|Windermere Baptist Conference Center Marina|
|Now it is time to be creative|
|One of a dozen white bass caught and released|
We did fish Friday night with Warren and Joe taking a powerboat out into the cove. I walked the shoreline throwing small jigs. I managed to catch and release a dozen white bass, a foot long crappie and a channel catfish. Warren and Joe also had success with white bass, catfish and large-mouth bass all caught on a fly.
On Saturday, we had two classes and a high level of enthusiasm. One of the class members (Kathryn) cut a lock of her hair and constructed a Clouser minnow. Anyone standing outside of the classroom would have thought we were out of control rowdy class with no one supervising the kids. It was good fun and everyone had a great time.
evening the MDC provided dinner which was catered by Bandanas, which was very
good. I had an opportunity to talk with Mike Huffman, Outreach and Education
division chief for the MDC; he over sees the Discover Nature programs, one of
his many responsibilities.
|One of the students, cutting a lock of her hair to construct a closer minnow.|
That evening, Warren, Joe and I fished the point near the marina boat dock wading from shore. Kevin Lohraff met us later that evening. Warren invited many of the students and we had sixteen women with us that evening. We provided casting instruction, a few students fly-fished with us. Kevin worked with three women and Joe would hand the rod off when he hooked a fish, with a few fish coming to shore. Warren kept everyone in line with storytelling and explained the virtues of fly-fishing. Joe managed to catch and release a drum, white bass, walleye and bluegill. We stayed out until 11 PM, standing in the water with a crescent moon dropping in the western sky with a few satellites seen in the southern region. Kevin caught three walleye and I managed a walleye and a few
|Now it is to whip finish the fly|
We had a blast with the class and introducing fly-casting to a few. It was good to see Regina Knauer who invited us seven years ago to teach the fly tying course. Warren had her laughing uncontrollably when it was mentioned out toilet was out of service; Regina taught compass and map reading. Kevin stepped up to help with casting; he taught the hunting class. Thanks to Larry for the pulling the lock on the truck, allowing me to drive home. Finally, thanks to Eric Edwards for the invitation to the Discover Nature Women event. Hope to return next year...