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
7:00pm
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!

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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.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

The Little/Short Year CPR Tournament!!!



The New Orleans Fly Fishers Club is proud to announce The Little/Short Year CPR Tournament. We are doing this in response to the positive feedback we received to The Big Year, as well as giving club members the chance to take advantage of the great fishing that occurs during the cooler weather months! We will be giving out the Photo ID cards for the Little/Short Year at the October General Meeting (10/25/18) held at The Blue Crab. Please be sure to be in attendance to get your card, so you can start making submissions when the tournament begins! 



Rules of the Tournament:

1. The Tournament will begin November 1st, 2018 and conclude on March 31, 2019. The winner of The Little/Short Year will be announced at the New Orleans Fly Fishing Expo on April 6, 2019.

2. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESS: bigyearnola@gmail.com . Submissions not sent to this email address will not be included in your species count.

3. To enter a fish you must photograph the fish and include the fish, fly it was caught on, and the official contest ID card (This will be supplied by the club in the near future).

4. Please submit your photos as you catch the fish. In the event of a tie, we will use the earliest entry as the tie breaker.

5. This is not a “big” fish or “most” fish contest. The winner of the tournament is determined by the largest variety of fish species.

6. All fish must be caught within the FFI’s Gulf Coast Council region. (Louisiana/Mississippi/Alabama/Florida Panhandle).

7. All fish must be caught on flies and flyfishing equipment.

8. This contest will be on the honor system.

9. This will be a CPR (Catch/Photo Release) contest. No dead fish allowed. A photo should be taken as quickly as possible and the fish should be immediately released. The photo must be taken at the site the fish was caught. (No ice chest, driveway or cleaning table fish photos allowed).

10. Any disputes or questions concerning fish identification will be reviewed by the tournament coordinator and an independent biologist. The findings of these parties and their determination is final.


Suggestions / Guidelines

A. We would encourage everyone to keep a log book of dates, fly caught on, species caught, state caught in, nearest city/town, body of water caught in. 

B. Photo ID cards will be available at the October General Meeting (10/25/18) at The Blue Crab. In the event your card is lost or misplaced, you can request a replacement card. 

C. We will be announcing the prize donations as soon as we have all of them confirmed.

D. Finally, the goal of the tournament is to get everyone fishing! Go out, have fun, and enjoy your time on the water!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

New Orleans Fly Fishing Expo



The New Orleans Fly Fishers Club is proud to announce the Inaugural New Orleans Fly Fishing Expo! The Expo will be held on April 6th, 2019 from 8am to 4pm. The venue for the Expo is the Deutches Haus, along the banks of Historic Bayou St. John, in New Orleans, LA. We are also proud to announce that Jon Cave will be our Featured Guest for the Expo. Jon Cave is a well renowned flyfishing angler, fly tying and casting instructor. Here’s more about Jon from his website: http://www.jonbcaveflyfishing.com/aboutjoncave.html 

Featured Guest Jon Cave holding a Redfish. Photo courtesy of Jon Cave.
Jon Cave is an author/photographer/lecturer and a USCG licensed guide. He has been a professional flycasting and fly tying instructor for over 25 years and is the founder of the longest established flyfishing school in the South. Jon has taught thousands of students and trained guides at various international locations. Jon's credentials include an M.S. Degree in Natural Resources with special concentration in fisheries. He is a member of the Team Sage Advisory Staff, Rio Advisory Staff, Team Tibor, and Umpqua‘s Contract Tyer Program.

Jon Cave with a Tarpon. Photo courtesy of Jon Cave
Jon will be hosting flyfishing and casting seminars. In addition to our featured guest, the Expo will featurecasting demonstrations, fly tying demonstrations/ exhibits, Iron Fly competition, lure exhibits, auctions, raffles, and equipment displays. We are very excited about the upcoming Expo, and we hope you can join us for this exciting event! For the most up to date information on the expo, check this website, as well as the Facebook Event Page, New Orleans Fly Fishing Expo - Featuring Jon Cave

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Final Big Year Update: 9/30/18





Kirk Dietrich's Black Drum
Well, we are quickly approaching the end of the Inaugural Big Year Tournament. We have seen excellent member participation, and it looks like more club members have been getting out on the water! This tournament has seen a 19 members submit a total of 141 fish photos! Myself and the other Tournament Coordinators have been pleasantly surprised with the strong response to The Big Year! This is the last update that will be published for this tournament. However, please keep fishing and making you submissions until the the last day of the tournament, 10/31/2018. Although we won't be publishing any more updates, we will continue to accept submissions until this date. The final results of The Big Year will be announced at the upcoming Club Potluck. More information will be available soon about this event. Stay Tuned!

