Meetings/Events/News

Next Club Meeting

Our new public meeting place is the Senior Citizens Center across from the Richland City Hall and library at 371 Scarborough street.   Please continue to  access it from the East side instead of the West.   Meetings are the 4th Thursday, which makes our next meeting September 22, and the time is our normal 6:30 time.

September 22 Meeting

Albert will tie the Rich Waldner version of the spoon fly. If you want to get a jump on the meeting and the fly, you can view a video of Albert tying the fly in our MFF instructional series video play list, Albert tying the RW spoon fly This just in:  Meredith, store manager of the Orvis store, has donated five fly boxes to us for prizes which we will give away at the meeting! 

  •  (Updated 8.31.2022)

Fall 2022 Arkansas trip is booked Friday October 28th – Monday October 31st

Call Ed for any details.

NEWS

Registration for Rio Rodeo now up

Posted on August 7, 2022 by Catch Cormier

13th Annual Rio Grande Fly Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, October 1st, 2022
7:00am – on-site registration
7:30am – 12:30pm – fishing time
Event site: No Wake Outfitters
1926 Airline Drive, Metairie, LA
$15 entry fee includes lunch and refreshments

Hosted by the New Orleans Fly Fishers Club, a charter club in the GCC, the Rio Rodeo is the longest running freshwater fly fishing tournament on the Gulf Coast.   Target species is the wary Rio Grande Cichlid. All entry fish must be caught on flies and fly tackle. Categories are “Longest Rio” and “Most Rios”. Net proceeds from the tournament go to Casting For Recovery.

The rodeo is open to all fly anglers.  Advanced registration must be received by mail by September 24th. Onsite registration is from 7:00am to 7:30am day of the tournament. Both onsite registration and weigh-in will be at No Wake Outfitters in Metairie. For complete details, and to download registration form, go to the NOFFC website at www.neworleansflyfishers.com.

GCC announces 2023 Gulf Coast Classic

The next Classic has been planned and its in Gulf Shores! Woohoo! Fishing contest, tying, seminars, casting clinics, speakers, silent auctions, raffles, film festival, Fly Tying Theatre, saltwater, nice accommodations, beach fishing! Sounds great! I’m in!

Posted on June 26, 2022 by Catch Cormier

2023 Gulf Coast Fly Fishing Classic
Friday-Saturday, May 5-6, 2023
Learning Campus, Gulf Shores State Park
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Hosted by the FFI Gulf Coast Council

Next year, the Gulf Coast Council of Fly Fishers International will once again hold a major event the first weekend of May. Unlike our recent Sweetwater Classics – which were mostly tournament events with a splash of casting and fly tying – the Gulf Coast Classic will be more like our “conclaves” of the past. However, we’ll still have a fishing contest as well as the Fly Fishing Film Tour and much more!

Preliminary details have been posted on the “Classic” page. More details will be forthcoming on that page over the next few months.

Minutes from the 9-22-2022 Meeting

Magnolia Fly Fishers,

We had a very light crowd last night as many were fishing or had unfortunate circumstances that prevented them from attending. We did have in attendance, Read, Albert, the Ivey’s, Steve W., Greg, Cullen, myself and Read also brought a guest, Gil (I missed the last name). 

Albert did a jam-up good presentation on the spoon fly.  I picked up some things from Albert that will definitely help me.  I think some  were skeptical about the spoon fly, but unless you’ve experienced the many, many grasses that the redfish love in the marsh, you don’t have a way to appreciate the fly.  In LA on a single trip you will paddle through vast areas of widgeon, coontail, fibrous algae, milfoil and others.  Sometimes we will be poling as though on a carpet, the grasses sticking to the paddle.  That’s why folks use poles because if you use anything that isn’t slick the grasses will catch on to it making you pull it off every time you dip the paddle.  In these situations the flyrod excels in that you can spot a redfish floating high and happy in  a small clear pothole in the grass and drop the fly in and pick it back up and cast it right back in whereas gear fisherman are forced to drag the lure through the grass each time.  In these scenarios there is not much room to give a typical fly action but the spoon fly provides action as soon as it drops in as it flutters down, sparkling all the way.   If grass gets on the fly, you do a hard backcast and inertia at the stop will rip the grass off of the spoon fly whereas the grass just become a part of a regular feather or fabric fly.  Enough of the sales pitch, those of us that fish the marsh know its effectiveness.

As I was the only board member present, I brought up some club business.  We discussed the November meeting being on Thanksgiving and though we didn’t vote, the consensus seemed to be to just not have a November meeting and shoot for maybe a Christmas party because it would have to be in early December anyway.  I will pass that information on to John, Steve and Ed for a decision.

As far as “good” fishing reports, Greg and I hammered the bream on mayfly hatches a couple of times at the Rez this past month and Greg played with rough fish in the Delta using Euro techniques.  Greg has a new vessel which is a blow-up pontoon boat and he has been doing really well working on the crappie below the dam at the Rez using Euro and Loch style equipment.

