2017 Red Stick Day

2017 Red Stick Day
Conclave & Fly Festival
Saturday, March 4, 2017
8:30am - 3:00pm
Perkins Road Community Park
7122 Perkins Rd, Baton Rouge, LA

Free admission
Free refreshments and $8 jambalaya

Every first Saturday in March, the Red Stick Fly Fishers host our annual "conclave" - a celebration of fly fishing. Whether beginner or expert, there's something for everyone!

Activities include:
- Programs
- Fly Tying Demonstrations
- Casting Demonstrations
- Beginner Seminar
- Retailers
- Kayak and Canoe demos
- Fishing on premises
- Free refreshments
- Jambalaya lunch available (lunch ticket $8)
Admission is FREE!


** Please note that for 2017 our location has changed. Our usual event location - LDWF Waddill Outdoors Education Center - suffered serious damage from the Flood of August 2016 and is still in repair. **

Fly tying begins at 9:00am and continues through the day. Some of the region's top fly tiers will be on hand,

There's free refreshments during the day. A jambalaya lunch with salad for $8 will be available. Then there's the big raffle for flies, tackle, equipment, and other items. Proceeds from the raffle help pay expenses for this event, as well as support club conservation and education projects.

Schedule of Activities

  8:30am - Coffee and donuts
  8:45am - Fly tying begins

  9:00am - Catch Cormier - Crappie on the Fly
  9:30am - Roger del Rio (IFFF Casting Instructor) - Casting Assistance
10:00am - Eddie Brister - Fishing the Mountain Fork River, Broken Bow, OK 

11:00am - Ed Lash - Why Deer Hair?
12:00pm - LUNCH
  1:00pm - Jim Franks - Occurence of Young Tarpon in North Central Gulf of Mexico Estuaries

  1:00pm - Roger del Rio - Casting Assistance
  2:00pm - RAFFLE *      
  3:00pm - See ya’ll next year!  

Speakers and Programs

Catch Cormier – Crappie on the Fly
Catch is president of the Kisatchie Fly Fishers, former president of the Red Stick Fly Fishers, and former CCA Louisiana board member. For 20 years he’s managed the Louisiana Fly Fishing website (laflyfish.com).  For 17 years he’s been the fly fishing columnist for Louisiana Sportsman magazine, and for 5 years a kayak fishing reporter for “Outdoors with Don Dubuc” weekly radio show.

Dr. Ed Lash – Why Deer Hair?
Ed Lash is without question one of the premier deer hair tiers in the country. Ed Lash lives in rural Iowa has been tying and fishing deer hair flies for over 45 years. His flies are available at a number of shops and outfitters. Ed is a member of IFFF, Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association, and Ozark Fly Fishing Association. Ed will share his vast knowledge on fishing deer hair bugs.

Eddie Brister – Fishing the Mountain Fork River, Broken Bow, OK                                           
Eddie is a retired  high school and college football coach, and owner of the Beavers Bend Fly Shop in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. The fly shop is located on the banks of the Lower Mountain Fork River in Beavers Bend State Park. This is our closest trout stream from Baton Rouge that is not affected by generators. Eddie and his wife love to fly fish and work with others that share their passion for the sport.

Jim Franks - Occurrence of Young Tarpon in North-Central Gulf of Mexico Estuaries
Jim Franks is a Senior Research Scientist at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, Mississippi. He will share research that he is leading on the study of young tarpon ranging from babies to 10 pounds. Jim is a popular speaker at fishing clubs and scientific meeting.

Featured Tiers 

Dirk Burton – Baton Rouge, LS. Dirk is an expert tier specializing in woven flies. His Tussle Bug and Cajun Tickle are just two of the flies he invented. He enjoys fly fishing the Atchafalaya Basin.

Kyle Moppert – Baton Rouge, LA , Kyle is the president of the Gulf Coast Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) and ties a variety of patterns including spoonflies and damsel flies.

Stephen Robert – Houma, LA. Stephen is president of the Fin-Addict Fly Fishers, he specializes in flies that win tournaments for reds, specks, bass, and bluegill.  In addition to creating beautiful poppers, his Slow Sinking Spider and Crappie Candy have been regional favorites for bream and sacalait.

Fred Hannie – Lake Charles, LA. A member of the IFFF Fly Tiers Group, Fred is also Board member of the IFFF Gulf Coast Council. He was awarded the GCC 2014 Fly Tier of the Year. His flies have been featured in various magazines and e-zines including Fly Fishing & Tying Journal, Fly Fusion, Flyfisher and the cover issue of Fly Tier magazine.

Kirk Dietrich – Arabi, LA. Kirk’s flies have been sold by Orvis, featured in books and magazines, and on the web. We’re excited to have one of the top innovators in fly tying back at our conclave.

Marc Pinsel – Hammond, L.A. Winner of the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) 2014 Charles Brooks Memorial Life Award. Creator of the 4M and a Master of woo flies, March has tied at shows across the US and Europe. He will gladly swap flies for fine cigars.

Peter Allen

Vic McClain

Casting Instructors

Roger del Rio – A founding member of RSFF, and a Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF) Certified Casting Instructor. He's been fly fishing saltwater for nearly 30 years! Roger will cover casting basics and casting instruction.



Friday, March 3, 2017
BREC Perkins Park Community Building
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cost: $15
Food prepared by the RSFF Famous "Bayou Chefs"

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