Notice of Annual Winter Meeting

Saturday, January 24, 1998


(Just below Canyon Dam on South Access Road, across from St. Thomas Church)



CHAPTER BUSINESS: 10:30–11:00 am


RAFFLE: Hobie Float Cat 75 (See Raffle Sheet inside.)


PROGRAM: Joe Riddell, Assistant District Attorney General of Texas,

"River Access in Texas"

11:00 am–12 Noon


LUNCH: Noon. Optional. Please bring a dessert to share. Only $7.00.


Full House for October Meeting

The October meeting, held at The Canyon Lake Golf Club (The Lions Club had taken over our usual site in Sattler for that Saturday), was standing room only, with over 175 turning out. There was good attendance for the two lease permit orientation classes as well. The meal was a change from our mainstay barbecue, too—superbly seasoned chicken breast with green beans and unusual cheese-flavored mashed potatoes. The chef’s good work enticed about 89 to partake. Thanks to all who brought desserts.

During the short business meeting, a vote was taken whether to continue GRTU’s catch and release policy and passed by an almost unanimous raising of hands.

In other business, the chapter lost a hard-working director. Ken Rupkalvis regretfully tendered his resignation due to business conflicts that interfered with his Chapter duties and Harry Lane resigned for personal reasons. These two good men are being replaced by Pace Bonner and Doug Kierklewski.

Harry Lane gave a very enlightening presentation on tips, presentation, and choice of flies, nymphs, and attractors for the Guadalupe. He obviously knows his subject well. After lunch he went to lower Bean's for a four-hour on-the-stream session. I was unable to go so cannot say how many were there or what went on but I bet it was as good as the first part of the program.

The raffle results: Mike Scott (not the Treasurer) had the lucky ticket for the Loomis GL4 IMX four-piece travel rod, and Charles Gordon won the five-piece Scott PowRply travel rod.

Door prizes were numerous and proved that it pays to come to meetings. The Cortland Embassy reel donated by The Austin Angler was taken home or to the river by George Lowe. Catch & Release tool boxes went to Doug Kierklewski and Cyndie Schmitt. Donnette Hansen received two tickets for dinner in Gruene. Four tickets to Wurstfest in New Braunfels went to Mike Gettman. In all, great programs, good food, fantastic prizes.

By Bob Tuttle

January Program:

"River Access in Texas"

Joe Riddell, Assistant District Attorney General, Natural Resources Division, will cover a topic of great interest to anglers and water sports enthusiasts who wish to access and utilize Texas waters.

An avid outdoorsman and paddler, Joe Riddell presented "An Overview of Laws Regarding the Navigation of Texas Streams, with Selected References to Statutes, Cases and Other Materials" to the Texas Rivers Conservation Advisory Board of Texas Parks & Wildlife in April 1997.

Coming in April:

"Creating A Trout Stream"

Alan Czenkusch, Aquatic Biologist, Colorado Division of Wildlife, specializes in trout stream assessment, construction, and restoration. His presentation will focus on developing and managing trout habitat by utilizing the "Trout Stream Inventory" (TSI) assessment guidelines. An accomplished fly fisherman, Alan will demonstrate these techniques through an actual case study he recently performed on the newly formed tailwater on Muddy Creek below Wolford Mountain Reservoir. His program will include an instructional streamside assessment of the Guadalupe River.

To complement his program, Alan recommends reading Better Trout Habitat by Christopher J. Hunter, which is available on loan from Stacy Lynn or Scott Graham to interested persons.