Frances Hamm and Lavene Jones attended
the 3rd annual Conclave of the Federation of Fly Fishers in Lake
Charles, LA on May 15-17. It was a weekend of introducing TWFF to
attendees and raising money for both Casting for Recovery and for
our club, as well as attending classes offered in casting, fish
fighting techniques, and fly tying.
Mary Rohrer was unable to attend but received an award in
absentia for excellence in fly fishing and teaching activities.
Additionally, Mary and Frances Hamm were elected to the Conclave Board. Once
again, Frances was in charge of the Ladies' Outreach Luncheon. It
was great fun, with Wanda Taylor of Georgia as the speaker. She was
the first woman to become a Certified Casting Instructor and
operates a casting school and guiding service with her husband,
At the Board Meeting, it was decided that the Conclave will move to
a different location next year. The Gulf Coast Council includes fly
fishers from the Florida coast through the Texas coast, so it well
be a challenge to find a location accessible to everyone. TWFF
members are encouraged to suggest locations; suggestions can be
given to Frances for consideration by the Board.
Attendance was down this year; hopefully, the economy will improve
and attendance will go back up next year. FFF is important to the
sport of fly fishing, especially in providing political strength to
support care of rivers, access to fishing areas, stocking fishing
areas, etc. TWFF members are encouraged to plan on going to next
year's conclave, both for fun and education, and to support Gulf
Coast Conclave of the FFF.
TFO company donated five rods and five reels to the conclave to be
used for teaching purposes. The Conclave Board has asked TWFF if we
would be in charge of them, since we do a lot educational
activities; however, we would have to make them available to other
clubs for educational activities when requested to do so by the
Conclave Board. Our Officers and Board members will need to decide
whether we want to "house" and use the rods and reels.