Fly Fish Texas March 12, 2011

March 12, 2011

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Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

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At this all-day event, anglers from novice to expert will gather at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center to celebrate the sport of fly-fishing. Learn the basics of fly-tying and casting, then fish for rainbow trout at the on-site ponds and streams. Attend seminars and demonstrations led by fly-fishing professionals. Visit with vendors of fly-fishing services and equipment.

Fly-fishing clubs from across Texas will be on hand to help anyone who wants to learn or improve existing skills. Equipment will be provided for casting classes, but participants are welcome to bring their own gear.

Check Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. website. All activities are free with regular admission to TFFC.

~ Courtesy TPWD

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Broken Bow, OK February 18–20, 2011

February 18, 2011

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By Frances Estes and Rozlynn Orr

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What a great weekend to have our 10th Anniversary Party! About 40 die-hard TWFF members journeyed to Oklahoma to the great trout waters of the Lower Mountain Fork River. River levels were exceedingly low due to remaining repairs being made after the last great flood that greatly recontoured the river within the banks of the park back in May 2009. However, members were able to get on fish and go home with some piscatorial memories after a full weekend of fishing and visiting with friends.

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Camp Honey Creek November 5–7, 2010

November 5, 2010

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By Vicki Andrews

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How many bass could a bass catcher catch,
if a bass catcher, could catch bass?

As many bass as a bass catcher could,
if a bass catcher could catch bass.

TWFF is on a roll! These outings just keep getting better and better!

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Llano River – Junction September 24–26, 2010

September 24, 2010

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By Janice Togal and Leslie Dehay

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Despite gloomy forecast of daily t-storms, rain held off during prime fishing hours and skies were blue and beautiful. We were relieved no one cancelled based on weather predictions – they would have missed a GREAT trip! Both floating and wading were easily navigable and everyone caught fish.

Friday’s Mullet Mixer featured an interesting entomology presentation by Gene Smith, of the Fredericksburg Fly Fishing Club. Live samples of mayflies, dragonflies, damselflies, caddis flies, et al. was engaging and interactive – ask Leslie DeHay, who thumped a mayfly into hatching in front of us! Gene is also organizer of Oktoberfisch (Oct. 15-17), a large gathering of fly fishers and fly fishing clubs and one of TWFF’s informal outings.

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Lake Texoma August 20–22, 2010

August 20, 2010

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By Rozlynn Orr

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This outing can easily be likened to a three-ring circus. We had more activities than one could shake a stick at, and we also had more fun than the proverbial “barrel of monkeys.”

We were joined by members of the Dallas Bass’N Gals and got to witness them catching their first fish on the fly. We also learned about their fishing club and interests. Jeff Jackson from TFO, (Temple Fork Outfitters) was there with their extensive line of fly rods and their new BVK prototype rod – SWEET. Rex and Taylor Walker braved the heat and had the expertise to offer instruction for all our skill levels, from novice casters to fine tuning for those that are working on their CCI’s. Their enthusiasm for casting and fly fishing is more than contagious. Joyce Davis took us to a cooler climate and some beautiful scenery with her presentation about fishing in Alaska. We had a special presentation by Kyle Hand on the similarities and differences between fly fishing flies and bait casting lures. Kyle also treated us to fly tying lessons. We topped all this off with a silent auction put on by Karla Grimwood. Thanks Karla for the great auction items and thanks to our members that bid up the items in support of the club!

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Mueller’s Ark June 11–13, 2010

June 11, 2010

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June 11, 2010, took us on a return trip to Muller’s Ark in Bandera, Texas, where we fished the cool, abundant waters of the Medina River.  The run off from the heavy rains of the preceding weeks, which flooded the Guadalupe River and wrecked much of the area, did not funnel into the Medina River, so we arrived to find very wadeable waters and favorable conditions.  There did seem to be a pretty good “rubber hatch” or tubers because of the Guad being out of commission for the weekend.

All seven cabins at Muller’s Ark were full and several members stayed in Bandera. Some of the RV sites at Muller’s Ark were somewhat muddy from the rains and members had to do some trailer shuffling to find drier, more level, ground.

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Purtis Creek April 23–25, 2010

April 23, 2010

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By Karla Grimwood

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For those of you who couldn’t make this trip, you missed quite an adventure! Such an adventure, that those who attended are now members of the “Tenacious Ten” and a chosen few are also members of the “Fearless Five”. Read on for why…

Ten of us (Jan Bates, Dawn & Jessica Dorsett, Frances Estes, Dan Fox, Karla Grimwood, Debbie Jenkins, Diana Kunde, Rozlynn Orr, and Debbie Price) gathered for the Mullet Mixer at the Comfort Suites on Friday evening. We enjoyed fried chicken, okra, pot roast, shrimp pasta, and a scrumptious berry cobbler along with beverages of our choice from the bar. The Assistant Manager of Comfort Suites, Jason, was our own personal bartender.

“One should never underestimate the tenacity
of the Texas Women Fly Fishers!”

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Broken Bow, OK February 19–21, 2010

February 19, 2010

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By Sheila Anderson

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This year’s trip to Broken Bow saw fewer participants that the previous two years. As we were steadily growing our group outing in Oklahoma, hitting the 40-person mark last year, economic times and health issues for some members gave us our first reduction in participants at this outing. Those that did attend enjoyed themselves, and I believe most everyone caught fish. The mullet mixer was held at J.E.M. of the Forest, a cabin rental from Broken Bow Lake Cabins. The spacious cabin held all 17 attendees with plenty of countertop space for all the wonderful food items that people brought. Jesse King of Three Rivers Fly Shop imparted some of his local knowledge on us, letting us know what flies to fish and where to fish them. We also learned how last year’s flooding affected the area and where the best fishing spots were. Evening Hole is a popular place on the river. In fact, we made plans to meet at Evening Hole at 1pm on Saturday for a group photo.

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Guadalupe River January 1–3, 2010

January 1, 2010

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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.

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Saltwater Outing October 2009

October 23, 2009

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By Mary Rohrer and CJ Vaughn

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The 2009 Saltwater outing was based in the Fulton/Rockport area. Fifteen TWFF members attended the outing and our home base was the Sanddollar Resort in Fulton. The resort made us feel right at home, they posted a TWFF banner at the registration office, what a nice welcome! The Sanddollar is a great choice for our TWFF event; they have large rooms with kitchenettes as well as campsites. It was nice that all of us were in the same place and right across the street from Fulton Harbor.

Rockport/Fulton area is the launching spot for great fishing for redfish in the skinny waters of the back bay environment. The Lighthouse Lakes and Estes Flats area are great fishing areas, and now very popular for flats boats and kayak fishing. Our trip was planned to venture out from the familiar, head across Rockport Bay to unpopulated St Joe’s island, and fish the more remote Fence Lake area from kayaks.

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