Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Contraband Fly Fishing Expo on August 25th

Our friends in the Contraband Fly Casters club of Lake Charles will hold their annual Fly Fishing Expo on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at the Moss Bluff United Methodist Church Community Center located at 735 Sam Houston Jones Parkway, in Moss Bluff. This celebration of fly fishing runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm, and features programs, fly tying and casting demos, vendors, raffles and much more. Admission is free to the public. Refreshments and lunch will be offered for a nominal fee.

Headlining the event will be renown Southwest Louisiana saltwater guide Capt. Jeff Poe. Capt. Poe will make a presentation on fly fishing Big Lake (Calcasieu Lake). An avid saltwater fly angler for over 20 years in that area, he holds the state record speckled trout on fly, a 9 1/2 pound beast taken on a fly he fashioned.

Eric Shanks, LDWF District 5 Inland Fisheries Manager, will give a presentation on freshwater fishing conditions and potential in area waters, based on field sampling and measurements.

Returning to this year’s Expo will be Master Certified Casting Instructor Keith Richard from Breaux Bridge, LA. Mr. Richard will be discussing and demonstrating flycasting form and techniques. He will be available in the afternoon for individual coaching. Arrangements for one-on-one instruction can be made upon registration at the Expo Registration Desk on Saturday morning, on a first come, first served basis.

The Expo will feature many renown fly tyers from Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas who will share and demo their designs and techniques throughout the day. Whether it's for mountain trout, warmwater, or saltwater species, there's something for everyone. Materials used in tying flies will also be available for sale.

Other activities include vendor exhibits of fly tackle, fly tying equipment and supplies, kayaks and related fishing equipment, silent auctions of various fishing equipment and classic fly designs, photo exhibits, information on local fishing, and much more.

For further information on the Expo or the CFC club, please contact Jim Gill, Club President at (337)842-9513 or Warren Landry, Club Secretary, at (337)853-7755.