Jack Crais with a Largemouth Bass
1. Kirk Dietrich (Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Red Spotted Sunfish, Warmouth, Spotted Gar, Speckled Trout, White Trout, Gulf Killifish, Common Carp, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Striped Mullet, Channel Catfish, Ladyfish, Redfish, Jack Crevalle, Pinfish, Pompano, Needlefish, Golden Shiner, Black Drum) 4/22/18 @ 12:39pm

2. David Karcher (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Rio Grande Cichlid, Pinfish, Gulf Killifish, Redear Sunfish, Flier, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Croaker, Redspotted Sunfish, Striped Mullet, Florida Pompano, Ladyfish, Gafftop Sail Catfish, White Trout, Speckled Trout, Redfish) 3/2/18 @ 7:19pm

3. Brian Karcher (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Redear Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Gulf Killifish, Croaker, Red Spotted Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Warmouth, Florida Pompano, Pinfish, Ladyfish, Gafftop Sail Catfish, White Trout, Speckled Trout) 3/2/18 @ 7:21pm

4. Sean Gilthorpe (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Gulf Killifish, Croaker, White Trout, Speckled Trout, Longear Sunfish, Redspotted Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Ladyfish, Green Sunfish) 3/1/18 @ 5:05pm

5. Chuck Miller (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Redear Sunfish, Spotted Bass, Rio Grande Cichlid, Longear Sunfish, Needlefish, Croaker, Spotted Gar, Ladyfish) 3/1/18 @ 6:09pm

6. Grady Johnson (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Longear Sunfish, White Crappie, Gulf Killifish, Spotted Bass, Warmouth, Bullhead Catfish, Redfish, White Bass) 3/17/18 @ 8:17pm


7.  A.J. Rosenbohm (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Longear Sunfish, Black Crappie) 4/2/18 @ 7:18pm

Chuck Miller's Speckled Trout
8. Bill DeCastro (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Lonear Sunfish, Spotted Bass, Mooneye Shiner) 4/3/18 @ 8:21pm

9. Joe Bandera (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Longear Sunfish, Green Sunfish) 3/8/18 @ 7:11pm

10.  Jimmie Hyatt (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Gulf Killifish, Green Sunfish) 3/1/18 @ 9:28am

11. Ric Bonczek (Green Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Bluegill, Warmouth, Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass) 8/15/18 @ 9:22pm

12. Urbain Breaud (Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Bluegill) 3/23/18 @ 7:56am

13. Zach Shraberg  (Bluegill, Longear Sunfish, Spotted Bass) 8/26/18 @ 3:57pm

14. Al Kellogg (Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Redear Sunfish) 8/30/18 @ 8:42pm

Bill DeCastro's Mooneye Shiner
15. Ray Baltz (Bluegill, Largemouth Bass) 3/17/18 @ 8:31am

16. Joel Hamilton (Bluegill) 4/16/18 @ 7:12pm

17. Jack Crais (Largemouth Bass) 4/21/18 @ 2:56pm

18. Meade Phelps (Bluegill) 5/26/18 @ 4:35pm

19. Natalie Bonczek (Bluegill) 9/8/18 @ 1:24pm

David Karcher's Redfish entry
Also, just as a reminder:  Please be sure that (1.) To include the Big Year Photo ID Card with your Big Year submissions, and (2.) To submit all CPR entries to nolaffc@gmail.com so we can track them more accurately.  Remember, it isn't the size of the fish that's important, it's the diversity of fish species that will determine the winner.The time of 1st entry will be the tie-breaker (in the event it is needed).  Most importantly, have fun!

Grady Johnson's White Bass
There's plenty of fish to catch, and still lots of time to do it! It's never too late to get a start on your species list! I can't wait to see everyone's catches in the 2 months.  If you haven't had the opportunity to pickup a stamped tournament ID card, please let either myself or A.J. Rosenbohm know so you can participate in The Big Year!  Please take advantage of this tournament, and use it as an opportunity to catch fishes you normally don't pursue within the FFI Gulf Coast Council region.

