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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 — 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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When it comes to catching specks on the fly, November is as good as it gets. The ideal conditions are a) a light south wind, b) overcast or foggy and c) a falling tide. If those conditions exist, work poppers along points, shorelines, cuts and the back of deadend canals for quality trout. If not, put a weighted clouser under a VOSI and cast anywhere there’s a little current and some bait activity. 

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November 10, 2014 at 9:00 am
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Fly fish fashion

One of my favorite comedies is the 1981 film, Zorro the Gay Blade, which stars George Hamilton as Diego de la Vega (aka Zorro) and his twin brother, Ramon.

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November 10, 2014 at 9:00 am
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It’s been a tough year for marsh trout, but if October holds true to form we should see an inundation of the snaggled-tooth species. A weighted Clouser or Shrimp pattern set 30 inches below a VOSI will be the ticket over reefs, and in cuts, canals and bayous.

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October 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Some like it on top

I was so ecstatic when Texas A&M joined the Southeastern Conference three years ago. As an LSU fan, in addition to renewing one of our traditional rivalries, it was a chance to revive some of my favorite Aggie jokes.

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October 10, 2014 at 9:00 am
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September is a month of transition as water temperatures begin to drop: slowly at first, due to radiative cooling, and a bit more toward the end of the month as cool fronts invade the state.

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September 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Lessons from a legend

One of the most-impressive fishing seminars I’ve ever seen took place 10 years ago in Houston inside the George Brown Exhibition Center.

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September 10, 2014 at 9:00 am
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Ask any veteran fly angler and they’ll tell you that August is perhaps the toughest month of the year for fly fishing in Louisiana — with three very notable exceptions.

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August 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Micro fly fishing

If Stephen Robert, Rob Bergeron and myself were ever locked in a nuclear laboratory, within 24 hours the world would end.

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August 11, 2014 at 9:00 am
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For coastal fly anglers looking for alternatives to reds and trout, July brings a variety of pelagic species to inshore waters.

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July 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Taming the gorilla

Flyrodders love small waters. I once dug a hole in my backyard that filled with rain, and several of my fly fishing buddies wanted me to stock it.

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July 10, 2014 at 9:00 am
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For contestants in the CCA STAR Fly divisions, June is the best of the tournament months to catch big trout on the fly. At first light, use poppers. As the morning progresses, move toward baitfish patterns like Seaducers, Whitlock Baitfish and large Clousers. Over reefs, using a baitfish fly with an intermediate sinking fly line will produce more strikes.

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June 15, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Redfish made easy

At a recent event, I was approached by a young man percolating with enthusiasm. He stated that he was looking forward to catching his first redfish with a fly rod.

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June 09, 2014 at 9:00 am
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Fly fishing on the coast should be speck-tacular this month as the snaggletooths show up in force on the beaches and in the bays. At first light, start with topwater poppers for bigger trout. Then switch to weighted shrimp patterns under a VOSI for school fish.

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May 15, 2014 at 8:00 am
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