Guadalupe River Chapter Newsletter

Number 53 / January 1997

Editor: Richard Stanley / Contributors: Bob Tuttle, Alan Bray, Scott Graham, Irving O'Neal, Kenneth Rupkalvis, Michael J. Scott,

Jeff Schmitt, Mr. Stream Manners

Table of Contents

Notice of Annual Winter Meeting
Saturday, January 25, 1997

The Dam Red Barn , Sattler, Texas

Just below Canyon Dam on South Access Road, across from St. Thomas Church
SPECIAL LEASE ACCESS ANGLER EDUCATION CLASSES: 9 AM & 12 Noon REGISTRATION, COFFEE, SOCIALIZING: 10:00 - 10:30 AM
CHAPTER BUSINESS: 10:30 - 11:00 AM

RAFFLE: 9' Sage RPL+ 6 weight, four-piece travel rod

PROGRAM: Jeff and Cyndie Schmitt of Austin: "Alaska - On Your Own"

11:00 AM - 12 Noon

BARBECUE LUNCH: Noon. (Optional. Please obtain ticket when signing in. Only $6.00.)

DIRECTORS MEETING: Following lunch.

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At the October meeting . . .

The Greg Lilly program, complete with color slides of Montana waters and vistas and participation outside was a huge success.

More than 130 members and guests attended. Some neglected to sign in so the count is approximate but fairly accurate, as there were about 100 meal tickets sold and a fair number in the crowd must have been on barbecue-restricted diets and chose not to eat.

The winning raffle ticket for the 5-weight Sage RPL+ travel rod was won by Greg Neisler, who was not there to claim it, which shows it pays to buy your tickets by mail. The rod was sent to him later. The first door prize, custom-tied flies donated by Scott Sanchez, was awarded to Taylor Karbach. Mike Scott won the video and fly tying book.

A large group signed up for the Kid's Fishing Program as instructors and aides. Others who would like to contribute their time and talents to this worthwhile effort should contact Hylmar Karbach at (210) 606­0737.

A very large group attended the Lease Education classes, where it was stressed again that improper actions on our lease properties will not be tolerated because they jeopardize everyone's enjoyment. The lease permit grants you a path to the river and nothing more.

Chapter members were also reminded that they should never challenge anyone wading in the river even though they are near our lease areas. The river itself is for all, our interests are in the leased paths to the river only, not into the waters themselves, which are public.

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Philanthropy Made Easy:


A Raffle AND An Auction

In their ceaseless efforts to find ways for your money to do more good than just havng you squander it on food and rent, GRTU leaders have organized a silent auction to accompany the January meeting's raffle.

After you buy a couple of pounds of raffle tickets, go to the auction table and place your bids on some of the following goodies:

Chapter Affairs VP Erik Bataille guarantees that your raffle and auction money will be wisely spent - mostly to buy more trout for the Guadalupe.

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If Bamboo's for You, Here's What to Do

George Maurer of the White River Artisans School in Cotter, Arkansas, has scheduled three workshops for 1997 where you can learn bamboo fly rod making :

For more information on these "learning vacations," write the school at 202 South Avenue, Cotter, AR 72626, or phone (501) 435-2600, or fax (510) 435-1600, or E-mail artisan@centuryinter.net. There's a homepage, too: http://www.mtncom.com/artisans/index.ssi.

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BITS & PIECES . . .

Disabled Access. There is now disabled access to the Guadalupe River. Close to the tailrace and power station, there is a handicapped parking area and a wheelchair ramp several yards north of the stairs.

The path parallels the service road that leads down to the power station. A large wheelchair-accessible portacan has been placed close to the river.

A Line on the Loos. While on the subject of portaloos or rest room facilities, there are several portacans at the corner of Route 360 and FM2673 at the convenience store. I also believe that the outhouses at Bean's are legal and usable, but you should be sure to verify this.

If anyone comes across other facilities, it would be valuable knowledge to share with the Chapter. Send your finds to the newsletter and they will be published in future editions. Most members know about the restaurants in the area, but you had better be a customer in order not to make them angry.

Sign Up for Something Satisfying. At the sign-in table, when the "Volunteer Services" box was filled in, most wanted to stock fish and do a river cleanup.

