Have you ever heard of Arlie Duff? He was a middle school teacher and songwriter from Texas, prominent in the 1950s, and garnered the nickname “The Singing School Teacher.” He only had one hit song of his own as a singer, Yall Come, an upbeat country staple that has been covered by a coterie of who’s who in country music. Perhaps my favorite on youtube is the clip of Loretta Lynn making a guest appearance on The Dukes of Hazard getting everyone in Hazard Country, including Boss Hogg, to sing a rousing rendition of Yall Come.
Just as the song lyrics are simple and sincere, my blogpost message today is both simple and sincere. I’d like to invite you to a special fishing/conservation event here in Austin Tuesday Jan 8th, 5:30pm at Abel’s on the lake. (I have to specify just in case any of you old timers like myself might instinctually end up at the old dive bar near campus.) It’s Abel’s on the lake, people, we’re grown ups now, come on.
Here’s the deal, Scott Hed, Director of the Sportaman’s Alliance for Alaska has come all the way to Austin Texas to talk with us about what’s going on with the Save Bristol Bay and the NO PEBBLE MINE campaigns….not because he is a prophet and wanted to avoid the earthquake in Alaska, and not because he has snowbird tendencies. It’s because we all NEED to know what is going on up there.
But, because we are the Austin flyfishing community that we are, of course it also has to be a good time. How much fun is this going to be?
Raffle prizes, snacks, cool footage, Alaska salmon tastings, bullshitting with friends. It’s a win-win. Plus, who’s got the over under on whether Little Chick will try some wild salmon?
If you are central Texas fishermen, yall come. If you are conservation minded people, yall come. If you are bored after the holiday buzz and need something to do, yall come. If you listed ‘Learn to Fly Fish” as a 2013 goal yall definitely come. The fishing brain trust will be here, no better place to get some good intel and support to get you started.
Basically, in the words of Arlie Duff, YALL COME!