June 22, 2012
By Britta Hebert and Leslie DeHay
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We had yet another wonderful visit to the beautiful South Llano River in Junction! This year it was very HOT with highs in the 100s!! Yet we still had a great time sharing food, friendship and laughter as we journeyed through the weekend with numerous events and plenty of water to fish.
Attendees included RW and Kathy Spencer, Pat and Don Carlson, Leslie DeHay, Britta Hebert, Lisa Hempel, Kerri and Jim Stephenson, Brook and Jenna Gura, Dawn and Jessica Dorsett and Hailey, Jolene Buford, Roz Orr, Frances Estes, Carrie Helmcamp, Sharon Leissner, Debbie Price, Laura Harper, Virpi Lahdenperä, Jack and Mary K. Janco, Greg and Sheila Setter, Joyce Davis, Jan Bates, Cindy Organ, Cindi and Will Sudds, Vicki Andrews, Mary Kain, Merilyn Evans, and Keira Quam.
People decided to stay at three different locations around Junction. Greg and Sheila stayed at the South Llano River Lodge. Keira (and her dog Gizmo), Cindy, Pat and Don stayed at Morgan Shady RV park in their RVs, and the rest of the group stayed at the Best Western Dos Rios hotel.
Northern view from South Llano River Lodge property.
Friday afternoon, Jan and Sharon fished at the Flat Rock Crossing area and caught a fish before the Mullet Mixer even started!! Others also fished during the day Friday at various locations and had some luck catching. As people arrived at the hotel to check in or to attend the mullet mixer, they were given a gift bag full of useful info about the area, a Koozi, a Cabela’s lanyard, a fly box from Cabela’s and three flies… score!!! Thanks go out to Mary K. Janco and Kathy Spencer who helped Leslie stuff the gift bags.
The Mullet Mixer was a delight with several yummy dishes to share amongst the group. The guest speaker for the evening was Walter Curry, owner of the South Llano River Lodge (SLRL). Walter shared that the river was actually 18 inches higher than last year during the drought! He explained the different types of fish found in the river, plus the various launch and take-out points for the kayakers. He also explained for those wading where to go along the river. All in all, his overview was very informative and helped us all get oriented to our plans for the following day. RW Spencer spoke about the clinic he would be leading on Saturday morning at the SLRL property near the river. After the Mullet Mixer, some of the group went over to the Junction Rivers Winery and enjoyed the local wines before retiring for the evening.
Jolene Buford working on her flies over lunch.
“Walter Curry, owner of the South Llano River Lodge (SLRL), shared that the river was actually 18 inches higher than last year during the drought!”
On Saturday morning, RW held the casting clinic at the SLRL. Kathy, Kerri, Jim, Brook, Jenna, Britta, Lisa, Leslie, Roz, Frances, Carrie, Sharon and Merilyn attended the clinic and learned all kinds of things about casting techniques, form and practice drills (casting along a straight line, casting at targets, etc.). RW was also very gracious in sharing his advice about flies to use on the river and what to look for while wading and fishing.
- W. Spencer, Leslie DeHay and Kathy Spencer.
Others came down to fish at the SLRL area throughout the day including Virpi, Jack and Mary K., Greg and Sheila, Cindy O., Mary, Jan, Joyce and Jolene. Another group decided to kayak (Keira, Dawn, Jessica, Hailey, Don, Pat and Vicki), and they headed over to the second crossing and floated down to the first crossing catching many fish along the way. Some fished at Morgan Shady, and others started out fishing at the South Llano River State Park (Debbie, Laura, Cindi and Will). Some folks also tried out Flat Rock Crossing for a change of pace (including Cindi S., Will, Roz, Frances, Virpi and Cindy O.).
Casting clinic participants ready to learn!
On Saturday evening, the group was treated to a tasty fajita dinner put on by the Kimble County Chamber of Commerce. Connie and Brian Booth, Judy, Theresa and Philip put all the food together and decorated the tables. It was a lovely presentation! The silent auction was set up by Cindy, Lisa and Britta, and everyone had a good time bidding and rebidding on items for sale. Jeannie of the Junction Rivers Winery said a few words about the wines they produce, and the wines were available by the glass during dinner. Sheila was presented a gift for all her wonderful work as TWFF web master, and Pat won the door prize of a bottle of wine and two wine glasses! Don, Frances, Mary and Cindy collected auction proceeds at the end of the evening – it was another successful fund raising event!
Pat Carlson won the door prize from Connie Booth of the Kimble County Chamber of Commerce
On Sunday, several people went out fishing again, while others headed home. Overall, the 2012 Junction outing was an extremely successful event with many great memories made!