There are other areas that could use help, too. What are your fields of interest or expertise? "The more that does....the less the chore becomes" was, I believe, either from Thoreau, Isaac Walton, or maybe Alan Bray.

To volunteer, contact an officer or director or leave a message at GRTU's homepage at http://www.grtu.org.

The Last Trout Stocking Roundup? This may be the final year that we list the TP&W trout stockings (found elsewhere in the newsletter). If the proposed new trout regulations go into effect, the Guadalupe stockings, dates, and times will no longer be published. This will lessen the pressure on the new arrivals and help protect them from the corn fishermen and others until they acclimate themselves to their new surroundings. If there are any lists available, they will be published in the winter newsletter as before.

Striper News. Last October, the largest striped bass ever caught in Texas was caught in the Guadalupe River just below Horseshoe Falls. The catchee pulled the catcher and his canoe down the river at about 10 miles an hour down the river until subdued.

The record fish was a 49.5 pound monster measuring 47 inches long. Upon examining the fish's stomach, a 2-pound carp was found. The bait was crawfish, the favorite food of the stripers. According to a TP&W biologist, rainbow trout have never been discovered inside any striper caught from the river and examined. This does not actually mean that they do not eat troutCthey may have eaten all that were in that area many weeks before the examination. Who knows? Any fish that eats a carp that big could very well eat some of our smaller trout and pretty much anything else he wants.

The record didn't last long, though. In November a new record striper was caught in the tailrace below Canyon Dam in the Guadalupe by a fisherman using a Bomber Long A that he had hand painted to resemble a rainbow trout. The fight lasted for over an hour. When landed, the fish weighed an official 50 pounds and measured 45 inches in length. Four years ago, the fisherman was fly fishing for trout, hooked one, and had it snatched away by a large striper. That possessed him to go after some of these large stripers with a rainbow-colored Bomber.

Who's Who On GRTU Leases? At last, a directory of all GRTU Supporting members.

Lease card holders are listed by city and sorted by last name. The list will have names, city, and telephone number only. (Maybe E-mail address, too.) Cost is $2.00 at the meeting and $3.00 by mail. By mail you will get the latest additions at the time of printing.

Order by mail from GRTU, c/o 207 Finn St., Austin, TX 78734.

By Bob Tuttle

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Stocking Day: To Fish or Not to Fish? Is There a Question?

Several GRTU Board members recently got an E­mail from a new chapter member who had just attended his first stocking event. He had listened attentively as Todd from Silver Springs Hatchery explained how stressed the fish are after not being fed for two days, loaded onto a truck, and then riding the highways for 24 hours from Colorado to Texas.

Todd suggested that those of us who had come to participate in the stocking refrain from fishing that day as "any fish you catch will most likely die from the additional stress of even a brief fight." This new member took this advice to heart and, rather than fish on this beautiful Saturday, took the afternoon to drive along the river and familiarize himself with all of the lease access areas.

His E­mail message expressed his disappointment and dismay at the number of GRTU lease card holders who were fishing only hours after the fish had been stocked. "I had hoped," he wrote, "that TU members would be significantly less selfish and more ethical than that."

Addressing this new member's concern was a difficult proposition for those of us to whom he looked to for guidance and perspective. I had to acknowledge that I believed that scientific studies confirmed what Todd had suggested. Namely, that hook and release mortality rates were quite high for fish that were highly stressed, such as after significant transportation and handling. Therefore, we try to educate our members about these risks and encourage them to place the long-term interests of the fishery ahead of their desire to go fishing on stocking day.

However, I also had to acknowledge several factors that lead GRTU members to ignore such guidance. I explained that many of our members are very busy with their day-to-day lives and that the opportunity to sneak away to the river for a day is a rare treat, perhaps only to be enjoyed a couple of times this season. If one of those days happens to be the same day they come to help out with the stocking, they just can't resist the

chance to spend a couple of hours on the river. Their frustration with being asked not to fish on stocking day only becomes compounded when they see non­GRTU members fishing when they are supposed to refrain from catching the fish that they helped pay for and strained their back to carry to the river.

It was suggested that we could add this to our list of "Chapter Rules" for lease card holders. However, our attempts to deal with the problems associated with the rapid growth of the lease access program over the past couple of years has resulted in such a long list of rules that we have give a one-hour class just to recite and explain them all to you. If we added this issue to the "Rules," there would be yet one more rule that GRTU members would be expected to obey, while the other anglers with whom we share the resource with us would not be bound by it. In my opinion, adding this to the ever-growing list of "Rules" is not the answer.

