Friday, August 31, 2018

Final Fly Swap of 2018!!!

Clouser Half & Half
We will be hosting one more club fly swap before the year closes out! The theme for the final fly swap of 2018 will be Streamers! There are a wide variety of streamer patterns to choose from! Get in on the fun, and choose your favorite Streamer pattern to tie!  Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced fly tyers are all welcome to participate. We will limit the swap to twelve participants, The deadline to sign-up will be at the at the fly tying meeting on Thursday, September 20th. The swap will take place at the last general meeting for the year, on Thursday, October 25th.  Please let A.J. Rosenbohm, Joe Bandera or Sean Gilthorpe know if you want to participate and what fly you will tie, and you will be added to the list of participants. 


Hairwing Streamers

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Big Year Update - 8/26/18

Bill DeCastro Spotted Bass!
This past weekend, members of the New Orleans Fly Fishers Club made the trip to the McGinnis Camp in Tylertown, MS. Fishing opportunities included the Bogue Chitto River, as well as a pond fishing. Quite a few of those who attended this fishing trip made the most of the opportunity! Our newest club member, Zach Shraberg, made a splash in The Big Year by getting on the leaderboard this weekend with 3 species logged!  Bill DeCastro also made the most of his opportunity, adding 3 new species to his Big Year list, as well! A.J. Rosenbohm also added to his species list, as well, while fishing the Bogue Chitto River. The action wasn't limited to Tylertown, either. Kirk Dietrich and Ric Bonczek each continue to add to their Big Year species lists! The current Big Year Leaderboard standings are as follows:

Kirk Dietrich's Needlefish!
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) 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) 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) 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) 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, Golden Shiner) 4/3/18 @ 8:21pm

Zach Shraberg's Bluegill!
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

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

11. Ric Bonczek (Green Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Bluegill, Warmouth) 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.  Ray Baltz (Bluegill, Largemouth Bass) 3/17/18 @ 8:31am

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

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

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

A.J. Rosenbohm Longear Sunfish!
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.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

10th Annual Rio Rodeo - 1 Month To Go!!!


Hey everyone! The 10th Annual Rio Rodeo is now a month away! It's not too late to preregister, if you haven't had the chance to do so. For more information, check out the Rio Rodeo tab on this website, or check out the 10th Annual New Orleans Fly Fishers Rio Rodeo event page on Facebook! Registration forms are available on both pages. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Big Year Leaderboard Update - 8/19/2018

Kirk Dietrich's Pinfish
Well, it's like they say. The only constant is change! In the ongoing saga that is The Big Year, there has been yet another change in The Big Year Leaderboard! Kirk Dietrich recaptures 1st place this week, by adding Jack Crevalle, Pinfish, and Pompano to his ever-growing species list! One of our newest members, Ric Bonczek, gets into the action with a Green Sunfish and a Rio Grande Cichlid, and currently holds 12th place! Sean Gilthorpe adds Ladyfish to his Big Year species list, and hold onto 4th place. Here are the current standing as of 8/18/2018:


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

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

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

10. Bill DeCastro (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid) 4/3/18 @ 8:21pm

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

12. Ric Bonczek (Green Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid) 8/15/18 @ 9:22pm

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

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

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

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


Sean Gilthorpe's Ladyfish
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.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

NOFFC Casting Clinic Recap

Last weekend, the New Orleans Fly Fishers Club hosted a free casting clinic that was open to the public. This event was an opportunity for the Club to reach out to the public and teach them more about the sport of Fly Fishing. Lifetime Member and Casting Instructor Tom Jindra served as the instructor for the Casting Clinic.
Tom Jindra instructs Clinic Participants on how to properly assemble their flyrods.
First, Tom instructed anglers on the best methods of assembling their fly rods, seating the reel and stringing up the rod. Once everyone's rods and reels were ready, participants moved to the banks of Bayou St. John, where the real education began! Tom then instructed everyone on proper technique for one of the fundamental casts in flyfishing, the roll cast. Once everyone became familiar with the roll cast, the next cast everyone learned was the Pick-Up and Lay-Down.

