Next Club Meeting
Our next meeting will be “Christmas in August”. Thanks to the pandemic planners we didn’t have a Christmas party in Dec. 2020 so we thought we could catch it up in August. Stay tuned for more details.
Fall Trout Trip – November 5,6,7
Dates for the Fall Arkansas trip are as follows—–11/5, 11/6, 11/7, and leaving on 11/8. There were 10 slots available for people interested and 6 were filled last night at the meeting. So if you are interested please email Steve or Ed quickly so that we can get a firm number. It is possible that if we get an additional 6 people another room could be reserved but this is not guaranteed at this point. Also remember that people signing up may have to drop out so that slots may reopen. Get your name on the wait list!!!!!
Cost will be $165 so though it may have gone up it is still a bargain. Just the quality time with MFF members is worth way more than $165!
August 7 for Gar Rodeo
See following link for more details, https://samuraiflyshop.com/2021/07/27/magnolia-fly-fishers-gar-rodeo/
Here is a fly Jim D. tied for use in the rodeo. Jim calls it the “Gar-funkel”. Be sure to have some scissors handy Jim!
Not to be outdone, here’s my recent gar flies:
News below can be found at https://gulfcoastcouncilffi.org/
Leeville Weekend – July 16,17,18
Leeville Weekend is the successor to Grand Isle or “GI” Weekend. This event is a saltwater catch n’ eat put on by the Red Stick Fly Fishers of Baton Rouge. RSFF invites other clubs in our Gulf Coast Council and our own club has been attending for at least 15 years. The event has had a long hiatus due to hurricanes, host site problems and of course, COVID. So many of us in the Magnolia Fly Fishers are very happy to get the call from the saltwater chair of RSFF inviting us to come to Leeville in July and fish and hang out with the fly fishers of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. The club will be booking some accommodations so anyone wishing to attend needs to contact our own, self-appointed saltwater chair, Glen, as soon as possible.
Leeville Weekend – A success, not many fish, but a good time had by all. We re-kindled friendships with our LA brothers, ate good, didn’t get struck by lightning, suffered no injuries. Jim even managed two good redfish, 24 and 20 inches and Bickham a 16 inch redfish. We did manage to add some filets to the fish fry on Saturday night. Here we celebrate our success by a return to our favorite “breakfast before the drive home place”, the Starfish restaurant in Grand Isle. Hoy, hoy, hoy!
News below on Gulf Coast Council’s 2021 Sweetwater classic, this information can be found at https://gulfcoastcouncilffi.org/
Gulf Coast Sweetwater Classic
Friday-Saturday, September 17-18, 2021
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:
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
Saturday, October 30, 2021
8:30am – 3:00pm
Waddilll Wildlife Refuge
4142 N Flannery Rd, Baton Rouge
– Fly Tying Demonstrations
– Casting Demonstrations and lessons
– Kayak fishing presentation
– Free refreshments
– Fishing on premises
– Jambalaya lunch
– Admission is FREE!
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.
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 *