|Sheep herders can't wait for the PAC Fall Fly|
PAC Kayak Fall Fly tournament. With the success of the two "Fly Fishin For the Mission" tournaments benefitting the Mission Six non-profit, Eddie Mullen of PAC Kayak Rentals and Matthew Roberts of Troll Squad / Mission Six have organized a fall event. Date is Saturday, October 13. This one is a bit different in that it'll be a CPR (catch-photo-release) using the Tourney X app to "weigh-in" catches. Most total inches instead of weight. As with FFFTM, there's separate Kayak and Boat divisions. But two categories - Redfish (2 longest slot reds) and Mixed Bag (longest 1 each red, speck, drum, sheepshead). The Mixed Bag addition is drawing lots of interest especially among speckled trout and "goat" enthusiasts. For more info, go to www.packayakrentals.com.
Friday Fly Tying. Allen Fly Fishing started as a small scale manufacturer of fly reels with direct sales online. They've grown in size and expanded their product line to include rods, apparel, hooks, beads, and more. They're also working to promote fly tying with a series of videos they call "Friday Fly Tying". Each Friday, Allen subscribers on Instagram and Facebook get notification of a new pattern. The first dozen and more are simple but effective patterns. The list will continue to grow. Beginner tiers can check out the video archive by clicking here.
Counting down to cooler water. Fall officially begins a month from now. Some will say it really doesn't begin in Louisiana until the first week of October. But if you own a swimming pool, you know all about radiative cooling - and that it begins the first full week of September. Water temperature is what it's all about. First time it dips below 80 degrees is when freshwater fishing in north and central Louisiana turns back on. Especially for bass, crappie and redear. Next week's cool front won't do much - highs will still be near 90 and lows in the upper 60s. But let's see how water temps respond. As of today, the temperature here on Cotile Lake was a tepid 86.5 degrees.