Tuesday, December 26, 2017

To The Future!!!

Looking Ahead to 2018!!!

I can't wait to see what 2018 has in store for the club!  At the October 2017 general membership meeting, members elected the Board of Directors and Chair Persons for the upcoming year.  The 1st Board Meeting of 2018 will be held January 4th at the St. Francis Xavier Parish Center- Metairie, LA.  At this meeting, the Board of Directors will discuss plans and opportunities for the Club in the upcoming year.  As always, all members of the club are welcome to attend the board meeting.  Attending the board meetings is a great opportunity for everyone to have input. 

2018 Board of Directors and Chair Persons
President: A.J. Rosenbohm
Vice President: Jimmie Hyatt
Treasurer: Al Kellogg
Secretary: Ray Baltz
Past President: Jack Crais
Events Chair: Jimmie Hyatt
Membership Chair: Jack Crais
Tying Chair: Joe Bandera

2018 Outings

Something that has been discussed by our members is more club outings, specifically fishing trips.  While the club does have a fair number of fishing outings locally, some members have shown an interest in participating in an over night club trip.  Other clubs in our Council organize similar trips, the Red Stick Fly Fishers have their Grand Isle Weekend, as well as Spring and Fall trips to Lake Concordia.  The Contraband Fly Casters also have annual trips to Arkansas.  These trips are a great opportunity to boost camaraderie among members, as well as broaden one's fishing experiences.  If you have any thoughts or ideas for future club outings, please attend the Board Meeting on January 4th, as well as other future board meetings, to provide your input and discuss future opportunities.

Possible Changes of Dates for Weeknight Meetings and Classes
The Club has hosted the general membership meetings and fly tying classes on Thursday nights for a long time.  However, there has been some discussion in the past about possibly change the day of the week general meetings and fly tying classes are held.  If you feel there is a day of the week that would better accommodate everyone's schedules, please come to the Board Meeting on January 4th to provide your input.  It is very important to have your voice heard if the meeting dates are a concern.

Fly Tying Classes - Patterns and Techniques

For those who may not know, the Club hosts fly tying classes twice monthly, on the 2nd floor of the St. Francis Xavier Parish Center - Metairie, LA.  Offering both a beginners class, as well as an intermediate/advanced class, there is a great opportunity to either learn the basics or expand your knowledge of fly tying.  As always, the tying instructors are open to suggestions with regards to fly patterns and tying techniques to teach.  If you have a specific fly type, pattern, or technique you would like to learn, feel free to ask the instructors, and we will do our best to work these topics into the upcoming classes.

Thank you for reading this post!  We'll be continuing to use this site as a way to keep everyone informed of club happenings and other events.

Reflecting on 2017

A Look Back...

Well, another year is in the books!  2017 was an active year for the New Orleans Fly Fishers Club.  Many members attended our monthly meetings and listened to guest speakers presented on a wide range of topics ranging from fishing techniques, conservation, and local fishing opportunities. The club also hosted fly tying classes twice a month.  Aside from these regular club functions, here are some of the highlights from this year.

Members Approve Youth Membership
This year members voted, and passed, changes to the club's articles of incorporation that allow for those under the age of 18 membership to the club.  This is exciting news, as it will allow for more youth participation within the club!  This change is also a great opportunity for the club to further promote fly fishing within our community, and possibly use this as an opportunity to increase our club membership. 

2017 GCC Expo Participation  

The Club has been active with the Gulf Coast Council Expo since it's early years in Ocean Springs, MS, and this year was no different!  Many of our Club's knowledgeable fly tiers once again participated in the Expo as guest tiers.  These tiers help make the event truly special by sharing their passion with others who are new to the sport, or those who are interested in learning different techniques. 

2017 FFI Gulf Coast Council Education Award

It is because of our member's participation in events like the GCC Expo, City Park Big Bass Rodeo, and making demonstrations at local high schools, that the Club was also awarded the FFI Gulf Coast Council Education Award.  This is awarded to an individual or club has made outstanding contributions to passing along the art of fly fishing to others.  Our members have a broad based knowledge of all things fly fishing, and we are always willing to share that knowledge with others.  Receiving this award is a great honor, and shows our commitment to further promote fly fishing, conservation, and education within our community.

9th Annual Rio Rodeo

2017 also brought about the 9th Annual Rio Rodeo.  Despite there being a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, attendance was still strong.  Participants were able to land quite a few fish before the rain started falling.  This year's rodeo also drew participants from Texas and Mississippi.  In recent years, the club has used the Rio Rodeo as an opportunity to give back to the community.  All proceeds raised from the 9th Annual Rio Rodeo were donated to Casting for Recovery.  This is an organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique retreat program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing.  The Rio Rodeo continues to be a premier fly fishing tournament.  This upcoming Rio Rodeo will be a truly special event, as we'll be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Rio Rodeo!

Iron Fly 2017

For the last 3 years, the New Orleans Fly Fishers have been hosting an annual Iron Fly competition.  The Fly Tying Program Chairman selects the hooks and materials to be used in the competition.  Each pack of materials is assigned a number, to help ensure a truly blind judging of the entries.  Then the competing tiers have 15 minutes to create a fly with the provided materials.  This is a fun contest that not only helps fly tiers refine their skills, but also show off their creativity.  Upon completion of the 15 minutes, the flies are submitted with their respective numbers tagged on the flies.  The judges then rate the flies based on use of material, creativity, and technical skill.  This year's winner was Sean Gilthorpe, who received his trophy from Fly Tying Program Chair and Lifetime Member, Joe Bandera.

I would like to thank the members of the New Orleans Fly Fishers for making this club as great as it is!  You and your efforts with this club truly what makes us special!  I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and has a Happy New Year!  I hope to see you at the next meeting!