Meetings/Events/News

Next Club Meeting
Per our President along with other members of our board of directors:

Due to Covid, ALL CLUB-SPONSORED FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS are cancelled.     (Updated 11.10.2021)

2021 Sweetwater Classic moved to Mar 11 – 12, 2022

Gulf Coast Sweetwater Classic
Friday-Saturday, Mar 11 – 12, 2022
Percy Quin State Park, McComb, MS
FREE admission to park & festival
Classic tournament entry fee: $30
Big Bream Contest entry fee: $5

The FFI Gulf Coast Council will host our 2nd annual Sweetwater Classic fly fishing festival and freshwater tournament once again on lovely Percy Quin State Park in Mississippi. This event will feature two tournaments, fly tying demonstrations, flycasting instruction, a Casting Skills Challenge, an Iron Fly Tying competition, seminars, a large raffle to benefit the GCC’s education and conservation initiatives, and possibly more!

While the Big Bream Contest will again take place on Lake Tangipahoa inside the state park, the GCC Events Committee has agreed to extend the boundaries of Saturday’s Classic to include Lake Okhissa, one of the premier bass fisheries in the South.

Prior to registering for the Sweetwater Classic Tournament (Saturday, September 17th), make sure to check rules page first.  Registration and submission of entries in the Sweetwater Classic is via the iAngler Tournament website or App. Participants should install the app on their smartphones in advance of registration, or at the least, in advance of the tournament. Use the links below to register and pay the registration fee:

Link to the BOAT Division iAngler tournament page.

Link to the BANK Division iAngler tournament page.

Percy Quinn State Park has nearly two dozen cabins and several motel rooms available for daily rental, as well as top-notch RV facilities, and tent campsites. PLEASE book early as weekend rental of cabins are very popular. If you already booked for the February weekend, you can reschedule for the September weekend at NO extra fees.  There are also numerous motels and restaurants in nearby McComb, roughly five miles from the park entrance.

More details will be coming in the months ahead on our Classic web page (see top menu). Also, an iAngler registration website will be up in early 2021.

News below on GCC club Red Stick Fly Fisher event, “Red Stick Day”, this information can be found a https://www.rsff.org/p/red-stick-day.html

Red Stick Day

27th annual Red Stick Day
A celebration of fly fishing

Cancelled – The October date has been cancelled due to the CCP virus, new date is March 5th 2022

8:30am – 3:00pm
Waddilll Wildlife Refuge
4142 N Flannery Rd, Baton Rouge

Free admission!

Red Stick Day is our annual fly fishing festival.   Whether beginner or expert, there’s something for everyone!

Activities include:
– Programs
– Fly Tying Demonstrations
– Casting Demonstrations and lessons
– Kayak fishing presentation
– Free refreshments
– Fishing on premises
– Jambalaya lunch
– Raffles
– Admission is FREE!

GOOGLE MAP LOCATION – CLICK HERE!

Fly tying begins at 8:30am and continues through the day. Some of the region’s top fly tiers will be on hand.

There are free refreshments during the day.  A jambalaya lunch will be served with salad and roll for a nominal cost.  Then there’s the big raffle for flies, tackle, equipment, and other items that benefit the club’s education and conservation projects.

More information below.

Schedule

8:30 am     Welcome
                   Fly tying begins
9:00 am  – 12 noon – Programs and casting instruction (TBA)
12:00 pm    LUNCH *
12:45 pm    Gamblers Draw *
1:00 pm      More programs
2:30 pm      RAFFLE *

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