Guadalupe River Chapter Trout Unlimited


Editor; Bob Tuttle 207 Finn Austin, TX 78734 (512) 261‑4409


Contributors: Jeff Schmitt

OFFICERS President: Jeff Schmitt (512)282‑4408

VP Chapter Affairs: Alan Bray (512)263‑9619

VP Fishing Affairs: Erik Bataille (512)9194

Secretary: Cyndie Schmitt (512)282‑4408

Treasurer: Ron Presswood (713)9327874


Clem Bird

Cyndie Schmitt

David Hotz

Jeff Schmitt

Jon Morse

Marion Tilson

Irving O'Neal

*Jim Vynalek

*Ex Officio



Notice of Annual Spring Meeting & Newsletter


DATE: SATURDAY APRIL 23, 1994 PLACE: St. Thomas Church Activity Center adjacent to the church

[Just below Canyon Dam on South Access) ‑ Sattler, Texas.

TIME: 10.00 AM ‑ Registration & Socializing coffee Bar

10:30 to 11:00 ‑ Meeting Business Raf le @ Yes @ This Time (See Raffle insert Sheet) Program 11:00 ‑ 12:00

LUNCH:(optional) 12:30 ‑ Tasty BBQ!! Various Salads, Johnson Beans, chips, Buns, Relishes, possibly some unusual desserts and maybe a choice of wines. Food contributions gladly accepted! Margaret Ann, Betsy & others are to be congratulated for their hard labors. if you do plan to dine, please feed the "kitty" when you get in the line.



At the January Meeting...

Absolutely the largest attendance our chapter has ever had. Many new faces. 73 people showed up to hear Judy Lehmberg discuss Utah's Green River, fishing in the Yellowstone area, float tube excitement, and other interesting fly fishing adventures. She did comment that this was the first time that she had addressed a group that had women in the audience. Some missed another fine meeting. our weather committee did not do so well, but trout fishers, sailors, and golfers are not fazed by inclement weather. Dining was inside and, due to advance planning by Margaret Ann Johnson, we did not run out of food. Marian Tilson even brought a double order of her legendary Potato Salad. In fact, there was more than enough for all.

The coveted 4 piece Orvis travel rod was won by Cyndie Schmitt. The door prize, a box of premium flies, tied and donated by Bob Harrison was awarded to Jim Vynalek Some $25 Fly Pattern Books from a recent conclave brought by Bill West sold for $10 each. There are a few left and might show up at this meeting. Great book at a great price!


The Program:

Another interesting presentation complete with color slides about Utah's Green River below the Flaming Gorge Dam. Trout fishing at it's finest.


Chuck Meeder, past president of one of the many Colorado's TU Chapters, will preside. He is now a member of our Chapter and has offered to share some of his fishing adventures with us.


Check out the 2 raffles we have for this meeting. They are so fine that the Chapter Tightwad (.. Withheld) has bought several pages of tickets and this has never happened before.


The rod can be seen at Rodmakers in Austin before it is picked up and brought to the meeting.


Bits & Pieces...

After our four trout stocking events, plus the ones that TP&W has done, there are so many trout in the Guadalupe that during a hatch you could almost walk across on fish heads poking above the surface. Catch them but release all for another day and remember to send in your creel cards.


With the increase in the number of lease access cards, plans for finding new lease holdings are in place. The researching of several spots on the river is now in progress. Nothing definite at the time of this writing. Anyone having any suggestions or information on additional areas would be most welcome. Contact any officer, director or, better yet, bring it up at the meeting(s).


Notice the new signs at Lower Bean's advising all that this area is for fly fishing/catch and release only. This is with an agreement between The Chapter and Camp Bean.


