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General Discussion / Re: CALL FOR PATTERNS! Warm Fly - Warmwater Fly Patterns
« Last post by Scott Pursley on April 21, 2015, 12:05:30 PM »
What ever became of this book, I would love to get a copy, but haven't heard anything else about it.
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General Discussion / Re: Stripping Basket
« Last post by Scott Pursley on April 21, 2015, 11:57:29 AM »
Here's a decent sized one for $65 I found... http://rexfly.com/products/blackbox-stripping-basket  It looks like a decent one.
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Red Stick Fly Fishers / 2015 Spring Catch-n-Eat trip - May 16 weekend
« Last post by Catch Cormier on April 21, 2015, 09:41:54 AM »
This from RSFF Saltwater Chair Randy Leonpacher:

Once again it's time to begin getting your plans together for the annual RSFF Spring Saltwater Catch & Eat.  It's the weekend of May 16, 2015.

For the new folks, fishing takes place along Highway 1 from Galliano south to Grand Isle.   Some fish on Friday, and almost everyone on Saturday.  There's usually an informal gathering on Friday night.  with the formal gathering (fish and shrimp fry) on Saturday evening.

There's often plenty enough fish caught so everyone can contribute a few to the fish fry and still take some home.  If you need help with tackle, flies, or where to fish, our veteran C&E folks can help.

Find a partner(s) then group with others who fish by your style - boat, off-road, puddle craft at your designated fishing spots.   Everyone handles their own reservations at a favorite place of stay. Popular places are Boudreaux's Condeauxs, Galliano Inn, Catfish Lake Cabins, Days Inn all of which are in Golden Meadow.  Also popular is Boudreaux's in Leeville and  Blue Dolphin Inn in Grand Isle.   

Here is web link providing Lafourche parish accommodations:  http://www.visitlafourche.com/accomodations.php

Shrimp availability & pricing at the Seafood Shed are typically at their lowest prices of the year in May.  However, due to added demand caused by the reduction in supply of imported shrimp,  "low" prices are a bit higher again this year... Nonetheless, I'll check prices as we get closer to the date.

The location of the Saturday evening fish fry will again be Boudreaux's Condeaux's in Golden Meadow.  The menu for Saturday evening fry... The main course will be fresh fried fish fillets, fried shrimp, potatoes, garlic bread. 

Folks often ask if they can bring something to the fry.  The answer is yes, but this is OPTIONAL!!!!  As you can see above, the main course is well covered.  So, if you do choose to bring something, please DO NOT bring a main course item.  I would instead suggest hors d'oeuvres, snacks, salad, cookies, dessert, etc.   But again, bringing something to share this is OPTIONAL.  However, PLEASE bring your own softdrinks or alternative beverages.   Also want to bring your own folding chairs as seating is limited.

For folks going down on Friday, you are your own for food Friday evening.  Unlike the Grand Isle Weekend, there is no Friday cooking event taking place. However, most attendees gather for dinner either at Roses or Barrios.  A new restaurant, Memaws, has opened up at the location of the old Cafe Oceana.  They serve boiled seafood as well.

This event is open to all current members of Red Stick Fly Fishers, their guests (e.g., family members, house guests, etc), and current members of other recognized fly fishing clubs.

If interested, please send Randy an email  so he can add you to his C&E mailing list.
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Red Stick Fly Fishers / Re: trip to Louisiana -- ??
« Last post by Catch Cormier on April 21, 2015, 09:30:01 AM »
Wow, I'm shocked that no one answered your question. But for future reference, Baton Rouge Parks and Recreation (BREC) maintains 13 ponds across East Baton Rouge Parish, all of which are stocked routinely with bass, and a few cases bream.  In December of each year, a few of those ponds are stocked with rainbow trout, which make for excellent bank fly fishing.  In addition, Lamar-Dixon park in Gonzales has very good bank fishing and is also stocked with rainbow trout. 

If there's not much rainfall, the Comite River is wadeable at Blackwater Park, Frenchwater Refuge, and a couple of other park locations. It offers excellent action on spotted bass and longear sunfish.  I've had some 20+ days using poppers!

