From the President...

I would like to take this opportunity to invite any new or renewing members of the Trout Unlimited national organization who live in Texas and receive this new letter to join the Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited as supporting members by making a $10 donation to the Chapter. Your $10 will go a long way in helping us offset the cost of operating this chapter.

Of more than 2,900 national TU members in Texas, fewer than 500 belong to the local chapter, GRTU, as supporting members. We have added a Conservation Fund contribution level to the application for membership in an effort to better serve those members in Texas who would like to make an additional contribution, through our local chapter, to the nationwide conservation efforts that TU is involved in. If there is anything else that we as a chapter can do to interest more of you, please contact us and let us know. Become an active member of "YOUR" local Texas chapter and help support TU in Texas.

As we begin a new year for GRTU, the officers have been very busy through the summer. VP for Chapter Affairs Stacy Lynn has lined up three excellent programs for our meeting this year, see her column for details, and is arranging for post-meeting educational programs. VP for Fisheries Scott Graham has been ferreting out new leases, securing last year’s access sites for the lease access program, and communicating with the hatcheries to ensure that we maintain the high quality of trout for our stocking program.

We will have the opportunity to see James Robinson’s painting of the Guadalupe River, named "River Dance," at the October 24 meeting. This is a beautiful piece of art that captures the essence of a Texas hill country stream. Somerset Publishing is donating a percentage of proceeds from the sales of the each print to GRTU.

This summer GRTU made a $1,000 donation the Coldwater Conservation Fund for research and protection of the coldwater environment. The donation was made in memory of Bill Cobb with funds from the Cobb Memorial Fund. With the devastating effects of whirling disease and the continued increased pressure from loss of habitat and poor management practices, including increased angling pressure, the coldwater environment and its occupants across the nation can use all the help we can give it. I would like to see the donation set a standard of contribution by us on a national level to TU’s coldwater conservation efforts on an annual basis. Remember the TU mission statement: "TO CONSERVE AND PROTECT OUR NATIONS COLD WATER FISHERIES."

National

TU endorsed removal of four dams on the lower Snake River that threaten the extinction of Pacific salmon and steelhead runs. You, too, can add your name to the long list of endorsers of this proposal by going to the TU Web page for more news and information. It’s accessible through our Web page at www.grtu.org or directly at www.tu.org.

TU will air TUTV, a series of programs illustrating the link between clean rivers, healthy environment, and great fishing on ESPN II this fall, beginning Oct. 4 at 7:30 a.m.

State

This is the second year of experimental regulations for trout on the Canyon Lake tailrace of the Guadalupe River. While oversummering survivability stats are not in at this time, a Texas Parks & Wildlife electro-shock survey on the river just below the dam found some trout. TP&W plans to continue the electro-shock survey this fall in the lower section of the river covered by the special trout regulation as soon as the tubers are off the river (in an effort to not shock any more than necessary—tubers, that is). Temperature data from the three new temperature stations placed and maintained by TP&W revealed that even with low flows the temperature remained survivable for trout as far down as the third crossing, but warmed significantly by the second crossing. Most believe that a minimum flow of at least cfs through the summer months would make the water temperature very survivable for trout. Water flow issues are being debated statewide at this time. GRTU is closely watching new legislation and pending regulations of water-related issues.

On the River

Creel reports by some GRTU members indicate that some trout were being caught through the summer.

The "trout kill" that occurred on the Guadalupe this summer and received worldwide attention was largely due to the unfortunate timing of the stocking of 250,000 trout fingerlings by TP&W and the annual fire ant swarm. Although 20,000 trout fingerlings, more or less, were reported dead, very few adult trout and other species of fish were found to be affected by this year’s swarm.

Billy Trimble, President, GRTU


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