DENISON, Texas -- Many people have fished the waters of Lake Texoma and caught fish on a rod and reel but it is an added thrill to catch fish on a fly rod with flies you hand tied yourself. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, in partnership with the Red River Fly Fishers, will host a unique program of fly tying classes and activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday January 24th at the Eisenhower State Park Rec Hall. The event is free to the public and fishermen of all ages are welcome. Whether you are a beginner who just has an interest or a self professed expert, all will find something of interest at Texoma on the Fly. Good bank fishing access to Lake Texoma can be found along the shoreline all throughout the state park.
Beginning fly tying classes (with vise and supplies provided), along with techniques demonstrated by nationally and internationally renown fly tiers are designed to help you get started in fly tying, or help improve your current skills and take your fly tying to the next level. Emphasis will be on warm water fly patterns that target stripers, bass, and panfish, all common fish in Texas lakes. Many classic salmon, trout, and specialty flies will also be demonstrated. An avid fly fisher, Jack Janco is the President of the Red River Fly Fishers. He says that “there are few things in fishing as rewarding as catching a fish with a fly or lure you have tied yourself.” This Texoma on the Fly is an event designed to give you just that opportunity.
This program is one of dozens of such events taking place this year in Texas state parks as part of TPWD’s Free Fishing in State Parks initiative that celebrates its sixth year. In addition to family-oriented events that teach basic and advanced fishing skills, fishing license requirements have been waived at more than 50 state parks. The license-free angling applies only to fishing inside a state park from the bank, a pier or from a boat if done in a body of water totally contained within the boundaries of a state park, such as the lake at Bonham State Park.
For more information about the “Texoma Tie In” or any of the agency fishing programs, please call Park Superintendent Paul Kisel at (903) 465-1956.