TEXAS FLY FISHING NEWS & ADVENTURES

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

 

Monday Morning Sidewalk

| November 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fly Fishing Isn’t Depressing

Good morning wherever you happen to be this Monday morning! I actually wonder where each of you are this morning, and how you’re actually doing – believe it or not.

Last week was one to mark on the calendar. My wife and I, in that order, were stunned by the passing of a new friend who we’d come to know only a short time ago. My wife and her had become quick friends, and she was perfectly healthy going-and-doing. They made a trip together back in May, and she hadn’t been feeling good, so off to the doctor. Diagnosis; terminal pancreatic cancer (terminal is all I have ever heard of when it comes to pancreatic). Fifty-seven-years-old and so much more to do … it’s a time when we struggle to make sense out of the loss. I know you young whippersnappers probably think 57 is old, but let me tell you; you’ll be there in the blink of an eye, and it’s not old.

Now that I have cheered you up for the week! There is a small window to fish this week as the windows do get smaller. It actually looks like today is the best day to be on the water, and Wednesday could be a good day to be at the water somewhere river fishing (and testing your rain gear).

I am starting to see a lot more real fly fishing information being broadcast using Instagram feeds these days, and from folks who were dragged into the whole “social networking” thing against their will. You’d think they invented Instagram by their followings. And some of them have (smartly) taken those loyalists from their Texas Hill Country guiding adventures to … their new guiding adventures on the Texas Gulf Coast. Heck of a deal, if I do say so myself. I like to think I can see a lot of things coming, but I never saw this uprising of the Hipster Fly Movement, much less that I was an early part of it. Thankfully, this tide raises all boats – even if it is possibly just a new generation of “sports.” Time will tell … ADD tends to knock a bunch of these guys off the branches before they wear out their first fly line … and out goes the tide.

Finishing on the bright side: My Grandmother down in the Borderlands turns 98-years-old this week. Now that is a life of length and girth. She’s been a bit ornery lately, but the Greatest Generation has a right to be that way, don’t they?

That time change had me up early this morning, confused by it all, and taking advantage of the opportunity – to get this out, and to maybe hitch up the boat, waiting for a weather break, in the driveway since Thursday. I was determined to add some fly fishing records to the boat this year, but learned my lesson. I started too late in the year, and stayed way too close to home. The fall bite is a lot tougher, but lays the waypoints for next spring.

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

Texas Fly Podcast 001

| November 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fly Fishing’s Newest Journey of the Mind

For those who’ve been around long enough (subtract ten years and see where you were), you may remember this website started off with words. Then, it quickly lead to sounds in the form of slideshows with audio, and what I called “FlyPodCasts.” The edge was bleeding at the time,  but how could I know that a simple phone in our pockets would lead to a revolution in the way we show and share (remember my original mission statement?) information and nowadays bragging rights on FLY FISHING IN TEXAS.

Heck, in the earliest of www.texasflycaster.com history, I certainly brought the base well beyond “FLY FISHING IN TEXAS,” and expanded our horizons to Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Colorado and New Mexico.

It didn’t take long – a few outdoor designed waterproof cameras, and a few phone upgrades – for video to go flying past audio podcasts as a means to show you all I could find about fly fishing, fly tying, techniques, reviews and social events and then my guiding for carp. The more video I captured, the more I wanted to do more and improve more. THAT DRIVE still exists as I press these keys. Yet, we have had our audio appetites whetted here on occasion – late night music countdowns from snowy, frozen oil fields along the Red River, audio fishing reports and more.

HOWEVER, with the maturing of iTunes Podcasts, and the falling away of the chafe of bad-to-terrible Podcasts, and ONE fantastic audio interview in Rockport; I am looking to make our way back into audio journeys of our minds via iTunes Podcasting. You can be sure the Texas Fly Caster YouTube Channel will keep on trucking, but until I finally have a real budget for more REAL GEAR to record top-shelf video – the technical progress of the YouTube Channel is hobbled on location stories. On the other hand, I have had plenty of gear ready for the entry point of quality Podcasting NOW. The gear just sat there, until now.

The only thing to develop is … the audio journey in a way that paints a picture you can see in your mind’s-eye only. I’ll be honest with you, there’s a big field here to plow – as Bernie would say, “H UUU GGG E.” I can see hear a time when we do audio taken from phone interviews of other fly fishing guides, fly fishers, and fly fishing industry movers-and-shakers. Those phone interviews require some technical powers I have yet to find (help me if you can).

I will also be honest; you may get some “artsy-fartsy” Fly Podcasts as well. I actually started, then forgot about, a collection of water sounds from Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico. Finding those would be near impossible, so we will just have to go do them again. I am anxious to try recording fly fishing audio, with all the descriptive talk that goes over it, and see just how that works. If you see some strange guy walking around talking to himself … feel free to approach me, and for God’s sake, start a conversation!