The Texas Fly Fishers recently awarded scholarships to several club youth members to attend the Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited Youth Camp. After the camp, the youth members reported to the club membership, at a monthly meeting, on the camp and explained the various activities and classes in which they participated. The club youth members who received the scholarships were Martin Dietz, Kai Weaver, Spence McNamara and Ainsley McNamara and are pictured left to right: (Martin Dietz was unable to attend and was represented by his mother, Elaine), Spence McNamara, (TFF President, Marcos Enriquez), Kai Weaver and Ainsley McNamara.
Our speaker for the March 28, 2017 monthly meeting will be Van Beacham. Van is a fly fisher, guide, instructor, outfitter, fisheries manager and author who has been guiding anglers in NM, CO and WY since 1982. In 1984, Van started leasing private fisheries and in 1986 he founded the Solitary Angling Club, a private fly fishing club whose members have access to all the private waters he leases and owns in NM, CO and WY. The Solitary Angler and Van’s mission is to provide “Superior Fly Fishing Without the Crowds” for anglers of all skill levels. Van also co-authored Fly Fishing in Northern New Mexico and wrote the Fly Fisher’s Guide to New Mexico considered by many to be the “go-to” book for all information regarding fly fishing in New Mexico. So, if you are interested in learning more about fly fishing in New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming or if you just want to watch some fly tying before the meeting and listen to an interesting speaker or if you just want to socialize with some friendly fly fishermen and women, come on out to the March 28, 2017 monthly meeting; we would be glad to have you attend.
Our speaker for the February 28, 2017 monthly meeting will be Mike Lembke from Wollaston Lake Lodge located in Canada approximately 100 miles from the Northwest Territories http://www.wollastonlakelodge.com/ . Mike will be telling us about the trophy Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Grayling and Walleye to be found at Wollaston Lake along with the spectacular scenery and relaxed atmosphere found in the Canadian wilderness. So, if you are interested in hearing about the fine fishing opportunities to be found in northern Canada, watching some fly tying before the meeting or just socializing with some friendly fly anglers, come to the February 2017 monthly meeting, we would be glad to have you.
Our Monthly speaker for January 31, 2017 will be Louisiana resident Jeff Ferguson who will be talking with us about the fine fly fishing to be found on Lake Calcasieu located near theTexas Louisiana border. Jeff is an experienced fly angler, is very knowledgeable about the Lake and is also a Certified Master Casting Instructor so you will not want to miss his presentation. The meeting, as always, will start at 7 pm and will be preceded with a great opportunity to socialize with a very friendly group of men and women who are interested fly fishing. So, come to the meeting we would be glad to have you in attendance.
The Christmas party held December 10th will serve as our monthly meeting for December so there will be no meeting the last Tuesday of December, 2016. Regular monthly meetings will resume on the last Tuesday of January 2017 as usual.
Our Monthly Speaker for the November 29, 2016 will be club member, Joe Nicklo who will be telling us about fly fishing the Green River, Flaming Gorge, Utah. Joe has fished the Flaming Gorge and is familiar with the fly fishing techniques and strategies which are available to the angler who chooses to fish those waters. So, if you are interested in what the Flaming Gorge in the state of Utah has to offer for the fly fishing angler or just want to mingle and socialize with others who are interested in fly fishing, come to the November 2016 meeting we would be glad to have you.
Our Speaker for the October 25,2016 monthly meeting will be Filippo Invernizzi. Filippo is the Co-Founder and Co-Owner of Avalon Outdoor, a specialized tourism enterprise founded in 1992 and located in Cuba. Originally from Italy, Filippo has dedicated most of his life to managing and promoting sustainable fly fishing. In Cuba, he was among the first to make the business case for conservation with the marine protected area of Gardens of the Queen and 5 more Marine parks. So if you are interested in learning about fly fishing opportunities in Cuba or just want to socialize with some friendly fly fishermen and women, come on out to the October, 2016 monthly meeting. We would be glad to have you.
Our Monthly Speaker for September, 2016 will be club member, Alex Blacque who will be telling us about fly fishing in Montana. Alex has made several trips to Montana and is familiar with rivers of the state along with the fly fishing techniques and strategies which are available to the angler who chooses to fish the waters of Montana. So, if you are interested in what the state of Montana has to offer for the fly fishing angler or just want to mingle and socialize with others who are interested in fly fishing, come to the September 2016 meeting we would be glad to have you.
Our monthly speaker for July 26, 2016 will be world record holder Meredith McCord. Meredith will be speaking to the club about her quest to catch 100 line class records (she’s currently at 99) as well as about her travels and the techniques used to accomplish this milestone. So, if you would like to see some fine fly tying before the meeting, mingle with other fly fishermen and fisherwomen and hear a fine speaker, come to the July meeting we would be glad to have you.
Less than 2 years ago, a multi-partner coalition including the Texas Park and Wildlife (TPW) Foundation announced the purchase of the 17,351-acre Powderhorn Ranch along the Texas coast in Calhoun County. This acquisition will conserve a spectacular piece of property that is one of the largest remaining tracts of unspoiled coastal prairie in the state and at a purchase price of $37.7 million is the largest dollar amount ever raised for a conservation land purchase in the state. As explained by Laura Huffman, Texas state director for The Nature Conservancy, “The Gulf of Mexico is the hardest working body of water in the country, but it desperately needs nourishment. We have steadily stripped away its natural defenses, endangering wildlife, nature and the millions of residents who live in coastal communities.” “This investment in Powderhorn Ranch protects the best of the last coastal prairies left in Texas and stitches together a network of protected lands that are vital to the resilience and health of the Gulf Coast.” Our speaker will be Biologist, Daniel Walker, who is currently Project Leader for Coastal Bend Wetland Ecosystem Projects, which includes the Guadalupe Delta, Matagorda Island and the newly acquired Powderhorn with his primary duty being the development of Powderhorn. So, come on out to the June 2016 meeting, watch some fine fly tying before the meeting, mingle with fellow fly fishermen and women and hear a presentation by a fine speaker; we would be glad to have you.