January 18, 2013
By Pat and Don Carlson
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Upon moving this outing from the usual dates in January to the February dates, there was considerable concern regarding the weather. This proved to be wasted worry. What better way to spend a holiday weekend than to be on the water surrounded by two of God’s most beautiful creations? First, the majestic mountains and water of Southern Oklahoma, plus the presence of 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. It is most understandable that this outing was such a great success.
“The weekend was made even more special by the education and coaching of our
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.
As we have noted in the past, these women can not only fish—THEY CAN COOK. Our Mullet Mixer buffet line presented more great food than Friday night at Luby’s. We do need to make sure next year that we have bigger plates.
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, Texas. Chris brought along another great educator who works in the shop, Matt Bennet, and his wife Amanda. Chris started us off with a presentation Friday night. 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 had a better understanding of the aspects of nymph fishing, dry fly fishing, and fast water fishing. The slide presentation was made even more special with the inclusion of many photos of TWFF members fishing Broken Bow last year. On Saturday and Sunday, Chris, Emily, and Matt took these lessons to the next level with on the water instruction. Chris and Matt demonstrated techniques and took a close up and personal look at the aquatic bugs of the river and how to best match them. Members then spread out for additional one-on-one coaching. Chris, Matt and their wives so enjoyed this group that they were quick to join as members of TWFF. We can’t wait to see them at future outings.
Like last year, the reconstruction of the river in places 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, we were welcomed by Priscilla at the Beavers Bend Restaurant for good food and our business meeting. Priscilla opened the restaurant just for our private party which provided for an excellent venue right on the river. We give a special thank-you to Priscilla and her family. During this meeting, our outgoing president, Roz, gave special “Thank-You” gifts to all members of her staff and was in turn presented with a Tenkara fishing outfit to recognize and thank her for the outstanding contributions she has made as president for the past three years. For those staying until Monday, we enjoyed an impromptu pizza party Sunday night at the Grateful Head Pizza Parlor. The women at “Girls Gone Wild” have nothing on this group.
Mary Young and a nice trout.
Another special thanks must go to Eddie and Roberta Brister, the new owners of Beavers Bend Fly Shop. During earlier visits to Broken Bow, Eddie informed us that he wanted to do something for TWFF. This resulted in the donation of a great Double Rod/Reel Tube for our door prize. He has also included TWFF in his shop website links. Anytime any of us are in the Broken Bow area, please stop in and see Priscilla and Eddie.
We also need to thank Sheila and Robert Anderson, Kerri and Jim Stephenson, and Mary Rohrer for sharing their wonderful Centennial Lodge for our mixer Friday night.
Most of all, thanks to the great members of TWFF for making this another memorable outing. Thank you, Roz, for your outstanding hand at the helm. You will be a hard act to follow.
Outgoing President Rozlynn Orr shows her Tenkara fishing outfit.