Wooden boats to line Bayou Teche during fifth event
Wooden boat owners and enthusiasts will converge on Parc sur la Teche this weekend for the Fifth Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show.
Organizers Roger Stouff and Gary Blum say that this year’s show will again be held in downtown Franklin along the banks of Bayou Teche. The show is an independent event working in cooperation with the Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival.
Visitors will see a unique display of classic craft; historic Thompson, Teche Craft and Chris-Craft boats, Cajun traditional bateaus and skiffs, modern-built cruisers and speedboats, sailboats and much more.
This year there will be a few added components of the show.
The Southwest Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society will embark on the “Cajun Classique.” It began Tuesday in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. The cruise will end at the Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show when they arrive in Franklin on Friday and spend the weekend with fellow wooden boat enthusiasts.
Larry Offner of Denham Springs will be at this year’s show demonstrating the science and art of fly tying. Offner is the owner of the Green Trout Fly Shop in Baton Rouge, as well as the top website for warm water fly fishing, warmfly.com. Offner fishes with the fly rod in Louisiana for familiar species such as bass, bluegill, redfish and speckled trout, as well as cold water species like rainbow and brown trout. He’ll be set up on the show grounds tying some of the flies he uses and sells for local fishing Friday and Saturday.
Also, certified instructor Tom Jindra of Metairie will give a demonstration of fly casting Saturday. Jindra has taught many novice fly anglers the fly casting method and is widely known and respected for his work. This will be at 2 p.m. Saturday on the bayou side behind Shadowlawn.
“We have many people locally who, when a participant is showing their boats and mention they use it for fly fishing, are extremely interested in that sport,” Stouff said. “Gary and I are both fly fishermen ourselves, and though it’s a rarely practiced method of angling in our area, people ask many questions about how it’s done.”
There will be a demonstration and presentation of various boat building techniques by Keith Felder and Jules Lambert of Keith’s Pirogues of Denham Springs. Felder and Lambert have attended every installment of the Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show. They are builders of extraordinary traditional Louisiana boats as well as dugouts and more. Presentations will be Saturday at 4 p.m. on the show grounds.