Yet other options are: Waddill Outdoors Education Center, operated by the LA Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries on Flannery Road. It's closed on Sunday and Monday. This is catch-and-release only in their 2 ponds.  The ponds do contain some big bass!  There's the LSU Arboretum Pond on Highland Road.  This has some big bluegill and crappie and decent bass, it's all catch-and-release also.  Then there's the "Ditches That Run Through It"...  roughly a dozen parish streams that have lots of bass, bream, and even some crappie. These are best fished in late fall and winter when the weeds are down and the snakes are sparse.  Ditch fishing can be really good on the fly rod!

As for Lafayette, your choices are much more limited.  There's four parks I know of - Fabacher, Girard, Beaver, and another one (name escapes me) that are fishable.  Fabacher and Girard are your best bets.  They stock Girard with trout in winter, at least 2 stockings.  However, it's a short drive to Henderson... well worth the drive for the food - Pat's, Crawfish Town, Landrys.  On the way there, you can stop in Breaux Bridge or Poche Bridge or Cecilia (where I'm from) and the list of good food places is too long to list.  In Henderson, you can rent a boat or canoe and fish.  It's a very short motor/paddle to some really good fishing at times. 

I hope this helps.
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Warmwater Fly Fishing / Re: Need a new 3 wt line
« Last post by Tom Jindra on April 21, 2015, 08:44:26 AM »
Spot: You should size your leader butt according to the line to which it is attached. As you cut back the tip on a tapered fly line, the line diameter increases and so should the diameter of your leader butt.

Now, that is theoretical to a point. I.e., you're probably not going to notice much difference in the tips of a 3-weight line vs. a 4-weight. The difference between a 3-weight and a 10-weight, however, is going to be quite noticeable.

The theory in matching butts to tips is that you want the masses to be about the same, or have the butt's mass slightly less than the line tip's. That way, as the line unrolls, you always have a greater mass pushing the lighter mass. And remembering that monofilament is more dense than a floating fly line, the rule-of-thumb says you get the right balance by making the leader butt approximately two-thirds the diameter of the fly line tip.
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Warmwater Fly Fishing / Re: Need a new 3 wt line
« Last post by My spot on April 21, 2015, 05:38:52 AM »
Tom I have a question about cutting the tt line . When sizing the butt section of a leader and using 60% of fly line diameter for leader. As you cut back the diameter will increase so would you also begin to increase leader diameter? Not to derail the original post but in seems to me that fly line tips don't change with every weight change. Do we size leader to tip or distal end of the head ?
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Warmwater Fly Fishing / Re: Need a new 3 wt line
« Last post by Larry Offner on April 21, 2015, 04:40:35 AM »
Rick,

The TFO fly line is almost the exact taper as Rio Gold fly line that sells for $75. It's great fly line for a great price of $39.95.

(mesage sent)
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General Discussion / Re: Stripping Basket
« Last post by Tom Jindra on April 20, 2015, 06:33:56 PM »
New Phase has a molded plastic stripping basket, which you can see here: http://www.newphaseinc.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

Retail should be about $56.
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Warmwater Fly Fishing / Re: Need a new 3 wt line
« Last post by Tom Jindra on April 20, 2015, 06:24:12 PM »
You haven't given any specs on what kind of line you want beyond a 3-weight, but I'll offer three options:

1) A Royal Wulff Triangle Taper, available in ivory, orange or olive. Retail $69.95.

Note that Wulff expects the consumer to customize a Triangle Taper, to get the performance you want. Here's what the company says:

The front end of the Triangle Taper can be customized by the individual by cutting off some of the taper. If you never fish with 6X tippet and size 2024 flies, but instead use weighted nymphs or streamers, you might cut off 12 or so of fly line and still have delicacy of presentation. The heavier line weights have larger diameter line at the beginning of the taper but, here again, if you are a bass fisherman or salt water angler and find that cutting back the taper improves the turnover of your flies, you can do it with this line and always have a taper. Always go slowly on this process, cutting off a foot to begin with, then trying the leader and fly combination to see the effect. Keep in mind that the welded loop if so equipped, cannot be reattached after the tip is cut off. If it is still not perfect, cut only inches at a time from then on.


2) A Jim Teeny weight-forward taper, available in green. Retail $50. Standard weight-forward.

3) TFO weight-forward taper, available in olive. Retail $39.95. Standard weight-forward.
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General Discussion / Re: Stripping Basket
« Last post by Cliff Huntington on April 20, 2015, 05:51:35 PM »
I have no experience with any but this wire framed one made for L.L. Bean.  It has satisfied most of my needs walking ponds, fishing from several different boats and my Freedom Hawk 12 while standing.     





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