Sunday, September 27, 2020

Great weather forecast for this Saturday's Rio Rodeo

12th annual Rio Grande Rodeo
Saturday, October 3, 2020

7:00am to 8:00am - registration
8:00am to 12 noon - fishing
Shelter #2, LaFreniere Park, Metairie
$15 entry fee includes lunch & refreshments

A reminder that this Saturday, it's the annual Rio Grande Rodeo sponsored by the New Orleans Fly Fishers Club.  This is a fly fishing only tournament for the Rio Grande cichlid that inhabits the waters of Orleans and Jefferson parishes. Two categories will be awarded: Longest Rio and Most Rios.

While most fishing events have been cancelled since March due to Covid-19 or more recently, tropical storms, the Rio Rodeo is set to go on. Weather should be ideal - the forecast calls for SUNNY and 72 degrees!  Participants are asked to wear masks when gathering and maintain proper distancing.

Although the early registration is passed, onsite registration is available from 7:00am to 8:00am at tourney headquarters at LaFreniere Park. Look for the NOFF signs at Shelter #2. To speed up registration, please print and fill out the registration form below and bring it with you that morning.

Registration Form

After registration, you may branch out to any PUBLIC accessible fishing waters in the boundary area (Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines parishes). Just make sure to be back for the 12 noon weigh-in deadline.  

Raffle.  We'll be holding a raffle to help Casting For Recovery. The prize is a TFO fly rod. Tickets are $10 each, or $20 for 3 tickets.

Monday, May 18, 2020

2020 Bream Buster Results

Here are the results from the 2020 Bream Buster Tournament:
Kirk Dietrich – 1st Place – 9.0”
Zach Shraberg – 2nd Place – 8.0”
Joe Bandera – 3rd Place – 7.5”

See Kirk's winning fish below. Thanks to all those who participated! We will be doing another month-long Bream Buster Tournament next summer.

NOFFC Rio Rodeo Results | 2009 - Present


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: