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From: Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation [firstname.lastname@example.org] on
behalf of Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation [email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2013 9:10 AM
Subject: WildSide: Baby Fever in Oklahoma
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Dear Wildlife Enthusiasts,
The wonderful thing about this agency is that we have the opportunity to see and do things
that others have no idea exist in Oklahoma. We also have the luxury of using the word
"work" to describe what others would call their favorite pastime.
A few weeks ago, thanks to Darrin Hill and David Southerland, I had the opportunity to go
fly-fishing on the Lower Mountain Fork River with Clyde Ross, founder of Christian Anglers
Fellowship, to tape a segment for "Outdoor Oklahoma" television show. It really tested my
patience. But, I was reminded "why" I was there.
My sister, the neighborhood boys and I fished, water-skied and kneeboarded on the
weekends with our camping group. My sister and I shot clay pigeons and milk cartons at our
great-grandfather's farm in Tatums, as well. It was always a good time, but I always had an
unspoken competition with my sister and the boys.
Apparently, this unspoken competition is still with me today. Clyde taught me how to cast a
fly rod and watch for the bite on the curve. He told me that this is a hobby that takes much
After about a dozen casts, nothing was biting for me. Clyde took the rod and casted. And lo
and behold, there was a trout! My competitive mind was now in full swing. Clyde could see
my patience going out the window quickly. Honestly, who has time to sit and wait for
something to happen? We have to make things happen.
After Clyde's catch, the TV crew took a minute to change the angle of the camera. Clyde and
I began discussing the area and the scenery. Then it hit me. This is why people such as