I offered the above explanations to this new member in order to help him put his frustrations in perspective, not to justify the actions of the members he saw fishing that day. Those of us in GRTU have the opportunity to set a standard for everybody who enjoys the trout fishery we are building on the Guadalupe River.

If our objective is to build a quality, sustainable fishery, then we need to learn to place the long-term interests of the fishery ahead of our desire for the immediate gratification of catching a few fish. Catching these fish after they have been subjected to this stress is not in the best long-term interest of our fishery. We urge GRTU members to refrain from fishing on stocking day.

By Jeff Schmitt

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Help With GRTU Economic Impact Study: Collect License Plate Numbers

Next Spring GRTU will send a questionnaire to fishermen who fish for trout in the Guadalupe River for a study of the economic impact of trout fishing. The data we get will be used to lobby for a stronger trout fishery on the Guadalupe by showing the economic contribution trout make to the local economy.

The main groups of trout fishermen are GRTU lease members and others who fish at Whitewater Sports, Bean's Camp, and at the spillway. We know who the GRTU lease permit holders are, of course, and we are getting names and addresses of those who frequent Whitewater Sports and Bean's Camp from their records. The ones we need to track down so we can send them questionnaires are those who fish at the dam/spillway.

To do this, we are asking all GRTU members to help us by recording license plate numbers from cars parked at the spillway or at Engineer's Park (behind and east of the Dam Red Barn). Whenever you fish at a GRTU lease site, make a point of stopping by the spillway and park and jot down the numbers (also the state) of the cars parked there. Mail them to Kent Rush, 142 Irvington Drive, San Antonio, TX 78209 or E-mail them to krush@lonestar.utsa.edu, either as you collect them or all at once before March 15.

Thanks for your help. We are hoping the results of this study will help us lobby for a viable trout fishery on the Guadalupe.

By Kent Rush

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Mr. Stream Manners. . .

Dear Fellow Anglers,

Once again I'm addressing the subject of guides and being guided. The following comments were on a popular computer service not too long ago. This was written by a guide and is used by permission for the improvement of guide/client relationships.

Tight Lines,

Mr. Stream Manners

Dear Prospective Clients,

The best thing you can do to ensure a good day from a guide? It's tell the guide what you're looking for and lay down the ground rules while you're still in the truck. By doing this you can have a very positive experience.

The overwhelming majority of guides I know are dedicated to providing as pleasant an experience as possible. At the risk of generalizing, it has been my experience that guides will bust their butts to give the client what the client prefers. The more clearly a client communicates to the guide, the more "bang for the buck" the client receives.

This probably seems blatantly obvious to you, but I am constantly amazed by how often this is overlooked by clients. Simple things make all the difference.

  1. Does the client want to work a short section of the river really thoroughly, exhaustively probing each hole with dries, streamers, and nymphs, or stick to just dries and cover a lot of water?
  2. Would you rather work painstakingly and carefully to catch just a few big fish and are your skills sufficient to do it properly without lining the fish down on the second cast?
  3. Do you prefer to cast dry flies to a lot of fish and don't care about size?
  4. Do you want any assistance on casting, stream craft, knot tying, techniques, fly selection, bug identification, or any other aspect of fly fishing, or is all you want a silent boat operator (poler/driver/rower) who only speaks to point out fish?
  5. Do you want to fish as hard as you can the whole time, or is a long lunch break with a relaxed pace the style of the day you desire?
  6. Do you want to try different gear? The guide may have some equipment you've not used before. This can be an excellent chance to try new rods.
  7. Do you want to fish your own gear exclusively, either to learn how to use it more effectively or because you know it like an old friend?
  8. Is getting back on time, to the minute, important or are you a "stay for days if they're biting" type?
  9. Weather. Do you fish regardless, or is standing in icy water during a sleet storm not what you enjoy?
  10. Keep or release fish. I watched a regionally famous fly fishing guide with a semibeginner once. The client caught a really nice fish, landed it, did the photo thing, and the guide released the fish. The client went ballistic. The guide and his previous clients probably had not kept a fish in 10 years, yet this client did not know ahead of time the "catch and release" rule the guide observed. A few short sentences "in the truck" could have saved a lot of grief.
  11. Photos. Does the client want a zillion photos, or is the client in the no photos mode unless it is a lifetime fish.
  12. Bugs. Does the client want to slather up with DEET and fight mosquitoes or is one bite the signal to end the day?
  13. Alcohol. Does the guide have a no booze rule or what?
  14. Rain gear. Does the client have any and did they bring it or should the guide bring extra. (This becomes a bit more critical when wading far from the truck.)
  15. The guide fishing. I personally will not fish when guiding unless I've guided the client numerous times in the past and the client insistsC not just politely says "Fish" but insists, absolutely insists. (A side note here: Some clients want the guide to fish so if the guide hooks a fish the rod is handed to the client to land the fish. Some clients would be offended by this behavior and some expect it. It really helps to know ahead of time.) The day is about the client, not me. I carry a rod in case the client breaks theirs, and it also helps when switching flies. I tie up the new fly and hand a ready-to-go rod to the client. Less fishing time lost that way.
  16. Does the client want flies tied on for them or do they want to select and tie on their own flies?

