On the morning of Saturday, October 8, nine eager participants showed up on Saturday morning at the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports to learn the basics of fly fishing. First
we went through a “ground school” of sorts where we covered basic fly
fishing gear and knots. After learning as much as possible through listening, watching
and practicing, we went outside to learn how to cast with an actual fly rod.
Although we were beset with a heavy wind the participants still learnt a load
about casting on the grass just outside the Dedman center. Once an hour had
passed, everyone loaded up into the van and we drove to White Rock Lake. We had
a very welcome sack lunch near the lake. When we had cleaned up after lunch we
took our rods and headed for the lake. The wind off of the lake proved to be
too much to allow for proper casting, which really emphasized how important it
is to watch the wind before proper fly fishing.
Many of those who attended the clinic expressed a desire to participate in more SMU OA trips.
SMU OA Trip Leader