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:
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.