Saltwater Outing September 15–17, 2006

September 15, 2006

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By Mary Rohrer

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We had an enjoyable saltwater fishing trip in September to the Aransas Pass area, just north of Corpus Christi. Our headquarters for the weekend was the Neptune Motel in Aransas Pass. The accommodations worked great for the outing. We rented a large three bedroom house for the “TWFF Headquarters” and the participants stayed in the comfortable motel rooms or efficiency apartments around the house.

On Friday night, we had the Mullet Mixer on the patio, of course all sorts of goodies were brought to share. The Austin TOWN group was having a bird watching trip this same weekend, and a some of the TOWN group joined us at the Mixer. Lavene Jones and Sheila Anderson pulled together a silent auction filled with great flies and supplies for the weekend ahead. Sheila has become quite an accomplished fly tier, she donated some fly boxes, Jack Lehman and Walter Laaf from Austin FF’ers had great saltwater flies, and Billy Trimble brought along some of his best “blind chicken” flies as well. Dean and Jennifer Thomas of Slowride Guide Service provided us with some local knowledge, recommendations for fishing spots on Saturday, and briefed us on the predicted tides, and winds for our expeditions. We decided to start on Saturday morning in three different spots, the Brown and Root Flats, Lighthouse Lakes area, and wade fishing across from the Arkansas Aquatics Center.

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Morgan Shady Park July 21–23, 2006

July 21, 2006

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By Glenna Noret

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For days leading up to the outing, I had watched the temperatures break record highs and worried about it being too hot for anyone to want to attend our outing on the South Llano River. I guess I forgot what an adventurous bunch the TWFF are!

Kelley and I headed out Thursday to beat the crowd and get the place ready for our group. Kelley’s philosophy is do more with more – which meant we packed more! Several members beat us there. Linda and Howard Love already had their camp set up. Betty and Buster Burleson were visiting even though they were staying at some cabins up the river. Cynthia and Steve Nussenblatt had their new trailer all set up and were walking their dog when we got there! Coco Davenport was there with her family and trailer.

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Bud Priddy One-Fly Memorial May 19–21, 2006

May 19, 2006

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By Sarah Valentine

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For weeks I’d been watching the western skies, praying for a good hard rain on the watershed above the Nueces River. The Bud Priddy One Fly was only a few weeks away and I knew after my scouting trip Easter weekend that the river was in dire need of some quenching rains. The new bridges had been built, roads repaired, and debris removed since the floods a few years back; if only it would rain. I knew that the faithful would return to the Canyon, despite the lack of rain. There’s something magical about these clear, pristine waters full of feisty Hill Country fish. I looked forward to trading laughs with the Alamo Fly Fisher guys and supposedly the Texas Fly Fishers were making the trek from the Houston area. Yes, the women were ready to hear tall tales at the end of the day about fish counts nearing 250. We were ready, but we didn’t care; one of our members usually caught the biggest fish and hopefully this year would be no different.

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FLY FISH TEXAS March 3–5, 2006

March 3, 2006

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By Sheila Anderson

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As coordinator of this outing I had two objectives in mind. First, I wanted to learn about Fly Fish Texas, see what it offered, and find a way for TWFF to participate more fully in future Fly Fish Texas programs. Second, I wanted to raise funds for CFR by selling flies that were tied by or donated to TWFF. I believe we were successful on both objectives.

I asked each of our members to contribute a paragraph or two about their experience at Fly Fish Texas. From my perspective it seemed a bit like EXPO except it is devoted only to fly fishing. The attendance at this show seemed much smaller than EXPO; one reason may be the Arlington Fly Fish Show scheduled for the same weekend. The TPWD fresh water fishery is a beautiful facility, one I recommend each of you visit in the future. We had a prime location for our table just inside the main door where we sold our flies and recruited three new members. We raised a whopping $438 selling flies for CFR– well above my expectations. The thoughts of other members follow.

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Guadalupe River January 13–15, 2006

January 13, 2006

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By Sheila Anderson

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We gathered in large numbers at the Summit on the Guadalupe in January for our annual membership and officer election meeting. Without knowing the exact number of people, I would guess at least 40 members including family were in attendance. Several new members joined our group at this outing, we were pleased to have one woman come all the way from Arkansas.

It seems as if the Guadalupe River has never been very kind to us in January. Once again no trout were caught. Linda Love caught the only fish, while Betty Burleson landed an ultra light spinning rod and reel with the price tag still in tact. Although, for the first time in our history the flow of the river was a very reasonable rate for wade fishing at about 120 cfs. (In the past, the lowest the flow has ever been was 380 cfs in January 2004.) A cold front came through one day early bringing Saturday morning temperatures down to a very cold 28 degrees. It warmed up fairly quickly, but the fish were not active. One new member, Joan Schwartz, tried everything in her fly box without any luck.

