Saturday, July 2, 2022

July 19th meeting - Acadiana Open Tying Night

AFR monthly meeting
* Tuesday, July 19, 2022

6:00pm
Pack & Paddle
601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette

* please note the date change. Also we'll meet inside the P&P store *

This month's meeting will be held on July 19th in conjunction with the "Acadiana Open Fly Tying Night" an event hosted by Pack and Paddle.  

Acadiana Open Fly Tying Night

This FREE event is at 6pm at the Pack & Paddle Outpost - right behind the main shop.  We are hosting this event along with the Acadiana Fly Rodders club and invite everyone interested. The club will be providing beer for the event.

Our Open Fly Tying Night is for everyone interested in fly tying. Bring your own tools, materials, supplies, and just tie! Although this is not an instruction night, there will still be plenty of learning from each other. This event is a great excuse to get out of the house, tie some flies, and have some fun with fellow tiers.

This is a FREE event for those who want to hang out and tie with other tiers. A few extra tools and vises are available if needed, but make sure to bring your own materials and hooks!

Free event - but please sign up so we know you're coming.  To sign up, CLICK HERE 

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

June 16th meeting - How Fly Rods are Made

AFR monthly meeting
Thursday, June 16, 2022

6:00pm meeting
Pack & Paddle Outpost, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette

This month, Catch Cormier will talk about how graphite fly blanks are made and assembled into finished rods.  And how to assemble your own. He'll include a short video at the beginning for an overview of the process then go into more specific details.  Being a longtime tackle junkie and rod builder, Catch has many interesting insights and stories to share on this subject!

As always, come early and bring your fly rod and join us for casting on the lawn behind Pack & Paddle - weather permitting of course!

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

May 19th meeting - Tying the Full Motion Crawfish

AFR monthly meeting
Thursday, May 19, 2022

6:00pm meeting
Pack & Paddle Outpost, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette

This month, we will be tying a fly, the Mays Full Motion Crayfish. Ontario-based guide Steve May, with the help of fellow guide Ken Collins, developed this fly with trophy smallmouth in mind. It would work great for largemouth and perhaps foraging redfish would “tear it up” also.
 
Darin Lee of Opelousas tied this pattern (shown in photo) at the Red Stick Fly Fishers club's annual Red Stick Day event in early March. While the pattern includes quite a few different materials, most are pretty straightforward to tie on. Black, brown, rust, or orange thread in 140 denier or 6/0 will work well, though 70 denier will also work. 
 
Please bring your tying gear. All materials will be provided.  As always, come early and bring your fly rod and join us for casting on the lawn behind Pack & Paddle.

Friday, April 15, 2022

April 21st meeting - Casting & Fishing

AFR monthly meeting
Thursday, April 21, 2022
6:00pm
Moncus Park, Lafayette

Weather permitting, the plans are to meet at Moncus Park, the old horse farm on Johnston Street in Lafayette.  For those of you who have not been there, there is a very nice fishing pond. Some of our members have been there and caught bass and bream.  Bring your fly rod(s) and plan to meet in the parking lot at 6 pm.  

I will stay on top of the weather and post a notification if plans change, in which case, we will meet at Pack And Paddle.

As always, guests and newcomers are welcome to our meetings.

Monday, April 4, 2022

Fly Fishing Film Tour this Saturday at P&P

2022 Fly Fishing Film Tour & Hangout
Saturday, April 9, 2022

3:00pm - Hangout
5:00pm - Films showing
Pack & Paddle
601 E. Pinhook Rd, Lafayette, LA

Pack & Paddle in Lafayette will again host their annual showing of the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) along with their popular "Fly Fishing Hangout" prior to starting the films.  Tickets are $20 in advance and at the door (if not sold out already).

F3T is a collection of independent short films highlighting the adventure and conservation aspects of our sport. Shot across the US, Canada and around the world, these films celebrate fly fishing in all it's splendor.  F3T is shown at select venues across the country.

The Hangout kicks off at 3pm and will feature fly tying demos, tying games, casting games, snacks and beer, and more.  The films will kick off between 5 and 5:30. These collection of short films run the gamut from coldwater steelhead to jungle streams of aggressive fish, to personal stories of inspiration, to conservation issues and victories.

Acadiana Fly Rodders will be on hand to promote the club and gain momentum for our "Fly Fishing 101" later this year.

For tickets, go to www.packpaddle.com  or call 337.232.5854.

Monday, March 14, 2022

March meeting - Crappie on the Fly

AFR monthly meeting
Thursday, March 17, 2022

6:00pm meeting
Pack & Paddle Outpost, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette

For our March meeting, Glen 'Catch' Cormier will give us a presentation on fly fishing for crappie (sacalait). Catch has, or has held, several state and/or IGFA world records for crappie. He's also fished in kayak tournaments for crappie. He'll cover biology, seasonal tactics, flies, tackle, and locations for this popular game fish.  It's a great time of year to fly fish sacalait while they're in the shallows!

With Daylight Savings Time, we'll have casting again prior to the meeting starting at 5:30pm.  Meet us in the back parking area for Pack & Paddle.  Bring your fly rod and improve your casting skills.

As always, guests and newcomers are welcome to our meetings!