The North Louisiana Fly Fishers (NLFF) was founded in 1984 and has a proud history of education, philanthropy, friendship, and fly fishing recreation. Based in the Shreveport-Bossier area of northwest Louisiana, NLFF is a member of the Gulf Coast Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF), and was the first fly fishing club in Louisiana to be sanctioned by the IFFF. Our membership spans the Ark-La-Tex region, and NLFF is an enthusiastic advocate of fly fishing in a part of the country where the all too common misconception is, “You can’t fly fish around here.”
As a club, our charge is to afford the general public, and our membership, a better understanding of fly fishing, fly tying, and rod building. We wish to perpetuate the sport of fly fishing and provide education, instruction, and opportunities for relaxation to our membership. In support of these goals, our membership presents regular financial contributions to fly fishing related philanthropies such as Casting for Recovery, provides fly fishing related instruction to local Boy Scouts of America troops, and holds fly fishing outings to various regional destinations.
Additionally, the general public is invited to attend the regular monthly meetings of NLFF. These meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge headquarters building in Bossier City, LA and typically feature guest speakers recognized for their regional fly fishing expertise. Other notable club highlights include:
· Working with other regional clubs, co-sponsor of the annual Caddo Conclave, “a hands-on fly fishing experience” that affords attendees the opportunity to learn regional fly patterns from local tiers; receive casting tips from FFF-Certified Casting Instructors; and attend informative presentations on fly fishing for local species.
· Provide fly tying and casting instruction for the general public on the third Thursday of each month from 6:00PM to 7:30 PM at our workshop held in the White River Fly Shop at Bass Pro in Bossier City, LA
2013 NLFF Executive Board
President - Thomas (Bud) Bethea
Treasurer - Tom Bullock
At Large Board Members:
Membership: Frank Harmon
Web and Social Media: Frank Harmon
Speakers and Conservation: Scott Irwin
Newsletter Editor: Linda Bethea
Audio/Video: Steve Oliver