Simple things like these that may seem obvious but go a long way towards creating those great big grins that mark the end of a good day.

 

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From the President. . .

Regulation News

The TP&W meeting in New Braunfels on the new regulation went well, with people speaking both for and against the new regulation. It was evident and encouraging that the differences that arose in '96 over fishing for native species and kid fishing were essentially over as a result of the new '96 proposed regulation.

The majority of the speakers in opposition opposed the new regulation based on the fact that it represented a change from the current condition. The new regulation proposed by TP&W was originally suggested at a TP&W-sponsored committee meeting held in the Comal County Courthouse. It includes the following provisions to apply below the downstream crossing of Rt. 306 and the second crossing:

  1. One trout over 18 inches may be kept.
  2. All other trout must be returned to the water.
  3. Trout may only be kept if caught on artificial baits.

Like last year, GRTU did not suggest a regulation, but the result of the meetings TP&W conducted resulted in a regulation that both protects the Guadalupe's trout, the traditions of its residents in fishing for native species, and providing an opportunity for kids to catch a bluegill on a worm.

Please show your support for the regulation by coming to the next scheduled scoping meeting in New Braunfels. This meeting should take place in the April or May time frame, and we will inform GRTU members of the date as soon as it's announced by TP&W. Numbers count at these meetings: Help out the trout of the Guadalupe by being there.

GRTU Board/Officer Openings

There will be openings for both board members and officers in April. If you are interested in serving GRTU, please leave your name with me at the January meeting. Offices open include President, Vice President for Chapter Affairs, Vice President for Fisheries, Secretary, and two board members. These positions require a lot of time, but can also be very rewarding.

Lease Access Rules

Those in the lease access program will be receiving a letter from Treasurer Mike Scott discussing violation of state and lease access rule that have occurred in the early season.

Please read it carefully, and remember that the lease access permit provides a "path to the river, nothing more." If we are to continue to enjoy our river access, we must treat our leaseholder's properties with respect and follow the rules that are designed to ensure GRTU access in the future.

Kids' Trout Fest

Please help GRTU by volunteering to instruct, tie, or otherwise help in the Trout Fest in January in New Braunfels. See Hylmar Karbach's article in this newsletter for details. Hylmar: An open thanks from all of us in GRTU for taking on this important task.

Fish Survival

TP&W recently completed its fall shocking survey. Official results won't be out for a while, but there were both large rainbows and browns found over-summering as far downstream as Bean's CampCnot bad for a drought year.

Also, a number of the fingerlings that have done so well at the dam were transferred downstream as the flows got better. With the current rainfall and cold weather, it looks like a good season ahead of us. Let's hope it lasts into the warmer months.

If you are on the river and spot a fish problem, such as stunned or dying trout, a pollution source, or similar items that could indicate a problems for the health of the fishery, immediately call either your local GRTU representative, a GRTU officer, or TP&W in San Marcos. Early warnings can often save fish. We are considering a watch system for the fire ant plague this spring. Many fish can be revived through careful handling after being stunned by fire ants, as many of our members proved last year.

