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Junky
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Louisiana
Member since Oct 2005
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Fly Fishing in Louisiana


I'm looking to get into using a fly rod for perch and sac-a-laits. My dad use to do it so it may be something to get into together.

What do yall recomend for low end rods/reels, equipment I may need?







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jimbeam
USA Fan
University of LSU
Member since Oct 2011
27013 posts

re: Fly Fishing in Louisiana


laflyguy.com


Fish with his guy. Good friend. Holds/held tons of LA records



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LSURoss
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Shreveport, LA
Member since Dec 2007
10479 posts

re: Fly Fishing in Louisiana


Academy had a little kit that I bought. Came with a few flys. It was not rigged out though.

There are a bunch of web sites that will show you how to tie the rigs, etc.

Good Luck






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Pettifogger
Member since Feb 2012
4795 posts

re: Fly Fishing in Louisiana


Orvis has a decent low end kit.

Redington makes affordable rods and reels. I would skip the Bass Pro/Cabelas stuff and at least move to a fly-centric company (like Redington). You can find deals on Steep and Cheap or Backcountry.com, but just researching and then buying from ebay may be a good best.






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TexasTiger1185
LSU Fan
New Orleans
Member since Sep 2011
9225 posts

re: Fly Fishing in Louisiana


I've got a break down fly rod that I used to take backpacking up in Colorado and Wyoming. Catch some river trout mostly, where would one go fly fishing near NOLA?





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joshric
Auburn Fan
Lafayette, La
Member since Jul 2012
109 posts

re: Fly Fishing in Louisiana


i fly fish a lot in my neighborhood ponds, cant wait to go in the basin for sac a lait this year. Ive got a lot of tips and help from the guys at Pack n Paddle in Lafayette. they have a bunch a flies that local guys tie and are more geared for our area.

i want to get into tying them myself but i havent crossed that line yet






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Junky
Louisiana Tech Fan
Louisiana
Member since Oct 2005
2007 posts

re: Fly Fishing in Louisiana


Thanks for all the info guys. I'm going to mull this one over.





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ToulatownTiger
Southeastern LA Fan
Louisiana
Member since Oct 2012
2535 posts

re: Fly Fishing in Louisiana


One of the most fun ways to fish round here when the bite is on. I recomend using a sinking trailer bait about 1.5 feet below your bream popper. I catch twice as many on the trailor plus theres the opportunity to catch doubles





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Tbobby
USA Fan
Member since Dec 2006
3368 posts

re: Fly Fishing in Louisiana


Get a 4-5 wt., 8ft., 4-piece rod as a starter. Look at St. Croix rods and Ross reels. Don't feel bad about spending extra money for a rod in this class because it will last you a lifetime. Get a travel case that fits the rod perfectly. Check out laflyfish for more info.





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Jeff Goldblum
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Nov 2004
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re: Fly Fishing in Louisiana


The guy who runs laflyfish.com is a good buddy of mine. He also writes the fly fishing column for Louisiana Sportsman magazine. If you're looking to spend under $100 on a complete outfit (rod/reel/fly line), he recommends either the Cabelas 3-Forks outfit or the Bass Pro Hobbs Creek outfit in 8-ft, 5-wt for freshwater. If you have a little more money to spend, look at the Redington or TFO outfits, they come with a warranty. Or at least get their rods. The reels and line will last a long time, but the rods will break, eventually, and the warranty guarantees a liftime rod.

For saltwater, definitely the TFO or Redington Pursuit or Torrent, in 7 or 8 weight. They have warranty and power to cast distance and land bigger fish. For salt you want a reel that is either machined or andodized to avoid corrosion. The Orvis and Ross reels are great for the money, so is Lamson Konic. With a warranty rod and a machined/anodized reel, your equipment may outlive you. Only the fly line will need to be replaced every 5 years or so.

It's a great sport. There are 9 clubs in Louisiana and lots of activities each spring. They catch LOTS of bream, white perch, reds, specks, white trout, and offshore species on fly rod. There's nothing like catching a big red on a fly rod in skinny water fishing from a kayak.






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Jeff Goldblum
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Nov 2004
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re: Fly Fishing in Louisiana


Forgot to mention. If you buy Cabelas or Bass Pro fly rods, keep the receipt. They'll replace the rod for a period of 1 year if broken.





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ToulatownTiger
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Louisiana
Member since Oct 2012
2535 posts

re: Fly Fishing in Louisiana


quote:

White perch


Care to share the tips of how you catch these fly fishing? Been doing it many years and caught tons, but only maybe 5 total white perch fly fishing. Is it the water depth or bait selection that is my problem?






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Dooshay
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CEBA
Member since Jun 2011
29234 posts

re: Fly Fishing in Louisiana


Caught a ton of bream growing up fly fishing. The local walmarks would carry some tiny bugs that we'd trim the whiskers on, sling out there and wiggle the rod from side to side a bit while slowly pulling in your line. They couldn't resist it.

Even had to go to the hospital and get a fly cut out the back of my head once.



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Tbobby
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re: Fly Fishing in Louisiana


quote:

The guy who runs laflyfish.com is a good buddy of mine.


I know Catch and all those Redstickers. They taught me how to cast, build rods and tie flies.



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Mako
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Nov 2011
266 posts

re: Fly Fishing in Louisiana


Is there a good place to buy a used Saltwater fly rod/reel around BR? I have read alot recetnly on the topic, it appears you get what you pay for. I thought a good way to save some money would be to buy a gently used setup. I checked LA sportsman and CL. Is there anywhere else to look besides ebay?





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bbvdd
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re: Fly Fishing in Louisiana


quote:

'm looking to get into using a fly rod for perch


I did this as well. I ended up with about 20 fly rods and reels, and more equipment than you could put in a closet. Been fishing all over the US and in 2 countries.






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winn-winn
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Sep 2012
41 posts

re: Fly Fishing in Louisiana


Try serria trading post they have clearances on name brand fly fishing rods reels and files





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AboveGroundPool
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the basin
Member since Aug 2010
3455 posts

re: Fly Fishing in Louisiana


i used to do this all the time, it's been awhile...every year in april when the caterpillers start falling from the cypress trees...I would rig up a small popper fly about 1.5-2 ft above a bream killer that sinks slowly, the popper would act as a stopper for the bream killer and sometimes you catch 2 at a time.


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LSUCouyon
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ONTHELAKEATDELHI, La.
Member since Oct 2006
2261 posts

re: Fly Fishing in Louisiana


I was at a flea market a few weeks ago and bought an old Martin Fly rod and one of the old auto reels for 20 bucks. I am getting back into fly fishing again, not having done it for about 40 years. I reall want to hook up with a big bass. I have never caught many sacalait with a fly though. Love using a popper for everything else, though.
A freind bought a nice ready to fish rig last week at academy for a lot less than I had to pay for backing, fly line, leader and tippet to rig like we used to. I even bought a tying kit.






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DeboseKnows
Florida Fan
Gainesville
Member since Dec 2012
663 posts

re: Fly Fishing in Louisiana


cabelas 3 forks is a good rod and reel combo for the money





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