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Chinquapin on fly rod?  Yes, you can!  With the right flies and the right leader, it’s the rule, not the exception. Shellcracking the code
1949 Views - Posted: April 10 at 9:00 am

“When it comes to redears, leave the fly tackle at home.”


Fiscations don’t have to include 1,000-mile jaunts to the west. Larry Offner of Denham Springs enjoys casting to rising trout on the streams of North Georgia. Fishcation planning begins now
1780 Views - Posted: March 11 at 9:00 am

On the aftermath of Icepocalypse 2014, most flyfishers can’t begin to think about wading a cold stream with snow-covered mountain peaks as a backdrop. But come August, they will think differently. 

But by then it might be too late to make that destination dream a reality.


The Bass Bully is perfect for tempting bass, with a tail that is tantalizingly lively but not too long. Bully those bass!
3583 Views - Posted: February 07 at 9:00 am

In the movie “A Christmas Story,” Scut Farkus is the neighborhood bully who torments Ralphie Parker and his friends. Until one day when something in Ralphie snaps, and he attacks his antagonist in a most ferocious manner.

It doesn’t end well for young Mr. Farkus. Scut got what he deserved. Bullying is wrong.

Except when it applies to fish.


Rainbow trout are native to cold-water rivers, and have been stocked worldwide to enhance fishing. The rainbow phenomena
4641 Views - Posted: January 09 at 9:00 am

Winter is the time of year to witness one of nature’s more unusual spectacles here in Louisiana — the Sundog.


A finalist for Best Event of 2013 is September’s Rio Grande Fly Fishing Rodeo, which drew more than 50 participants. The best of 2013
3198 Views - Posted: December 10, 2013 at 9:00 am

As each year comes to an end, we are bombarded with lists of everything imaginable. For example, “Top 10 Movies,” “Top 50 Celebrities,” “Best Dressed,” “Worst Dressed,” “Best Cross-Dressed.”


The pumpkins found in clear water are very easy to spot, but not always easy to catch. Pumpkin time
4201 Views - Posted: November 11, 2013 at 9:00 am

Holidays have always been feastivals for the Cormier clan. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, my family and my sister’s family would gather at our parent’s home to enjoy a vast array of culinary delights.


No dock?  That’s no problem for Steve Lee.  He uses a small kayak rigged as a floating dock that he pulls behind his canoe and anchors off with PVC poles. Shadows in the night
3951 Views - Posted: October 10, 2013 at 9:00 am

As we count down the days to Halloween, I’m reminded of a local radio talk show that annually surveys its audience to find out “What scares you?”


Kisatchie Bayou is a unique stream that resembles Arkansas or Missouri more than Louisiana. See spot run
4297 Views - Posted: September 10, 2013 at 9:00 am

This September marks the 32nd anniversary with the other love of my life — fly fishing.


A VOSI makes a fly dance around, driving trout crazy. VOSI Answer Man
3658 Views - Posted: August 09, 2013 at 9:00 am
Frequent readers of this column are cognizant of the Vertically Oriented Strike Indicator, for which its acronym VOSI has become well-established and even published in books.

No boat, no problem. In late summer, line-ripping pelagics like Spanish mackerel can be caught from kayaks, in the surf or from piers. The author took this mackerel from the Caminada Pass bridge. Fast and furious
2086 Views - Posted: July 11, 2013 at 9:00 am
How fast can an ostrich run?

My dad with one of his many “friends” from Lake Henderson. A lifelong conservationist, he kept only enough to eat that week, and released the rest. An outdoors legacy
1993 Views - Posted: June 07, 2013 at 9:00 am
On Easter Sunday of this year my father passed away. He was 90.

Oxbow bluegills are not as large as their swamp counterparts, but you can load a box with ones this size. Oxbow blues
2764 Views - Posted: May 08, 2013 at 9:00 am
Look at a map of eastern Louisiana, from Bastrop to New Roads, and you’ll realize the power of the mighty Mississippi. Over millennia, the great river has carved out dozens of deep waterways, most of which have become isolated from the river’s flow.

The Starling is a subtle fly that provides a hint of flash without spooking fish. A starling is born
2240 Views - Posted: April 11, 2013 at 9:00 am
Many centuries from now, archeologists will unearth a fishing diary belonging to one Catch Cormier. They’ll study it and find an amazing discovery. Like the Shroud of Turin, it will baffle scientists.

Ponds are a great place to use ultralight tackle. A bluegill like this on a 2-weight rod feels like a large bass! Life of Pond
3875 Views - Posted: March 11, 2013 at 9:00 am
One of the top movies of 2012 was “Life of Pi.” It’s the story of a young Indian boy named Pi, victim of a shipwreck who spends over 200 days aboard a small boat with a Bengal tiger. He survives by catching fish.

Tie on the proper fly this month, and you can load up on succulent sac-a-lait. Sweet-tooth sac-a-lait
4148 Views - Posted: February 08, 2013 at 9:00 am
At the homestead, the 14th day of February is more than just Valentine’s Day: It also marks the birthdate of my wonderful wife Emelise, often referred to in this column as Mrs. Catch.

Competitors gather prior to the start of casting games at last year’s Caddo Conclave in Caddo State Park. Conclave as a verb
2455 Views - Posted: January 07, 2013 at 9:00 am
For the first time in nearly two decades, there will be no large commercial fly-fishing shows in the Deep South. In one of the great ironies of the 21st century (so far), the number of large-scale events across the country continues to decline while the ranks of fly fishermen continue to grow.

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