Tuesday, February 18, 2020

General Membership Meeting - Thursday, February 27th

On February 27th we will have our general membership meeting at 7:00pm at the Crab Trap Room across the parking lot from the Blue Crab Restaurant. Our guest speaker will be Mr. Randy Richter. Randy will deliver a presentation on fly fishing in the Amazon. Randy has made many trips to South America to chase various species in the Amazon River, including the notoriously tough peacock bass. He will outline travel arrangements, equipment, flies, etc. that are necessary to make a trip to the Amazon successful. We will also raffle off a 7-weight TFO fly rod at the meeting. Tickets will be $10 apiece or 3 for $20. Hope to see you all there!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

LDWF announces public meetings on speckled trout management

* Please note updated times and locations *

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced dates for public meetings to be held on spotted seatrout (speckled trout) management. The most recent stock assessment indicated spotted seatrout are overfished and undergoing overfishing and changes are necessary in order to recover the stock.

The slide to the left was part of the presentation given by LDWF biologists at the January meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission. It shows that speckled trout spawning stocks have been on the decline since 2010, and below both the conservation target (yellow line) of 14 percent since 2012, and the recruitment threshold (magenta line) of 10.2 percent since 2013.  It also shows what various savings in the spawning biomass or potential ratio (both had similiar graphs) would result in.  CLICK on the images to enlarge.

No action is being taken at this time.  The Commission indicated it would like to hear public input before considering management changes.  LDWF’s biological opinion is that a 20% reduction in harvest is needed in order to recover the stock by 2025 or sooner, but there are a range of options that can achieve that goal.  From the standpoint of Fly Fishers International Gulf Coast Council (FFI-GCC),  the best management goal is one that takes us above the conservation target in the least amount of time.

Management change options recently presented to the LWFC in early January 2020 included:
- creel limit only changes
- minimum size limit changes only
- combined creel and minimum size limit changes
- slot limit only changes
- combined slot limit and creel changes.

Below is a list of meeting dates and locations.  All meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m., except the meeting in Ruston, which will begin at 1:00 p.m.

- Monday, February 10 – North Branch Library, 4130 West Park Ave, Gray
- Wednesday, February 12 – LDWF HQ, Herring Room, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge
- Thursday, February 13 – Lafayette Council Chambers, 705 West University Avenue,  Lafayette
- Wednesday, February 19 – East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Avenue, Metairie
- Thursday, February 20 – Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 Second Street, Slidell
- Wednesday, February 26 – Calcasieu Parish Extension Office, 7101 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles
- Thursday, February 27 – Rapides Parish Extension Office, 300 Grady Britt Drive, Alexandria
- Saturday, February 29 – Lincoln Parish Library, 910 North Trenton Street, Ruston

LDWF is partnering with Louisiana Sea Grant to use interactive voting technology at these public hearings in response to a survey that will be given at the meetings.  LDWF will also be sending out an email survey identical to the survey that will be administered at public meetings.

For more information, please contact Jason Adriance at 504-284-2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

11th Annual Rio Rodeo this weekend!

Check the Rio Rodeo tab for more information! We hope to see everyone this weekend! 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Annual NOFFC Trip to Pushepatapa Creek

“To me, Pushepatapa Creek, west of Varnado, is the finest jewel in Louisiana’s Scenic Rivers System. It also hosts some of the largest fly-fishable spotted bass in our state. I know!” – the late Pete Cooper, one of the “founding fathers” of fly fishing in LA. 
This Saturday, September 7th, we will be making our annual trip to fish Pushepatapa Creek. Stay tuned for more details later in the week. We will most likely meet near the creek to discuss tactics over breakfast. Check emails and FaceBook for updates. Everyone is welcome!
I’ve included a map with 3 potential walk in spots. Walk in #1 is at the bridge S of Varnado on highway 21. The #2 bridge is on Dollar Rd, and the most upstream walk in is at the bridge on Parish Rd. 6. Walk in #3 is where we fished last summer. 
There are some steep banks and slippery spots, so you need to watch your step. The creek is usually clear and shallow (knee deep) for the most part, but there are some deep holes. Last year I found one that was up to my shoulders. I caught a small spotted bass and a pretty long ear sunfish near a submerged log here last summer under sub-optimal conditions. The dry weather we will experience this week should make for superb clear water wade fishing. It will be hot, and the water will help keep us cool. 
I suggest using 5 weight or lighter fly rods, and I’ll be going with a 3 or 4 weight. Small popper, nymph, leggy spider, and wooly bugger patterns should work well. The creek is small, so casts will be short and there is often not much room for a back cast. Roll casting is a useful technique here. 
In addition, I suggest bringing a pair of wading shoes or old sneakers for wading. Light weight and light colored sun protective clothing, hat, polarized sunglasses, insect repellant, plenty of water and snacks/food in case you get hungry will cover most of the other things you may need. 
Here is a good descriptive link from LA Sportsman:

