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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.

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April 08 at 1:50 pm
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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.”

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March 10 at 9:00 am
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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.†

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February 10 at 9:00 am
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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.

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January 10 at 9:00 am
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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.

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December 10, 2015 at 8:00 am
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New fishing products for 2016

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

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November 09, 2015 at 4:42 pm
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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.

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October 09, 2015 at 9:00 am
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Rods of future past

Hey, fly flingers, pop quiz time!

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

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September 09, 2015 at 6:00 am
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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.

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August 07, 2015 at 10:44 am
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Hit íem 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.”

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July 10, 2015 at 9:00 am
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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.

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June 10, 2015 at 9:00 am
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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.

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May 10, 2015 at 9:00 am
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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 .…”

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April 08, 2015 at 9:00 pm
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Bream basics

This month’s topic comes courtesy of Gerald King, an Alexandria resident who enjoys pursuing those pesky sunfish otherwise known to frequent readers of this column as gobbules.†

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March 10, 2015 at 9:00 am
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How to "sea-duce" a predator

The rivers and lakes of Alaska offer the best fly fishing in North America. Its waters teem with steelhead, arctic char, grayling, dolly varden, trophy rainbow and lake trout, and five species of salmon, including the mighty king salmon.

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February 09, 2015 at 9:00 pm
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Yo, crappie ó give up the ghost!

Despite his great love for hunting, my dad would often forego a deer hunt in the last days of the season to get an early start on fishing. As he would constantly remind me, if you want big sac-a-lait, you need to fish cold water.

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January 10, 2015 at 9:00 am
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