Saturday, February 6, 2021

NOFFC February Events

Welcome back everyone! We’re hitting the ground running this month with events every weekend. All of our events are open to the public, so come check us out! 

2/13 - Fly tying at the River Ridge Library from 10am until noon. AJ will be presenting the Triangle Bug. Remember to bring $2 to cover the cost of materials.

2/20 - Fly tying at the River Ridge Library from 10am til noon. Kyle will present a redfish fly pattern.

2/27 - General Membership Meeting. Location will be Masseys in New Orleans on North Carrollton from 10am til noon. Topics discussed will include leader construction, formulas, knots etc. for species ranging from bluegill to bull redfish. Additionally, fly selection based on the season and weather conditions for the above species will be discussed. 

That’s all for now! We look forward to seeing everyone on the 13th!

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!