June 11, 2010, took us on a return trip to Muller’s Ark in Bandera, Texas, where we fished the cool, abundant waters of the Medina River. The run off from the heavy rains of the preceding weeks, which flooded the Guadalupe River and wrecked much of the area, did not funnel into the Medina River, so we arrived to find very wadeable waters and favorable conditions. There did seem to be a pretty good “rubber hatch” or tubers because of the Guad being out of commission for the weekend.
All seven cabins at Muller’s Ark were full and several members stayed in Bandera. Some of the RV sites at Muller’s Ark were somewhat muddy from the rains and members had to do some trailer shuffling to find drier, more level, ground.
We all caught fish! - Lain Tait with her first catch.
At the last head count we had over twenty-four fly fishers there-what a wonderful turn out!
In attendance were Sheila and Robert Anderson, Vicki Andrews, Jan Bates, Betty and Buster Burleson and their daughter, Amy, son-in-law, David and grandson, Will, Joyce Davis, Leslie DeHay, Frances Estes, Mary K. and Jack Janco, new member Sue Lesly, Gretchen and Greg Neubauer, Cynthia and Steven Nussenblatt, Cindy Organ, Rozlynn Orr, Debbie Price and guest Jayne, new member Karol Potter, Mary Rohrer, Sheila and Greg Setter, new member Lane Tait. Cindi and Will Sudds and their son, Jacob, were also able to join us on Saturday for some fishing.
Friday evening Mullet Mixer was at the River House, where Cynthia and Steven treated us to some presentations on Texas River Land Rights and Trespassing Laws and told us about new ID bracelets that contain all your medical information and are most useful if you’re injured and unable to respond to medics. These bracelets pretty well insure you’ll get the best available treatment based on your medical records if you’re faced with an emergency.
We finished up the Mullet Mixer with selling raffle tickets for several cool fishing gifts, tools, and goodies. There were “ticket wars” for a placard full of hand tied grasshoppers by Greg Setter and a bottle of wine with cool fly on the label. Somehow, Leslie DeHay won both of these coveted items. The raffle was fun and just about everyone walked away with a prize and a nice sum was raised for the club’s coffers. Which like all bank accounts, these days can use a boost. I also heard the fishing on Friday was pretty good for those who got there early enough to cast some flies.
Saturday fishing started off as good as Friday’s. Some of the group fished the Medina and some went out in kayaks and fished the little lake on the property. Leslie was only on the river 30 minutes and had already caught 5 fish. I also heard that a 5-pound bass was taken out of the lake, nice catch.
Saturday afternoon, we were joined by Thomas Flemons, owner of Diablo Paddlesports, Austin, TX for a demo of his Sup Yaks. He brought out 2 different sizes of his new kayak that you can stand up on to fish. Most everyone took a ride on these super stabile kayaks. Visit our gallery to see our members in these yaks: http://www.twff.net/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=7417. Our ladies were beginning to look like they might be a challenge for a synchronized rowing team.
Cynthia Nussenblatt and the Duke
Saturday dinner was at the OSP, or the Old Spanish Trail restaurant in Bandera. After a busy day on the water, good food and good friendship were “enjoyed by all. As Bandera is the “Cowboy Capital of the World”, we showed up in our cowboy hats and attire.
Rozlynn Orr and Frances Estes review the menu at the Old Spanish Trail.
A big YEE HAW to fishing the Medina River in Bandera!