By Alan Bray

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January Program: The Schmitts Tell How to Fish Alaska on a Shoestring - And Maybe a Little Cash

"Alaska - On Your Own" will be the January meeting program, presented by Jeff and Cyndie Schmitt, who spent the past summer fly fishing and adventuring in Alaska.

Jeff and Cyndie will highlight seven Alaska fly fishing opportunities that can be reached either by the road system or by self­outfitting via air taxi into the backcountry. The Schmitts' high-quality color slides will surely whet your appetite to visit the Great Land.

They have promised to present tips on how you can experience the fly fishing trip of a lifetime at a fraction of the cost of Alaska's exclusive lodges. Whether your fishing plans take you to Alaska or to your favorite river in the lower 48, their tips on self­outfitting will be a valuable addition to your fly fishing knowledge.

The Schmitt's Alaskan adventures were the main event of a long career break the couple took starting in 1995. They set out in a Ford 350 pickup with a fifth-wheel trailer converted into a fishing cabin on wheels, lashed on their custom-designed inflatable boat, whistled for their Golden Lab to climb aboard and headed out.

They chronicled their adventures, catches, break-offs, frustrations, wildlife sightings (including some strange people in Alaska), and other events in their newsletter, Just Takin' A Break, which they mailed to friends and others who needed to learn how to deal with envy.

Now they're back in Austin, ready to resume their careers in engineering (Jeff) and government (Cyndie) and their fishing on home waters.

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Take No Chances-Buy Enough Raffle Tickets to Win

Sage's RPL+ 9' 6-weight Travel Rod

This is the fly rod for Texas: Sage's award-winning new RPL+ 6 weight in the four-piece travel version. Light enough for trout, and with plenty of backbone for big streamers or heavy nymphs. The RPL+'s "advanced reverse compound taper" has a charged action that will even deliver small bass bugs to the tree stump of your choice. The 690-4 weighs a mere 3 3/16 ounces and features Sage's classic nickel silver hardware with a walnut Diamond wood insert and reverse half wells grip. Of course, you'll also get an aluminum case, rod bag, and Sage's unconditional lifetime guarantee.

The Sage 690-4 sells for $475, but you can get it for only $5 if you act NOW! Buy a lot of tickets so you're sure to get the one that wins. No sense being cheap when you'll be getting a rod this fine. Put your check in the mail. Don't delay!

Raffle Tickets are $5 each, 3 for $12, and 6 for $20. Cheap!

You do not have to be present to win, but you'll miss out on an interesting meeting.

To avoid crowds and delays at the meeting, please send in your tickets now. If you need more, just print some copies of this page, fill them in!. Make checks payable to Guadalupe River Chapter/TU (GRTU) and mail along with raffle tickets to

Mike Scott, Treasurer, 18003 W. Cypress Hill Circle, Cypress, TX 77429

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1997 Rainbow Trout Public Water Stocking Sites and Dates

stocking schedule can also be found on the Internet: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fish/infish/reports/trout97.htm. These listings give site, city, number of trout, hatchery, and dates. TP&WD State Fish Hatcheries will release trout around 9 AM on the dates listed.

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Notes from Fisheries

The stocking program operated by the GRTU Lease Access Program is not necessarily a "locked gate." For the past year we have stocked fish at publicly accessible locations. These locations are Rio Raft, Guadalupe River Station take out (just downstream of Sattler bridge on the bank opposite Rio Raft), Bean's Camp, and River Bank Outfitters. I would like to see GRTU general members taking advantage of these sites. Although you will have to pay a fee to use them, these sites will add quality locations to your fishing options. Not only will you be adding to your fishing experience but you will be helping to support the local winter time economy which will help GRTU in its effort to make friends of our neighbors along the river.

Remember, as members of Trout Unlimited, you are ambassadors of all that TU stands for. You should practice catch and release fishing, which is a stipulation of belonging to the lease access program, and treat the property with due respect any time you are fishing a GRTU stocked site. In fact, you should practice catch and release fishing no matter where you are as part of being a good ambassador for TU and part of being a conscientious user to the stressed ecological environment that we live in.

DO enjoy the fishery, DO be friendly to other fisherman on the river, DO NOT KILL FISH!

When you practice catch and release, you are operating your own personal stocking program.

