Fly Tying and Casting Workshops January 28–30, 2005

January 28, 2005

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By Sherri Ray

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The Bastrop Outing got TWFF off to an educational good start. The tying classes were excellent thanks to Coco Davenport, Pam Vestal, and feature fly tier, Martin Pursch. Coco and Pam did a wonderful job of getting all of us “newbies” started out on the right foot. With our newfound ability we were able to follow along with Mr. Pursch on some flies that were just a tad more sophisticated.

I personally came home with 5 flies I tied myself. I have always been a die-hard fan of buying flies or just sweet-talking Ronnie Ray into tying up whatever I needed. I have never been a fan of small close work such as sewing etc. I was in for a wonderful surprise through the first minutes of Coco Davenport’s classes. My expectation was that I would be unable to handle all those things happening at once—but I did. Coco systematically (don’t forget calmly) took us through steps whereby I produced my first real fly. The next day I saw a zip lock bag of flies on the shelf in the kitchen area. I started asking people if they belonged to them and no one claimed them. They were mine! I couldn’t believe that flies that looked that good actually belonged to me. I hope everyone experienced the same level of satisfaction that I did. I think there were approx. 15+ of our women that participated in the classes. Texas Parks and Wildlife’s, Ann Miller–Education Coordinator, was responsible for lending TWFF the tying kits. If you get a chance, let Ann know we appreciate her and TPWD’s efforts in helping us.

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Saltwater Outing October 22–24, 2004

October 22, 2004

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By Mary Rohrer

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On October 22nd and 23rd, we had our fall outing in Aransas Pass. About 26 fisher-gals enjoyed the weekend of fishing and kayaking.

The weekend started at the Ransom Rd RV park for our Mullet Mixer on Friday night. Lots of great appetizers were brought to share. Glenna Noret provided our new TWFF name tags for all of the 2004 members. Our guest speaker, Bill Harvey, was unable to join us for the weekend. We were fortunate to have Billy Trimble step in for him and provide us with great information on fishing the flats. Billy went through organizing equipment we need in our kayaks, how to get positioned on the flats to find and see redfish, where to cast, and strategies to beat the wind using a fly rod. Billy did a great job on his presentation and getting us ready for Saturday morning. We all went to sleep with visions of redfish tails in our heads!

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Medina River Outing September 10–12, 2004

September 10, 2004

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By Linda Love

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Bandera and the Medina River at last! We have been looking forward to fishing the Medina River for quiet some time. We had a trip planned for this river two years ago. Coco had checked it out, and we were ready to go, but we had to cancel due to a huge flood. Well, it was worth the wait. The water was cold and crystal clear, and the fish were eager to please. Betty and I arrived at the Bandera Lodge Thursday afternoon. We were only a few feet from the river, and it beckoned us; so we grabbed our rods and reels and off we went. We caught perch, bass, and catfish almost at our backdoor. What a great way to start the trip.

Friday morning, we gave Fred Collins a visit to confirm the kayak rental and portage after which we headed for Medina with plans to circle back and try out some good spots for the wade fishers. We found Moffett Park just on the edge of the town of Medina to be delightful place to wade, and the river was full of fish. We stopped at two other places that we did not feel were very accessible for wade fishing. After a late lunch, it was time to get ready for the Mullet Mixer to be held at Bandera Lodge, and our speaker/river/fishing guide, Kevin Hutchison, and his friend, Jennifer.

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Homer Martin Ranch July 7–9, 2004

July 7, 2004

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Homer Martin Ranch was great this year, with the exception of the ANTS!!! Some people had them worse than others, but everyone it seemed had to deal with them sometime. The weather was hot, but the river seemed to be up a bit from last year which was good for the float trip.

The Mullet Mixer was held Friday night, and as always it was a great success. We welcomed two new members and their spouses, Glenna and Mike Noret from San Angelo and Cynthia and Steve Nussenblatt from outside of Houston. They are wonderful people, and we enjoyed meeting them.

Ronnie and Sherri Ray made the float trip on Friday so they knew what to expect on Saturday when the whole group went. Ronnie and Sherri learned that Kayla has greatly improved her kayaking skills and Ronnie bragged about her when he gave us his talk at the mullet mixer. Ronnie’s talk included tips on how to read the water, which ’Äúlane’Äù’ to choose when entering the rapids, and basic river and water safety. Ronnie also mentioned a little bit about the snakes, mainly to stay away from them, but also how to look for where they may be.

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Bud Priddy One-Fly Memorial Contest May 14–15, 2004

May 14, 2004

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By Sheila Anderson

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I arrived at Lost Canyon on Friday around 9:15p.m. on Friday, and the mullet mixer was in full swing. Betty and Linda were on their way out to rejoin their husbands at the RV park, but Chama cabin was full of TWFF members looking forward to a weekend of fishing. As we always do at the mullet mixers, we discussed what fly to use, what worked best in the past, what the river conditions were like, who’s floating, who’s wading, where to put in, and what time to meet, among other topics of conservation. There was a feast on the table and everyone seemed happy once again to see each other and looked forward to the up coming event.

