February 17, 2012
By Pat and Don Carlson
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We can’t think of a better way to enjoy the Presidents’ Day weekend than to be on the water surrounded by two of Gods most beautiful creations. First, the majestic mountains and water of Southern Oklahoma; added to this is the presence of the one of the finest game fish in the country. These are then coupled with the friendship of many of the country’s best women fly fishers. How could this outing be anything but a HUGE SUCCESS!!!
“As has been the experience for some time, we proved that these women can not only fish but they can cook. Our Mullet Mixer decked out the buffet table with incredible food. The only complaint of the night was that the plates
were not big enough.”
This experience was shared by the following individuals: Annette Blythe, Carol and Raymon Hedges, Carol Hellmuth, Cheri McDonald, Cindy and Jerry Organ, Debbie Price, Debbie Williams, Diane and Richard Blair, Frances Estes, Gretchen Neubauer, Janice Togal, Joyce Davis, Karen Gebhardt, Karen Mitchel, Kathy Goodlett, Ilene and Tim Vought, Kerri Stephenson, Linda Love, Lindy Wilks, Merilyn Evans, Mary K and Jack Janco, Mary Kain, Mary Rohrer, Pat and Don Carlson, Rozlynn Orr, Sharon Leissner, Shelia and Robert Anderson, and Virpi Lahdenpera. Virpi or “V” as her new friends call her, is from Sweden and is living here for a time while working. She found TWFF on the internet and after listing to some of her stories, we are very glad she did. We hope to see you again at the next outing.
Pat Carlson and her trout.
As has been the experience for some time, we proved that these women can not only fish but they can cook. Our Mullet Mixer decked out the buffet table with incredible food. The only complaint of the night was that the plates were not big enough.
The weekend was made even more special by the education and coaching of our special guests, Chris and Emily Johnson from Living Waters Fly-Fishing, a fly shop and guide service, based in Round Rock, TX. Chris started us off with a presentation Friday night after our Mullet Mixer. This interactive discussion focused on trout fishing in general and the Lower Mountain Fork region specifically. We were all able to ask many questions and by the end of the evening, we had a better understanding of the aspects of Nymph fishing, Dry fly fishing, and Fast water fishing. These subjects were further enhanced by on-the-water clinics on Saturday and Sunday. Chris demonstrated techniques and then we spread out for additional one-on-one coaching. Chris later commented that this was a most enjoyable weekend with a great group of fly fishers.
Work has been completed on the river following the floods of 2009. The river has, in places, been totally recontoured which greatly enhanced the habitat. This led to some outstanding fishing success stories for most everyone whether in the fast rapids of Spillway Creek or the more placid waters of Evening Hole. The rains on Saturday showed that there are no “fair weather” fishers in this club. After paying their dues, all were rewarded with beautiful sunshine on Sunday and Monday.
Saturday night after we all dried off and warmed up a little, we snuggled in at Stevens Gap Restaurant for good food and our business meeting. For those staying until Monday, we enjoyed an impromptu pizza party Sunday night followed by a campfire with S-mores.
Another special thanks must go to Linda King from Three River Fly Shop. She was most helpful in providing fillings for our “Goodie Bags” as well as being a great source of information on fishing around Broken Bow. We also need to thank Tom Verace, owner of Secluded Acres. When hearing that we might be short of table space he was on his way to town to buy additional tables for us when his wife found a couple more and delivered them to us. All of these folks have always been great friends of TWFF. Most of all – thanks to the great members of TWFF for making this another memorable outing.