Late January can be a time that tries the souls of local outdoorsmen. Deer hunting seasons are all but over on both sides of the Red River, duck season is winding down, and the year’s best fishing is still several weeks away.

Late January can be a time that tries the souls of local outdoorsmen. Deer hunting seasons are all but over on both sides of the Red River, duck season is winding down, and the year’s best fishing is still several weeks away.


So what’s an outdoors enthusiast to do this weekend in the Texoma region?


Fly tying, that’s what.


There will be plenty of that ancient angler’s art going on this weekend at the third annual "Red River Rendezvous" fly tying event. After two years at Bonham State Park, the event returns to its local roots on the shores of Lake Texoma and will be held this Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Rec Hall in Eisenhower State Park.


According to Red River Fly Fishers’ president Lee Yeager, the event runs from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and carries a cost of $10 per person, which includes the state park entry fee. If a person is camping at Eisenhower, the admission fee to the fly tying event is only $5.


"This event is an opportunity for area fly tyers to meet and share ideas, demonstrate flies they have created, and learn from each other," said Yeager, a longtime member of the RRFF group.


While there are no formal fly tying instruction classes at this event, there will be on-going fly tying demonstrations all day by some of the most talented fly tyers in North Texas.


During those informal demonstrations, participants will be free to pull up a chair, carefully observe, ask questions, and receive tying advice on trout, saltwater, and warmwater fly patterns.


"Kyle Hand will be there demonstrating some of his Atlantic salmon flies and (Sherman’s) Jeff Tomlinson will be demonstrating his balsa wood poppers," said Yeager. "John Maddux should be there and his flies are extremely eye catching. He does great warm water bass flies."


Yaeger also indicates that in addition to plenty of fly tying, there will also be plenty of impromptu fly casting.


"We will have representatives from TFO (Temple Fork Fly Rods) on hand (and they will be there) with their usual assortment of fly rods to cast," he said.


For information on the event, visit the RRFF Web site at www.rrff.org; e-mail the Club at rrflyfishers@gmail.com; or call Eisenhower State Park today during business hours at 903-465-1956.