Friday, November 4, 2011

November meeting at Natchitoches Fish Hatchery

Cane Country Fly Casters next meeting
November 8, 2011 - 6:30pm
Location: Natchitoches Fish Hatchery
Special Program: Please note this month our meeting will be held at the Natchitoches Fish Hatchery instead of NSU Middle Lab School. Tony Brady, Propogation Biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Services will be our guest speaker. Tony specializes in pearl mussels and will give an informative and interesting program about the importance of the pearl mussel in fresh water food chain.
Seating is limited, so please RSVP!

Friday, October 14, 2011

21st annual Toledo Bend Rendezvous - Nov. 4-6

This year's 21st gathering of fly tyers known as The North Toledo Bend Rendezvous will be held November 5-7 at the Group Lodge of North Toledo Bend State Park, near Zwolle, LA. CCFC members and other flyrodders are welcome to attend. Situated on the shores of Toledo Bend Lake, this facility has a lodge with a large stone fireplace on one end and a full commercial kitchen and serving facilities on the other, 5 sleeping dormitories, and a centrally located (clean) bath house with hot showers! Unlike an FFF or club conclave, where you sit and watch tyers demonstrate their skills and abilities, this event was designed for tyers to “tie with” their friends and to share tying techniques with others of all skill levels, from beginner to expert. Many of the regulars are FFF conclave tiers, and come from five or more states. You can come alone, or bring the family. There's tying, casting, cooking, fishing, sightseeing, and much more. The family fee is $40 for the weekend or $20 for one day or night. Singles fee is $30 for the weekend, $15 for the day or night. That covers all meals, desserts, coffee, ice, and lodging for Friday thru departure on Sunday. You don't even have to pay the park fee or to launch a boat! But be sure to bring your own bedding, towels, drinks and at least one pot-luck type entree. For more details, contact Walter & Linda McLendon, 936-875-3726. Also check out Walter's Rendezvous article and map at the Piney Woods Fly Fishers website.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Contraband Fly Fishing Expo Sept 17

Contraband Fly Casters 2011 Fly Fishing Expo
Saturday, September 17, 2011
9am - 4pm
Moss Bluff United Methodist Church
735 Sam Houston Jones Parkway
Moss Bluff, Louisiana
Fly Tying, Casting Demos, Lure Exhibits, Auctions / Raffles, Food and Refreshments, Equipment Displays and more!  Public invited.   

The Contraband Flycasters Fly Fishing Club of Lake Charles, LA will hold its annual Fly Fishing Expo on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at the Moss Bluff United Methodist Church Community Center located at 735 Sam Houston Jones Parkway, in Moss Bluff.  The event will open at 9:00 AM and close at 4:00 PM. Admission is free to the public.   Lunch will be offered for a nominal fee.  Cold drinks, coffee and snacks will also be available.
Head-lining the event will be Mr. Keith Richard from Breaux Bridge, LA, Master Certified Casting Instructor, and owner/operator of “THE CAMP FLY FISHING SCHOOL” also located in Breaux Bridge.  Mr. Richard will be displaying his noted fly-casting techniques beginning at 9:30AM in the Community Center.  He will then be available in the afternoon for individual coaching.  Arrangements for one-on-one instruction with Mr. Richard can be made upon registration at the Expo Registration Desk on Saturday morning, on a first come, first served basis.

Monday, September 12, 2011

September 13 meeting - The Double Haul Cast

CCFC September Meeting
September 13, 2011
6:30 pm
NSU Middle Lab
Program: Double Haul by Steve Lee
What to bring: Fast or moderate-fast rod in 5 to 8 weight with a slick, clean line
Hope to see you there...Sunny

Monday, July 11, 2011

See you folks in September!

Hello Casters,
We will not have our regular meetings for the months of July and August. Many are out for vacations so we decided to take off until September.
I am preparing a news update on our Green Market Event that I will send out soon. I heard it was a great day and we owe many thanks to
club members for their help and especially to Friends of CCFC who helped make our day a success.
Stay cool and have a great summer.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Cane Country Fly Fest / Green Market - June 18

A celebration of fly fishing in conjunction with Green Market! Fly tying, casting, programs, canoe kayak demos and much more. Saturday, June 18 from 8:00am to 12 noon on the riverfront. Click on "Fly Fest" to get the details. Check back often!