We used raffle tickets to give away the five fly boxes that Meredith and Orvis donated.  Winners of a fly box were myself, Read, Albert, Cullen and our guest Gil.

I have no idea what we will do for a meeting in October but as bow season is kicking in as well as redfish season, my participation will be thinner until Spring. 

Thanks,

G

Minutes from the 7-28-2022 Meeting

Magnolia Fly Fishers,

We had a good meeting, but the crowd was light.  I remember seeing Bickham, Read, John, Albert, Cullen, Chuck, the Ivy’s, Ed, Chris, new member Bill R. and two new interested visitors from Pulaski. 

Bill showed a photo of a particularly large and vibrantly colored longear sunfish that he had posted on a social group and there was lots of discussion as to whether it was a longear or a dollar sunfish.  If it truly is a dollar sunfish I think that would explain  the disparity in size and shape of what we always call a longear.  Bill’s fish looks to me more similar to the fish that started me fly fishing as a kid, which at the time I simply called “red bellies. As pretty as any fish in the ocean. I caught stringers of them in the Bogue Homa below New Augusta. 

Cullen did a demo tie for us showing us how he ties surf candy flies, which are a great saltwater fly and a great white bass, striper  fly as well.  Particularly good for  fish that like a fast stripped streamer.  Bickham was also tying as well as myself and Chris.    Good job, thanks Cullen!

We did a drawing on raffle tickets and everybody in the meeting got a prize worth at least $10.  Prizes were donated by Sally Pleasant, Ed Venator and Meredith of Orvis.

Our next meeting will be August 25th and our speaker will be Dr. Ray Fisher, an entomologist that can answer lots of questions about aquatic invertebrates that our fish prey on. Should be really good!

I didn’t make it to the Mexican restaurant afterwards but I think the “after meeting” was well attended too.  

Don’t forget there is a fall trout trip October 28-31.  Call Ed for details.

Minutes from the 8-26-2022 Meeting

Magnolia Fly Fishers,

Had a great meeting last night. The rain ruined any casting opportunities but members met the challenge. As Jim said in a text to let me know he and Chuck were on the way,  “we’re paddling as fast as we can”.

Greg crushed his presentation on Loch style fishing and Euro nymphing.  He knows his material and can make it work, I’ve seen him. Thanks Greg, now I have more stuff to buy. 

We didn’t call a roll but I saw the following folks attending the meeting, John, Jim, Chuck, Bickham, Steve, Read, Bill, Rusty and Penny, Joseph, our speaker Greg  and new member Mark, from Clinton.

There’s been some fishing going on and we heard about it at the meeting.  Greg and I fished rough fish over the weekend, Bickham told about his fishing at the reservoir some of which was with me when we caught over 40 some-odd bream in the eleventh hour.   Bickham is headed West some time in the Fall will have some stories for us sometime after Thanksgiving.  Bill has bought a new Tenkara rod on order which he is looking forward to bringing to a meeting and showing us.  

The next meeting is a tying meeting and it is September, 22.  Albert will tie a spoon fly for us.  If you want to get a jump on Albert’s program,  the spoon fly is a the Rich Waldner recipe, and we have a video of Albert tying the fly in our magnolia fly fishers instructional series we keep on our youtube channel, the link is here:  Albert tying the Rich Waldner spoonfly  Albert does a good job on it.  I’ve been trying to tie some lately and I’ve been struggling.  I need to go back and watch his video because he nails it in the video.

John brought up that we have some issues with the November meeting because the fourth Thurs. is Thanksgiving which presents a problem.  I don’t remember deciding anything specific so stay tuned for info on October and November.  John and Steve will figure it out, I guess we might send out a poll to find out what members want to do. 

 We do want to plan a Christmas part meeting this year.

Thanks,

G

Minutes from the 6-23-2022 Meeting

Magnolia Fly Fishers,

At the meeting last night we held a Pick Up and Lay Down casting contest and I know I had fun and I think others did too.  We just used rods members brought and we had 6 wts and 8 wts so we had two categories.   The winners in the 8 wt category were Glen, Ed and Cullen.   The winners in the 6 wt category were Cullen, Steve and Glen.  Meredith sent zingers to spice up the prizes I had chosen, and as organizer I abstained from the prize winnings.  Cullen got the Patriotic Popper along with a zinger because he was high man with the 6 wt and was also third in the 8 wt.  Ed and Steve got Camo non-toxic split shot and zingers.   Bickham got a buff and Jim got a pair wool socks. Thanks to everyone that participated. I think everybody had fun, I know I did.   All prizes except the Patriotic Popper were donated by Meredith at Orvis and the Popper was from Breambugs.com.  If you attend the Sowbug Festivals or if you phone order from Breambugs, be sure to thank Don, my brother for his donations.

An impromptu, “for all your worth, no holds barred, cast as far as you can” contest was held and Glen squeaked out Cullen. 🙂

We handed out raffle tickets and raffled off items until I basically ran out.  I still have more potential prizes for subsequent meetings thanks to Meredith and Orvis. We had one potential new member attending but I have to apologize, I forgot his name. Ed, can you send me his info if he joined or maybe wants to get emails?

