Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Make plans for Red Stick Day March 9th

29th annual Red Stick Day
Saturday, March 9, 2024

8:30am to 3:00pm
LDWF Waddill Outdoor Education Center
4141 North Flannery Rd, Baton Rouge, LA

Red Stick Day is one of the longest-running fly fishing festivals in the South. Hosted by our friends at Red Stick Fly Fishers club, there's seminars, fly tying demos, casting instruction, food, loads of raffle items, and more.  And best of all, admission is free!

The event will again be held at the Waddill Education Center.  The ponds on the premises are full of big bass and bluegill.  In addition, Masseys Outfitters will be on hand with a variety of kayaks from Hobie, Native and other brands for folks to test paddle/pedal.

This year's presenters include Dave Barron, Brian Roberts, and Jim Lanasa. Several FFI Certified Casting Instructors will be on hand including Dave, Jeff Ferguson (both MCIs) and Roger del Rio, Bill Morrison and Glen 'Catch' Cormier (all CIs). If you've ever wanted to learn more about any type of casting, or improve your casting skills, this is a grand opportunity to learn from the best.

Over 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. A jambalaya lunch with salad and drink is available for just $10.  There's also a giant raffle and silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind items, all to benefit the club's educational projects.

Details about the event, including speaker and tier bios, schedule of activities, and more can be found by going to www.rsff.org and clicking on "Red Stick Day" in the menu. 

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Feb. 22nd Acadiana Bugs & Brews

Acadiana Bugs & Brews
Thursday, February 22, 2024

Pack & Paddle Outpost, 601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette
Open to the public

Acadiana Bugs & Brews is an open community fly tying event usually held the fourth Thursday of each month. We are a group of independent tiers who gather for the enjoyment of tying and to share stories and cold beer. Though not affiliated with Acadiana Fly Rodders, several club members are usually on hand and happy to assist any beginners.

This month, Flip Siragusa will demonstrate the "Down & Dirty" Cork Panfish Popper.  He started making these years ago, and while nothing fancy, they provide a foundation for more detailed versions. You can take one of these from start to finish including painting and gluing in under an hour.

Materials will be provided for those who wish to follow along. Bring your tools and thread - 140 or 6/0 size is fine in red or black. If you don't have tools, some are available for use during the session. Or just come and watch.  Come early and get some retail therapy in Pack and Paddle.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Feb. 15th meeting - Leaders for Panfish

AFR monthly meeting
Thursday, February 15, 2024
Pack & Paddle Outpost
601 E. Pinhook, Lafayette

With spring on the way, join us this month as Darin Lee leads a discussion on leaders for panfishing with an emphasis on using indicator rigs and popper/droppers.  We’ll discuss several options for each method and give you opportunities to tie up a leader you might not have tried before.

Guests are welcome!  Come early and get in a little retail therapy in Pack And Paddle.