Monday, January 24, 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 Lafayette area, taking place over the next few months. We encourage AFR members and others to attend one or more of these.

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.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

January meeting - Movie and a Fly

AFR monthly meeting
Thursday, January 20, 2022

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

For our first meeting of the new year, we'll start off with the award-winning film presentation, "Off the Grid".

Following the movie, Flip will demonstrate tying the "Hair and Hackle Crawfish" which was originally developed by Chris Williams. Bring your tying equipment. There will be materials provided so you can tie your own crawfish.

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

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Here's wishing our members and friends, and all of their families, a most blessed holiday season. Hope everyone finds something under the Christmas tree they can use for their piscatorial pursuits in the coming year.

While Christmas is a season of festivity, let's not forget the reason for the season: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us….” John 1:14. Please be giving to those in need, and pray for those who are less fortunate, for those in suffering, and for those away from their families this season.

We also wish everyone a prosperous and healthy New Year.  With much emphasis on healthy!  There are many great regional activities coming up in 2022.   Click on our Calendar page to discover what's happening.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

 November 18th meeting - Ivory-billed Woodpecker in LA

AFR monthly meeting
Thursday, November 18, 2021
5:30pm casting starts
6:30pm meeting
Pack & Paddle Outpost, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette

For our next meeting, something different and of general interest to all! We will have a guest speaker, Dr. Tommy Michot.  Dr. Michot is a retired ornithologist/biologist from the U.S. Geological Survey and will be speaking about the on-going search efforts for the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker “The Lord God Bird” in Louisiana.

As always, guests and newcomers are welcome to our meetings! With the end of Daylight Savings Time, we will not be able to have casting practice. But do come early to check out all the great fly fishing and fly tying items at Pack and Paddle!

* As of right now, the mask mandate has been lifted but since we are not certain what COVID-19 policies P&P might have in place at the time of meeting, please bring a mask just in case. *

Monday, October 11, 2021

October 21st meeting - Casting & Fishing

AFR monthly meeting
Thursday, October 21, 2021

6:00pm 
Ponds on Camellia Blvd.

For this meeting, we'll be taking advantage of cool weather and the last weeks of Daylight Savings Time to enjoy some casting and fishing on the ponds off Camellia Boulevard.  Click on the map to see a larger image of directions. 

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

Saturday, August 14, 2021

August meeting cancelled

 Due to the recent spike in Covid cases, we are canceling the August meeting.  We want our members and guests to enjoy a safe experience in the company of others.

Healthcare experts are saying that with the recent surge in vaccinations, plus many recovery immunity cases, that this spike maybe short lived and a real return to normalcy could happen in a month or so.  When we do meet again, our first meeting will be as promised on the Ivory Billed Woodpecker.  An exciting program for everyone!!