Bits, Pieces, and Loose Ends . . .

From all reports, this has been one of the best years for fishing the Guadalupe Riveróto everyoneís great surprise. Even the disastrous flood did not make life too bad for the trout. Besides, we put in five tank loads of rainbows as well as the usual Texas Parks & Wildlife stockings. The Stateís catch and release program seems to be working very well and is one of the main reasons that fishing is so good. There have been large fish caught all along the river.

A New Threat

The biggest threat to our and the Stateís trout program for the Guadalupe is the danger of the new plan for water removal direct from Canyon Lake to San Antonio. The original plan was to take water around Seguin, which would not affect the river in the area above that point toward the dam itself. The Chapter and others are fighting this change of plans and need all the help they can muster. If the currently proposed plan is not changed, it might be good-bye to the trout fishery and even to tubing. There is other information about this elsewhere in the newsletter. Contact any officer or board member if you can help.

Unknown But Not Unappreciated

Thanks again to all those unknown benefactors who brought desserts to the January meeting. Those who worked the tables at the door were short handed and were not able to monitor and give credit for those great offerings. A label on future items would help to ensure credit where it is due.

Unsung Hero Department

Add ex-officio Alan Bray, and new director Dave Schroeder for their efforts on the river flow presentation. Include B. Thorpe Halloran, Chapter biologist, and Thomas L. Arsuffi. Aquatic Station, Department of Biology, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos for their thesis on trout feeding ecology for the Guadalupe. This outstanding work took many seasons to discover and compile all of this information.

Reach Out and E-Mail Someone

The Chapter now has more than 500 E-mail addresses. If you have not been receiving messages, either we have not had your correct address or it has been changed. Send it to membership@grtu.org. This will update the Chapterís list as well as the one that National TU is keeping.

Barbless Is Better

Canyon Lake has been at or over pool level for most of the year. Lake Travis has been over normal full for many months as well. Fishing has been quite good in both lakes for most every fish but trout. The trout are in the Guadalupe below the dam and are eager to be caught and released. If you switch to barbless hooks, it makes the release faster and easier. Also, releasing your ear, hat, hand, shirt sleeve, etc. is a lot faster without the barb, as many can attest. Those who fish barbless swear by this method and add that it makes hooking fish quicker.

Help Wanted Section

At last count, the Chapter had 83 volunteers signed up for Chapter work. The areas of need are help signing in at meetings, orientation meetings, printing and newsletter mailings, database operations and backup, distribution of TU applications at tackle shops, membership representatives in various areas, advertising solicitation for our newsletter, and any special expertise that you can offer the Chapter. Contact any officer or board member.

Still TUís Largest Chapter

We are not the fastest-growing TU Chapter but we are still the largest, and Texas has room for additional chapters. We are also not a fishing club. Our goal is conservation and establishing and maintaining a trophy trout fishing program in the Guadalupe River. One goal is to eventually have native-born trout in our river. It is suspected that we have some, but itís not fully proven at this time.

Bob Tuttle, TU Liaison and Mailings