Houston County Lake August 10–12, 2001

August 10, 2001

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By Debi Prather

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Since I began fishing again three to four years ago, I’ve avoided fly fishing under the assumption that, as an anti-perfectionist, I’m temperamentally unsuited to it, it’s too frustrating, and I don’t need yet another gear-intensive hobby. My girlhood fishing memories include one memorable day when I accompanied my dad and some of his friends to a brushy trout stream in upstate New York—a great place but not the place to take a kid. Then there were a couple of times fishing out of a canoe or rowboat when I inevitably caught Dad with my lure. I began my grownup fishing with a trusty $25 Zebco rod and reel. My husband, Steve, a patient man, convinced me to try a bait-casting reel during a wade-fishing expedition and eventually also presented me with a great ultra light spinning reel last Valentine’s Day. I enjoy them immensely and had no intention of entering the world of fly fishing until it occurred to me one day, as I was picking the umpteenth wind-induced snarl from the bait-casting reel and deriving an odd pleasure that I was getting pretty good at getting those messes out without cutting the line or handing it to my husband, that perhaps fly fishing might not be that much more difficult. So, when I got Constance’s e-mail about the TWFF event at Crockett Family Resort, I impulsively ordered the $60 Scientific Angler combo package from Cabela’s and drove up to Crockett to see just how bad it could be.

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Bud Priddy One-Fly June 15–17, 2001

June 15, 2001

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By Sherri Ray

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The weekend in Barksdale Texas was spent at one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Deep in the Texas Hill Country lies some of the most beautifully clear waters. Lost Canyon ecumenical camp was the headquarters of the TWFF fishing in the Bud Priddy One Fly Tournament. Constance, Frances and Joy in one cabin. Betty and Carl were in a cabin beside them. Ann and Joe and our new member Tibby Gold were in the “treetop” house. Becky, Audrey and Sarah in another. Lisa Bellar and I had the most wonderful cabin of all! We opted to stay in the cabin with no air conditioning. If you could sleep on this screened porch over the water where you can see the fish from your bed you would agree that last thing we needed was an air conditioner. At five o’clock in the morning we both were searching for covers from the coolness of the night. Even if the fishing were horrible the promise of “unplugging” from the every day humdrum makes these trips priceless. Like the commercial, “Fly Rod $300.00, Kayak $600.00, time to commune with nature and make great fishing friends—PRICELESS”. Most of us showed up at Lost Canyon on Friday evening and got in some fishing. A couple of others trickled in later on after dark. It was pretty hard to find the road to Lost Canyon in the dark. The road looked a bit like a driveway and the sign “Dry Creek Road” was painted on a board that was hard to find in the light of day. The cabin where Coco, Sheila, Leslie, Carol and Jenny stayed had a large porch with a porch swing, which served as our meeting place. Most people turned in relatively early in anticipation of the 7:00 am sign in of the tournament.

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Homer Martin Ranch April 20–22, 2001

April 20, 2001

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By Judy Otto

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I think everyone agrees that this outing was a great success! TWFF is growing, learning, organizing, and sharing more and more with each of our outings. At least 25 women made this trip, the Homer Martin Ranch people treated our group quite well, and the grounds were beautiful.

Kayaking down the Llano River was a first for me and many others, and I can say it was truly a terrific experience (thanks in part to my personal “guide” Sherri Ray, who saved me from the now-famous Kayak-Eating Tree!) Quite a few stories were told Saturday evening about everyone’s experience with this part of the river, and I am glad to say, everyone did eventually make it through! I think a lot of women fly fishers really bonded that day on the river, and I for one was grateful to see so much camaraderie. A few of us were totally exhausted after this outing, but after a little rest, many were ready to do it again.

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Guadalupe River January 26–28, 2001

January 26, 2001

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By Sherri Ray

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The weekend of January 26, 27, and 28 was in my minds “daily planner” since November. Reservations for accommodations were in place. To add to the anticipation a new friend from my new hometown was to attend the Texas Women’s Fly Fishing (TWFF) outing at Canyon Lake with me. This outing was different from most outings my husband and I have ever taken. We would be fishing for trout in Texas. Thanks to the efforts of many different agencies and organizations the waters of the Guadalupe were stocked with trout not native to Texas waters. To begin with I have never “soloed” fly fishing. Now I would be taking someone else who had never fly fished at all. The anxiety and expectations for the weekend were high.

Judy Otto and I arrived Friday evening for the meeting at the Maricopa Resort to find out the plans of the group for the weekend. We had already been to Gruene, and the people at Gruene Outfitters had told us we would probably not be able to get into the water because of the dangerous flow of the river. The weather people had warned that there was a 40% chance for rain on Saturday and thunderstorms expected for Sunday. Constance Whiston (now our president) began lessons on how to fish for trout. Among the things learned were how to tie knots and about tandem flies and most of all the unexpected water conditions. Not to be defeated the women all decided to meet at the Round Up Café no later than 8:30 the next morning to sum up the weather and make some plans.

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