Bits, Pieces and Loose Ends

A number of TU members are not quite sure where our meetings are held and would like some instructions as to how to get there. Here goes:

Getting to Sattler. Sattler is just south of Canyon Lake, about 50 miles north of San Antonio between I-35 and US 281. The road to our meeting place is just off FM 306 on South Access Road.

Coming by way of US 281, you will find FM 306 between Spring Branch and Twin Sisters. From I-35, it’s Exit 191, the road to Gruene (Hunter Road).

As you enter Sattler, look for a flashing caution light on the north side of town and a sign pointing to the Dam (South Access), Turn there and you will soon come upon The Dam Red Barn, where we meet. It’s red and looks like a barn.

Coming from the East on I-10, take SH 46 northwest out of Seguin to I-35. Go north on I-35 to Exit 191 for Gruene and take FM 306 west to Sattler. Another route from the south on US 281 would be to head east on SH 46 to FM 3159, then north to Startzville and east on FM 2673 to Sattler, where you go north on South Access at the traffic light to the Barn.

There are other routes, but we’d have to print a map. When in Sattler, if you have a problem, find a friendly native and inquire.

Public Fishing Access. The Guadalupe River is within walking distance of the Barn, and there is public access on both sides of the river at the tailrace immediately below the dam. You can wade or fish from the bank, and there is handicap access as well as a Port-a-Can.

There are a number of other places along the river where you can fish for a small fee. From all reports, fishing has been unbelievable the entire year (tippet snappers and hook straighteners), though during the hot August/September with very low water releases many trout were stressed and expired.

Regarding trash: if you bring it in, carry it out. Styrofoam and glass are prohibited on the river.

FAQ’s and Answers. Another frequently asked question is "Where are the restrooms?" Answer: In back of the Red Barn to the left of the restaurant

"Where do I park?" Answer: There is plenty of parking for cars, motor homes, etc. at The Dam Red Barn.

"Where’s the nearest fly shop?" Answer: Gruene Outfitters in Gruene.

Our Application Forms. The application forms for Supporting Members and Lease Access Permits have been made shorter and easier to fill out. Please note that on one form there are two places for your name. This is to help those unfortunates who process the forms. Please print clearly to help our volunteer workers who would much rather be fishing. The Lease Access form is a two-part carbonless form, so please bear down when filling it out and do not separate the sheets.

Good News! The late Bud Priddy’s Fly-Fishing the Texas Hill Country, a book that has been reprinted several times, is now being updated with fresh new material and articles. Put it on your Christmas want list. It is published by W. Thomas Taylor, Inc. and will be available at most fly shops or can be ordered from any bookseller.

Lease Access Info. Permit holders can now have up to four guest passes per year. The 1999/2000 permits will be sent out the last week in October and will be valid as of November 1. The forms should reach last year’s prior permit holders in October. If you have completed a Lease Orientation Class but have not received your application forms, contact your nearest zone rep.

Membership Status. GRTU Chapter membership stands at over 3,000 according to National TU Headquarters. Of these, 45 have outdated addresses and about 500 are not current with their dues. (If TU dues are not current, this newsletter may not reach you in the future.) That leaves well over 2,500 members still current. Our 600 Supporting Members are especially important to the Chapter’s success. For a mere $10 donation, you can count yourself among them, too.

GRTU is non-profit, of course, and all of our officers, directors, and volunteer workers are unpaid. More active volunteers are always needed. Tell us your expertise and we’ll try to find a way you can make a personal contribution of help with the Chapter’s work. This is a big state, so anyone who thinks an area of Texas would support another chapter, just get in touch with National.

Catch and Release. Be aware of the catch and release rules for sections of the Guadalupe. They can be found in the current TP&W fishing regulations and on signs posted along the river. Also, remember that you need to get a trout stamp when you buy your license if you’re going to fish for trout.

Address Updates. Keep those E-mail addresses and changes coming. They will be added to the databases kept by the Chapter and by National TU. Send to changes@grtu.org. If you move, please keep the Chapter and National informed by mail or E-mail.

The Chapter has a new mailing address:

GRTU
P.O. BOX 27156
AUSTIN TX 78755-2156

Use this address when you send your contribution to the Guadalupe River Defense Fund, which David Schroeder writes about in this issue.

National TU Meeting. If you’ve always wondered whether it would be worth the trip to attend a National TU meeting, a couple of GRTU members from Houston highly recommend it. Al Carlton reports that those attending the recent meeting at Copper Mountain in Colorado "were treated like kings by the local Colorado chapters. They took us on a tour of the Upper Arkansas and we saw all the things to clean up the river from mining activity. It was a very enjoyable and informative meeting. Weather was super, 30s at night, high 70s in daytime." Gerald Bacus has a rundown of the meeting elsewhere in this issue.

Bob Tuttle, TU Liaison

Whirling Disease Caution

To prevent the spread of whirling disease to the Guadalupe River from contaminated western waters, immerse your waders and wading shoes in a mixture of 8 to 1 of bleach and water to kill any whirling disease-carrying organisms. All anglers who ventured out west this summer should pay heed.