Guadalupe River Chapter Trout Unlimited Newsletter

P.O. Box 701864 / San Antonio TX 78270-1864 / (512) 261-4409 /

Published three times each year: January, April, October / Number 65 / January 2001

Editor: Richard Stanley ( / Contributors: Billy Trimble, Stacy Lynn Trimble, Bob Tuttle, David Schroeder,

Scott Graham, Doug Ming, Jerry Bennett, Hylmar Karbach, Ray Chapa, Scott Thompson

Meetings: Fourth Saturday of the above months






Scott Graham

(512) 847-6222

L. Pace Bonner

Dave Schroeder

VP Chapter Affairs

Ray Chapa Jr.

(210) 680-0912

Dave Gutweiler

George Spalding

VP Fisheries

Doug Ming

(281) 480-4805

Hylmar Karbach, Jr

Marian Tilson

VP Membership

Scott Thompson

(210) 684-6254

Steve Kauffman

Stacy Trimble


Karen Gebhardt

(830) 980-7580

Doug Kierklewski

William H. Waldron


Michael J. Scott

(210) 496-6911



Richard Stanley

(713) 784-0443

Ex Officio: Billy Trimble


TU Liaison & Mailings

Bob Tuttle

(512) 261-4409


Notice of Annual Winter Meeting

Saturday, January 27, 2001


(Just below Canyon Lake Dam on the South Access Road See next page for directions.)


MEETING SET-UP: 8:00 am (Volunteers Needed! And for Clean-up, too!)



CHAPTER BUSINESS: 10:15–10:45 am

PROGRAM: "Kamchatka Steelhead Project" by Monte Ward, Director of Marketing for KSP division of the Wild Salmon Center: 10:45–11:45 am

RAFFLE PRIZE: Perception Prism Kayak PLUS

a $350 Gift Certificate to Austin Outdoor Gear And Guidance


LUNCH: 12 noon. (Pot roast with potatoes, vegetable, salad and roll, plus tea, coffee, or water: $7.00 (60 meals reserved.)

Beer, wine, and sodas will be available for purchase. Donated desserts welcomed and appreciated!


BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: 3:00 pm (location to be announced)

From The Pacific Northwest to Russia: Whither the Steelhead?

The future of Pacific’s "last, best" salmon ecosystems and what’s being done to improve the prognosis will be the topic of January’s presentation by Monte Ward, a professional guide on Russia's Kola and Kamchatka peninsulas for the past eight years. Monte has fly fished the waters of the Pacific Northwest for over 25 years and is now Director of Marketing for the Kamchatka Steelhead Project, a program that involves anglers in fisheries research and conservation programs on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Kamchatka Steelhead Project is a 20-year partnership between the Wild Salmon Center and Russia’s Moscow State University to inventory, research, and protect the wild steelhead and trout and their habitats in the Kamchatka Peninsula. Anglers work with Russian and American scientists to conduct non-lethal research and monitoring of steelhead and trout and support the development of local "sportfishing ecotourism" programs. Among the threats to Kamchatka salmonids are over-fishing, poorly planned industrial development, and mining.

The Wild Salmon Center is an international group of experts in salmon and steelhead conservation and management from Russia, Canada, and the United States. It uses funds raised from foundations, corporations, and individuals to protect globally important salmon, steelhead, and trout stocks and their river ecosystems. The Center’s role is to invest the relatively modest funds we raise to leverage much larger levels of support from other organizations, agencies, and governments.

The Wild Salmon Center is spearheading research to identify the last, best Pacific salmon ecosystems in the world, determine the nature of any threats to these ecosystems, and devise strategies to protect these places forever.

The Center believes that the single most effective strategy to save salmon and their ecosystems is to locate rivers where the most healthy stocks still exist and protect them before they join the ranks of salmon species that are threatened or extinct. Waiting until the watersheds are logged, the dams built, the rivers diverted and polluted, and native salmon stocks over-fished would take vast amounts of money and extreme measures to restore healthy salmon populations. It is far less expensive and more effective to move aggressively and work to protect the "last, best" salmon watersheds from destruction while we still can. To this end, the Center has mobilized a team of scientists and conservation professionals from around the Pacific Rim to systematically identify and protect these places.

For additional information on the Wild Salmon Center and the Kamchatka Steelhead Project, please visit

Knot-Tying and Rigging Clinics After Lunch From 1 to 2:30 p.m.

A free clinic on knot tying and rigging leaders for Guadalupe trout fishing will be given in the Dam Red Barn after lunch from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Experienced anglers will offer instruction on knots essential to successful fly fishing, including rigging a two-fly dropper system, attaching split shot, and proper strike indicator attachment. All members are welcome. Sign up at the meeting.

"OLD" Meeting Location Again: The Dam Red Barn

From the North: Take I-35 Exit 191 (FM 306 to Canyon Lake, before you get to the north side of New Braunfels). Go west (right) on FM 306 approximately 14 miles (2 miles past the stoplight at FM 2673 in Sattler) through the area called Canyon City and turn left at the blinking light and small road sign that mark South Access Road. Follow it for about ½ mile, passing below the Dam and across the spillway. The Dam Red Barn will be on your left.

