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Cokie Cormier snatched this nice bluegill off a gravel bed using a Cap Spider.

Along came a spider

Listen in on a group of a fanatical fly fishermen enjoying their favorite adult beverages, and pretty soon the fish get bigger and stories get weird.

Several of us had gathered after a day on the water and were recalling our most-unusual catches on the fly.

July 08 at 1:00pm
Starting this month, fly anglers from across the region descend upon the Grand Isle surf.

Cast your vote for surf fishing

In this crazy election year, we’ve seen some highly unusual candidates.

But none can top Limberbutt McCubbins.

McCubbins, a Democrat from Kentucky, was officially registered with the Federal Election Commission as a candidate for president. While he wasn’t able to compete successfully against Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, he did get strong grass-roots support in his home state.

June 10 at 9:00am
This red fell for a bendback-style fly that was tied on an inverted hook to make it weedless.

Green, green grass of Houma

No greater example of coastal erosion can be found than the Lake Laurier area north of Highway 1 between Fourchon and Grand Isle.

May 09 at 5:45pm
Robert Wiltse took these fish during a new-moon trip to Lake Concordia.

Solunacy - The mad logic of lunar feeding periods

Every April, members of the Red Stick Fly Fishers converge on Lake Concordia near Ferriday for a weekend of fly-fishing for bass, bream, stripers and even catfish.

April 08 at 1:50pm
This Chicot Lake bass was the payoff for putting a popper in tight cover, thanks to a 7-11 rod.

Short sticks - With bass, shorter is often better

One of my favorite car commercials has a 5-year-old driving his Power Wheels toy car. His dad asks if he’d like to take a try with the bigger automobile. After giving it some thought, the kid realizes it’s too much to handle and responds “No, thanks. I can wait.”

March 10 at 9:00am
A variation of Czech-nymphing: a split shot crimped on heavier tippet a few inches below the dropper fly.

Euro-nymphing for bream?

Recently I read where efforts are being undertaken to restore False River to its former glory. This deepwater oxbow lake near New Roads once ranked among the best lakes in the country for bass and sunfish. 

February 10 at 9:00am
Gary Peterson’s potential state-record 6.71-pound hybrid striper was the author’s choice for Fish of the Year.

What was and is to be: The best of fishing 2015 and looking to 2016

As longtime readers to this column know, I hate “best” lists. So much so, that each year I make my own.

January 10 at 9:00am
Trout of all sizes go for darker flies once winter comes calling.

Purple-and-gold - Winter specks love LSU-colored flies

The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association maintains the state fish records for each species, both for conventional tackle and fly tackle. And one glance at the fly-rod listings for speckled trout suggests that winter through early spring is the best time to catch trophy trout on a fly.

December 10, 2015 at 8:00am
Matt Taylor and Anthony Alfaro of Taylor Fly Fishing show off their new line of Kickstarter-financed fly reels.

New fishing products for 2016

In our September column, we highlighted the many new rods coming out this fall and next spring.

November 09, 2015 at 4:42pm
The Hill Tide Hero crab not only looks like the real thing, but it also floats to produce explosive strikes from redfish.

End your crustacean frustration: Experts share advice on fishing crab flies

It was one of those idyllic October mornings in the Louisiana marsh. The air was brisk following the passage of a cool front the day before.

October 09, 2015 at 9:00am
John Carpenter of Thomas and Thomas holds their new Spire rod, which received many accolades at ICAST.

Rods of future past

Hey, fly flingers, pop quiz time!

What do Thomas and Thomas, Powell, and Diamondback have in common?

September 09, 2015 at 6:00am
Don’t be confused by species-labeled fly lines. Each can be used for many types of fish.

The fly-fishing answer man awakens

When I read that a new episode in the Star Wars saga is coming out in December, I was as thrilled as a wookie getting a flea collar.

August 07, 2015 at 10:44am
Utilize shade and your camera’s flash to avoid harsh shadows, and make sure the fish, equipment and angler’s face aren’t obstructed.

Hit ’em with your best shot

All fishermen are liars, but fly fishermen embellish with style.

“Joe and I went to the river. We spotted a few trout. Joe tied on a spinner and caught a monster.”

July 10, 2015 at 9:00am
Just over 14 inches, this trout was still big enough to be entered into the CCA STAR fly bonus drawing.

Reach for the STAR

Two years ago, on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, I was having breakfast at a local restaurant in Denham Springs. My cell phone rang. It was my buddy Steve Lee.

June 10, 2015 at 9:00am
Jake Cormier might blaspheme the fly-fishing community with his patched-out shirt, but he’s a master at teasing and fighting redfish.

Memorial Day memories

Sometimes fishing is more than catching fish. It’s about spending time with others.

Then again, it’s a whole lot more fun when everyone does hook up a few times.

May 10, 2015 at 9:00am
You have to be ready every time you throw a fly, or you could end up eating Mrs. Paul’s fish sticks.

A tale of two lakes

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness .…”

April 08, 2015 at 9:00pm