From The President . . .

This has been, to say the least, a tough beginning to the season on the Guadalupe. The flooding that occurred in October was of historic nature and had a devastating effect on New Braunfels, Cuero, and many other communities along the Guadalupe River.

GRTU donated $1,000 to WORD (Water Oriented Recreation District) to be used for river cleanup and organized river cleanup groups on the first four weekends after the flood. I would like to personally thank those few members who turned out to help the residents along the river. Your efforts were greatly appreciated by those that live and work on the Guadalupe.

Ordinarily I would not have the space to thank you individually, but there were so few that turned out that I feel like I should take this opportunity to do so. Special thanks to Gordon Eggers, Erik Bataille, Don Pendergraft (did you get your chain saw repaired?), Garrett Sullivan, Travis Trimble, Scott Graham, Melissa Bonnett (and Madison), Jim Anderson, Jim Bilbro, Pete Forney, Stacy Lynn Trimble, Doug Ming, Steve Magnelia, Steve Courtney, Paul Patten, John Kelly, Cheryl Bodenhamer, Kathy Nagel, Pace Bonner, and Billy Trimble.

If for some reason I have missed someone, I apologize. I would especially like to Thank Erik, Gordon, Don, and Scott for showing up to work with me on Thursdays as well. It would have been my sincere hope that so many volunteers would have come to help that I could not have possibly named them all here. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

GRTU Stocking, Etc.

Although we are getting a late start, the stocking program is on a fast track, with the first stocking being a double load of rainbows and browns. (See Scott’s article for details.)

There has been a change in the program for the January meeting. We will have a program on fishing in Arkansas presented by Frank and Denise Barton. This should be a very interesting program about an area that is very accessible from our home waters. (See Stacy’s article for more details.) Also be sure to read Alan Bray’s article on "Post Flood Fishing" for safety tips and cautions you should be aware of.

GRTU Board News

The Board of Trustees voted to continue supporting the Texas Parks & Wildlife fingerling project this year by purchasing the fish food for the project.

We had two board members resign recently: Kent Rush and Hugh Nugent. Kent will be replaced by Scott Cash Thompson and Hugh will be replaced by David Schroeder. Although David is a new comer to this organization, he has been a trout activist wherever he has been and was instrumental in helping get legislation passed in Oklahoma protecting a tailwater trout fishery.

Texas Parks & Wildlife

TP&W has begun its statewide trout stocking program. The schedule is included in this issue of the Newsletter and is available at TP&W headquarters or on their web site. Stocking on the Guadalupe began as soon as the high releases were lowered.

National TU News

Congress approved funds to purchase the Baca Ranch in New Mexico, which holds more than 40 miles of prime trout water. Thanks to all those who wrote or called your congressman—every little bit helps.

There was a lot of disappointment over Congress’s failure to fund removal of the fish-killing dams on Elwha River in the state of Washington. There’s still a lot of work to be done on that issue. A dam threat to Montana’s Little Bighorn River has reappeared 15 years after it was declared dead. This project would be situated in a primitive section of the Big Horn Mountains and threatens miles of native Yellowstone Cutthroat habitat.

This will be a hot action item for TU in the near future, you may watch this column for more information, or you can contact the Little Bighorn Chapter of TU directly through Mona Janopaul at (703) 284-9405 or mjanopaul@tu.org.

Billy Trimble, GRTU President