At the April meeting . . .
The April meeting started out with just about everyone driving in rain storms. By the time they arrived, the rain had stopped. The bad weather kept many away, but attendance was still good for Doug Ming's presentation on "Chasing Trout in the Rocky Mountains."
Following his slide show, Doug took several eager and interested members outside for some hands-on demonstrations of various fly presentations.
In all, it was another fine program arranged by Irving O'Neal, who has agreed to stay on another year as program administrator. (Anyone wishing to take over when he steps down, please contact any officer or director.)
The winning raffle ticket for the Orvis Easy Entry Float Tube (donated by Sam Hamilton) was held by Doug Ming, and the Browning four-piece pack rod and reel (donated by The Fitting Stool) was claimed by Pace Bonner. Both winners were present and took their prizes home.
The door prize, a superb framed trout picture, was won by Mark Gettman.
The silent auction produced some excellent books and some great fishing items. A young lad bid a nickel (yes, five cents) on a brand new fishing vest that doubled as a flotation device. No one else bid on it so when the bidding closed, he got it.
New Officers and Directors
Officers for 1997/98 and three new directors were nominated and elected at the meeting:
Plaques were awarded to the Honorary Life Members, and Alan Bray, the immediate past president, was awarded a plaque for his work and many contributions to the chapter during his tenure.
NEW OCTOBER MEETING LOCATION:
CANYON LAKE COUNTRY CLUB
From I-35 take Exit 191 (Rt. 306) north to Canyon Lake. In Sattler, turn left on FM 2673 to Startzville. Turn right on Campbell (at the blinking light between Frank’s Grocery and the Texaco). Turn right when Campbell deadends at Watts and continue on Watts to the Club. Parking may be tight; carpool if you can.
October Program: "Improving Your Success—Trout Fishing on the Guadalupe"
Harry Lane, of San Juan Troutfitters in Farmington, NM has spent 20-plus years guiding clients through incredible days of trout fishing on the San Juan and, more recently, here on the Guadalupe.
An excellent instructor, Harry also provides clinics and classes for first-timers, seasoned veterans, and anyone in-between. He has over 25 years of fly fishing experience in 13 states and two Canadian provinces. For the last three winters, Harry has brought his operations and expertise to Texas, guiding and instructing clients on the nation’s southernmost trout fishery, the Guadalupe River.
Harry's presentation will focus on techniques and suggestions for improved trouting success, with special attention to increasing your catch on the Guadalupe. Harry is a newly appointed GRTU Board member and is dedicated to the success of the trout program on the Guadalupe River.
January Program: "River Access in Texas"
Joe Riddell, Assistant District Attorney General, Natural Resources Division, will cover a topic of great interest to anglers and water sports enthusiasts who wish to access and utilize Texas waters.
An avid outdoorsman and paddler, Joe Riddell presented "An Overview of Laws Regarding the Navigation of Texas Streams, with Selected References to Statutes, Cases and Other Materials" to the Texas Rivers Conservation Advisory Board of Texas Parks and Wildlife in April 1997.
April Program: "Creating A Trout Stream"
Alan Czenkusch, Aquatic Biologist, Colorado Division of Wildlife, specializes in trout stream assessment, construction, and restoration. His presentation in April will focus on developing and managing trout habitat by utilizing the "Trout Stream Inventory" (TSI) assessment guidelines. Alan, who is an accomplished fly fisherman, will demonstrate these techniques through an actual case study he recently performed on the newly formed tailwater on Muddy Creek below Wolford Mountain Reservoir. His program will include an instructional streamside assessment of the Guadalupe River.
To complement his program, Alan recommends reading Better Trout Habitat by Christopher J. Hunter, which is available on loan from Stacy Lynn and Scott Graham to interested persons.