From the South: Take I-35 Exit 191 (FM 306 to Canyon Lake on the north side of New Braunfels). Go west (left) on FM 306 and follow the directions above.

From the West: From US 281, take FM 306 to the east (junction of 281 and 306 is between Spring Branch and Twin Sisters) for about 16 miles to the blinking light at the South Access Road (just before you enter the area called Canyon City). Turn right on the South Access Road and follow the directions above to the Dam Red Barn.

From the East : From I-10, take SH 46 to I-35; go North on I-35 to Exit 191 (FM 306 to Canyon Lake). Go west (left) on FM 306 and follow directions above to the Dam Red Barn.

Try for the Kayak:

Get Your Raffle Tickets Now

The January raffle prize is a Perception Prism Kayak WITH a $350 gift certificate Austin Outdoor Gear and Guidance. We can’t include raffle tickets in the Newsletter, but you can make your own tickets and mail them in (see the Raffle page for instructions) or buy them at the meeting, or you can print "official" raffle tickets from our Website, at It’s under Events.

To pre-purchase tickets, send your raffle tickets and checks to GRTU, Attn: Raffle, P.O. Box 701864, San Antonio, TX 78270-1864. Please mail early so we have them before the meeting.

General Store for TU Logo Gear

The "General Store" at the meeting will again feature national TU logo goodies in addition to our GRTU logo items (see the ad in this issue for details). National TU offerings include Catch and Release logo t-shirts, coffee mugs, bumper/window stickers, lapel pins, and license plate holders. All proceeds go to GRTU. The TU items are usually shown in TU’s Trout magazine.

Molinero Tells How It’s Done

On The Yellowstone

October speaker Clayton Molinero left his audience with a wealth of information about fishing the West Yellowstone area—and a strong urge to go north and personally test its validity. Molinero’s experience as a Yellowstone guide as a tier of an estimated 12,000 dozen flies for Yellowstone anglers has qualified him to co-author a book on the area.

Those who came to the meeting got a solid grounding in the West Yellowstone region’s waters, including when and where to go and how to fish which flies for maximum success.

Big winners at the October meeting included, at the top of the list, Bill Collins of Boerne, who was surprised and thrilled to learn his name was drawn to win the Scott 8'4" 4-weight, 5-piece G-series rod that was raffled off. This was a very successful fund raiser and GRTU thanks all of you who purchased tickets either by mail or at the meeting.

It was Christmas in October with about a dozen door prizes awarded to some lucky members in attendance: Jim Vynalek won a book on the Yellowstone signed by co-author Clayton Molinero; Rick Wilson took home a JW Outfitter's Chest Pack donated by One Shot Outdoors of San Antonio; Dave Gutweiler, a Sage soft-sided cooler from the Austin Angler; Rus Schwausch, a Lighthouse Trails map donated by Texas Parks & Wildlife; Michael Olszewski, a fly box and a dozen flies donated by The Tackle Box of San Antonio; Doug Ming, a fly box and a dozen flies donated by Hill Country Outfitters of San Antonio/Fredericksburg; Dave Simms, a fly tying accessory racks donated by GRTU Board Member Bill Waldron; John DeBrecht, an Austin Outfitters fly box with a selection of Clayton Molinero's flies; Roger Moon, a Hill Country Outfitters fly box with a selection of Clayton Molinero's flies; and Rich Stoller, a mini flashlight from Hill Country Outfitters.

Members who attended one of the afternoon clinics were given a bonus chance to pick up a prize. The lucky winners of prizes from Austin Angler at the Fly Tying Clinic were John DeBrecht (trout flies CD), Bob Good and Gene Gutweiler (mayflies videos). Austin Angler also furnished the prizes for the Trout Tactics Fishing Clinic for winners David Hanley (hemostats with a catch & release tool), Mike Copeland (Bug Catcher's Mitt), and Jim Cartier and Dick Koon (strike indicator kits).

Please make a point of taking time to thank those businesses that have contributed to GRTU by providing prizes for our meetings and for the other forms of support they give us..

Stacy Trimble, Director

Thank You to Meeting Helpers

Thanks again on behalf of everyone who enjoyed the October meeting for the hard work of the following volunteers: Mike Melcer, George Spalding, Scott Thompson and his wonderful family, Mike Scott, Bill Waldron, Marian Tilson, Doug Kierklewski, Karen Gebhardt, Travis Trimble, and all the others who stepped in to do what needing doing!

Extra special thanks to Eric Kramer, Scott Rod & Scientific Angler manufacturer's rep, for his trout tactics clinic conducted on the river

after the meeting and to Clayton Molinero, Wally VanZandt, Dave Gutweiler, and all the members who participated in the fly tying clinic held in the Red Barn after lunch. I hope that those of you who attended these clinics learned some new tips from these experienced and knowledgeable people. Look for more educational clinics after each of the meetings. (Suggestions for clinics are greatly appreciated. Contact me with your ideas.)

Stacy Trimble, Director

TU-TV Host Tim Linehan

Will Present April Program

TU-TV host and Montana guide, Tim Linehan will be the featured program presenter at the April 28, 2001 GRTU meeting. In addition to presenting information on his home water, the Kootenai River, Tim will talk about his experiences with the TU-TV show. For more information on Tim and Linehan Outfitting Co., try a visit to