Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Lane's Rio Grande

The New Orleans Fly Fishers recently held their 3rd Annual Rio Grande Rodeo and rod builder Lane Pelissier not only attended the event but was one of the few that caught a Rio Grande that day.  Lane was using his eight foot McFarland fiberglass blank build and caught most fish on a size #10 Jitterbee.  

Lane wrote...  "Thanks to the New Orleans Fly Fishers for another fun event. Fishermen from Lake Charles, Lafayette, Natchitoches, Houma, Baton Rouge, Mandeville, and the New Orleans clubs showed up. New Orleans Fly Fishers provided grilled hamburgers, sausage and soft drinks, and there were even updates on the LSU-Kentucky game.

Despite high pressure and gusty north winds, a good number of fish were caught, including lots of hand-sized bluegill and bass in the 8 to 12 inch range, and even quite a few sacalait (crappie). The Rio Grandes in Lafreniere Park were a bit spooky though.  In the end, only three anglers landed any Rios and the longest belonged to Jimmy Mayeaux of the N.O.F.F. club which went 7 1/2 inches.  With the approach of the cool season the Rio Grande fishing will shut off till things warm back up.  Let's all hope this great event will return for it's fourth year."

Rio Grandes are definitely on my short list of fish to catch on the fly.  They look like a feisty cichlid.   

1 comment:

OneBugIsFake said...

Rios are feisty fish, and will frustrate the crap out of you. I had heard they had been "stocked" out that way, but hadn't heard of anyone fishing for them.

Come to FlyStock and you can catch one or two of those, and a Guadalupe bass!