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Edward Cate’s 47-pound (estimated) redfish was the author’s choice for Fish of the Year.

The list is back!

As we do every January, we recognize fly-fishing achievements in Louisiana with our FLC (Fly Lines Column) Awards.

It’s like the Oscars, minus provocative dresses and long-winded acceptance speeches.

I’ve been asked who votes for these awards. The answer is me and me only. As the late Fidel Castro once said, “Democracy? What’s that?”

January 10 at 9:00am
Emmitt Simmons of Baton Rouge landed this five-spot red while fishing recently with Capt. Lucas Brissett out of Hopedale.

The joys of Christmas fishing

I love those Hallmark Christmas movies, but they’re getting stale. Same old romantic plot.

Here’s an idea they should consider: The story involves a day spent fly fishing for speckled trout and redfish with friends, and gathering afterwards for some hearty po-boys. 

December 09, 2016 at 9:00am
Josh Jenkins with Scientific Anglers shows off their new value-priced Electron reel.

More great stuff from ICAST

In the September 2016 column, we reviewed several of the many new fly rods unveiled at the ICAST trade show held in July. 

But rods weren’t the only items that dominated the New Product Showcase: There were also loads of new fly reels and waterproof bags.

November 10, 2016 at 9:00am
Tim Borski subdued this Redzilla using one of his popular crab flies.

Creature of the Marsh Lagoon

With Halloween coming up, I’ve been looking for a costume resembling one of my favorite science fiction characters: the Gill Man.

October 07, 2016 at 9:00am
TFO Advisory Staff member Nick Curcione shows off their new American-made Edge series rods.

Rods for the 1 Percent

Earlier this year, Titleist shocked the golf world by introducing the C16 driver, the first club to break the $1,000 barrier. 

When I read this news, my first thought was, “Next comes the $1,000 graphite fly rod.” 

September 09, 2016 at 2:00pm
Kevin “Doc” Andry posts his catch to the FishNet Journal app on his smartphone.

There’s an app for that

“It will soon be possible to transmit wireless messages around the world so simply that any individual can carry and operate his own apparatus.” - Nikola Tesla, 1909

Tesla might have predicted the portable phone some 70 years before it’s time. But the brilliant physicist could never have imagined the extent to which it has evolved.

August 08, 2016 at 9:30pm
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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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, 2016 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