  • Our next meeting will be July 28.  It will be a tying meeting.  Ed has the video recorder and projector all working so that should really enhance the tying meetings.  Cullen volunteered to tie for us and I think he is going to tie a saltwater pattern though he has a foam ant that he may tie if there is time.
  • John would like everyone to bring their best fly box with their own flies in it at the next meeting.  We will vote or have choose a judge and we will award a prize or two for the best fly box.
  • Our August 25 meeting will be a speaker, we have booked Dr. Ray Fisher, an entomologist specializing in aquatic insects.  I have talked to Dr. Fisher and he is super knowledgeable, obviously loves his discipline.  I think it will be a very interesting program.  That’s  the August 25 meeting.
  • Pat told us about his recent trip to Alaska where he caught some Dolly Varden and had a close call, not with a bear but with losing the key to the gate which almost made him “miss the boat”.
  • John received a call from David B. of the Eastern Shore Fly Fishers.  David was asking for someone to be the FFI Liaison and wanted someone that could serve multiple years.  We only have 4 individual memberships in the FFI, John, myself, Steve and Read.  Steve volunteered to serve as the liaison and the club accepted Steve wholeheartedly to represent us.  (We are an FFI affiliate club so the club is affiliated but then individuals may choose to be members of the FFI ($35 or $25 for seniors w/o magazine)..  Charter clubs of the FFI have ALL members being members of the FFI.) 
     
  • This past week I was able to fish with a member of Eastern Shore Fly Fishers, Blaine.  He is 27 years old, from Orange Beach but is working during the week in Jackson and staying in Clinton for the next three months. I took him to the Rez and we hit a mayfly hatch, he had a lot of fun.  He has a tattoo of a tarpon eating a fly on his arm.  I expect I will fish with him a few more times and if anyone wants to take him fishing let me know and I’ll get you in touch.  
     
  • Many of the members went out to eat after the meeting. Mexican?

A good time had by all. 

 

Recent Fishing Trips

The Wood boys, Albert and Cullen, made a father/son red snapper trip and broke out the fly rods when the snapper made an unexpected trip to the surface. They managed to catch several snapper and a dolphin that passed by.

The Davis boys, Glen and Chris, made their annual father/son “Silver King” trip to Chandeleur. I hooked and broke one off. The fish gave a spectacular jump after breaking the leader, trying to shake the fly. We got quite a few looks and follows from crawlers. It was incredibly hard, “combat” fishing conditions as the fish were next to and inside the breakers. Dancing on the bow trying to keep from being thrown overboard, trying to make long casts and work fish that were about three feet deep, moving one way while the boat moved the other way, was very challenging. And we loved it! After the heavy wind pushed the silvers down we waded some and Chris caught some ladyfish and I caught a decent red and a catfish in the breakers.

Another day was spent sight casting redfish near Shell Beach. Chris caught one red and one nice sheepshead and had a couple of reds come unbuttoned. I caught three.

May flies have made a couple of appearances on the Rez. You just never know when they will show up.

HOSSFLY Annual Jack Rodeo – June 1 – Oct 1, 2022

Dates: June 1 – October 1, 2022. Location: AL, FL, LA, and MS Gulf Coast

Species: Jack Crevalle

Tackle: Fly rod and reel with hand-tied fly only. No conventional tackle or chumming allowed.

Entry Fee: Free for HOSSFLY members and $25 for non-members (entry fee includes a 2022 HOSSFLY club membership).  All participants must be registered and paid by May 31. Non-member registration must include name, contact info, and make payment to “HOSSFly Club” and mailed to Clark Gordin at 1902 Kensington Street Ocean Springs, MS 39564.

Winners: First, second, and third places will be awarded based on length (total fork length). Multiple catches are allowed. One award per angler.

Required Documentation: A picture of the fish, fly fishing gear with measuring tape is required. Please email documentation within the week of the catch to Roger Apperly ausjollyroger@hotmail.com. Catches must be submitted by midnight on October 1st, 2022

The tournament will be catch and release unless a state record is caught.

State record requirements:

The Mississippi fly fishing record is 28 pounds and 15.36 ounces by Dwayne Armes on 7/25/05. Attached are the Mississippi Saltwater Fish Record Application and associated rules.

There is no recorded record for Jack Crevalle in Louisiana. Attached is a link to the Louisiana rules and the application. https://louisianaoutdoorwriters.com/awards-records/fish-hunt-records/

The Florida fly fishing record is 37 ½ pounds and by Carlos Solis on 2/11/94. Attached is a link to the Florida rules and application. https://catchafloridamemory.com/programs/records/

Winners will be recognized at the October 11th HOSSFLY meeting at 6:00PM at the Ocean Springs Yacht Club.

Rules and Judges Committee consists of Bill Hancock, Richard Schmidt, and John Bottko.

Please be respectful of others by reporting forthright and truthful catches – Honor System rules apply.



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