Guadalupe River Trout



Next Chapter Meeting and Gear Swap Meet is Saturday April 22, 2017

Location – CRCC Building, 125 Mabel Jones Dr., Canyon Lake, TX  78133


8:30 AM – Set up for Gear Swap Meet.  Tables will be provided.

9:00 AM – Gear Swap Meet.  Bring your new or used fishing gear and clothing to trade or sell.

10:00 AM – Business Meeting

11:00 AM – Presentation – The Man, the Myth, the Legend……… Joe Robinson. (Bio and Accomplishments below). We’ve had speakers in the past, but NONE like Joe Robinson. We are in for a real treat!

12:00 PM – Catered Lunch ($12.00 per plate – money goes to support conservation projects)

12:30 PM – GRTU Board Meeting

Joe Robinson


Bio excerpt from June 2015 Austin Fly Fishers Newsletter. Written by Banning Collins

Joe Robinson grew up in the West Texas town of Snyder, Texas advancing himself with Master studies in philosophy and theology becoming a graduate of the Seminary. He found his way to Austin through youth ministry. In 1977, Whole Earth Provisions started a small offering of fly fishing equipment and tracked down Joe from his reputation and involvement in the Austin fly fishing club to manage this area of their store. This department grew until his partnership with the opening of The Austin Angler in 1980, where Joe’s legendary status really began to grow, all while humbling living in an Airstream trailer on Barton Springs Road. The Angler and Joe gained national recognition through one of the first Visa commercials touting that the Austin Angler did not take American Express – which later aired during the Super Bowl! Many people tried out for the role, but knowing Joe would be back in a few days from one of his many fishing trips to the Wind River Range, the crew waited for his return as they was nobody better for the spot. Several summers during this time were spent as head instructor with his friend Dave Whitlock in Maine working with LL Bean, heading up their fly fishing schools both domestically and internationally. Many of Dave’s Whitlock’s sample flies that were to be commercially tied by Umpqua and sold exclusively were tied by Joe – especially the now classic spun and stacked deer hair flies. Joe’s tying included his “Mud Bug“ crayfish pattern which is the most detailed and incredible flies that fishes well – Joe does go fishing to fish – but he’ll you, he goes to catch fish!! He has worked in fly fishing for over 30 years, though he would not let it get in the way of his fishing.


A few of Joe’s Contributions to our sport of fishing:

  • Understanding the physics of the fly cast and creating the ability to understandably share this with students. Giving them a clear foundation to grow and advance.
  • Introducing thousands to fly casting and fly tying through his incredible teaching skills
  • Featured fly tier at Federation of Fly Fishers National Conclaves
  • Winner of “Instructor of the Year” award at the 1989 Texas FFF Conclave
  • Winner of “Fly Tyer of the Year” award at the 1988 Southern FFF Conclave
  • FFF Certified Casting Instructor and member of the Certification Advisory Committee
  • Articles published in Fly Fisherman Magazine and American Angler Magazine
  • Contributor/consultant to “Fly Fishing the Texas Hill Country”, the L.L. Bean Fly Fishing for Bass Handbook, and the L.L. Bean Fly Fishing Handbook.
  • Testing and contributing ideas to Wapsi owner, Tom Smucker during the early days of dying fly tying materials and exploring different materials and their uses.
  • Creator of the Zap-a-Gap knotless leader connections and Zap-a-Gap shooting head loops
  • Helping design the Mustad 34007 and 3401
  • His book on radical ultra light spin fishing “Piscatorial Absurdities”
  • Awarded the Texas Legend Award at the 2015 Texas Council IFFF Expo.

GRTU members – the board of directors recommends an update to our bylaws. Bylaw amendments must be provided to the membership 30 days prior to a vote. The membership will vote on this update in the April general meeting.

Below please find the current verbiage, and the proposed update:


Article IV.

Board of Directors

Section 2.

The Board of Directors shall consist of twelve (12) non-officer

members and the officers pursuant to Article V, section 1. Each non-officer Director shall serve a three -year term, with Directors’ terms staggered to provide for continuity. All Directors shall be current members of Trout Unlimited.


Article IV.

Board of Directors

Section 2.

The Board of Directors shall consist of twelve (12) non-officer

members and the officers pursuant to Article V, section 1. Each non-officer Director shall serve a three -year term, with Directors’ terms staggered to provide for continuity. Directors may serve no more than two consecutive three – year terms, but may again hold the same office after a one-year period out of office.

All Directors shall be current members of Trout Unlimited.



Casting for Recovery is hosting their 3rd Annual Fly Fishing Film Tour on April 6th in Dallas, TX.  Doors open at 5pm with the film starting at 7pm.  There will be plenty of Cold beer, live music with Ole G, food from the Easy Slider Truck, great raffle prizes + outstanding films all for a good cause – proceeds benefit Casting for Recovery. For tickets go to:

The fun continues with an Afterparty, following the films until 11pm

Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company 1933 Levee Street. For more information click here!



ATHENS—The angler who caught the first entry into Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s ground-breaking big bass angler recognition program and the organization responsible for Texas having a year-around rainbow trout fishery will be inducted into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in June.

To be inducted is Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited (GRTU), the largest Trout Unlimited chapter in the nation with more than 5,000 members. GRTU has been the driving force behind the development of a year-round rainbow trout fishery on the Guadalupe River, listed as one of America’s top 100 trout streams in 2013. TPWD studies show this fishery has an annual economic impact of $1.9 million on the local economy, but GRTU’s contributions go much further. The organization maintains a leadership role in conservation and development of public access to the fishery.
GRTU leases access points along the river from landowners and businesses and uses fees from anglers to pay the lease fees and purchase approximately 12,000 pounds of large rainbow trout for stocking into the river each year. These fish become public property and are available for anyone to catch. GRTU also funds scientific studies of the fishery and supports a number of educational programs for young people, including Trout in the Classroom and Trout Camp. The organization also contributes to such programs as Casting for Recovery, Reel Recovery and Project Healing Waters. GRTU also supports conservation efforts nationwide, working with other Trout Unlimited chapters.


Wanted – Old GRTU Newsletters!

We are trying to fill the gap in some of our archives of older newsletters. We have one from 1979, then a gap for all the 1980s. If you have newsletters that you would allow us to borrow to scan in to our archives, please contact me via email at