May 30, 2014
Hosted by Diane Blair, Kay Jackson, & Stormi Johnson
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Twenty-three intrepid TWFF members brought their kayaks, bobcats, campers, and great attitudes to beautiful Tyler State Park, located in the piney woods, two miles north of Interstate 20 near Tyler, Texas. A few of us camped in the beautiful park or took advantage of the park’s screened shelters. Note: if we have another outing here, book your campsite, cabin, or shelter EARLY.
Friday night, Bryan Nims and his daughter Carmen joined us in the air-conditioned comfort of the park’s dining hall for the Mullet Mixer. Bryan spoke about fishing for white bass and stripers and how not to shop “at Brookshire’s if you are looking for a coach purse.” In other words, if you are looking for bass, fish where they are most likely to hang out: on structure, under cover, on the banks in the spring, under diving birds, etc. Don’t waste your time blind casting out in the middle of featureless waters (aka, Brookshire’s).
Saturday was spent on the water and on the grass, perfecting the cast. The weather for the outing could not have been better. We had a few warm spring showers, but nobody melted. Eleven attendees took advantage of casting tips from Diane Blair, our resident CCI, and many tied flies with Jeff Tomlinson, our guest from the Red River Fly Fishers.
TWFF provided the vises and tools so that everyone who wanted to tie a fly could do so. Jeff taught a simple pattern that had us immediately catching bass and bluegills.
Sharon and Diane dared to stand up in the bobcat boats to practice some synchronized casting (even if no fish were caught as a result).
Meanwhile, Marilyn and Debbie finally got to take their bobcat boat on its maiden voyage with great results, albeit a little wet for Marilyn. Sorry, no picture available, but she was wet to the gills after chasing the bobcat as it drifted out into the lake.
Saturday evening we had a great a BBQ dinner topped off by a S’mores Bar put together by Stormi. Other highlights of the weekend: Janet and Emery’s Dutch oven cobbler, the raccoon raid on the late-night gathering at space #33, catching fish on yellow poppers, Sharon losing her keys in the lake and finding them at Pat’s trailer, trailer backing lessons with help from every man within 20 yards, the usual (and unusual) array of yummy bites at the Mullet Mixer, getting to see the finished TWFF quilt, great old friends and great new friends.
The following members enjoyed the festivities: Vicki Andrews, Janet and Emery Baca, Diane and Richard Blair, Pat and Don Carlson, Joyce Davis, Frances Estes, Merilyn Evans, Em Hardy, Stormi and Gary Johnson, Mary Kain, Sharon Leissner, Linda Love, Judy Lunn, Cindy and Warren Norried, Tammy Notley, Roz Orr, Keira Quam, and Debbie Williams.