In my initial six months as VP/Chapter Affairs, I have learned what hard-working, intelligent, and fun-loving people are involved in GRTU as directors, officers, and volunteers. It has amazed me how many important results are generated by people of various backgrounds, experiences, abilities, occupations, and available free time. All are dedicated to the success of GRTU and its programs.
With passage of the new regulations for the Guadalupe (and a few other influences), the focus for GRTU and for the country’s southernmost trout fishery is taking a turn for the better. I am excited to be a part of this "new era." I hope you are, too, and that you will seize the opportunity to participate as much as possible in the future of this "best little trout stream in Texas."
Although I have felt, at times, that I have taken on a second—no, make that a third—job, I realize how much needs to be accomplished this time of year in order to be prepared for "trout season." I "work" with wonderful GRTU people, and we are ready to fish! I hope you are, too!
Here are a few other GRTU things that have occurred that will assist in the support of our members and increase their ROI (return on investment) as challenged by our Past President, Alan Bray:
Information . . .There are now so many ways for potential and current members to stay in touch and be informed that GRTU rivals Headline News! Dial into the new Information Phone Line, visit the GRTU Website, read the Newsletter, E-mail the officers, write to the Membership Chairperson, or call an area contact person. All of these are excellent sources of information on meetings, membership, lease access, shows, events, etc. If you know people who want to know more about GRTU, pass on these options.
Meeting Programs . . . We've lined up some exciting presenters on various interesting topics. In October, professional guide Harry Lane presents "Successful Trouting Techniques on the Guadalupe"; in January, Asst. Attorney General Joe Riddell will explain the legalities of "Access on Texas Rivers"; and in April, trout biologist Alan Czenkusch will cover "Creating a Trout Stream". We will continue to offer quality programs of various topics of interest to Texas anglers (any interest in a saltwater program?). If you have any recommendations, give me a call!
Shows and Expos . . . We're on tour! Volunteers will be representing GRTU at three area fishing/outdoor shows in October. Fly tying, casting and membership information will be available at our booths at the TP&W Expo, the Shallow Water Fishing Expo, and Buck Fever. Plan to attend these exciting events. Better yet, volunteer for the "road crew"!
Raffle Items and Door Prizes . . . You might think the tackle store came to you! Travel rods from Scott, G. Loomis, and others; Hobie Cat floating fishing "couch"; reels with "wow power"; books and videos; art; soft goods; flies; and accessories. If you don't buy a ticket, you can't win!! (And you don’t even need to be present to win!)
Commissioned Art . . . While assisting with the preliminary photo shoot, I realized what a gorgeous scene Texas' little trout stream makes. A limited-edition, signed, numbered print reflecting trout fishing on the Guadalupe will be available to GRTU membership before Christmas. GRTU will receive a portion of the sales proceeds from this artwork featuring GRTU. (Any resemblance between the fisherman and Scott Graham is just a figment of your imagination!)
In The Future . . . I'm gathering information on kid fishing programs that GRTU may participate in . . . fund raising from outside the organization to support the stocking program and other GRTU programs . . . Lease Access Orientations in other locations (look for us in the north, south, west, and east!) . . . GRTU logo products (Eric Bataille will have an initial offering soon!)
GRTU Makes a Strong "Show"-ing in October
GRTU is going on the road to three fishing/outdoor shows in October. The first of these, TP&W’s Expo near Austin on Oct. 4 and 5, will have passed before you read this, but volunteers are needed to oversee our booths, perform demonstrations, and answer questions about GRTU. Call the contact person listed below for additional details. All the shows are excellent events— make plans to attend any and all!
Shallow Water Fishing Exposition,
October 11 & 12, Houston
A huge event for Texas fishing! Over 100 manufacturers of fishing products, tackle, clothing, boats, art, and gadgets will present their goods.
Experts Stu Apte, Chico Fernandez, Flip Pallot, and Steve Rajeff host the event, and all will be making presentations and giving demonstrations. Fly tiers and rod builders will be demonstrating their techniques. Kids can enjoy their own casting pond and demonstrations geared toward youngsters and beginners.
GRTU will participate in a joint effort between TU National and Orvis. Volunteers will be assisting in the GRTU booth, providing information on programs and lease access, helping out at the casting pond, demonstrating fly casting (using Orvis equipment), and assisting visitors who wish to try their hand at it. Once again, no expert certification is required.
Show hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday in the Astroarena complex. Admission is $10, and free for GRTU volunteers and children under 10. For additional volunteer information, please contact Hugh Nugent at (281) 589-8209 or HSNUGENT@Bechtel.com.
Buck Fever, October 22 & 23, in Seguin
This is a two-night fishing/hunting expo that is in its 12th year. The event is held each October in the Coliseum complex in Seguin and is visited by 2,000-3,000 people form the surrounding area.
All proceeds from the event are allocated to area kids’ outdoor programs such as Hooked on Fishing—Not on Drugs; Aquatic Education; Texas Wildlife Forever; 4-H Outdoor fishing and hunting programs; and TWA. Each year $10,000 to $12,000 is raised for the kids from this and one other event.
Booths, exhibits, speakers, and merchandise will be featured by many organizations showcasing their activities. GRTU volunteers are needed to assist in the booth by answering questions about GRTU programs and signing up new members. Volunteers wishing to demonstrate a related activity (i.e., fly tying, entomology, antique tackle, photo albums, art, etc.) are especially encouraged. Admission is free for volunteers.
Show hours are 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. both nights (Wednesday and Thursday). Potential volunteers please contact Stacy Lynn at (830) 629-0270 or email@example.com.
Here's a Line: The New GRTU Information Line! (512) 867-7900
Now available for your information needs: the new GRTU Information Line!
Call (512) 867-7900 for the up-to-date low-down on GRTU events, membership and lease access program.
Designed as an alternative information source for interested persons and members alike, the Information Line will provide current GRTU data on meetings, shows and orientations in Austin, Houston, San Antonio / New Braunfels and various other areas.
If you don't surf the net ..... and your dog ate your newsletter ..... the Information Line is the best source to stay in-tune, in-touch, and in-formed! (Outgoing messages only.)
So dial (512) 867-7900 and find out what’s happening
Guadalupe River and GRTU Featured in Commissioned Art
GRTU is excited to announce the upcoming release of a signed and numbered, limited-edition print depicting trout fishing on the scenic Guadalupe River.
This image, the first in a series of prints, has been created by nationally-known sporting artist Julie Jeppsen and is published by Somerset House Publishing of Houston. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of this print will benefit GRTU.
A quantity of these numbered prints will be reserved and offered exclusively to GRTU members for collection. Additional prints (in the same series of numbers) will be offered in the future and members can create a "same number collection" that will be a valuable and attractive addition to a family room or office. Be looking to receive a complete information package in early November (just in time for Christmas!)