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General Discussion / Re: Stripping Basket
« Last post by Wee Hooker on April 22, 2015, 04:32:48 PM »
Here in the north east, stripping baskets have been a common tool with the surf fishing crowd since the early 90's.  Most of us "made do" with home made concoctions  largely because there were very few commercially made units.  I've seen some amazing contraptions designed for this purpose over these 25+ years. To this day, after trying an assortment of home grown  and commercial baskets, I still find that a  smallish plastic dish pan ( 14x10x6) outfitted with some 3" tall foam cones or heavy mono fingers gooped to the bottom and a bungee cord belt works the best while wading  and or in the boat.  Total cost to build your own is well less than $10.
Ultralight Fly Fishing - For weights 000 through 4! / Broken Rod
« Last post by Possumpoint on April 22, 2015, 04:11:03 AM »
2nd time at the same pond. This time had quit for the day, inserted my 2wt into it's sack and was putting the sack in the carrying case when the tip snagged on something. It's a TFO and has a guarantee and I'll get it fixed. Caught some nice 12" to !4" bass and had pictures till my phone got wet the following week. Saw more alligators and may have to find another pond. No wonder the fish never get bigger. I've been throwing them back for three years.
General Discussion / Re: CALL FOR PATTERNS! Warm Fly - Warmwater Fly Patterns
« Last post by Jerry C on April 21, 2015, 07:21:26 PM »
  Just noticed this.  Send me some forms.  I've got some patterns already tied that I can submit.
Warmwater Fly Fishing / Re: Need a new 3 wt line
« Last post by Wee Hooker on April 21, 2015, 05:23:02 PM »
If your fishing warm water patterns to warm water fish,there is no need to over complicate it. I've vote whatever name brand ( Cortland, SA, Cabelas, Orvis, Rio)  line is on sale. Hard to find a bad one these days really. Just steer clear of "trout" tapers as they fold up with bigger patterns. 
General Discussion / Re: CALL FOR PATTERNS! Warm Fly - Warmwater Fly Patterns
« Last post by Larry Offner on April 21, 2015, 01:46:55 PM »

We only got about 50 flies.  I plan on making another push.
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.
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...  It looks like a decent one.
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:

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.
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.
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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