Purtis Creek State Park May 30–June 1, 2008

May 30, 2008

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By Rozlynn Orr

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TWFF has boldly explored and established a new and exciting venue for our outings, PURTIS CREEK STATE PARK! This was our first trip as a group into new and foreign lands, East Texas, and we were pleasantly surprised. This place may very well be on one of those ‘best kept secret lists’. This is a little 355-acre lake within in 1,582-acre state park with only 59 camping sites. Small and sweet! Barbara and Rick Booth may very well still be gazing at their private cove from their campsite! Did anybody see them leave?

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Second Annual FFF Gulf Coast Expo May 16–17, 2008

May 16, 2008

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By Gretchen Neubauer

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When Mary Rohrer invited me to attend the 2nd Annual FFF Gulf Coast Expo in Lake Charles with her and two other Texas Women Fly Fishers’ (TWFF) members Frances Hamm and Lavene Jones, I wasn’t sure what to expect. TWFF had a booth at the expo last year where they successfully raised funds for the club and Casting for Recovery (CFR). When it was decided to have a booth this year we discussed a booth that was more self sustaining so each of us could attend selected clinics and workshops without worrying about wo’manning the booth.

All-in-all The expo offered an abundance of activities from fl y tying workshops to casting clinics. My husband is the fl y tier in the family so I decided to concentrate on improving my cast. I pretty much have the basic cast down with the 5wt I normally use. However, I have trouble achieving distance with the larger (7-10wt) rods and bigger flies used for saltwater fishing, especially in the wind that you always find at the coast. My husband and I purchased kayaks about 3 years ago and have spent a many fruitless weekends fishing the bays at Aransas Pass, Port Aransas, and Galveston. Because casting while seated in a kayak is very different from casting while standing in a river I was also hoping to pickup some techniques to become more successful.

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The Back Forty April 6–8, 2008

April 6, 2008

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By Sheila Anderson

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This outing had all the charm of our first visit to Fredericksburg, plus extras! Not too early on Saturday morning, Martin Pursch conducted lessons on warm water rigging and fly selection. Martin is a friend and supporter of TWFF and we love him dearly. The idea here is to help the beginners learn the differences between trout rigging and warm water rigging. Trout fishing often uses the drift method of presenting the fly, while warm water fishing can use the cast and strip, jigging, or popping methods to present the fly. Leaders and tippets are typically larger in diameter for warm water fishing.

In the casting field we had two classes scheduled, beginning casting by Mary Rohrer and Greg Neubauer, a Certified Casting Instructor (CCI) candidate, and intermediate casting, as well. We had several women fly fishing for the very first time attending the beginner class. The intermediate class contained examples of loops, and diagnosis of individuals casting strokes, for both the intermediate and less experienced members.

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Guadalupe River January 18–20, 2008

January 18, 2008

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By Sheila Anderson

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At last, a year with weather worthy of fishing! We did not get “stormed” out, nor was the flow too high at ~200cfs. That’s not to say it wasn’t a little chilly. We planned to tie flies, as usual, with the option to fish if weather and flow permitted. Kyle Hand generously offered his time, materials, and talents to us again, for a day of fly tying and learning.

viseWhat a wonderful teacher. Along with his wife, Susan, Kyle braved the cold North Texas weather to make the trip down to the Summit. Coco helped while Kyle taught us to tie a couple of flies. With the attention of many women new to tying, Kyle and Coco successfully taught the use of tools and materials for tying the flies.

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Broken Bow, OK November 2–4, 2007

November 2, 2007

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By Sheila Anderson

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The fall colors were muted, not as vibrant as in past years, but that did not seem to affect the fishing on the Lower Mountain Fork River. Our outing began Friday evening at Whip-poor-will Cabins with a Mullet Mixer featuring a presentation by Jesse King, local guide, fly shop proprietor, and member of the Lower Mountain Fork River Foundation. Jesse shared a ton of information with us including recent work that’s been done to improve the fishery, where to catch fish on the river, and how to rig our lines.

Jesse shared with us what had been working for him earlier in the day when he guided Jim and Kerri Stephenson in the Lost Creek area. He recommended the size of leader and tippet, and suggested we use an egg pattern as an attractor with a dropper tied onto it. Often times, he explained, folks fish the same fly for too long. If you don’t get some action after three good drifts, change the fly. So we learned to tie the 16-20 knot, it is not complicated, but it can be challenging because the tiny nymphs are difficult to see and handle.

