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WHITLOCK'S NEARNUFF CRAYFISH

WHITLOCK'S SHEEP MINNOW

FLY FISHING PROS DAVE AND EMILY WHITLOCK SHARE THEIR LOVE OF THE SPORT AND THEIR FAVORITE FLIES FOR GREEN COUNTRY FISHING. BY JENNIFER ZEHNDER Take it from fly-fishing pros Dave and Emily Whitlock, Green Country is a prime area for fly fishing with its many streams and rivers, as well as miles of pond, lake and reservoir shorelines. The Welling, Oklahoma, couple should know. For them, fly fishing is more than a career — it’s a lifestyle. “We are devoted to fly fishing both professionally and personally,” Dave says. “The sport has taken us around North America, South America, New Zealand, and even Europe where we’ve lectured, taught, and demonstrated fly-fishing techniques

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and hosted groups to some incredible flyfishing destinations.”

you really can’t think of anything else while you are there — a very healthy thing these days.”

According to the couple, fly fishing is simply the most enjoyable way to catch any fish, especially in waters that are between 1-10 feet in depth.

In addition to its mental health benefits, fly fishing tends to awaken a person’s inner conservationist, she says.

“Almost any fish can be caught on a fly rod, and we think that any fish is more fun when caught on a flyrod. Often, anglers who take up fly fishing seldom use any other methods to catch fish,” Emily says. “The act of fly fishing is often compared to the benefits of meditation. When you are on and in the water, casting and searching,

“As fly fishers visit the waters and improve their skills, they seem to become natural conservationists,” she says. “They begin to understand how critical pristine waters are, especially to many of the underwater food forms that fish rely on. They also see the necessity of good riparian areas [shoreline vegetation] and how fast the

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