January 13, 2006

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By Sheila Anderson

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We gathered in large numbers at the Summit on the Guadalupe in January for our annual membership and officer election meeting. Without knowing the exact number of people, I would guess at least 40 members including family were in attendance. Several new members joined our group at this outing, we were pleased to have one woman come all the way from Arkansas.

It seems as if the Guadalupe River has never been very kind to us in January. Once again no trout were caught. Linda Love caught the only fish, while Betty Burleson landed an ultra light spinning rod and reel with the price tag still in tact. Although, for the first time in our history the flow of the river was a very reasonable rate for wade fishing at about 120 cfs. (In the past, the lowest the flow has ever been was 380 cfs in January 2004.) A cold front came through one day early bringing Saturday morning temperatures down to a very cold 28 degrees. It warmed up fairly quickly, but the fish were not active. One new member, Joan Schwartz, tried everything in her fly box without any luck.

The Summit was as enjoyable as ever with the nice cabins and large meeting facility. Thank you to Sheila Hood for arranging this outing place for us. Most members went into Gruene for lunch and shopping. Gruene Outfitters is always a popular stop for most members. The ride on River Road to Gruene is very scenic, one that is always enjoyable.

We enjoyed a catered BBQ dinner on Saturday evening and followed that up with a very extensive business meeting. The first of each year is an important time to set outing schedules and business decisions for the coming year. Everyone’s participation and patience was very much appreciated.

Sunday came all too quickly and while some members went fishing, others packed up to head home. Hopefully the fishing met with better success on Sunday morning.

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