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Janet Bio Picture

 Janet Baca– President

Beverly Gordon – 1st Vice President (Fundraising)

About Beverly: “My name is Beverly Gordon.  This is me with my first fish caught on a fly.  A Guadalupe bass at that!  I have been a member of TWFF since Jan2014.  I had never fly fished before this.  I still can’t cast worth a darn but, I love fly fishing and its challenges.  I also love this group of women, their spirit and enthusiasm for fishing and their willingness to share their knowledge with others.  I have two grown children and one grand-daughter and I currently live in Dipping Springs.”

Julie Sieh – Second Vice President (Membership)

Message from Julie: “Hi, I am Julie Sieh.  I wanted to be outdoors more and joined outings with the Becoming An Outdoor Woman (BOW) program through Texas Parks and Wildlife.  I became very interested in fly fishing, fly tying and kayaking through their programs. About that time, Texas Women Fly fishers became an off shoot from it. I joined the TWFF group to find out more about fishing and where to fish in Texas. Since then I have been in and out of being an active member with commitments to family and my business. There is nothing better than standing in or kayaking on a stream or river and enjoying nature.  The challenge of the cast and understanding the fish in its habitat make fishing ever changing.  Also, having likeminded women to explore new areas to fish and share in the excitement is a huge plus.

I am married to a spin-caster Brent who you may see at some of the outings.  We have two married sons, wonderful daughter in laws and baby granddaughter.   I have an orthodontic practice located in Temple.  We live on Lake Belton.”

Diane Flowers  – Secretary

Message from Diane: “My husband, Tom, and I have always enjoyed baiting hooks and catching fish. We enjoyed camping and fishing when our children were young, and continue to enjoy it to this day, along with motorcycle riding. Fly fishing is a relatively new technique for us, and we continue to work at it. We learned about TWFF during a fly fishing expo in New Braunfels. I joined TWFF in 2015; since then, we have enjoyed several outings with the group, and have met some wonderful people in the process! My picture is of the first Redfish I have ever caught, while fishing in Aransas Pass this year.”

 

Marilyn Young – Treasurer

Message from Marilyn: “My love of fly fishing began last year when I went to my first TWFF outing at Honey Creek. I had fished a few times with a cane pole with my granddad growing up but mostly I just fed the fish his bait while he wasn’t looking! I also fished a few times with our kids growing up when we went to Brownwood and camped near a large tank on our property but the first time I went fly fishing was in Colorado the summer before I joined TWFF. It was fun, although I had no idea what I was doing. My husband, an avid fisherman who now loves to fly fish, gave me a lesson in the back yard before we left for Colorado, lent me a rod and then sent me down the river far enough away from him so that I didn’t hook him! I actually enjoyed practicing casting all day and with the help of a friend who probably felt sorry for me I actually caught a small trout on my first outing. When we got back from Colorado I was determined to find some ladies to fish with and searched the Internet for women’s fly fishing groups and discovered the TWFF website. I decided to give it a go and went to Honey Creek last October. All the ladies were fantastic and I made some great friends and fishing buddies there. I was thrilled with the diversity and size of the group and their willingness to teach and to help the newbies feel welcome.

My husband, Harris, and I have three children, two Aggies and a Longhorn! I am self-employed and have a home office. I’m looking forward to a great 2014 with TWFF!”

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Kay Jackson – Trustee

Message about Kay: Kay has been fly fishing for more than 20 years. In fact, she is responsible for getting her husband Lester involved in the sport. That’s how she hooked him on their first date! They’ve since enjoyed the sport as a couple and as  individuals.

Her favorite place to fish is Northern New Mexico around the Taos area and into Southern Colorado; however, she has fished all through the West, the Northeast, Texas and Arkansas. It was in Arkansas where she landed her trout-of-a-lifetime on the White River: a 36-inch, 20-pound brown trout on a snowy December day in 2007.

Kay has been a member of TWFF for about three years. Her first project with the club was spearheading the design and volunteer team of members to create a donation quilt for the club. She has been on the Conservation committee for two years and is the 2016 Outing Chairman. She is currently the North Texas Retreat Leader for Casting for Recovery, and has been on the volunteer retreat team for more than five years. Kay is also a member of Sisters on the Fly. Currently, she serves as the Communications chairperson for the Fort Worth Fly Fishers. In the past, she served as Women’s Outreach chairperson for the IFFF Southern Council for four years. She was named Woman of the Year (co-winner with Janet Baca) by the IFFF Texas Council in 2015.

Debbie Williams – Trustee

Message from Debbie: “Born and raised in Staten Island , New York for my first 28 years. Presently live in Santo, Texas with my husband Wesley. We own Wes Tex Steel and Wes Tex hunting Supply. Graduated Tarlelton University with my RN degree and still work as a Emergency room nurse.

TWFF member for over 10 years. Started fly fishing after attending a Becoming outdoor woman outing. I am truly passionate about fishing , hunting, camping and teaching my grandchildren to love the outdoors. Being a TWFF member is so much more then fishing. The women  (and men) that I have met along the way have been a treasure.”

Merilyn Evans – Trustee

Message from Merilyn: “Merilyn Evans, born New Years Day in the 1930’s in Michigan, moved to Texas when16 yrs old.   

Farmed, ranched, dairying, all while owning hair salon.  Hair Stylist for 20 years, and Real Estate Broker/Developer for 40 yrs.  Widowed, only child and second husband deceased.  My next door neighbor and dear friend, Deb Williams, got me into fly fishing, said, ‘I did not need to just sit around.’ Love fly fishing with all the great fly fishing friends.”

LaJan Barnes  – Newsletter

Amy Setter – E-Line Message Moderator

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Lori McElroy – Webmaster

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Mary Kain – IFFF Texas Council Representative

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To view a list of the ladies who have served as officers and board members of our club over the years, click here.

Thank-you ladies for your vision and your generosity. We would not be what we are today if it weren’t for your efforts, your faith, and your passion for the sport of fly fishing. We are grateful for all you have done for TWFF.

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