* This week is the International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD) Show in Denver, CO. The largest fly fishing trade show in the world, it's where most new products for the coming year are revealed. However, this year being such a late date, many new products have already been exposed. For the first time in several years, we won't be attending IFTD. However, we will be reporting new products based on press releases.
On Monday, the Red Stick Fly Fishers hold their monthly general meeting at Broadmoor United Methodist Church inside the Adult Education Center. Location is 10230 Mollylea Drive in Baton Rouge. Casting practice at 6:30pm, meeting at 7:00pm. The public is welcome. For more, go to www.rsff.org.
On Tuesday, the Contraband Fly Casters hold their monthly meeting at St. Paul Lutheran Church on 1620 East Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles. Fly tying and discussion at 6:00pm, meeting at 7:00pm. Guests are welcome. For more info, go to www.contrabandflycasters.net.
Also on Tuesday, the Lafayette Kayak Fishing Club holds their monthly meeting at Pack and Paddle on 601 East Pinhook in Lafayette. Time is 6:00pm. For more info, go to www.lafayettekayakfishing.com.
On Thursday, the Acadiana Fly Rodders hold their monthly meeting at the Pack & Paddle "Outpost" building behind their main store on 601 East Pinhook in Lafayette. Time is 6:00pm. Guests are welcome. For more info, go to www.acadianaflyrodders.org.
Also on Thursday, the New Orleans Fly Fishers hold the 2nd of their twice-monthly fly tying sessions at Building 500 in the Government Building Complex off F. Edward Hebert Blvd on the West Bank. Time is 7:00pm. Bring your tools, if none, the club has sets for use during the session. Bring $1 for materials. For more info, go to www.neworleansflyfishers.com.
Starting Friday afternoon with the Captains meeting, and finishing with the tournament on Saturday, it's the 14th annual "Fall n Tide" kayak fishing tournament out of Cypress Cove Marina in Venice. Hosted by the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club, it's open to the public. Fishing is along the Highway 23 corridor. Onsite registration is now in effect until 7:00pm Friday. Entry fee is $60 and includes tournament entry, Friday night dinner, Captains bag, Saturday fish fry, and chance at over a hundred raffle items. There's divisions for Slam, Womens Slam, Youth, Seniors, Leopard Red, and largest red, speck, and flounder. For more info, go to www.bckfc.org.
On Saturday, Pack & Paddle will hold their annual Fall Kayak Demo Day at Vermillionville Pond in Lafayette. Time is 9:00am to 12 noon. This is a free event. While PnP does individual demos per advance request throughout the year, this is one of the few events where folks can come try their boats out with no advance notice. They'll have their widest array of kayaks available, including the new 2018 redesigned Hobie Outback. Also, monster deals on some 2018 demo models. For more info, go to www.packpaddle.com.