Sean Gilthorpe's Ladyfish



Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Big Year Leaderboard Update - 9/16/18

David Karcher's Redfish
September has been a good month for The Big Year! Although there has been a fair amount of rain, members have made the most of their opportunities. Kirk Dietrich added to his lead with a Golden Shiner entry. David Karcher continues to close the gap between himself and Kirk, adding a Redfish to his species list. Chuck Miller continues to build upon his species list with catches of Spotted Gar and Ladyfish. Sean Gilthorpe and Jimmie Hyatt each add Green Sunfish to their species lists. Al Kellogg gets on the leaderboard with bluegill, spotted bass, and redear sunfish entires. Ric Bonczek adds Black Crappie and Largemouth Bass this his species list, while Natalie Bonczek gets onto the leaderboard with a Bluegill. The updated standings, as of 9/16/18, are as follows:

Jimmie Hyatt's Green Sunfish
1. Kirk Dietrich (Largemouth Bass, Redear Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Red Spotted Sunfish, Warmouth, Spotted Gar, Speckled Trout, White Trout, Gulf Killifish, Common Carp, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Striped Mullet, Channel Catfish, Ladyfish, Redfish, Jack Crevalle, Pinfish, Pompano, Needlefish, Golden Shiner) 4/22/18 @ 12:39pm

2. David Karcher (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Rio Grande Cichlid, Pinfish, Gulf Killifish, Redear Sunfish, Flier, Green Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Croaker, Redspotted Sunfish, Striped Mullet, Florida Pompano, Ladyfish, Gafftop Sail Catfish, White Trout, Speckled Trout, Redfish) 3/2/18 @ 7:19pm

3. Brian Karcher (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Redear Sunfish, Longear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Gulf Killifish, Croaker, Red Spotted Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Warmouth, Florida Pompano, Pinfish, Ladyfish, Gafftop Sail Catfish, White Trout, Speckled Trout) 3/2/18 @ 7:21pm

4. Sean Gilthorpe (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Gulf Killifish, Croaker, White Trout, Speckled Trout, Longear Sunfish, Redspotted Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Ladyfish, Green Sunfish) 3/1/18 @ 5:05pm

5. Chuck Miller (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redfish, Speckled Trout, Redear Sunfish, Spotted Bass, Rio Grande Cichlid, Longear Sunfish, Needlefish, Croaker, Spotted Gar, Ladyfish) 3/1/18 @ 6:09pm

6. Grady Johnson (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Longear Sunfish, White Crappie, Gulf Killifish, Spotted Bass, Warmouth, Bullhead Catfish, Redfish, White Bass) 3/17/18 @ 8:17pm

7. Bill DeCastro (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Lonear Sunfish, Spotted Bass, Mooneye Shiner) 4/3/18 @ 8:21pm

8. Joe Bandera (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Longear Sunfish, Green Sunfish) 3/8/18 @ 7:11pm

9.  A.J. Rosenbohm (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Green Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Longear Sunfish) 4/2/18 @ 7:18pm

Chuck Miller's Spotted Gar
10.  Jimmie Hyatt (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Gulf Killifish, Green Sunfish) 3/1/18 @ 9:28am

11. Ric Bonczek (Green Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Bluegill, Warmouth, Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass) 8/15/18 @ 9:22pm

12. Urbain Breaud (Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Bluegill) 3/23/18 @ 7:56am

13. Zach Shraberg  (Bluegill, Longear Sunfish, Spotted Bass) 8/26/18 @ 3:57pm

14. Al Kellogg (Bluegill, Spotted Bass, Redear Sunfish) 8/30/18 @ 8:42pm

15. Ray Baltz (Bluegill, Largemouth Bass) 3/17/18 @ 8:31am

16. Joel Hamilton (Bluegill) 4/16/18 @ 7:12pm

17. Jack Crais (Largemouth Bass) 4/21/18 @ 2:56pm

18. Meade Phelps (Bluegill) 5/26/18 @ 4:35pm

19. Natalie Bonczek (Bluegill) 9/8/18 @ 1:24pm

Ric Bonczek Black Crappie
Also, just as a reminder:  Please be sure that (1.) To include the Big Year Photo ID Card with your Big Year submissions, and (2.) To submit all CPR entries to nolaffc@gmail.com so we can track them more accurately.  Remember, it isn't the size of the fish that's important, it's the diversity of fish species that will determine the winner.The time of 1st entry will be the tie-breaker (in the event it is needed).  Most importantly, have fun!

There's plenty of fish to catch, and still lots of time to do it! It's never too late to get a start on your species list! I can't wait to see everyone's catches in the 2 months.  If you haven't had the opportunity to pickup a stamped tournament ID card, please let either myself or A.J. Rosenbohm know so you can participate in The Big Year!  Please take advantage of this tournament, and use it as an opportunity to catch fishes you normally don't pursue within the FFI Gulf Coast Council region.