Bud Priddy One-Fly May 16–18, 2003

May 16, 2003

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By Mary Rohrer

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The Alamo Fly Fishers Club hosted the annual Bud Priddy One Fly Tournament in Camp Wood along the beautiful and clear Nueces River. The weekend’s weather was hot, hot, hot, even in the shade (100 degrees plus!). The best way to stay cool and comfortable was wading in the river. Finding a deep shady pool in the river was key. By noon, fishing had slowed considerably. At day’s end, we had an enjoyable meal at Casa Falcone with all the participants and exchanged stories and fish tales. After dinner, Alamo Fly Fishers announced the results of the event.

Our club did great in the tournament! Two of our members, Annette Blythe and Betty Burleson, won the honors of the largest bass and largest perch! Betty caught a 9-inch bluegill wading in the Nueces by the campground using a Cypert minnow. Annette was wading upstream of the County Rd 408 crossing, using a wooly bugger she tied, and caught a 16-in large mouth bass along the cut bank. The third honor was given to an AFF member, John Marfin, who caught an amazing 160 fish during the day. (Gals, that is 1 fish every 3 minutes in 8 hours of fishing!

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Marble Falls, Texas March 21–23, 2003

March 21, 2003

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By Sherri Ray and Coco Davenport

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What a GREAT group of women fly fishers at our Marble Falls outing! In spite of unknown fishing territory and yucky weather, they were super. We were lucky to have Jodi Rector for her first trip, all the way from San Angelo. She and her dad returned to our fishing spot and “racked up,” as she put it in an email after the trip. Pam Vestal, her friend Maryann and Pam’s 15-year-old daughter, Tiffany, came all the way from Spring and the Katy area. We really enjoyed their company. How wonderful to see a member of the new generation out there in her hip waders. She should be on a fly-fishing calendar, what a cutie! Those of you who were at Homer Martin remember that we were lucky to have Luke, Sarah’s nephew, along. It is really gratifying to see a part our mission being fulfilled before our very eyes!! By the way, Sarah Valentine gets the Bravery Award for going swimming so early in the year. Ask her about it. Debi Prather and Mary Rohrer came out for the day, and Kerri and Jim Stephenson came out Saturday morning before most of us started fishing due to the weather. Our hats are really off to Sheila Anderson for taking her duties as Historian so seriously.

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Homer Martin Ranch January 24–26, 2003

January 24, 2003

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By Coco Davenport

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Wow, was it cold! We did a lot of huddling around the fire in the lodge at Homer Martin Ranch.

Friday evening we stoked up the fire, had a great pot luck dinner, played some games and visited. Saturday morning after breakfast, Diane Blair taught about 10 of us how to tie a wooly bugger. Diane is a great teacher, and we made several to bring home. Diane even gave each of us a nice box to house our new flies. Then the tiers left to join Ronnie Ray and the wade fishers. Many brave souls went wade fishing, and a few more made it as far as the riverbank to huddle around another fire. The fish were less than cooperative, but a good time was had by all.

Saturday evening our dear friends, Abby Golman and Annie White, offered casting classes before our Pot Luck dinner. After dinner, Frances Hamm announced the winning bids from our silent auction. Frances and Lavene Jones did a magnificent job soliciting donations and arranging them for bidding. The auction was great fun and very profitable for the club. Items up for bid included a Clearwater rod and reel, donated by Orvis of Austin, a four-piece travel rod donated by Austin Angler, a fly rod and reel donated by Dallas Fly Fishers, several chest packs donated by Austin Outdoor Gear and Guidance, Columbia waders donated by Too Chickie, as well as an assortment of flies, books, and other gear donated by TWFF members and others.  The high bidders went home with some great new gear obtained at bargain-basement prices, and the TWFF coffers were increased by about $700. A huge thanks are due to Frances for her efforts in putting together another great silent auction!

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Fairfield Lake November 8–10, 2002

November 8, 2002

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A gathering of all the
Texas Fishing Clubs

By Debi Prather

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We had a beautiful, classic fall weekend for the Fairfield Outing; although it was a bit on the windy side. Skies were blue and leaves were fluttering down as we camped in tents and trailers at Fairfield State Park. The park was full up with fly fishers from clubs across the state, including about 15 TWFF members.

