Sunday, February 25, 2018

Red Stick Day this Saturday

The largest annual fly fishing festival (conclave) in Louisiana takes place this Saturday, March 3rd.  Hosted by Red Stick Fly Fishers, "Red Stick Day" activities include seminars, fly tying demos, casting clinics, vendors, raffles, food and more. Time is 8:30am to 3:30pm. Location is BREC Perkins Community Park in Baton Rouge.

Typically the event is held at the LDWF Waddill Outdoor Education Center, but that facility was damaged by the flood of August, 2016, and repairs remain unfinished. However, like Waddill, Perkins Park has a stocked pond with good fishing. So attendees are encouraged to bring their tackle.

RSD has a history of bringing in some great speakers, and this year is no different.  Bill Laminack is quickly becoming one of the most respected fly tiers and warmwater anglers in the country.  The Panama City resident will be a featured tier and also give a program on bass fishing. Other speakers  include Eddie Mullen of Eddies Kayak Rentals in Pointe-aux-Chenes, Capt. Tristian Daire, saltwater fly fishing guide and owner of Olde Towne Fly Shop in Slidell, and Ben Roussel, Jackson Kayak pro-staffer and "Mountains to Marsh" blogger. RSFF member Roger del Rio, a longtime Fly Fishers International (FFI) Certified Casting Instructor (CCI) will conduct morning and afternoon casting clinics.

Once again, the event will feature top tiers from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Proceeds from the raffle will go towards the club's conservation and education initiatives. For more info, go to and click on "Red Stick Day".