The fly tying and regular meeting of the Red River Fly Fishers was held February 6th with fly tying starting at 6:00 PM and was a fun and educational time for all tiers of all levels.
The regular meeting got kicked off at 7:00 by President Reid Winger with a little bit of club business followed by a presentation by Dutch Baughman on Fly Fishers International (FFI).
Dutch provided a very informative presentation on not only FFI but also his experience fishing for steelhead and being a “steelheader”.
Dutch talked in depth about the dawning of a new era for FFI that continues its historic work on conservation and education.
The growth of the education side of FFI has resulted in the creation of the FFI Learning Center on the FFI website that is focused on teaching fly fishing skills for both the new and experienced fly angler. The learning center will be the “on-line destination where educational materials of the highest quality…”.
The FFI website and learning center can be found at www.flyfishersinternational.org
The library of information on the FFI Learning Center is available free of charge to any fly angler whether they are FFI members or not.
In addition members of FFI can access additional resources that can be used for furthering fly fishing education.
Information was also given on the Texas Council and the 21 fly fishing clubs located in Texas. The Texas Council is focused on helping fly fishing clubs within the state of Texas be all they can be and educate current fly anglers as well as attract new individuals to the sport of fly fishing.
Regardless if you are an experienced fly angler or just thinking about giving fly fishing a try check out the FFI website and consider joining FFI. Also if you are in the North Texas area joint the Red River Fly Fishers at our next meeting on March 6th. See the events page for more details.
The Red River Rendezvous held on January 26th and 27th was a resounding success for all involved. A great time was had by all involved. As with previous years the event including good food, great fly tying tips, tricks, and patterns shared by both expert and beginner tiers, as well as great stories of fish that had been caught and a few that got away. There may have even been some slight exaggeration in a couple of those fishing tales, but nothing that anyone could prove.
Outside on Saturday there was some casting practice and instruction as well as a few members trying out a rod or fly line they had not seen or used before.
Attendees to the event included a range of individuals including members of other fly fishing clubs, fly fisherman and tiers of all experience levels and some new individuals to the sport that had yet to pickup a fly rod or sit down at the tying vise for the first time.
There were also several of the next generation on hand to soak up the knowledge in the room and keep the sport and traditions alive.
Rhea Bermel of the Herald Democrat was also on hand to cover the event. Her story “Red River fishermen teach art of fly fishing”. The article can be found on the Herald Democrat website HERE. The members of the Red River Fly Fishers appreciate Rhea and the Herald Democrat for coming out and covering the event.
Plans have already started for the 2019 Red River Rendezvous.
You can check out other pictures of the event in the gallery located HERE as well as on the Red River Fly Fishers Facebook page.
If you would like to learn more or join the Red River Fly Fishers be sure and join us at our regular meeting held the 1st Tuesday of every month. Details can be found on the Events calendar on this site.
The 2018 Red River Rendezvous is this weekend. Activities start at 3:00 PM on Friday, January 26th with chili dogs and all the fixings served at 6:00 PM. There will be fly tying, fellowship and all things fly fishing until 8:00 PM
Day Two will kick off at 7:00 AM on Saturday, January 27th and run till 5:00 PM. Once again there will be fly tying, casting practice, and all things fly fishing.
The event is held each year at Eisenhower State Park and is hosted by the Red River Fly Fishers. You can find more information about the event as well as a map to the park by clicking HERE.
Bring the whole family. There will fun for all. Hope to see you there.
The Red River Fly Fisher has their regularly scheduled meeting on November 7th.
Cody and Julia Bell gave a great presentation on their recent fishing trip to Cuba.
In addition to the their entertaining and informative presentation Julia was also presented with two IGFA World Records.
The 2018 Officers were voted on and approved unanimously.
We had a nice time at Beaver’s Bend a couple of weeks ago. Nine members joined the two guides on Saturday. The fishing was slow early and then heated up in the late afternoon for Jeff & Sylvia Pearson. A couple of pictures from the day are below.