June 14 Meeting - Cookout!

Our June meeting will be a cookout at Burley's home. That's Tuesday, June 14, at 6:30 pm. We need a head count... so please call, text or email Burley 471-5049 or Sunny 471-6204. A brief agenda, fishing reports and the Fest that coming Saturday.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

April Meeting - Tuesday 12th

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 12th, 6:30pm. We are meeting on the River Bank downtown Natchitoches. Bring your rods for practice casting and to help each other out with new techniques, share our favorite flies and have some great hot-off-the-grill hotdogs. We may even be able to manage a little chilie to go along with the dogs.

Bring a couple $’s to offset the cost of "dinner". The Casters bank account is a little slim.
Bring a lawn chair!

I will also have extra CCFC caps, $12 each for members.......$18 for non-members. Please RSVP me so we'll have plenty of eats. We look forward to hearing from you……

Sunny. Email me or phone 471-6204 and 238-0010 if you plan to attend.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fishing Report - Cane River and Black Lake

Saturday, March 19, in the morning went to the lower end of Cane River Lake. The boat launch by the dam was closed, but was okay for kayaking. The water here was very clear, you could see several feet down. The bass - and some big ones, too - were swimming around the grass and near the docks. Bream everywhere were busting craneflies on the surface. A size 10 blue dun Stippled Popper landed a bunch, most too small to keep. But I did notice the bigger ones were sitting underneath, letting the small ones get to the bug. So I decided to switch to a bigger popper, BoogleBug size 8. That landed a few nice keepers.

The bream action then just stopped, so I picked up a 2nd fly rod loaded with a black Borger Down and Dirty Crab / Crawfish. In a span of four casts, two big goggle-eyes ate it. Then several minutes later, a small bass. Then a few minutes later, BASS-ZILLA hit the BDDC and an epic battle ensued. Couldn't keep the fish out the grass, tho. I finally pulled up about 10 pounds of grass, but with no bass inside!

That was the last bass I would catch for awhile. The pressure hit the 30.30 mark and the fish got lockjaw. Since it was a chamber of commerce type day, I took some time to do some photos of the river area. At each spot, I could see bass working the shorelines. I made it up to the mid-lake launch, and even there, with 60 boats having come, gone, and in/out, there were bass swimming around the launch area. Yet, nobody was catching. That told me it was time for lunch!

In the afternoon, I headed to Black Lake for bream. The landings were packed to the hilt with boat trailers as it was a full moon and the big sow bass were on the beds (that was the 'word'). Launched at Chandlers Landing, which is more kayak-friendly. I started with a jitterbee under a small strike indicator, but the bream came up and hit the indicator, so I switched to a size 10 black/chartreuse Wildcat. That's what I ended the day with. Caught about 3 dozen bream, some real nice, including a couple more goggle-eyes. Also 3 bass, two small ones, and one about 2 1/4 pounds. The lake water is very clear, and the grass is already up to the surface in many places.


Friday, March 11, 2011

March meeting Tuesday 15th

6:30 PM NSU Middle Lab
Bring your latest fish stories, flys and vises.
I hear that Burley has a hot new fly that the bass are eating up and he's going to tie some for us. James and Steve are going somewhere this weekend....hope to have great stories from them. Some of the Casters are making plans to go to the Sowbug Festival.
Hope to see you all Tuesday night.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

March meeting moved to the 15th

This month's meeting has been moved back a week to Tuesday March 15th due to Mardi Gras. Details on the meeting to come.

Monday, February 7, 2011

CCFC Monthly Meeting - February 8, 2011

A reminder that the next monthly meeting of the Cane Country Fly Casters is Tuesday February 8th at 6:30pm at the NSU Middle Lab. For this meeting, Vic, Clyde, and Howard are bringing their vises and gear to tie their favorite flys...... Also, bring your gear, photos and stories of you latest fishing trips. Have the photos on CD or thumbdrive. Sunny will have a laptop available for your pics.

Also, we welcome aboard new member Howard Malpass. Howard is owner of Gray Wolf Fly Shop in Shreveport.