If you've ever wanted to experience the thrill of catching a fish from a fly you've created, you're in luck. Texas Parks and Wildlife, along with the Red River Fly Fishers, will host an event in Texoma on Saturday. Ryan Loyd has the details and the story of what fly fishing is all about.
It’s a return to the roots of fishing. If painters use brushes, and if potters use clay, then fly fisherman Steven Hollensed uses nature to create his work of art.
"It’s my way to enjoy the great outdoors," he says.
Fly-fishing is an ancient angling method and is an art form all its own. No high-tech tools are necessary. It’s just good old-fashioned fishing.
"Once you pick up fly casting, it opens up a whole new world of fly fishing to you."
Texas is a great state for the sport. In fact, fly fisherman say the Lone Star State is simply one of the best places to fly fish.
"You can fish for striped and large mouth bass, small-mouth, and trout," he says.
The catch is the secret ingredient of fly tying.
Fly tying is also beauty in the making. Creators artfully, intricately weave patterns together made from exotic feathers and other rare materials, and whether it's used for show or for sport, the fly is just one piece of the fishing puzzle. Learning how to master fly casting is just another.
Even amateurs can become pros, and in the words of any good sportsman passionate about their work, Steve Hollensed says, "Life's too short not to fly fish."
Texoma Tie In
On Saturday at Eisenhower State Park, the Red River Fly Fishers present the Texoma Tie In! The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the class and all materials are totally free!
Call 903-465-1956 for more information.
This is just one of dozens of events taking place this year. It’s part of Texas Parks and Wildlife's free fishing in state parks initiative, celebrating its fifth year in 2008.