GRTU Fall 2017 Fishery Update Guadalupe River Trout

| November 9, 2017 | 0 Comments


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

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 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


Coal Burns Out in Texas Water Wednesday

| October 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Dominoes Begin To Fall In Texas

It may be a brand new day for the Texas environment, and we actually lived to see it happen. Taking three of Texas’ coal powered electricity generating plants offline means cleaner skies for Texas, less fallout in our water and healthier fish.

I have quietly railed against coal for several years now, and do believe that one of the great (maybe history will say the only great) things we will be left with from Obama’s years is – HIS positive impact on the environment, on our environment.

The closing of these plants will cost jobs, just as the horse stables and buggy whip makers lost their jobs with the coming of the horseless carriage. Families will be effected by this, and we cannot underestimate their insecurity and instability in this era of endemic underemployment, insanely low wages and people’s seeming inability to relocate to where jobs really are these days.

However, we rejoice at the idea of cleaner land, water and air – brought about by the huge growth in Texas wind power and natural gas. Texas is number one in the Nation when it comes to wind power, and we got there pretty darn quickly. Now, wind moves up in the percentage of power it supplies, and natural gas is the king of all power supplied in Texas (Yes, T. Boone, there is a Santa Claus).

The plants that are closing are:

  • Monticello
  • Big Brown
  • Sandow

Luminant still has a couple more plants open, and they are:

  • Oak Grove
  • Martin Lake

Closing the above three plants will cut 10-percent of Texas power plant’s carbon dioxide emissions, which amounts to 26-million tons of carbon dioxide annually. Coal has been on a downward trend since 2010 – more than half of the US’s coal powered plants have announced their “retirements” in this decade. In case you’re wondering. That’s a GOOD THING. Let us all just hope that President Trump doesn’t do anything else stupid – to prop up coal power, and just leaves coal as another of his empty promises, this one best left empty. Continue Reading

Texas Fly Fishing Report and Clyde Meets Harvey Slideshow

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Texas Fly Fishing Report Hurricane Harvey Slideshow

We’re still having trouble with the gutting of the “embed” function of YouTube (proportions may be off), but you get the picture! Thanks for watching, and let me know if you have any questions please! At some point I will be producing another audio based story from the interview I did with Captain Chuck Naiser, but it may be awhile.

Fall Weather Patterns Bring Sketchy Fly Fishing

| October 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

North Texas Temperatures Swing Fly Fishing Action Sand Bass Hotspot

I had to get out of the house, and take a break from the Finn yesterday. Somebody forgot to tell me what a full-time job it is to raise a cow dog indoors and train him to be at least a little bit civilized. We have a long way to go.

Medical problems with family in Houston and Weslaco, Texas, don’t make the static any less in my attic either. The Clyde story for Drake magazine is in the can, editor approved and endorsed — and that helps clear the charged air. The burden of what I saw in Rockport and Port A did lead me to “put my money where my mouth is” so to speak. I applied for two FEMA photography job openings, one in Houston and the other in Corpus Christi, Texas. Does a 56-year-old white male stand a chance? Hell no, but I just keep trying for some strange reason (you photographer-readers hurry to the .GOV site now and apply!). If you are FEMA connected, how about a little real help here?

I ran a post on the Texas Fishing Forum – Hurricane Harvey on TFF – discussion boards, and guess what? There’s no discussion on the disaster, and as of this writing, not a single comment. I now pause to scratch my head and wonder … Is there something wrong with these folks, or is it me?

It is pretty obvious I am still jazzed by the adrenalin of photojournalism. Heck, I chased a house fire the other day on instinct. And I felt the adrenalin kick in just a little … actually, it felt good to roll back to my professional zero, where my photographic journey began. Why not start over? We do it almost every time we fly fish – on a small and large scale, don’t we? Every cast is a new beginning. Every change of fly starts us casting in the same spot we last casted. One day there are fish, the next they are gone.


For example, yesterday I had to run the boat, and went with a map that had popped up on the website Texas Fishing Forum over the last couple of days. It had pins for sand bass (deep) on Lake Ray Roberts. I went for one pin, and criss-crossed it using my electronics during what should have been sand bass primetime. Winds were near zero, so navigation was incredibly simple just south of a Wolf Island point. Nada.

So to beat the dark I made the run back to the Sanger Boat Ramp to work the submerged road. Low-and-behold, about ten minutes before dark the sand bass appeared in two feet of water and deep in a nearby cove – by the hundreds. Large sand bass every cast. So today, I will be doing a sundowner there (kayakers come join the armada!), and boxing a few of these tasty tacos to feed the family. Text me if you need directions. It is a very short paddle. I have room on board for one.

Reel Recovery TexasCome Saturday? I will be giving back some time to Reel Recovery. I will attend the Glen Rose event to photograph attendees and facilitators all day long Saturday, and if you are involved in any way with Texas Reel Recovery (the National organization expressed disinterest in my photography – to help them with their identity Nationally), I was the receiver of that much-needed service last year, and I appreciate all you facilitators do, your own personal sacrifices to make these events possible. Regardless of the National organization’s response to my photography (I carried the camera last year as a participant and did write a story as well), on the Texas level I did receive many compliments on my work from the Texas folks. See you there.



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