Bits & Pieces . . .

Renegade Trout. Another trout was caught in the Pedernales River close to Lake Travis. One possibility is that it came from a stocked lake that overflowed during the great rainstorms the area experienced during the summer.

Heartburn Fatalities. Fire ants have made their presence known in the river again. Some trout were lost due to ingesting the vicious little beasts. (Tie some ant patterns. They’re going for terrestrials.)

Wading Woes. You are all aware of the rains that flooded Canyon Lake and the tremendous water releases to the lower Guadalupe during spring and summer. Trout are still there, the water is warm—in the low 70s—and the flow is expected to be around 700 cfs for the remainder of the year or until the lake reaches acceptable levels. But this is not carved in stone. Meanwhile, only the strong dare wade.

New Guadalupe Regs. September was the date for implementing new fishing regulations concerning trout and certain fishing areas on the Guadalupe. Now is a good time to check out the TP&W fishing regulations booklet that is available where fishing licenses and trout stamps are sold.

Trout Stamps Mean Trout Stockings. The best news is that now all monies from the sale of trout stamps go to TP&W for their use in the fishery programs. In past years they received little, if any, of the funds generated by the stamps. If you buy your stamps in Comal County, it will increase the number of trout allocated for stocking the Guadalupe.

Life’s Great Mysteries: Why is it that:

    All this time we thought that trout were real smart—the sophisticate’s fish. (Say that three times real fast.)

E-Mail Economics and Efficiency. The Chapter would like to have each member’s current E-mail address for occasional messages of importance. This is especially important if you have a Lease Access Permit. To cut down on expenses, stocking notices instead of the usual post cards would be sent to those with E-mail addresses, saving Chapter funds for fish. We promise that your mailbox will not be overloaded with an abundance of mail from the Chapter. Please send your current E-mail address to:

Coastal Contacts. Here are some Web sites that should be of interest to those who head to the Gulf for saltwater action:

    Renew with TU. When renewing your National TU membership, please send your application and check to GRTU Treasurer Mike Scott, whose address is on the application sheet found elsewhere in this newsletter. The senior membership age for Trout Unlimited is 62, the same age you can start getting Social Security.

TP&W Stocking Dates. We’ll publish the TP&W trout stocking dates for statewide locations other than the trophy-designated Guadalupe River in the January newsletter if they’re available from TP&W in time. Many of the locations are in public parks in urban areas.

Help with River Access Research. Troy Baker, a senior wildlife and fisheries student at Texas A&M, is working on a senior honors thesis entitled "Texas Rivers, With Emphasis on Fishing and River Access Issues." He wants to know what GRTU members regard as the three biggest problems are for river access and whatever other comments you might want to contribute. Tell him by E-mail at

Develop Your Database Skills. Anyone interested in taking over and keeping up with the complete GRTU Membership database as a backup for the supporting membership database, which is kept by the treasurer and others, should contact Bob Tuttle at (512) 261-4409, as he is getting older and tireder, and his eyesight is not getting any better from squinting at the computer monitor. Will train at no charge. Besides, it’ll look good on your resume.

Volunteers Needed. Use your expertise and volunteer to help the chapter in whatever role suits your capabilities and interests. Just contact any officer or director and leave your name and phone number. The more that does, the less the task. Lousy pay but lots of fun.

By Bob Tuttle