Our fourth outing of the year was held
at Homer Martin Ranch July 22–24,
2005. This is where we've held our annual silent auction and raffle
for the last few years. The big raffle items this year are 5 and 8
wt rods. We have already sold about $170 in raffle tickets, and
tickets will continue to be available for purchase until 9 pm the
night of the mullet mixer in Galveston at which time the winners
will be picked. Frances Hamm and Audrey Ambrose put together a very
nice silent auction with many items up for bid. We will have another
silent auction at the mullet mixer in Galveston as well.
We had this trip's mullet mixer Friday
night with new members Cynthia Rutledge and Alva Johnston attending,
as well as some of the regular attendees. We are limited by cabin
space at Homer Martin Ranch and are out-growing the ranch each and
every year as our fly fishing group continues to expand. Goody bags
made by Jim Stephenson contained a variety of flies personally made
by Jim along with a map of the Llano river and a bandana.
Mary Rohrer and Stacy Trimble floated
the river on Friday and gave everyone an update Friday night.
Saturday morning dawned with Robert Anderson making tacos to benefit
Casting for Recovery®.
We made about $50 to go towards the sponsorship of a woman at the
next Casting for Recovery clinic. There were six people who decided
to float the river, another group set up near the shade at the river
and fished while others stayed at camp. Around noon it decided to
rain and boy, it rained. There were multiple lightning bolts along
with enormous claps of thunder and as I stated previously, it
rained. Our kayakers beached their boats and took cover beside a
cliff along the river to wait out the storm. The group down by the
river took cover in their vehicles to wait out the storm, and those
of us at camp stayed worried all afternoon until we knew everyone
was safe. There were two spots on the road to the river that became
impassable due to the heavy rainfall. Finally the rain ended and
most of the water began to recede.
Cynthia decided to walk back to camp
from the river and it took her a few hours wading through high water
a couple of times but ultimately making it to camp safely. About the
same time the kayakers appeared on the horizon and the people
waiting on shore let out a big sigh of relief as our kayakers had
made it home.
Everyone made it to dinner Saturday
night which was pot luck and there were a number of wonderful dishes
to sample from. After dinner the final bids were placed for the
auction items and the auction closed. Most people bought something
and I think Sheila Anderson was the loot winner this year. The
auction made about $450 - $500 which was wonderful.
Our meeting was held Sunday morning and
the usual business matters were attended to. As we were holding the
meeting the first trip was made to the river to retrieve the kayaks
and to insure that the roads were passable. Some water still
remained in the low water crossings but they were passable.
I think that all in all the weekend a
success. Fish were caught before the rains came with Betty catching
a nice size bass (15" I think). A number of fish were caught on the
flies we got from Jim, which I think made catching the fish even
nicer. This is the very first time I have ever encountered rain like
this at Homer Martin Ranch and I have come at least twice a year now
for the last three or four years. It was an amazing weekend and I
enjoyed every minute of it with the many good friends I have. Thanks
to everyone for a wonderful weekend and especially to Frances and
Audrey for all of their hard work on the auction.