• Oct. 9-11 — Louisiana Reel Recovery Retreat, a three-day, two-night retreat for men with cancer that helps the recovery process through the sport of fly fishing. Sponsored by Acadiana Fly Rodders and Reel Recovery, a national organization. White Lake Lodge near Gueydan. Registration limited to 14 men. For more info, go to www.reelrecovery.org or contact Rusty Dunn at 337-344-4385.
• Oct. 18-20 — 15th annual Southern Rodmakers Gathering, Mountain Home, Ark. The largest gathering in the South for bamboo rodmakers, collectors and anglers features demos, programs, casting, vendors and more. Registration is $60, and includes all activities and meals. Deadline is Oct. 7. Go to www.southernrodmakers.org.
• Oct. 20 — 10th annual Red River National Wildlife Refuge Festival, 555 Sunflower Road in Bossier City. 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free admission. Fly tying demos, fly casting, birds of prey, nature walks, fishing games, hayride refuge tours, exhibitors and much more. Free catfish lunch at noon. For details, go to www.fws.gov/northlouisiana/redriver.
• Nov. 4-6 — Southern Rendezvous. Annual gathering of fly tiers from Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and elsewhere. North Toledo Bend State Park in Zwolle. No planned activities, but lots of fly tying, food and fishing. Fee includes lodging and meals. For more info, contact Kyle Moppert at 225-343-0867 or visit www.laflyfish.com.
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