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Tuesday’s on My Mind – Blue on Black Plus More on OK Leaves

| November 21, 2017

BLUE RIVER VIDEO LAST SEASON

Happy Holiday week to those of you with actual days off this week! Funny, in this abusive work Country, the bossman can call it a holiday, and then not pay traditional double-time for working the day. It seems that when it comes to humane treatment, “traditional” kindness is out the window these days, doesn’t it? In case you are wondering, there are no laws requiring holiday pay in the good old red-white and blue.

The weather seems to have finally forced our hand into the cold water fly fishing days here in North Texas. For those of you elsewhere? Feel free to laugh at us as we wait for our cars to warm up, double check we have our layers of clothing packed, put it in gear and head for the OK State. The only game in town isn’t, and the game is underway.

If you read the digital tea leaves, you may be getting wind of a couple of things that are taking shape in the Southern Oklahoma scene.

1 – Beaver’s Bend is still suffering with the new version of the LMF. TIP – I hear the browns are concentrated in upper spillway’s deepest pools. That should be pretty clearly doable. Problem is; that leads to merciless pounding of these fish, until finally they are cleaned out or too wise. I would be tempted to throw big meaty flies, but then that’s no original thought either.

2 – It looks like the Blue River is receiving exceptional numbers of stockers, and with great consistency. Unfortunately, just about everybody that fishes these two places reads. You can expect more people at the Blue River than you are used to, perhaps more than ever were there in the past.

I am looking to do the Blue on Black this Friday, and hoping the leaves have fallen, I can find the wind favorable, and fish biting. If you are interested in the Blue River, Friday would be a good day. You are welcome to contact me, and we can figure out the logistics of a Texas Invasion of the Blue River this Friday morning.

GRTU Fall 2017 Fishery Update Guadalupe River Trout

| November 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

GRTU NEWS RELEASE

Hard Summer on the Guadalupe River

by – Jimbo Roberts

Another Hot Texas Summer has come and gone.

To tell you the truth things looked bad. On May 15th, the lake was two feet below pool and it never got back to 909’msl all summer. We missed having the GBRA Flow Agreement kick in for this past summer once again and I was looking at another year with the possibility of very little holdover. The flows were about 180cfs until the end of June when they dropped to 100cfs. That meant we were going to lose most of the fish below Little Ponderosa. Then the other shoe dropped and flows fell to around 50cfs the first week in September. That couldn’t have come at a worse time as September is still a hot month and water temperatures soared throughout the system. Now we were losing fish below Maricopa. Then we received some much needed rain and late September the releases went back up to 100cfs. Just in time to save some of those trout in the upper river.

Now the good news. I was on the Guadalupe 10/2/17 looking the leases over. We still have trout down to Whitewater. I think John DeLoach’s daily feedings helped get many trout in the Tuber’s Loop through to this fall. TPWD will be doing some shocking surveys before our first stockings this season. When the results are known, I will pass them along to our membership.

For the 2017-18 season, we will be increasing our brown trout stocking to 2,000lbs with fish averaging 16-18″. This is 1,000lbs more than we have ever stocked, plus they will be delivered before mid-December. This, along with the 12,000lbs of rainbows, means that we will have more trout to fish for than ever before. We will also be planting leftover eyed rainbow trout eggs in Whitlock/Vibert Boxes in January, and fingerlings from “Trout in the Classroom” in late spring. With last season’s holdover and all of these new fish, trout fishing this season should be outstanding.

Other good news, the Lease Access Program is expanding this year to 18 sites. We will be making other improvements to the LAP to make it easier to understand all the program rules and those associated with each individual site. We will also be shooting some videos to explain the rules and philosophy of the LAP, along with a virtual tour of every LAP site soon. As always the Lease Access Pictures sticky on the Lease Members Forum will be your “go to” reference to each site and their own rules. The LAP packet will continue to include a map of all these sites and their basic rules, including GPS coordinates. Please keep all this information confidential to limit trespass and make continued lease renewal easier.

I am hoping that this will be the summer when we see a return of cold high summer flows, last seen in 2010. If this happens, those who have not fished these sustaining flows will see the true potential of the Guadalupe fishery. I have seen it, fished it, and it can be amazing. NOAA is predicting a return of La Nina conditions in the pacific starting this fall and continuing through winter. This means a likelihood of lower than average rainfalls in Central Texas. Predictions for the coming summer have not been formulated as of yet. Let’s pray for rain and hope for the best.

