David Lemke, CCI - Texas FlyFishers President

I am David Lemke. As President of the Texas FlyFishers, I want to welcome you to visit our club meetings and hopefully join our membership.

As described in our bylaws, the Texas FlyFishers is an organization formed exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes in accordance to Section 501(c)(3) of IRS Code. Our purpose is to provide education to our members and the general public on the topics of freshwater and marine natural resources and game fish populations.

I can enthusiastically say that we do all of the above. As you review our club website, visit our monthly meetings; join us on freshwater or saltwater outings and fishing events, like the Sunfish Spectacular and the Port OíConnor One Fly; participate in our many educational activities, such as the Fly Fishing Academy, Fly Casting program, Rod Building classes, Fly Tying classes and Veteranís Outreach program; or help us raise money in one of our annual fund raising events, like the Redfish Rodeo, Fly Tying Festival, and Annual Auction, you will see that we have a place for anyone whoís interested in the sport of fly fishing. We have an active membership of over 250 people.

Texas FlyFishers was founded over 30 years ago under the leadership of Brooks Bouldin. Brooks wanted to form an organization where fly fishers could meet and share experiences and ideas. His efforts were very successful. Brooks has retired to Georgetown and is the president of the San Gabriel Fly Fishers. Our club has a very diverse group of members of all ages, professional backgrounds and fly fishing interests. Amongst our members you will find a large, enthusiastic and energetic bunch of saltwater fishermen who fish the Texas Gulf Coast bays and offshore. They are matched by a similar bunch of freshwater fishermen that fish the Texas lakes, ponds, rivers and concrete bayous. If you want to find someone who has fished Argentina, Alaska, California, Colorado, Montana, Montauk, Belize or Brazil, we have all of the above and more. If youíre the artistic sort and love the intricacies of fly tying, we have some of the best in our midst.

I have been a member of the Texas FlyFishers for over five years. I joined at the encouragement of FFF Casting Board of Governors, Bill Gammel as a means to pursue my interests as a fly casting instructor. I started out as many people who first come to a club meeting, interested in learning more about fly fishing in the Houston area and finding some community and camaraderie in the process. With the Texas FlyFishers, I found both.

I am a lifelong fisherman, dating back to my roots in northwestern Wisconsin, where my grandmother handed me a Zebco 202 rod and we fished for sunfish at the end of the pier at her lake home and off the side of an aluminum row boat. The love for fishing has stayed with me ever since. Throughout my lifeís travels, which have taken him through Central and South America and all over the United States, Iíve fished whenever and wherever there was an opportunity. Travels finally landed me in Texas, where Iíve lived for over 30 years, most of that spent in Houston working in the energy industry as a geoscientist.

I picked up my first fly rod in 1999 and after two years, put down my conventional gear and I havenít looked back since. I love fishing for bass in Texas lakes and streams and every summer I fish for trout in the many streams of Pecos Wilderness in northern New Mexico.

If you have questions about the Texas FlyFishers contact me at 713-502-1809 or dlemke@sbcglobal.net

David on the Brazos
Devils River Smallmouth

Certified Casting Instructor