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Reimer’s Ranch March 13–14, 2004

March 13, 2004

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By Pam Vestal

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Wow! What a great trip! There were lots of white bass caught on this trip!

Many of us gathered at Becky Hand’s home for the Friday evening Mullet Mixer! THANK YOU BECKY!!!

Billy Trimble, our volunteer guide, was on-hand and provided a slide presentation and gave us excellent instruction on how to fly fish for white bass. He also provided us with flies tied just for white bass fishin’. Some of the dedicated early risers were at the Pedernales River at Reimer’s Ranch with Billy at approximately 0630. Billy helped folks get their lines strung and flies on. He stayed around all morning and as the rest of us found our way to the river, he helped us get set up and in the water, too!

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Guadalupe River January 23–25, 2004

January 23, 2004

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By Sheila Anderson and Becky Hand

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We all arrived safely at the Summit Resort on Friday evening and headed to the clubhouse for our Mullet Mixer. Sherri Ray had made a poster board presentation that contained information all about trout fishing. We learned where to fish, what they eat, what kind of flies to use, various knots, more information than a person could absorb in a short time. It was very informative and very much appreciated.

The day before our arrival, the lake release was increased from 160 cfs to 380 cfs, much to our dismay. We were all hopeful to have perfect conditions to trout fish, but they were not to be had this year. I must comment that 380 cfs is a vast improvement over our two past trout outings. The first outing on the Guadalupe in 2001 had the release at 800 cfs, while the next year’s release was 600 cfs. Both these levels are not considered safe for wading. At least we were able to explore more of the river than in previous years.

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Broken Bow, OK November 11–13, 2003

November 3, 2003

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By Becky Hand

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We had eleven people join TWFF for a wonderful trout outing on the Lower Mountain Fork River. The weather was a bit cool; but with long johns and waders, we were all prepared. Some rain had come through the day before, but this actually helped us by making the water slightly murky (not too muddy) so the trout were not as aware of our presence. We spread out over a large area on the river and then started catching trout – there was even a debate over who caught the first fish because we all reeled in fish. However, Sherri Ray proved to be the winner since her digital camera accurately recorded the time. But her hubby, Ronnie Ray caught the only Brown Trout and it was a nice one. After the success of the morning, some decided to enjoy the Folk Festival being held in the park and Becky Hand bought a new 3 wt rod to have more fun playing the small rainbows. Becky didn’t stop till nightfall – had to catch a first fish with the new rod and break it in.

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Red Fish Rodeo August 22–24, 2003

August 22, 2003

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By Sherri Ray

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Ellen Matthews and Kimberly Guido were the TWFF’s contribution to the winner’s circle at the 2003 Redfish Rodeo. Ellen and Kimberly were guided by Scott Summerlatte, who put them on fish, which added up to the Grand Slam First place win. The “slam” consisted of Redfish, Trout, Jack Crevelle, and flounder. There was one other “slam,” but the 19-inch trout made the girls the prevailing team.

There were about approximately twenty members who attended the outing. Many of our members had not previously fished the coastal waters. Lots of fun was had and lots of new experiences were enjoyed. The day was hot, but it was perfect for fly fishing in the protected areas, especially in the morning because there was essentially no wind.

This is a rare opportunity in my experience, and I am really glad that so many people were able to experience Port O’Connor during a calm weather period. The hurricane had been through POC earlier in August, but things were pretty much back to normal for the outing.

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South Llano River July 11–13, 2003

July 11, 2003

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By Mary Rohrer

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We had a great July outing in Junction at the Morgan Shady Campground along the South Llano River. TWFF members started to arrive mid-day Friday in all sorts of camping facilities….large RV’s, fifth wheels, casitas, popups and tents. The campground is beautiful, right on the banks of the South Llano River under large pecan trees.

Lavene Hardin was an excellent campground host, welcoming all of the TWFF fisherwomen to our various campsites. We also had a handful of Austin TOWN members join us to kayak in the morning. All in all, we had about 40 women and invited guests for the weekend.

Saturday morning we loaded our kayaks and supplies onto trailers and into the backs of pickups and other vehicles for a ride upriver to the entrance of the South Llano River State Park. We launched the kayaks just below the low-water crossing to begin our six-mile float to the campground. Nancy Burns, of Alamo City Rivermen fame, joined us to keep our minds on the river, not just fishing. The float had a few challenging spots where leading your kayak and walking through some swift water was definitely the safer way to go. The South Llano River is full of perch and bass. Generally the fish were of good size as compared to the same species of fish on the Llano River near Homer Martin’s place. Wooly buggers, poppers (like Miss Prissy, of course), and jigheads were successful flies for the river. We had a great lunch spot on the riverbank under a large pecan tree then proceeded at our own pace back to the campground. Julie Sieh caught her first fish, a good-sized perch on her fly rod using a popper that Ronnie Ray gave her.

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