TP&W has released the dates for its Guadalupe River stocking program. The first two dates were December 6 and 30, and the second two are January 23 and February 14. Typically TP&W stocking locations are below the dam, White Water Sports(at FM 306), and Bean's Camp. In addition, this summer the TP&W stocked some 70,000 trout fingerlings at various locations on the river. These fish have been doing well and have grown dramatically.

Enjoy the river. I hope to see you there.

Billy Trimble, VP Fisheries

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GRTU to Offer Fly Fishing School in New Braunfels

The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor Trout Fest again this Winter on January 9-19, and the Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited will give a clinic on fly fishing (including instruction, followed by hands­on practice) to boys and girls from 10 to 17 years of age during this event.

On two Saturday mornings, January 11 and 18, beginning at 8 until 11 A.M., up to 100 boys and girls can take advantage of this opportunity to learn a fascinating and lifelong sport without an investment in equipment. The Noon Lions Club has volunteered to assist with logistics, practice rods and reels will be supplied by the Hill Country YMCA, and flies will be furnished by Gruene Outfitters.

Members of GRTU who are certified fly fishing instructors will be in charge of each morning period, with experienced members of GRTU assisting in a one-on-one supervised instruction period. Scott Graham will be the instructor at both sessions, with Ken Rupkalvis joining him for the second session.

There will be no charge for admission to the casting clinic, and each Saturday morning a Sage fly rod and reel (with a rod tube contributed by Gruene Outfitters) will be given to one of the children as a door prize, by a drawing held at 11 A.M.

If any participants would like to stay after 11 A.M. to take some fish home, they will be expected to pay the regular entry fee of $3.00 to the Parks and Recreation Department, which will allow them to catch and keep up to 10 trout.

Anyone wishing to assist in this local outreach to area children, contact Hylmar Karbach by E­mail to hyl@flash.net, by mail (15 Trail View, New Braunfels, TX 78130), or by phone (210/606­0737).

Hylmar E. Karbach

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A Tale of Two Tailraces: The White and the Norfolk

The White River in north central Arkansas is a favorite travel destination for many Texas fly fishers, and with good reason. It offers GRTU members a top-notch trout fishery that's just a long day's drive from central Texas. We'd heard a lot about the White, but had never fished there. In March, we headed over to check it out.

The White River is best known as a world-class brown trout fishery. The word is that browns over 10 pounds are "common," with the world's record brown of almost 40 pounds coming from waters in this area.

But the White is also a very fine rainbow fishery. Over 2 million catchable-size rainbows are stocked into these waters each year, and a couple of special regulation sections yield good numbers of 'bows, some of them quite large.

If you've never been to the White, the first thing to understand is the tremendous variations in water flow you are likely to experience. River levels are controlled by a peak power generating dam with eight generators. The water is turned on and off depending on the power needs of cities all across the south central United States.

The river rises almost 10 vertical feet with the change from no generators running to eight running. One of the things that makes the White so challenging is that it is really several distinct rivers, depending on both the level and whether it is rising, falling, or stable.

When the river is low (no or one generators operating), the catch and release area below the dam is like a large spring creek. You can sight fish to large numbers of trout, mostly rainbows. At high water (two or more generators going), you need to fish from a boat and use some big-water techniques. A guide's fee is money well spent on this river, particularly in high water. Based on the recommendations of several GRTU members, we fished with local guide Fox Statler and highly recommend him for both his guiding and instructional abilities.

With all of the stories about the White, it is easy to overlook the Norfolk River. It is also a tailrace fishery and runs into the White about 30 miles downstream from Bull Shoals Dam. While the White could be mystifying, the Norfolk was like fishing familiar waters. Fish sow bug nymphs in troughs, just like on the Guadalupe, and you'll catch lots of fish.

In two weeks on the White and Norfolk Rivers, we focused a lot of energy on catching big browns. Our biggest was in the three- to four-pound range, and we caught far more rainbows than browns. We caught a lot of 14- to 18-inch rainbows and several over 20 inches. Both Cyndie and I hit Arkansas Grand Slams on the Norfolk, landing rainbow, brown, cutthroat, and brook trout in the same stretch of river.

Here are a few tips for first-time visitors to the White:

Flies: #16 sow bugs, #18 green scuds, and #8 shad patterns will fish most all conditions.

