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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [LH]
Feb. 22, 2005
Fly Fish Texas to Feature Seminars, Gear, Fishing
ATHENS, Texas -- "Fly fishing -- it's easier than you think" is the theme of the 6th annual Fly Fish Texas to be held at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center March 5.
A long list of fly-fishing professionals will be on-hand to prove that slogan true, providing seminars and hands-on instruction about everything from fly tying to solving casting problems. Special classes will be offered for beginners and young people.
Although drifting dry flies down a mountain stream in the Rockies may be the picture most people have of fly fishing, there are plenty of opportunities closer to home. Mark Marmon guides urban fly fishers in the Houston area and will share secrets of where and how to fish close-to-home waters. Colby "Pops" Sorrells, a certified casting instructor from Mansfield, will speak about fly fishing for Texas bass. Tye Green grew up fishing the Guadalupe River and will share his knowledge of Texas Hill Country streams.
If fishing Colorado streams is your aim, you'll want to hear Steve Rawls and Marty Cecil. Rawls guides for B&B Outfitters of Fredericksburg during the winter months and for Elk Trout Lodge in Kremmling, Colorado during the summer. Jim Partin of ArkAnglers will reveal the secrets of reading Colorado trout streams.
There will be sessions for advanced anglers as well. TPWD's own Bill Johnson, a fisheries technician from Bryan, will teach wade fishing in one of TFFC's ponds. Ron Sheepstra and Bill Huegel will show how to cast using two-handed long rods. And Ronnie Ray of Austin, another TPWD employee, will speak about fishing large rivers for warm water species.
After you've worked up an appetite tying flies, paddling kayaks and casting for rainbow trout in TFFC's streams and ponds, a visit with Ann Carr and John Jackman at the Dutch oven cooking demonstration area will be in order. They will have fruit cobblers and fresh-baked bread available for sampling.
Fly Fish Texas will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of TFFC, which is four miles east of Athens on F.M. 2495. Athens is 75 miles southeast of Dallas. All seminars, demonstrations and instruction are included in the regular price of admission, $5.50 for adults, $ 4.50 for seniors and $3.50 for children ages 4-12. For more information or directions, call (903) 676-2277.
Seminar Schedule
(All in the Anheuser Busch Dive Theater)
--9:10 a.m. Bass Buggin Texas Style - Colby "Pops" Sorrells
--10:10 a.m. Guiding Rivers in Texas -Tye Green
--11:10 a.m. Fly Fishing for Carp - David Speer
--12:10 p.m. Urban Fly Fishing - Mark Marmon
--1:10 p.m. Fishing Texas and Colorado Rivers - Steve Rawls and Marty Cecil
--2:10 p.m. Fishing a Small Stream - Jim Partin
--3:10 p.m. Fishing Large Rivers and Warm Water Species - Ronnie Ray
Special Classes and Demonstrations
(Tents outside Visitor Center, Wetlands Pond, Fishing Pond)
--9:10 - noon Junior Fly Fisher Program, first session
--10:10 a.m. Solve Your Casting Problems - Colby Sorrells
--10:10 a.m. Kayak Fishing - Paul Lara and Dave Bradley
--10:10 a.m. Rigging the Fly Rod for Trout Fishing - Jim Partin
--11:10 a.m. Fly Fishing Texas Rivers and Streams - Ronnie Ray
--12:10 p.m. Long Rod Casting - Ron Scheepstra and Bill Heugel
--12:10 p.m. Roundtable Discussion of Problems and Solutions - Jim Partin
--1:10 pm. Wade Fishing - William and Bill Johnson
--1:10 p.m. Texas Hill Country Guide Program - Steve Rawls
--1:30 pm. " 4 p.m. Junior Fly Fisher program, second session
--2:10 p.m. What It's Like to be a Fly Fishing Guide - Tye Green
--2:10 p.m. Casting Demonstration, Slow Versus Fast Rods - Mark Marmon
--3:10 p.m. Kayak Fishing - Paul Lara and Dave Bradley
Day-Long Activities and locations
Commercial Exhibits (TFFC Visitor Center)
--Fly Action/Fish Pursuit by the Dallas Fly Fishers (Visitor Center aquaria)
--Fly Tying (Anglers Pavilion)
--Casting Instruction (East side of fishing pond)
--Western River Style Raft Display (East side of Anglers Pavilion)
--Kayak Tryouts (Wetlands Pond)
--Fly Fishing for Trout, Bluegill and Bass (Fishing stream east of Anglers Pavilion)
--Dutch Oven Cooking (East side of Anglers Pavilion)

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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [RM]
Feb. 22, 2005
Big Bend Ranch State Park Conditions Prime for Digital Photo Workshop
PRESIDIO, Texas -- Big Bend Ranch State Park should be in full bloom this spring, thanks to above-average moisture, providing a host of colorful subjects for camera buffs enrolled in digital photo workshops scheduled this April.
Veteran Houston photographer Jim Carr will teach two sets of workshops: the first bring April 22-24 and the second April 26-28. The workshops will concentrate on digital photography fundamentals and what equipment and computer software are available today to take quality pictures and enhance ones that need help, Carr said.
"One of the main disappointments that I hear from people who visit the ranch is their inability to capture the mountains and grandeur of the West Texas landscapes that make the Big Bend so special," Carr said. "While capturing such an image has always been possible, (though not easily) digital cameras and software programs have made taking quality panoramic photos much easier."
Carr knows Big Bend Ranch well. He has been conducting trail rides and photo workshops at the scenic 300,000-acre state park and working cattle ranch for 10 years.
He says workshop participants will be divided into four groups of photographers at the ranch. Photographers will learn how to download their photos to a computer disc and how to adjust colors, size photos and perform other editing tasks using the latest photo editing software.
The cost of the workshop is $400, which includes meals, lodging, all park fees and transportation in connection with the on-site workshop. Workshop participants will meet at Fort Leaton State Historic Site in Presidio and be transported to the state park.
To register for the workshop, call Big Bend Ranch State Park at (432) 229-3416.

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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ] [KD]
Feb. 22, 2005
TPWD Hosts Workshop About Managing Land for Wildlife
HOUSTON -- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will host its annual "Managing Your Land for Wildlife" workshop on March 12 and it will be at the Tracy Gee Community Center, (3599 Westcenter), here in Houston. The event, while open to any landowners, is aimed at area residents who own or manage rural property outside of Houston.
The workshop begins at 9 a.m. and will include lectures about holistic resource management, doves, eastern turkeys, white-tailed deer, bats and integrated pest management.
"We're trying to offer the technical guidance for people so that they can manage their land better, for whatever species their trying to manage," said Keith Crenshaw, an urban biologist at Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center.
Earl Chilton, Ph.D., of TPWD's Inland Fisheries Division will host the final lecture of the day, focusing on aquatic vegetation management.
"There are a number of invasive weeds that grow in people's ponds as well as in public water that are not native to North America, and as a result don't have a lot of natural enemies and can get out of control," Chilton said.
Registration for the workshop is $20 per person. Pre-registration is required, and must be done by March 4. For more information, please call the TPWD Urban Wildlife office in Houston at (281) 456-7029.
On the Net:
More about the workshop: http://tpwd.texas.gov/news/news/pdf/landowner_workshop_2005.pdf