Red Stick Day

 28th annual Red Stick Day
A celebration of fly fishing

Saturday, March 4, 2023
8:30am - 3:30pm
Waddilll Wildlife Refuge
4142 N Flannery Rd, Baton Rouge

FREE admission!

Red Stick Day is our annual fly fishing festival.   Whether beginner or expert, there's something for everyone!

Activities include:
- Programs
- Fly Tying Demonstrations
- Casting Demonstrations and lessons
- Kayak fishing presentation
- Free refreshments
- Fishing on premises
- Jambalaya lunch
- Raffles
- Admission is FREE!


Fly tying begins at 8:30am and continues through the day. Some of the region's top fly tiers will be on hand.

There are free refreshments during the day.  A lunch prepared by award-winning Jambalaya cook Ken Holmes will be provided for a nominal cost. Then there's the big raffle and Gamblers Draw for flies, tackle, equipment, and other items that help benefit the club's education and conservation projects.


Time Activity Presenters
8:30 am
Doors open, Fly tying begins

9:00 am program: "Fly Fishing the BR Area" Brian Roberts
9:00 am Casting Instruction & Coaching FFI MCIs and CCIs
9:30 am Kayak Demos on pond Team Massey
10:15 am program: "Common Casting Mistakes and How to Correct Them" Dave Barron
12:00  pm   
Lunch jambalaya, salad, drink
1:00 pm program "Fly Fishing the Driftless Area" Dave Barron
2:15 pm Raffle, Gamblers Draw, Close


Dave Barron
Dave has been teaching casting for 38 years, and guided fly fishing trips in Alaska, Arkansas and now fishes his home waters in the Driftless Region in Wisconsin. Dave became an FFI MCI in 1993 and now serves on the FFI Casting Board of Governors. He is also a mentor for upcoming instructors both virtual and in person. Aside from fly fishing Dave is an avid hunter and dog trainer.

Jeff Ferguson
Jeff earned his MCI credential in 2016, and now serves on the FFI Casting Board of Governors.  He grew up fly fishing the Louisiana marshes and cypress-infested lakes of central Louisiana. Later while living on Lake Calcasieu he experienced great marsh fishing for redfish and trophy speckled trout. After two hurricanes he relocated to Lafayette Louisiana. He continues to learn new places to fish and help share his teaching passion..

Jonathan Walter
Jonathan is from the Denver area. He can be found in the parks doing casting lessons and mentoring potential certified instructors. He serves as Chairman of the FFI Casting Board of Governors, and his dedication to promoting their Casting Instructor program is unequaled. He is very active in leading virtual mentoring of future candidates around the country..

Brian Roberts
Brian is an excellent fly tier, and well-rounded angler. He enjoys chasing sunfish in local creeks and lakes, redfish in the Louisiana marsh, trout in Colorado, and smallmouth in Arkansas. He chronicles his adventures on He'll be presenting on fly fishing around the Baton Rouge area.

Featured Tiers

Kevin Andry - Baton Rouge, LA. Award-winning music director at St. Micheal HS, Kevin also mentors the school fly fishing club. He loves kayak fishing & ties some amazing deer hair bugs. 

Ron Braud - Prairieville, LA.  Nationally-renown for his “Stippled Poppers” – elaborately detailed poppers that fish as great as they look. Ron has been featured in books and magazines, and was recognized with Fly Tying Lifetime Excellence by the FFI Gulf Coast Council. 

Kenneth Breaux - Dequincy, LA.  Past President of the Contraband Fly Casters, he loves fishing for bass, bream and crappie using the proven patterns he ties. 

Dirk Burton - Baton Rouge, LA. A nationally-recognized fly tier, Dirk specializes in woven patterns for panfish. His creations have been featured in various magazines.

Ted Cabali - River Ridge, LA. Recognized by the FFI for his contributions to tying and teaching, Ted has created some exceptional flies, including the famous Cabali Worm, a proven big bass killer!

Catch Cormier - Cotile, LA.  Longtime fly fishing writer and kayak fishing advocate/pioneer, his tournament-winning saltwater and bass flies have been featured in books and magazines.  

Ron Foreman - Lake Charles, LA.  Past president of Contraband Fly Casters, Ron is an annual invited tier to Sowbug Roundup. He enjoys fishing from the Louisiana saltwater marshes to Arkansas Ozark rivers.

Scott Irwin - Bossier City, LA. Past president of North Louisiana Fly Fishers, Scott loves fishing for all species but ties some very effective trout flies.

Mike Jackson - New Orleans, LA. Mike is president of the Gulf Coast Fly Tyers.  He makes some very effective poppers for bass, bream, and saltwater, as well as beautiful Clouser Minnows.

Flip Siragusa - Lafayette, LA.  Flip is president of the Acadiana Fly Rodders. He ties a wide variety of flies, but his epoxy spoon fly and version of the Triangle Bug are absolute fish killers!

Roger Smith - Jayess, MS. A retired music teacher, Roger is widely recognized for his skill at glass blowing.  His skill at fly tying is equally impressive.

Casting Instruction

Throughout the day, we’ll have casting instruction on the West Pond. With three FFI Master Certified Casting Instructors on hand, we’ll have some of the best casting instruction for all levels throughout the day.  

In addition, Dave Barron will give a program on the mechanics of fly casting. 

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