January 17, 2014
Hosted by Pat Carlson, Ellen Mathews,
and Linda Whiddon
Check out more photos from this outing in our Photo Gallery!
Another wonderful adventure under our belt! Every visit to the fabulous waters of the Lower Mountain Fork River of Southern Oklahoma seems better than the previous one. What could be better than fishing for (and actually catching) some of the most beautiful game fish in the country coupled with experiencing it with so many of the country’s best women fly fishers.
This remarkable experience was shared by the following individuals: Kate and Gene Allen, Sheila and Robert Anderson, Pat and Don Carlson, Beverly and Roger Casey, Joyce Davis, Frances Estes, Marilyn Evans, Kay and Les Jackson, Kim and Mark Jackson, Mary Kay and Jack Janco, Chris Johnson, Stormi and Gary Johnson, Mary Kain, Diana Kunde, Sharon Leissner, Linda Malsbary, Rozlynn Orr, Keira Quam, Mary Rohrer, Julie Sieh, Kerri and Jim Stephenson, Susan Underwood, Linda Whiddon, Marilyn Young, and Lindy and Bruce Wilks.
We renewed an old friendship by having Jessie King from Three River Fly Shop, be our featured speaker at our Mullet Mixer on Friday night. His presentation detailed the preferred techniques for the river during the winter months. He discussed rigging, fly selection, and presentation. Jessie also pointed out the best locations for the differing techniques. I’m sure that much of our catching success was attributed to his presentation.
“…spacious cabins served as the headquarters for this outing… and knowing that we would need plenty of tables for meals
as well as our silent auction,
Tom went to town and bought
several additional tables.”
This experience was shared by the following individuals: Kate Allen, Sheila and Robert Anderson, Jessica Archer, Pat and Jim Bass, Jan Bates, Lisa Bellar, Amanda and Matt Bennet, Diane and Richard Blair, Annette Blyth, Pat and Don Carlson, Joyce Davis, Frances Estes, Carrie Helmcamp, Emily and Chris Johnson, Stormi Johnson, Mary Kane, Nancy Lappin, Sharon Leissner, Lori McElroy and Eric Merrill, Laurie Olson, Rozlynn Orr, Debbie Price, Keira Quam and Don Miller, Mary Rohrer, Julie and Brent Sieh, Kerri and Jim Stephenson, Janice Togal, Lindy Wilks, and Marilyn and Harris Young.
In addition to Jessie, we also were privileged to have Chris Johnson back for the weekend. Chris and his wife Emilie are TWFF members and own Living Waters Fly-Fishing, a fly shop and guide service, based in Round Rock, Texas. Chris started Saturday off with a tremendous discussion and demo of basic fishing strategies. This presentation, at Upper Spillway, covered all aspects of setting up a full nymph rig and presenting it properly. On Saturday and Sunday, members were able to sign up for two-at-a-time, two-hour blocks with Chris guiding at various location and at differing degrees of ability. By having the block geared specifically for the pair, time was well spent at the level desired.
Following a catered bar-b-que meal on Saturday night, our business meeting concluded with several important results. First was the recognition of outgoing officers and new incoming officers, as well as those continuing. Each of these fine ladies was given a “Fish Hat” by Pat as a thank-you for their contributions to the club. The retiring ladies present were given special thank-you gifts.
Another major result was the passing of the annual operating budget after some discussion and a couple of amendments. The new budget will allow more money for member education, outing expenses, and a larger annual donation to CFR.
“We renewed an old friendship… and were able to sign up for two hour blocks with Chris guiding at various location and at differing degrees of ability.”
For most of those staying over until Monday, we enjoyed an impromptu pizza party at the Grateful Head Pizza Parlor.
After an outing like this, there are many that should be recognized for their contributions. First, we need a special thank you to Eddie and Roberta Brister of Beavers Bend Fly Shop. Eddie is a strong supporter of TWFF and like last year, again donated a wonderful chest/waist pack we used as the grand prize in our drawing.
As mentioned earlier, Jessie King added much to our success in the weekend. Chris Johnson’s contribution of time and expertise was applauded by all who had the opportunity to participate in his educational sessions. Last, but not the least, Tom Verace from Secluded Acres.
Every year, Tom goes above and beyond for TWFF. His spacious cabins served as the headquarters for this outing. This year, knowing that we would need plenty of tables for meals as well as our silent auction, Tom went to town and bought several additional tables. He also provided a wonderful catered bar-b-que dinner on Saturday that was enjoyed by all. Thank you Tom! We will see you again. Most of all – thank you to the great members and guests of TWFF for making this another memorable outing.