January 25, 2002
By Sheila Hood
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The first outing of TWFF for 2002 was a great success. Thirty-four fly fishers attended this year. What can be said? The weather was great, the accommodations cozy, the flows were down, and many fish were landed. Friday evening members and guests joined at the Summit Clubhouse for a little socializing, catching up on news from old friends, and making new ones. Constance Whiston gave a very informative presentation on trout fishing. Afterwards, there was hands-on assistance on knot tying and advice about what flies could be used.
Saturday was a good day for fishing. Most of the fishing was going on at Upper Beans Campground and Hueco Springs Campground. The weather was agreeable; many built campfires for an occasional warm-up. Fishing was good, and there was a lot of mentoring going on with beginners to the group. The Saturday evening meal was catered by J’s Bar-B-Que in Sattler. We were fortunate to have Al Wilkie and his wife, Ouida, join TWFF for this outing. Al is Senior Advisor of the Federation of Fly Fishers™. He shared information concerning FFF, entertained us with a few good tales, and answered questions from attendees concerning trout fishing.
Many enjoyed a Sunday brunch prepared by the Summit. This day also proved to be exceptional weather for travel home and, for many, another day of good fishing.
An added note from Rudi Donaldson:
I’d like to add a note about the great outing Sheila organized for our Guadalupe outing. Each delightful cabin was provided with a festive bag of the best cookies you’ve ever tasted and a cabin directory for locating everyone. The Friday night social had quite a spread of delicious food, and Saturday night’s barbeque was wonderful. Sheila really went the extra mile in organizing our outing and in making everybody feel welcome.