On Wednesday, March 26, Scoutmaster Lester Sitzes of Hope, Arkansas brought his troop to Dry Run Creek. The boys were there as a part of earning their fishing merit badges. This was the last leg of a Spring Break journey that had them canoeing and camping on the Buffalo River, staying at Rim Shoals and trout fishing the White River and enjoying a tour of the Wapsi facility. The boys were in capable hands as Mr. Sitzes is a former AG&FC Commissioner. He was assisted by several other adults in the supervision of the following boys: Nathan Phillips, Drake Hargis, Bobby Johnson, Andrew Golden, Hannah McCorkle and George Norrel.
Our TU Chapter provided rods, reels, leaders and flies and the following volunteers to assist the boys: Vern Berry, Duane Bell, Henry Seay, Chet Smith, Mike Schraeder and Tom Emerick. Despite early morning temperatures that iced the rod guides and the fishermen, we were able coax a few fish and provide a memorable experience for the boys and their leaders. By the end of the morning's fishing the boys were able to present the fly, follow the drift , hook the trout and bring them to net.
Mr. Stizes was pleased with the experience and wants to return next year with a new group of boys. Thanks to the patience and perserverence of our volunteers and to TL Lauerman for being the point person for organizing this event.