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Expo schedule and exhibitors listing now available

We're anxiously awaiting April 6th.  Our first-ever New Orleans Fly Fishing Expo at the new Deutsches Haus on Bayou St. John promises to be huge! 

We've got a great lineup of presentations and activities, as well as a wide range of exhibitors.  For those interested in the list of exhibitors and schedule of activities, both lists are now available for download.

2019 Expo Schedule

2019 Expo List of Exhibitors

Monday, March 25, 2019

March 28th meeting

NOFFC monthly general meeting
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Lakeshore Marina and Fuel
7840 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans (across from Blue Crab Restaurant)

Of course, the big item on this month's agenda is our upcoming inaugural Expo at Deustches Haus on April 6.  We're asking all members to come on out and get the latest on this great event, as well ask questions.  We'll also talk about this weekend's New Orleans City Park Big Bass Rodeo and Fishtival.

See ya there!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Our inaugural New Orleans Fly Fishing Expo only a month away!

Click on image above for full-size poster
New Orleans Fly Fishing Expo
Saturday, April 6, 2019

8:00am to 4:00pm
The Deutsches Haus, 1700 Moss St, New Orleans, LA
FREE admission!

Our inaugural New Orleans Fly Fishing Expo is only a month away! We're looking forward to this great event at the new Deutsches Haus, on the banks of Bayou St. John. We'll have fly casting seminars, demonstrations, and instruction, fly fishing seminars, fly tying demonstrations and instruction, an Iron Fly Tyer competition, an Outdoors Writers Roundtable, outdoor equipment displays, vendors, exhibitors, and auctions/raffles featuring many great, and in some cases rare items.

The NOFFC supports Casting For Recovery and will make a donation to them with proceeds from the Expo.

Headling this event will be Jon Cave. Cave is a nationally-renown fly fishing writer, author, instructor and guide, who operates the Performance Fly Fishing School. Jon will be holding his semi-private casting class the day before the Expo. Everyone is invited to sign up for this rare opportunity, slots are limited.

Addressing the group briefly that morning will be Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. After him, Tom Logan, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fly Fishers International (FFI) will give a brief presentation.  After those two keynote speakers, we'll have an entire day of seminars and demonstrations.

Some of the best tiers in the South will be here as well. The list includes: Kevin Andry, Ron "Stippled Popper" Braud, Kenneth Breaux, Tom Bullock, Glen "Catch" Cormier, Leon Cuccia, Steve Flanagan, Ron Forman, Fred Hannie, Scott Irwin, Don Lauler, Kent Reagan, Lance Renoux, Lee Robinson, Dustin Schouest, Captain Chip Smith, Gene Smith, Tom Tripi, Rex White and Buster Wolfe.

While the Expo is predominantly fly fishing, there will be exhibitors from Louisiana State Parks, Scenic Rivers Alliance, FFI Gulf Coast Council, and Casting For Recovery. Also, Masseys Outdoors will be on hand giving free kayak demos on Bayou St. John.

One of the highlights of the Expo will be a unique "Outdoor Writers Roundtable" featuring several of the top outdoor writers across the region. Participants include Capt. J.P. Morel, Capt. C.T. Williams, Capt. Peter Scafaru, Chris Holmes, Eric Muhoberac, and Catch Cormier.   The audience is welcome to ask questions related to all types of fishing, and fishing-related issues.

For those fly tiers wanting to test their skill and innovation, there's the always-fun "Iron Fly Tying" competition. Each contestant gets a set of materials and ties any fly they can conjure up from the materials. Past winners in similiar contests have been very creative!

You can keep up with all the updates on the Expo by going to our Facebook page.