Stocking Report

The final stocking of our 1993/94 season took place on March 1. Since we have so many more lease cards out this year, this stocking was a bit larger than normal. The Chapter stocked 1500 pounds of primarily rainbow trout, which turned out to be about 875 fish. This made the "average" fish about 1.75 pounds. However, there were quite a few fish in this batch in the 3 to 5 pound range, which should make fishing quite interesting this spring. There are already a number of reports of fish in the 20"‑24" range having been caught. Most of the fish were rainbow trout, but there were a few nice browns (include one real big one) a few cutthroats and a couple of brook trout in there. So, anything is possible the next time you go fishing! The fish were distributed as follows: 35% at the Kanz lease, 10% above Rio Raft, 10% at Little Ponderosa, 20% at L & L and 25% at lower Bean's. Have a good spring, fishing the Guadalupe. J. S.


Notice of Intention to Amend Bylaws

The Board of Directors hereby provides notice to the members of The Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited of its' intention to bring before the members of the Chapter a motion to amend the Chapter Bylaws at its' April 23, 1994 meeting. this proposed amendment comes with the rccommendation of the Board of Directors. In general the amendments of the Bylaws address the following subjects:


1) Officially change the name of the Chapter from Texas Chapter Trout Unlimited to Guadalupe River Chapter Trout Unlimited.

2) Remove all gender specific references from the Bylaws.

3 Makes provision for two Vim President Officers, a VP of Chapter Affairs and a VP of Fisheries and clarifies the duties of each.

4) Makes provisions for separate offices of Secretary and Treasurer currently have a combined office of Secretery/Treasurer as previously specified by the Bylaws

5) Places additional control. on the expenditure of Chapter funds in excess of $500 requiring checks to be countersigned by both the Chapter Treasurer and the Chapter President.

6) Divides the responsibility for maintaining the records of the Chapter between the Chapter president and the Chapter Treasurer.


Full text copies of the proposed amendments to the bylaws will be available to the membership prior to the meeting, for those who wish to review the exact text of the proposed amendments.


Leave it Better Than Before..

People tend to be more careful about littering an area that is kept clean. Carry a plastic grocery bag with you. Don't hesitate to pick up litter along the trail or stream and deposit into the nearest trash bin. Here's a list of how long commonly discarded items take to decompose:


Paper 2‑4 months Orange peels 6 months Wool socks 1‑5 years Milk cartons, coffee cups 5 years Filter cigarettes 10‑12 years Plastic bags 10‑20 years Disposable diapers 10‑20 years Leather shoes 25‑40 years Nylon fabric 30‑40 years Sneaker sole 50‑80 years Tin cans 80‑100 years Aluminum cans & tabs 200‑400 years Plastic six‑pack holder 450 years Glass bottles 1 mil. years Styrofoam indefinitely Plastic bottles indefinitely Monofilament line indefinitely

Source: David Diligent, Cornell Cooperative Extension Reprinted from Riffles, the newsletter of The East Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited


Nymph Fishing Tip

Attach a large dry fly such as a #10 Humpy, Royal Wulf, or Caddis to your tippet, grease it more than usual so it will float high and support the nymph which will be attached. Tie desired length of tippet on at bend of dry fly hook using an improved clinch knot and tic nymph to other tippet end. Change nymph tippet length to water depth.


When using the tag end off the knot where you tie in the tippet, problems of tangled messes happen. When using the method described above it is tangle free and you now have a strike indicator that catches fish!


According to the rest of this article from the West Michigan TU Chapter, it is very productive. Thanks to Dick Wilson the author.


Another filched article...

This time from North Arkansas Fly Fishers newsletter.

Two Canadian researchers say that you can increase the survival rate of caught rainbows by as much as 60% if you release the fish without exposing them to the air. Researchers from Queens University in Ontario, Canada, found that survival on rainbows jumped 88% if the fish were not lifted from the water, while survival rate dropped to 28% on rainbows exposed to air for 60 seconds. 63% survived after 30 seconds of exposures. The researchers say that even during brief periods of exposure to air the fishes' gill lamellae collapse, inhibiting oxygen exchange, thus leading to death. The answer? Hold the fish in the water for photos and then release.

