Fishing Mentors and Mentorees Needed

In an effort to raise money for GRTU and (hopefully) help members learn to catch more trout, we are going to try to institute, on a trial basis, a mentor program. This has worked for other TU chapters, and is worth a try.

Essentially what happens is that for a $50 donation a mentor will take a mentoree on a semi-guided fishing trip for half a day. It will work like this:

1. Interested volunteer mentors sign up, listing preferences for time (AM/PM), day of week, etc.

2. Interested mentorees sign up, also listing schedule preferences.

3. The unwitting program director, who opened his mouth at the wrong time, will put people with similar schedule preferences together and let them work out a meeting time, place, and rain or ice option dates.

4. On completion of the day, the mentoree hands the mentor a check (or cash, no credit cards) made out to the GRTU fisheries fund.

Iím willing to give it a monthís trial if there is enough interest. So, if you are interested in being a mentor or a mentoree in the month of February 1998, contact me by E-mail at bray@tri-austin.com (preferably), or (512) 263-9619, or at the January GRTU meeting. Please indicate interest in the month of January 1998, and weíll see if a mentor program works for GRTU. I will report results with testimonials (or complaints!) in the April Newsletter. At worst we will (hopefully) generate a few hundred dollars for the fisheries fund and cause a few fist fights; at best weíll still generate a few dollars, have a good time, and meet a fellow GRTU fisherman.

Alan Bray, Past President, GRTU

 

As If You Needed Another Fly:

The Dupont Prince

I have been fishing this fly for about three years now, and donít remember its originsóor why I would want to mess up a perfectly good pattern like a Prince.

It has caught fish on many western and a few eastern streams, including the Vallecito, Chama, Costilla, and Rio de Los Pinos in New Mexico; the Cache Le Poudre, South Platte (Cheeseman and 11-mile sections), and Conejos in Colorado; the Newfound and Moosealuctuc (sp?) in New Hampshire, and it fished well at times on the Green in Utah this summer. Despite the wide-ranging ring of the last sentence, it is and always has been a Guadalupe River fly.

The excuse I use for screwing up a great fly like the Prince is that I want more action from it the than the traditional goose biots (white over the body, black forked tails) of the original. It is also much easier to tie in small sizesóand this is a medium-size small fly. I donít tie it larger than a size 16. It is essentially a Prince with poly yarn for the wing and brown hen hackle for the beard and tail. Hereís the recipe:

Hook: Mustad 3906B or (preferably) 3906 or equivalent

Hook Size: #16 to #20 (I use #18 most often)

Tail: Soft brown hen hackle the length of the body

Body: Peacock herl counter-wound with copper wire

Head: Glass bead, copper, or pearlescent. (I buy these at craft stores. In small sizes they come in colors and large quantities for less than $2.)

Beard: Soft brown hen hackle the length of the body

Wing: Poly yarn or similar synthetic yarn in white or cream color (I have tried Zelon, but it crinkles too much in this size fly)

Itís a great imitation for small mayflies and caddisflies. Itís best fished deep in runs and pocket water, but also fishes well in the film when you need it. Walter Zoch actually named the fly, in deference to its artificial wing.

Iíll donate a half dozen for the door prize at the January meeting for those who wish to see it.

Alan Bray, Past President, GRTU