Jimbo Roberts | GRTU VP of Fisheries

GRTU Guadalupe River Lease Access Program Changes for 2017-2018

| November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

GRTU NEWS RELEASE

By Chris Johnson –

As many of you have noticed, some changes (listed below) have been made to the Lease Access Program (LAP) for this upcoming season. These changes will help us structure for even more success within our lease access program. I would personally like to thank all of our LAP members for their support of the chapter and the fishery. Please remember to be good ambassadors for GRTU while on the river and share your love for the river whenever/wherever you can!

1) Lease materials will not be mailed out until mid-October, as the lease access year does not begin until November 1st. 

2) Lease Access Program price increase to $150. Reasons: Prices have increased for lease sites and trout being stocked.

3) Maximum Number of Lease Members is now limited to 750. This number does not include youth LAP members, but does include spouses.

4) New GRTU Youth Badges

GRTU Youth/Kids (Under 18 years of age) will now receive different color badges from the annual badge color and always need to be accompanied by an adult LAP member. These badges cannot be worn by adult LAP members or guests, and are only valid for the children of current LAP members. As in years past, the youth badges are free. The color for youth badges will remain the same each year and they will be non-numbered badges. This will aid in replacement and potential multi-season use. 

5) Sign up period will close on Jan 31st or at 750 members – whichever comes first. 

6) Lost LAP buttons will now cost $20 to replace. 

7) Additional guest passes can be obtained by lease members at Action Angler, Sportsman’s Finest, and Living Waters Fly Fishing. ($15 cash only please)                                            

8) The GRTU VP of Membership is the sole point of contact for LAP sign up difficulties.

9) “In person” sign ups at fly shops/lease orientations have ceased. Online sign up at grtu.org is the sole method of sign up. All lease materials will now be mailed to LAP members.

In the event of an online sign up complication, please contact the VP of Membership.

See you on the water!

Chris Johnson | GRTU VP of Membership

Troutfest 2018 Building on 2017 Success!

| November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

GRTU NEWS RELEASE Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited

Building on the tremendous success of Troutfest TX 2017, we are gearing up for an even better 2018 event Feb 16-18 at Lazy L&L Campgrounds. Sponsorship, exhibitor, and donor opportunities are going fast and we are close to sold out of exhibitor space as of this date. Banquet tickets are on sale as is merchandise and raffle tickets below. Our silent auction has gone digital and our auction items will surpass last year in quantity and quality. Trips to Alaska, Argentina, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana and many more are available plus great gear. Don’t wait as we sold out last year and will do so even earlier this year.

We are extremely pleased to have the best lineup of Featured Presenters in our history. They are Keynote Speaker, Chris Wood – CEO of Trout Unlimited, Flip Pallot who needs no introduction, Daniel Galhardo – Founder of Tenkara USA, Jen Ripple of Dun Magazine, Duane Redford of Minturn Anglers, Chris Johnson of Living Waters Fly Fishing and Noah Parker of Land of Enchantment Guides,

Some of biggest brands in fly fishing, local fly fishing favorites and artists and guides from around the world are already registered for Troutfest TX 2018, including: Sportsman’s Finest, TFO, Umpqua Feather Merchants, Yeti, Nissan of New Braunfels, Tenkara USA, Stonefly Artworks, Red Rivers Angler and Sport, ORVIS, Zach Neville Outfitters, Land of Enchantment Guides, Fishpond, Nathan Brown Art, Fly Fishing the Run, Sage, Redington, RIO, Alaska’s Bearclaw Lodge, Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures, Tailwaters Fly Fishing Co., DUN Magazine and many more.

We look forward to being able to contribute once again to the GRTU Tomorrow Fund https://www.tu.org/blog-posts/are-you-up-for-the-grtu-tomorrow-fund-challenge as we did last year to the tune of $10,000! We were also able to lend a hand to Casting for Recovery, Project Healing Waters, Reel Recovery, TPWD and Fishing’s Future thanks to all of you.

The Troutfest TX 2018 Committee looks forward to seeing you on the river in February.

Bill Marshall | GRTU Board Secretary

 

Friday Fly Fishing Report Texas Oklahoma

| November 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Texas Fly Fishing Report GRTU Oklahoma TPWD Stocked Rainbow Trout

Good Friday, a First Friday in fact, to all of you. It’s a strange day. I was at a nearby boat ramp waiting for the sun to come up, but it never did … well, it did, but the talking weather heads had it all wrong once again – overcast, north wind at ten and fog. The prop never got wet. I was prepared for the predicted sunny 90-degree day, south wind at zero – what was supposed to be another record heat day for North Texas November. It didn’t help to get a text while sitting there waiting for the sun, telling me of the passing of a new and near friend overnight – from cancer. It just seemed to get colder and darker sitting there at the boat ramp. The weather reflects the mood today. READ MORE FREE — Continue Reading