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Pedernales River Outing August 2007

August 1, 2007

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By Karen Gebhart

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To all those who missed the Johnson City Outing, you missed lots of learnin’, eatin’, and sharin’. The program was set up to help all who attended hone in on skills and to learn new skills. Al Crise, MCI; Stacy Trimble, CCI; Gene Smith, entomologist; Robert Anderson, White-Water Kayaking, Intermediate Level, (NOC); and Mary Rohrer, club president led us through a well-engineered program of basic casting, casting to catch fish, extreme casting, aquatic life identification, and kayak basics. The weather was hot, very hot, but then again it is Texas in the summer. Free time included impromptu knot tying, fly tying, and general fish discussion on the back porch with the ceiling fans on high! All were encouraged to critique one another so we can become better casters. While this proved to be humbling at times, most seemed to leave with a better sense of where they are in their skill level and where they want to be.

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South Llano River July 20–22, 2007

July 20, 2007

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By Glenna Noret

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The Texas weather held true to form this year, and we had rain off and on Saturday, but it didn’t stop the dedicated ladies of the TWFF from hitting the river.

The Best Western Dos Rios was a great place to start the weekend. The staff really displayed true West Texas hospitality at its best! The evening mullet mixer began with a welcome from Judge Delbert Roberts who handed out “goodies bags” from the Kimble County Chamber of Commerce and gave us a little history on the city and about the county’s efforts to attract groups such as ours. Not only did we have great food, but we ended the evening with a silent auction that netted over $400 for our club and more than $150 for Casting for Recovery®. Way to go Lavene Jones and Frances Hamm for all their hard work on the silent auction! We also added two new members and had one family renewal.

Mary Rohrer brought a new shipment of TWFF t-shirts, and the light blue color seemed to be a success — t-shirt sales alone raised over $200. (As the treasurer, I really appreciate this income as we get closer and closer to our budget each month!)

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First Annual FFF Gulf Coast Expo May 18–20, 2007

May 18, 2007

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By Frances Hamm

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I have to say, my first conclave at the new Gulf Coast Council of FFF was terrific, and I got far more than I expected. Not only was there fun, people to meet, and lots to learn, but also there was Lefty Kreh.

Lefty is one of the more renown fly fishers in the U.S. (over 300 books in print), and he has several DVDs out. His specialty is casting, and he attended the Saturday Women’s Luncheon to talk briefly about his latest thinking about casting.

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Lavene, Lefty, Frances, and Mary

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Bud Priddy One-Fly Memorial May 18–20, 2007

May 18, 2007

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By Sheila Anderson

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The Nueces River this year was more beautiful than ever. The river was full, having benefited from some badly needed recent rains. The waters were crystal clear, as usual, and the fish were abundant. The outing was attended by few TWFF members, and the same can be said for the Alamo Fly Fishers. Our groups were split between the Bud Priddy contest and the first conclave of the Gulf Coast Council of the FFF in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Our base was at Big Oak River Camp, in very nice cabins right on the Nueces River. We planned to provide casting lessons to the children of Camp Wood during our Mullet Mixer on Friday evening, and afterwards partake in the BBQ dinner provided by Bubba Hickman, former president of the Camp Wood Chamber of Commerce. We were ready to teach, however no Camp Wood youths came for lessons. So we taught ourselves a few new techniques, then proceeded to dinner. There were eighteen folks at the outing this year. We all participated in a raffle to benefit Casting for Recovery®, and we collected some very nice door prizes.

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Guadalupe River Outing January 12–14, 2007

January 12, 2007

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By Sheila Anderson

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The “dry” spell has finally been broken—in part because of the knowledge shared by local fly fishers, Karen Gebhardt and Greg Neubauer, and in part due to the persistence of a few women anglers trying different flies and retrieving techniques. We have finally caught trout on the Guadalupe River. Of course, this was for those lucky enough to get there by Friday. The release was at an all-time TWFF outing low: 97 cfs, very pleasant and fishable.

Karen and Greg shared their experiences and insights with us at the Mullet Mixer on Friday evening, and Mary Rohrer provided maps for everyone to note the best locations for fishing. In addition to their presentations and the wonderful assortment of food and beverages, we welcomed Kyle Hand, our guest artist and feature fly tier for the weekend. For display, Kyle brought a generous supply of materials and equipment and a beautiful assortment of his famous North Atlantic salmon flies, along with some Texas bass flies, which he tied from vintage pattern descriptions.

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