Tom Jindra demonstrating how to perform a proper roll-cast.
This Casting Clinic was a great success! It was a beautiful morning on Bayou St. John! We had 19 people with varying degrees of flycasting experience participate in our Casting Clinic. All participants learned a great deal, and were able to improve upon their casting technique. Additionally, the Club gained 2 new members, Ric & Natalie Bonzchek, who participated in Casting Clinic, as well!

The New Orleans Fly Fishers Club would like to thank Tom Jindra for volunteering his time to lead our casting clinic! Tom is an incredible teacher, and everyone learned much from your instruction and leadership. The Club would also like to recognize the following members who assisted Tom with the casting clinic, and helped organize the event. A.J. Rosenbohm, Al Kellogg, Jimmie Hyatt, Joe Bandera, Sean Gilthorpe. Your efforts also helped make this a successful event.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Big Year Announcements!!!

We have a few BIG announcements regarding The Big Year Tournament!!! 


First, the Inaugural Big Year Tournament will still run through October 31st. The one change is that we will not be posting the leaderboard updates after September 30th. After careful deliberation by the Board at the last meeting we thought this would keep the tournament competitive and keep everyone fishing up until the end. The winner will be announced at the NOFFC Fall Potluck Social we will hold in early November. We will double check everyone’s entries with them individually before the winner is announced, just to be sure we haven’t missed entries.


Second, we will also have a shortened tournament "The Little Year" starting November 1st, 2018 and lasting through March 31st, 2019. After discussing it we decided that there is such good fishing, especially for saltwater species like redfish, drum and sheepshead during these months, that we would keep the action going. Same rules as The Big Year, as many different species as you can catch, no size limits. We will announce the winner of this tournament at the Expo on April 6th, 2019. We will have new cards for you with different date stamps available for the participants.  


Finally, with regards to the next Big Year Tournament, the tournament will begin April 1st, 2019 and last through March 31st, 2020. The Winner of the next Big Year will be announced at the 2020 Expo. We will have new cards available for members with the new date stamp.


The response to The Big Year has been excellent! The member participation has been great, and we hope it continues to grow. We hope we can keep the excitement going by adding these few changes. The race for first place is still very close, with a number of fishers being within striking distance of the leader. Keep the entries coming! We still have about 13 weeks of great fishing action left in the tournament, and we hope you make the most of it!







Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Big Year Update! 8/11/2018

Kirk Dietrich's Redfish entry!
Since the last update, There has been a lot of activity! David now has the lead with entries of Gafftop Sail Catfish, White Trout, and Speckled Trout. Kirk Dietrich also added to his species list, with a Redfish he caught. Brian Karcher caught and entered Gafftop Sail Catfish, White Trout, Speckled Trout as well, and maintains his 3rd place position. Chuck Miller also makes a move up the leaderboard, now coming in at 5th place! Chuck made this happen with Needlefish and Croaker entries!


Chuck Miller's Needlefish entry!
Here's a fun fact for you: David and Brian Karcher have each caught fish in every state of the FFI-Gulf Coast Council Territory! They have entered fish from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida, and now Alabama! Both David and Brian's Gafftop Sail Catfish and White Trout were caught in Alabama waters. They are truly getting into the spirit of The Big Year, and exploring areas outside of their home waters! Here's the Leaderboard as of 8/11/2018:

David Karcher's White Trout entry
1. 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) 3/2/18 @ 7:19pm

2. 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) 4/22/18 @ 12:39pm

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) 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) 3/1/18 @ 6:09pm


Brian Karcher's Speckled Trout entry
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. Joe Bandera (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid, Longear Sunfish, Green Sunfish) 3/8/18 @ 7:11pm

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

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

10. Bill DeCastro (Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlid) 4/3/18 @ 8:21pm

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

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

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

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

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


Chuck Miller's Croaker 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!


Brian Karcher's Gafftop Sail Catfish entry!

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, A.J. Rosenbohm, or Jimmie Hyatt 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.