January 1, 2010
By Gretchen Neubauer
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The Guadalupe River outing’s home base was Rio Raft’s Event Hall (located at the fourth crossing) on River Road in Sattler. Many of the attending TWFF’ers stayed in the cabins and camp sites at Rio Raft. Their facilities lend themselves to group outings.
The Friday night Mullet Mixer was attended by about 20 folks. The featured speaker was Alvin Dedeaux. His talk covered Guadalupe River fishing techniques and flies and included information about good fishing spots along the river. Since all the property along the river is privately held, access to the river occurs via access points made available by landowners. Several of these spots post requests for nominal fees for river access. All in attendance found Alvin’s presentation very informative and helpful.
We met Saturday morning around 8:00 AM at the Event Hall and headed out for the day. Several folks fished from Rio Raft’s river access. Another group of TWFF’ers went to Action Angler to “raid” their fly shop of #22 Zebra Midges, and they accessed the river there. Unfortunately, even though we were equipped with all of Alvin’s wonderful information, fishing on Saturday was tough. Diane Kunde and I fished at Rainbow Camp. Diane hooked up a nice 12-inch rainbow trout.
I had arranged to have the Rio Raft’s Event Hall available to TWFF’ers all day Saturday for those who wished to tie flies or rest from their fishing activities…and we convened there as a group at 5:00 PM and then went to dinner at Rudy’s BBQ in New Braunfels, where we enjoyed loads of BBQ beef, ribs, turkey, and sides. Then, after everyone was stuffed, Sheila Anderson conducted a very brief business meeting on behalf of our President, Roz Orr, who was unable to attend.
Following dinner and the meeting, Diane Kunde and Jan Bates joined me, along with my husband, Greg, and my mom, back at our RV at Lazy L&L Campground, where we enjoyed an evening fire, some good wine, and camaraderie.
As always, whether we are catching fish or not, TWFF members have a great time together. I think a good time was had by all.