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Tips for fly-fishing

August is the last full month of “SweatFest 2015,” the one festival no one likes to celebrate. It also brings some tough conditions for fly fishing, with a few exceptions.

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August 15 at 7:00 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 at 10:44 am
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Tippets

On the coast, most of the action for speckled trout will come in the surf or in the larger lakes and bays. Start with poppers — such as Skipping Bugs — at first light. Around midmorning, switch to sinking flies. In the surf, that would be either a Deep Clouser or weighted Seaducer pattern. Let the fly sink for 10 seconds; then strip. Inland, that would be a clouser or weighted shrimp pattern about 30 inches under a VOSI.

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July 15 at 7:00 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 at 9:00 am
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With summer comes a change in sight-casting strategy. As the long, hot days heat the shallow ponds, bigger reds will move to the edges of lakes and bays.

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June 15 at 7:00 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 at 9:00 am
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Speckled trout should begin their peak run starting this month. Along the beaches, waders can have success tossing chartreuse/white Clouser Minnows. In the marsh, topwater action will be good early using Perch Float Poppers or Bob’s Bangers in green/white or chartreuse, or Skipping Bugs in red/white.†

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May 15 at 7:00 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 at 9:00 am
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This month offers great freshwater fishing and excellent marsh redfish action. Which will you choose?

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April 08 at 10:00 pm
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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 at 9:00 pm
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Grass has begun showing up in the coastal ponds. The grass holds lots of food items for hungry reds. Weightless baitfish patterns that ride hook up, like Prince of Tides and the Bendback Mullet can be tossed into grass pockets, while crab patterns such as charlies and yarn crabs can be fished on the edges.

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March 15 at 8:00 am
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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 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 at 9:00 pm
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It’s rainbeaux trout time in Louisiana. Each winter, East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes stock selected ponds with this coldwater species. Those ponds include Perkins, Forest Park, Zachary Community and Lamar-Dixon. This year, Lafayette parish has joined in, stocking Girard Park.†

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January 15 at 7:00 am
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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 at 9:00 am
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The best of 2014

I hate lists. So much so that, after submitting The Best of 2013 last year for publication, I felt ashamed and disgusted.

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December 01, 2014 at 7:00 am
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