(This could possibly apply to most fish)


The Chapter honors the following distinguished members with an Honorary Life Membership. This honor is reserved for commendatory recognition of individuals whose personal service contributions to the Chapter are deemed to have had significant impact and otherwise were outstanding.


Honorary Life Members

James Keeton

Lt. Col. Paul Schubauer

Bill Pabst Hazel Schubauer

J. Bill Parvin

Tom Whitehouse

Glenn Richardson

Bill Cobb

Chad Oliver

Howard Itten


Chapter Display at I.S.E.

The Guadalupe River Chapter was provided booth s ace by TU National at the recent International Sportsmen's Exposition (sorry ladies, I didn't name it) last month in San Antonio. The Chapter booth consisted of a display provided by TU National, along with information on Chapter activities, membership, and fly tying demonstrations. This show was probably the best nationally based flyfishing show that as ever come to Central Texas. Many well known flyfishing professionals were in attendance, including Lefty Kreh, Dave Whitlock, Gary Borger, Chico Fernandez and so many others that I can't even recall all the names. Show activities included casting demonstrations, clinics of all types, and booths by most of the major manufacturers of flyfishing equipment as well as outfitters from around the world. Thanks to all Chapter members who volunteered services staffing the booth and particularly Jim Vynalek who coordinated our Chapter's efforts at the show. I hope most of you had a chance to attend.



Our Fish Marking Program

As many of you already know, Texas Parks and Wildlife is in the middle of a 3 year study of the Guadalupe River Fishery. One of the goals of the study is to learn about the over‑summering of fish in the river. As I reported in the last newsletter, last fall's electro‑fishing stream surveys yielded positive evidence of significant over‑summering of our fish.


In cooperation with this TP&W survey, our Cha ter has been allowing TP&W to mark the rainbow trout that we stock for future identification in these electro‑fishing stream surveys. The method that we been using to mark the fish has been the clipping of one of the fins on each fish. Each stocking has clipped a different fin, allowing TP&W to identify the source of each fish. A number of members have expressed an interest in knowing which fin has been clipped for each of the last two years that we have participated in this study. Therefore, here is a list for your future reference:


If you catch a fish with its pelvic fin clipped, it was stocked in 1993 and has weathered our long hot 1993 summer with little rain and low stream flows. Let us know about it if you do.


Note that only the TU stocked fish are being clipped. Those stocked by TP&W are being placed in areas where the intention is for anglers to keep the fish that are caught, which signifcantly undermines the study. It was felt that the clipping and study of the TU fish would be more valuable, as our fish are put in more limited access areas and tend to be caught by anglers that are more likely to release them. As a part of this year's study, TP&W is also doing regular creel surveys, in order to estimate the number of fish lost to anglers who keep (eat) our fish.


There are positives and negatives to the fin clipping program. While theoretically the removal of these fins does not harm the fish, it does cause a wound on the fish that could become infected and does, to some extent, damage the fish as it was intended to be. However, to this point; fin‑clipping has been the most economically and practically feasible way to mark our fish. I consider it to be a necessary evil to get to the long term goal of the study, which would be to change the regulations on the river such that our fish are protected in a manner so as to have a much better chance of establishing themselves on a long term basis. While we continue to look into other alternatives for fish marking, we hope that this year, and maybe next year, will provide the information required to get TP&W to recommend the regulation changes we need on the Guadalupe in order to make it a first class and maybe even self‑sustaining, trout fishery.


It has been mentioned/suggested that a Stripped Bass contest be arranged to help clear the Guadalupe River of this voracious and unwelcome denizen of the river. They most likely arrived during die great flood several years ago when the floodgates at the dam were opened. The fish were having such a great time eating our trout and everyone else's that they never wanted to return to Canyon Lake from whence they came.


They are large, good eating, and sporting. Catch them and, if you don't eat them, give them to someone who does. Do not return them to the river.


Send in your catch reports (they are too big to fit a creel) to the newsletter and the winner will be announced in the next newsletter. Some kind of prize will be awarded if this idea flies.