Information on Remaining Meetings And Events In 2018
May 8 – Magnolia Fly Fishers next fly tying meeting will be in the usual meeting place in Richland MS in the meeting room across the street from City Hall. Begin at 6:00 PM and leave at 7 PM. Cynthia will do a casting clinic on casting large, heavy flies. May 12 – Fishing outing at Lake Dockery in Byram MS. May 15 – The May meeting is planned for Bass Pro in our usual meeting place, the upstairs conference room behind the footwear at 6:30. Our speaker will be Abby Braman, Organizer of the “Pearl River Clean Sweep” in which several of our club members participated this past summer. This article, on the Gulf Restoration Network site is about Abby and her mission. Read can’t make this meeting due to a prior commitment so Steve Davidson will be stepping up to run the meeting.
Tuesday May 22 -Reminder for #MagnoliaFlyFishers – 2017 Orvis Endorsed Guide of the year, Lucas Bissett, will speak at Orvis Ridgeland this Tuesday, 6:00 PM. Lucas will talk about sightfishing for redfish and reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
Plus, Meredith has snacks 4 us!
June 9 – Fishing outing at Neshoba Lake, near Philadelphia
June 12 – Fly Tying meeting night, tentatively, Miss MFF Event Coordinator is brewing up a fish fry supper/ event. On our fly tying night we will have fish fry pot luck. Tying, casting, fishing advice for our young folks, maybe some Scouts, and all around general good time.
As I see it, there’s no school, there’s more daylight, you eat supper anyway, and our Saturday workers can attend.
Bickham is designated frymaster.
We have approved this with our venue, but we have to do all the cooking outside.
June 19 – The June meeting is planned for Bass Pro in our usual meeting place, the upstairs conference room behind the footwear at 6:30. Program TBD. This is the last meeting before Leeville Weekend trip.
June 22,23,24 – Flyyakers rejoice! GI Weekend returns! But we gotta call it something different because it’s in Leeville this year. We’ll have to call it the “Leeville Weekend” event. The Red Stick Club of Baton Rouge hosts this event and last year’s event had to be cancelled to scheduling/venue issues. RSFF has made new plans and we got the call from Randy inviting Magnolia Fly Fishers to their replacement event. The venue change is due to the fact that organizing in Grand Isle like we have in the past has become tortuous. Most of us fish the marsh and not the surf anyway so some of us are excited to have the new venue. Just like old times, shrimp boil on Friday night, fish fry Saturday night.
Note: As of May 14, Albert/Bonnie/Cullen/Kazzie, Jim D, Bickham, Steve D, Read, and yours truly are on the “to-go” list.
4/26/18 Update: Plastic has been presented on a “camp” and a room at the venue. The “camp” is next to the restaurant and is across the street from the cooking/hang out area. It has a “full size” bed, and 4 singles. It is next to the water and boats can be tied up there. Currently these fly fishers have shown interest, Albert/Cullen, Jim D, Bickham, Steve D, Jim B, Kyle C, Dick H, Read and yours truly. That’s like ten persons, 5 more than can fit, so we have booked another room that has a full and a bunk. So we can accommodate 8, of course we can bring cots and we’re not sure if we will have some to back out as at least four have said they are “maybes”. Please be prepared to ante up at the May meeting. The total accommodations bill would be $600, to be split.
July 28 – NLFF’s Fly Fishing Masters Series – The NLFF’s Annual Fly Fishing Masters Series brings an accomplished member of the fly fishing community to the Ark-La-Tex to give a seminar on their field of expertise. Kelly Galloup is this year’s guest speaker. The event is held at the Red River Wildlife Refuge in Bossier City, LA. Magnolia Fly Fishers get tickets from NLFF for members and we usually car pool to Bossier City. Doors open at 8:30am with the program starting at 9:00am and lasting until around 4:00pm. Light breakfast and catered lunch are provided. Seating is limited. Tickets are $40 each
See NLFF Masters Series for more information.
August 3-5 – Mississippi Wildlife Federation Extravaganza at the Trade Mart. MFF in booth #1020
Fly Fishing Events of Club Interest
May 22 – Lucas Bissett, 2017 Orvis Endorsed Guide of the year and AFFTA’s newest board member, will speak at Orvis, 6:00 PM. Lucas is a saltwater guide in Louisiana, owner of Low Tide Charters and is the creator of the popular redfish fly, the “Cajun Crustacean”. I understand Lucas, in addition to talking about flyfishing for redfish, will update us about coastal restoration efforts.
Meredith Shows, store manager at Orvis Ridgeland is well known for taking care of us with beverages and snacks at her store’s events!
July 13 – Contraband Fly Casters 2018 Fly Fishing Expo
Isle of Capri Casino Hotel Lake Charles
100 Westlake Ave, Westlake, Louisiana 70669
September ? – Gulf Coast Fly Fair – this event has been cancelled.
Sponsored by The Gulf Coast Council – International Federation of Fly Fishers
FREE ADMISSION – FREE BEGINNER CLASSES – FREE CASTING LESSONS – FREE TYING DEMONSTRATIONS – FREE PRESENTATIONS
Auctions & Raffles for rods, reels, equipment and artwork, proceeds benefit the USM – Gulf Coast Research Lab