Saturday morning, some of us braved the gusty wind to paddle up to the end of the lake where we hoped to find some protection from the wind. We didn’t find it, but we had an invigorating paddle and a nice cruise back to the put-in with the wind at our backs. Others went a different direction on the lake and found a protected spot where they caught a few bass, and still others enjoyed a leisurely breakfast and went off to Jewett to hit the flea market.

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Llano River—Homer Martin Resort (No recap available)

September 13, 2002

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Bud Priddy One-Fly May 17–19, 2002

May 17, 2002

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By Sarah Valentine

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The return to Nueces Canyon and its member towns of Camp Wood and Barksdale for the annual Bud Priddy One Fly Contest was a wonderful homecoming for me. I began my trek from San Antonio late Thursday evening and stopped in my hometown of Uvalde for a visit with my mom. I had arranged for her to help TWFF with some homemade candy for our welcome bags at Lost Canyon. Mom is legendary in Uvalde for her cooking, but as usual she apologized for the “quality” of the candy. “This batch is a bit too brown” and “these pralines aren’t as pretty as usual” were her disclaimers of the day. No disclaimers were needed for me; I promptly helped myself to one of each!

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Tres Rios River Resort March 8–10, 2002

March 9, 2002

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By Constance Whiston

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Texas Women Fly Fishers had a wonderful but chilly outing at Tres Rios Campground on the Brazos River near Glen Rose. The festivities began Friday evening with a two-hour casting class offered by Constance Whiston; then we snuggled down in our cabins for what felt like a winter’s sleep.

Next morning, we created an entourage of kayaks and canoes and headed down the Brazos River for a five mile paddle and fly fish trip led by Ed Lowe. Ed served as our river guide and chef for the weekend. His river and food expertise come from years of guiding school groups on Texas rivers and as the owner of Celebration Restaurant in Dallas. It was a brisk morning; so a few of our members chose to stay behind and wade fish Squaw Creek at camp. Tres Rios Campground is located at the convergence of Squaw Creek, the Brazos River, and the Paluxy River; so those who did not attend the flotilla had several options for wade fishing. On our return from the Brazos trip, we were met with the bright faces of fly fishers who reported catching two or three fish each.

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Guadalupe River January 25–27, 2002

January 25, 2002

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By Sheila Hood

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The first outing of TWFF for 2002 was a great success. Thirty-four fly fishers attended this year. What can be said? The weather was great, the accommodations cozy, the flows were down, and many fish were landed. Friday evening members and guests joined at the Summit Clubhouse for a little socializing, catching up on news from old friends, and making new ones. Constance Whiston gave a very informative presentation on trout fishing. Afterwards, there was hands-on assistance on knot tying and advice about what flies could be used.

Saturday was a good day for fishing. Most of the fishing was going on at Upper Beans Campground and Hueco Springs Campground. The weather was agreeable; many built campfires for an occasional warm-up. Fishing was good, and there was a lot of mentoring going on with beginners to the group. The Saturday evening meal was catered by J’s Bar-B-Que in Sattler. We were fortunate to have Al Wilkie and his wife, Ouida, join TWFF for this outing. Al is Senior Advisor of the Federation of Fly Fishers™. He shared information concerning FFF, entertained us with a few good tales, and answered questions from attendees concerning trout fishing.

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Fairfield County Lake November 9–11, 2001

November 9, 2001

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By Constance Whiston

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Picture a bronze, gold, and rust carpet of autumn leaves, coots softly calling along the edge of a lily pad covered lake, Texas White Oak logs burning red in the campfire, your buddies gathered round, smiling, telling fish stories and munching on the most delectable cuisine imaginable. This is not a romanticized concept of our last outing for 2001——it is a very right on the target description. Our closing was one of the most enjoyable of the year. Members of Texas Women Fly Fishers,

Fort Worth Fly Fishers, Dallas Fly Fishers, Austin Fly Fishers, Montgomery County Fly Rodders, and a few from Texas Fly Fishers and Piney Woods Fly Fishers joined together November 9, 10, and 11 at Fairfield Lake State Park to fly fish for bass, tilapia, red fish, and sunfish. The Texas Dutch Oven Society worked most of the day preparing our evening banquet. Brother if you were there, I hope you had a chance to try “Butch’s Bananas”—WOW! The stews, the chicken, the cobblers, and the breads—Oh my God, I thought I’d died and gone to food heaven!

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Port O’Connor Redfish Rodeo (No recap available)

September 21, 2001

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