was the setting for the Texas Women Fly Fishers and the Red River
Fly Fishers joint outing, December 5–7,
As the group rolled
in from the great state of Texas, we met up in the recreation center
at the park.
Mary K. and Jack Janco had readied the rec center and it was fully decorated
with lights and a Christmas tree (I don’t know how they had time to
do all of that!) Jack also ran a shuttle to the
Airport to pick up our fearless leader and pilot, Mary Rohrer. Our
Mullet Mixer was a feast of winter hearty dishes and the appearance
of new members, Karla Grimwood of
Ft. Worth and
Carolyn Hill of Plano. Both ladies fit in with our group like the
missing pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. We are all glad they were able to
join us! Red River Fly Fisher members, Janet and Dick Freeman were
also on hand to help with the Mullet Mixer.
Paul Kisel, Superintendent of Eisenhower State Park, started our
evening presentation with an overview of how TPWD contributes to the
park system and the importance of our collective cooperation and
‘paying forward’ into the system to nurture new anglers and programs
for our future. This is a lesson we should try and carry forward
with us while being a steward of the great outdoors. Paul’s son,
Mitch, (record holder of the biggest gar caught by a youth on
was a great example of a young angler in training and the next
keeper of our treasured waters.
Our next special
Red River Fly Fisher, Orvis endorsed guide and FFF Master Certified
Casting Instructor. Steve’s guide service is Flywater Angling,
www.flywaterangling.com or 903.546.6237. Steve’s expertise is on
Lake Texoma, the Red River and the Blue River. Steve’s slide show
emphasized his Top 10 List of Items That Will Make you a Better Warm
Water Fly Fisher. (This list may be viewed in its entirety on our
message board). His interactive style of questions and answers
evoked participation by our members. And of course, it didn’t hurt
that Steve rewarded correct answers with prizes. We learned about
the voracious appetites of stripers and how to fish and land these
monster bass. Steve whetted our appetites with stories of the
‘blitz’ in July and the true nature of these fish when they herd the
hatching shad into bait balls and then decimate them. Makes for some
wild top-water fishing! Steve’s wife, Lisa also was in attendance.
She claims her ‘best catch’ has been Steve!
Saturday morning, we met again at the rec center for some fly
tying lessons by RRFFers, Dan Langford and Jeff Tomlinson. Dan has
made a custom fitted fly tying suitcase that accommodates every tool
imaginable. He should have those babies on the market! Jeff showed
Janice Togal, Gilbert Caceres, Annette Blythe, Debbie Jenkins,
Glenna Noret, Karla Grimwood, Debbie Williams and Rozlynn Orr how to
tie the epoxy bunker bunny. Jeff shared a lot of his long time tying
tips with the group. Debbie Williams surprised us with her first
ever fly and it was beautiful. She named it the ‘Chicken’ and the
picture of her fly will explain the name.
Mary Rohrer and
Frances Estes rigged up rods and Steve Hollensed gave casting instructions for those not tying flies. RRFFer, Rex Walker
was also on hand for casting help.
Mary brought an 8
wt., Lefty Kreh, TFO rod that had been donated to the club by the
FFF at the Gulf Coast Conclave this past May. Stacy Lynn of
Sportsman’s Finest, (www.sportsmansfinest.com
TX), donated a Lamson Konic reel with line to match our
new rod. We also accepted a rod donation from RRFFer, John Fulton.
This rod is a 6-7 wt. and came from the first FFF Conclave in 1984.
We will use this rod for training and as a loaner to new members
that do not have equipment. We appreciate the generosity of Stacy
Karla Grimwood and
were somewhat tired Saturday morning as they had an intrusive,
inebriated man knocking on their door during the evening. I think
Gretchen brought her ‘drunk magnet’ with her. (I say that because
they were plagued with another midnight knocker Saturday night after
being moved to a new room in the hotel).
noon, we had a hamburger/hotdog lunch benefiting CFR.
Mary K. Janco made sure we had enough food for 3 or 4 fly fishing
clubs. Steve Hollensed and Dick Freeman got together and planned our fishing
strategy. Success at the dam depends on the generation schedule,
which brings the stripers up the river to feast on the shad coming
through the dam. The last generation had been on Thursday and we
were hoping to find holdover stripers in some of the pools. We
decided to stay together as a group to fish and we started fishing
below the dam on the
Oklahoma side. (As
a special treat, Kelley Kazura modeled her new waders and she let
Debbie Price borrow her hip waders. Glenna modeled her waders too.
This was a real treat! see pictures). We methodically spaced out and
searched most of the water but came up short. We then moved to the
lake and fished a point and cove known for holding striper, and
large and small mouth bass. Dick had us huddle in a circle with
hands outreached and touching while we repeated after him a little
known Indian fishing chant. Unfortunately, the chant did not work
but Annette Blythe did hook a fish that tore out and broke her line.
Later Sunday, Annette and Mary Kain went in search of the fish again
but came up short.
Jan Bates, Janis Togal, Gilbert Caceres, Frances Estes and Rozlynn
Orr also gathered for breakfast and some more fishing but did not
meet with fortune. Glenna Noret was busy gathering rocks, er,
fossils, for Mike. (I was wondering if this was going to be Mike’s
Christmas present). Gretchen and Debbie Jenkins came up with a great
hood ornament that we left for Steve. It was a dehydrated catfish
carcass. It looked pretty nice on Steve’s Jeep.
At dinner, we finally stumbled upon fish at Windy’s Catfish.
conducted our business meeting and we held our 2009 elections with
the following outcome: Glenna Noret, President -
Susan Dymond, Second Vice President of Membership -
Mary K. Janco,
Secretary - Kelley Kazura and Mary Kain, Trustees (two year term) -
Jan Bates, Trustee (one year term). Congratulations ladies and thank
you for supporting our club and continuing our mission! We could not
have made it to this point without the guidance and leadership of
Mary Rohrer. Thank you so much Mary, for your time, patience and
We were our typical fun loving, boisterous selves at dinner.
New friendships were formed and cement was added to existing
friendships. This outing had the added benefit of us using the
recreation center as our headquarters as it kept us all together and
in a group setting. Everyone seemed to appreciate the central
location and time spent together as a group. Again, this outing made
me proud to be a part of TWFF and have such a varied group of
friends with the common interest of fly fishing! A huge thanks to
Mary K. and
Jack Janco for their role in bringing the Red River Fly Fishers and