Yesterday was the New Orleans Fly Fisher's 9th annual Rio Grande Fly Fishing Rodeo at City Park in New Orleans. Despite the threat from Hurricane Nate barreling towards the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts, and a citywide curfew set for 7:00pm last night, the event went on. A light drizzle greeted the roughly 35 participants for the first hour. Afterwards, the rain disappeared for the remainder of the rodeo, although the wind picked up significantly.
Lots of bream and small bass were caught, as well as a decent number of rios in the 6 to 7 inch range. The big rios were absent, except for one caught by Steve Oliver of the North Louisiana Fly Fishers club. Steve's big rio gave him 1st place honors, a TFO outfit, and bragging rights for the coming year. We hope to have a full report posted in the forum soon. Already looking forward to the 2018 Rio Rodeo!