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Broken Bow, OK November 3–6, 2005

November 3, 2005

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By Linda Love

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Beaver’s Bend State Park was a blaze of color as six women from the Texas Women Fly Fishers club arrived Thursday November 3 to begin the last official outing of 2005. We successfully fished Spillway Creek for several hours Thursday, visited the local fly shops and picked the brains of the local fishers, then checked out the best places to eat. All of us were awestruck by the beauty of this place. The trees were every beautiful color imaginable and the weather was perfect! We were joined by 12 more fly fishers Friday at the Whip Poor Will Resort where we had our head quarters and the Mullet Mixer Friday evening. Rob Woodruff, fly fishing guide and educator, joined us for the Mullet Mixer and presented a slide show of the Spillway Creek (Zone I) and Zone II where we would be fishing Saturday. During the slide show Rob explained that we would be using various techniques for catching trout depending on the type of water we were fishing. He explained the difference in Zone I, which is fast water and Zone II which is slower water, and the size limits and other state restrictions about barb less hooks, etc. Seeing the actual area we would be fishing brought a lot of excitement to the group! Questions were asked and answered. Rob taught us how to tie some knots and helped us rig our line for fishing Zone I and he instructed us how to fish fast water. We brought out our fly boxes and he helped us select the flies most apt to be taken by trout in this area. Then he instructed us how to rig our line and what flies to use in Zone II, which is slower water, where we would fish Saturday afternoon.

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Saltwater Outing September 16–18, 2005

September 16, 2005

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By Sheila Anderson

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The Texas Women Fly Fishers took Galveston by storm just one week before Hurricane Rita. Talk about good timing! Our third saltwater adventure brought us to Galveston for a first class mullet mixer, the continuation of our fly rod raffle and silent auction, a great day for fishing, and a fabulous dinner at Gaido’s Family Restaurant.

Kimberly Gaido and Ellen Matthews hosted a delicious shrimp boil at the Gaido family home facing Galveston’s West Bay. Sarah served up the best jalapeno poppers and potatoes to accompany the main dish. There was an assortment of other wonderful side dishes, too. So many auction items were displayed for round one of competitive bidding. Stacy Trimble offered a double haul clinic that many women took part in. Hauling is a method used to increase the distance the line travels during the false cast – a very good skill to develop for saltwater fly fishing.

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Homer Martin Ranch July 22–24, 2005

July 22, 2005

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By Kerri Stephenson

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Our fourth outing of the year was held at Homer Martin Ranch July 22–24, 2005. This is where we’ve held our annual silent auction and raffle for the last few years. The big raffle items this year are 5 and 8 wt rods. We have already sold about $170 in raffle tickets, and tickets will continue to be available for purchase until 9 pm the night of the mullet mixer in Galveston at which time the winners will be picked. Frances Hamm and Audrey Ambrose put together a very nice silent auction with many items up for bid. We will have another silent auction at the mullet mixer in Galveston as well.

We had this trip’s mullet mixer Friday night with new members Cynthia Rutledge and Alva Johnston attending, as well as some of the regular attendees. We are limited by cabin space at Homer Martin Ranch and are out-growing the ranch each and every year as our fly fishing group continues to expand. Goody bags made by Jim Stephenson contained a variety of flies personally made by Jim along with a map of the Llano river and a bandana.

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Bud Priddy One-Fly Memorial May 13–14, 2005

May 13, 2005

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By Sarah Valentine

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One of my favorite drives in Texas is the short trip “up the canyon” from my hometown of Uvalde. Bud Priddy had been my doctor and the waters that flowed through him during his life are the same waters that still course strongly through my veins. Over a 1000 springs feed the headwaters of the Nueces as it begins its course north of Barksdale. These crystal clear waters flow through my hometown of Uvalde, my birthplace of Crystal City, and then onto Carrizo Springs where the rivers makes its eastward turn toward the Gulf of Mexico. I could bore all of you with lots of history but this is the river that was originally named Rio Escondido or hidden river and that LaSalle believed was the Mississippi in 1685! Four years later another explorer searching for LaSalle’s settlement renamed it Rio de la Nueces or river of nuts. Magnificent pecan groves, live oaks and scattered hickory tree line the banks of the Nueces as it makes its 315-mile journey down to the Gulf of Mexico. Okay, back to the trip.

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The BACK 40 April 1–3, 2005

April 1, 2005

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By Sheila Anderson

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What a fabulous weekend we had in Fredericksburg! I think everyone caught fish, with Coco being the first, landing a 15″ bass from her kayak. The Back 40 has a private lake shaped like a horse shoe around the beautiful grounds. There are several quaint cottages, a spa and pool, and several long horn cattle roaming in the pasture. The mullet mixer was well attended, and we were all presented with a gift of 4 flies in a nice fly box that were provided by Martin Pursch. Martin and his wife, Betty, also joined us at the mullet mixer.

The weather Saturday started out very cold, with an unseasonable early morning temperature hovering around freezing. Jim Stephenson and Robert Anderson braved the cold to get an early head start with the fishing. They got cold hands and no fish. It warmed up quickly, though, and soon after coffee and breakfast we were all comfortably fishing. The fish were biting most of the day, a lot of perch and small bass. Occasional large bass was landed, the biggest I believe was caught by Linda Love. It measured 18-1/4 inches. Way to go, Linda!

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