Accommodations: Tent and RV camping is great at Bull Shoals State Park: (501) 431-5521. Gaston's Lodge offers premium accommodations and fine dining: (501) 431-5202). There are many bargain-priced accommodations in the area. Contact the Bull Shoals Chamber of Commerce for an extensive listing: (800) 447-1290.

Fly Shops and Fishing Info: Blue Ribbon Flies is in Mountain Home and has a lodge right on the river: (501) 425-0447. Cane Island Fly shop is just up the road from the state park.

Tackle: A 5-weight with floating line works for most conditions. A 7-weight is better for big browns on shad patterns and windy conditions. There are some applications for fast sink-tip lines. For high water, you'll need large strike indicators and lots of weight.

Where to Fish: Below the dam at low water, at Wildcat Access area as water rises, and from a boat or with a guide at high water. Another high-water option is to go to the Norfolk.

Guide: Fox Statler: (501) 895-2949. Or try Gaston's or Sportsman's.

Water Release Information: (501) 431-5311.

Jeff Schmitt

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Lease Access Angler Education: Your Path to the River . . .

There are about half a dozen of the original 20-plus Lease Access Angler Education classes left where you can qualify for your 1996-97 lease access permit. Classes are for first-time permittees only. Those who took the class to get a permit last year can just send in a renewal application and fees.

Fees are $30 for national TU membership, $10 (or more) to GRTU, and $65 for the lease permit, for a total of $105. If you've paid your national TU dues, bring your current membership card to the January meeting or include your membership number on the lease application form that was mailed out recently and send or bring that in.

Classes last about 45 minutes. Here's the schedule:

GRTU General Membership Meetings
Saturday, Jan. 25, 1997, Winter Meeting
Saturday, Apr. 26, 1997, Spring Meeting
Saturday, Oct. 25, 1997, Fall Meeting Times: Two sessions, 9 A.M. and 12 noon
Place: The Dam Red Barn, South Access Road (below the dam), Sattler, Texas

Austin, Texas: The Austin Angler
Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997
Time: 5:30 P.M.
Place: 312 1/2 Congress Ave., Austin (upstairs)

Gruene, Texas: Gruene Outfitters
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1997
Time: 5:30 P.M.
Place: 1629 Hunter Road

Houston, Texas: The Orvis Shop
Monday, Jan. 13, 1997
Time: 6 P.M.
Place: 5848 Westheimer Road

San Antonio, Texas: The Fellowship Hall
Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1997
Time: 7 P.M.

Place: Fellowship Hall, Alamo Heights Presbyterian Church, 6201 Broadway at Corona, across from Alamo Heights City Hall.

  GRTU appreciates the support that local fly shops give to this program. We encourage members to support them.

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The Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Honorary Life Members

The following distinguished members of GRTU have been designated, some posthumously, as Honorary Life Members of the Chapter for their exceptional contributions to our work. This honor is reserved for commendatory recognition of individuals whose personal service contributions to the Chapter are deemed to have had outstanding impact in advancing Chapter and TU objectives.

 

Bill Cobb
Howard Itten
James Keeton
Chad Oliver
Bill Pabst
J. Bill Parvin
Glenn Richardson
Hazel Schubauer
Paul Schubauer
Jim Vynalek
Bill West
Tom Whitehouse

 

The Guadalupe River Chapter of
Trout Unlimited

Honors Our

Century Club Members

The following made contributions of $50 or more in addition to their supporting membership donations and lease access permit costs for the 1996-97 season as of press time.

Duane V. Brandt Jr.
Alan V. Bray
Stephen H. Couch
Donald L. Cuba
Gen.Lewis A. Curtis (Ret.)
Allen D. David
C. Brien Dillon
James T. Elsberry
Jeffrey M. Goodwin
Keith D. Graham Jr.
Frederic C. Hamilton Jr.
Curt Johnson
Hylmar E. Karbach Jr., MD
John McFarland
James McIver
J. Greg Laubach
Robert R. Lende
Thomas Tim I. Lowry, MD
James F. McNally Jr.
Palmer Moe
Wesley D. Nelson
Michael D. Scott
Marian Tilson
Jim Vynalek
W. H. Waldron
Danny P. Wheat Jr.
Thomas B. Whitehouse
Marvin C. Williams
Richard Wolf
Jeffrey Wooley

 

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