for contests

The Sweetwater Classic is hosted by the Gulf Coast Council (GCC) of Fly Fishers International (FFI).   It's open to the public, and admission to the festival and the park is FREE.  There is a $5 entry for the Big Bream Contest on Friday afternoon, and a $30 entry fee for the Big Bass Contest on Saturday.   It should be noted that Red Stick is an affiliated club in the FFI and affiliated with the Gulf Coast Council.

In addition to the contests, there are seminars on fly fishing basics, on fly fishing for warmwater species and coldwater trout, there are also fly tying demonstrations and instruction, fly casting clinics and instruction, raffles and more. The raffle and silent auction includes fishing tackle, accessories, and many one-of-a-kind items.  Proceeds from the fundraiser help to fund the Gulf Coast Council's conservation and education projects. There will also be free coffee and donuts on Saturday morning, and a pulled pork BBQ lunch on Saturday for $6.

For complete info, including schedule of activities and links to tournament registration, go to  www.ffigcc.org and click on "CLASSIC".

Friday, February 25, 2022

February 28th fly tying - flies for RSD

RSFF monthly fly tying
Monday, February 28, 2022

Adult Education Building
Broadmoor United Methodist Church
10230 Mollylea Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

We'll be tying flies for donations for Red Stick Day on March 5th. So bring materials to tie your favorite flies. For beginners, it's a chance to watch several of our club tiers and learn.

As always, our meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome!

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Make plans now for Red Stick Day on March 5th

Our 27th annual Red Stick Day is coming up Saturday, March 5th.  Red Stick Day is our fly fishing festival - a celebration of our sport featuring great programs, fly tying demonstrations, casting instruction, loads of raffle items, and more.  And best of all, admission is free!

The event will again be held at the LDWF Waddill Outdoors Education Center off North Flannery Road.  The ponds on the premises are full of big bass and bluegill, so bring your fly tackle.  In addition, our friends at Masseys Outfitters will be on hand with a variety of kayaks from Hobie and Native for folks to test paddle/pedal.  

Once again, we have great programs lined up. Members of Team Massey will start things off with "Kayak Fishing the Marsh" with tips on how to rig for marsh fishing as well as best places for reds and specks.  Chris Williams, winner of last year's Jambalaya Challenge with 43 species caught on fly, will present on a nationwide mixed bag contest.  Successful tournament anglers Kevin "MusicDoc" Andry and Glen "Catch" Cormier will talk about "Bass on the Fly".  And finally, coastal scientist and accomplished fly angler Darin Lee will discuss "Fly Fishing Southwest Louisiana".

Roughly a dozen of the region's top fly tiers will also be on hand to demonstrate their various flies, along with their favorite legacy patterns. Attendees can watch and learn the step-by-step process to making a great fish-catching lure from scratch. Names and bios of tiers will be listed when we have received them.

We'll also have casting instruction from several regional FFI Certified Casting Instructors throughout the day.

Details about the event, including speaker and tier bios, schedule of activities, and more can be found by clicking on the "Red Stick Day" link above.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

2022 Jambalaya Challenge goes live!

Our Jambalaya Challenge is back for a second year.  Jamb-C kicked off February 1st and runs until midnight November 31st.  We've started a month earlier this year so that any rainbeaux trout caught in local ponds can be included.

* Please note that the form currently shows 2021 but can still be used for 2022 entries.

Like it's namesake, Jambalaya Challenge is a mixture of diverse elements... a contest where size doesn't matter, but diversity does. It's a members-only, months-long tournament where the goal is to catch as many different species on fly rod. It's CPRE which means catch-photo-release encouraged. And best of all, there is no entry fee!

Are you ready?  Here's what you need to compete:

  • Be a 2022 member of Red Stick.  If you haven't joined or renewed, you can still post entries but have until March 31st to get your membership paid.
  • Go to the Jambalaya Challenge page and review the rules
  • Have your camera or smartphone available when fishing
  • Take photos of your catch and include either the fly rod or fly, or both
  • Log them in using the links on the Jambalaya Challenge page.
  • While members who log the most different species win prizes, all other participants are eligible for consolation prizes.  Each entry gets you one ticket into the consolation drawing.  

Check out our website and Facebook page during the year for frequent updates.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Springtime is events time

When it comes to fly fishing, Spring is event season across the deep South.  While Covid forced cancellations of most events the past two years, it's clear that the Omicron variant isn't scaring anyone from getting back to some semblence of normal. 

Here is a list of fly fishing events within four hours drive or less from the Baton Rouge area, taking place over the next few months. We encourage RSFF members and others to attend our own Red Stick Day, and one or more of the others.

Jan. 29 (Sat) – 4th biennial CENLA FLY FISHING & LIGHT TACKLE FESTIVAL, Kees Park Center, Highway 28 East, Pineville, LA. 8:30am – 3:30pm. Free admission. Presentations, fly tying demos, casting clinics, exhibitors and more. $5 lunch available. Benefits Food Bank of Central Louisiana. Hosted by Kisatchie Fly Fishers club. Website: www.kisatchiefly.org.

Feb. 12 (Sat) – 29th annual Dr. ED RIZZOLO FLY TYING FESTIVAL, Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd, Houston, TX. 8:30am – 4:30pm. The largest fly tying event on the Gulf Coast features over 80 tiers as well as seminars and vendors. Featured guest tier: Jerry Coviello. Adults $10, students and seniors $5, children free. Hosted by the Texas Fly Fishers club. Website: texasflyfishers.org.

Mar. 5 (Sat) – 26th Annual RED STICK DAY, Waddill Outdoor Education Center, 4142 N Flannery Rd, Baton Rouge, LA. 8:30am – 3:30pm. Free admission. Seminars, tying demos, kayak demos, casting clinics, food, refreshments. Hosted by Red Stick Fly Fishers. Website: www.rsff.org.

Mar. 11-12 (Fri-Sat) – 2nd annual SWEETWATER CLASSIC, Percy Quin State Park, McComb, MS. Free admission, bass tournament entry $30. Fly tying demos, casting clinics, seminars, raffles, Big Bream Contest (free), CPR big bass tournament with categories for boat/kayak and bank fishing, plus Slab Master (largest crappie). Hosted by FFI Gulf Coast Council. Website: www.ffigcc.org.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

January 24th fly tying - CANCELLED

RSFF monthly fly tying
Monday, January 24, 2022 - CANCELLED

Adult Education Building
Broadmoor United Methodist Church
10230 Mollylea Drive, Baton Rouge, LA

* This meeting has been cancelled.  Join us next month for fly tying *

As always, our meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome! Materials will be provided for those wanting to tie along. Bring your vise and tools, if none, the club has sets for use during these sessions.

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

RSFF annual banquet - January 17th

RSFF annual banquet
Monday, January 17, 2022

6:30pm - setup
7:00pm - dinner
Broadmoor United Methodist Church, Adult Education Building

* Note: this month's meeting moved from the 10th to the 17th due to the BCS National Championship

Our annual banquet & potluck dinner will take place at our usual meeting spot. Bring a dish or dessert to share, and serving utensils needed for your dish (eg, large spoon, fork or knife). The club will furnish plates, napkins, silverware, tablecloths, ice, cups, iced tea and water.

Use the group email to respond with what dish you plan to bring.

We will also do club awards, recognize the winners of the 2021 Jambalaya Challenge and talk about club plans for this Spring.