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A Message from the President – Rafael Torres

Hopefully, this newsletter finds everyone safe and well, its been a strange end to our current LAP and stranger start to our summer in the shadow of COVID-19.  As you all have probably realized, our Chapter meeting (face to face) will not be happening however, we encourage you to stay involved with your TU national and GRTU online resources.  If you visit the TU national website, you will find many interesting articles and stories about conservation efforts and how the rest of the country is handling the social distancing and staying involved. 

It is hard to imagine that as a country we have been slowed down by this virus and our daily lives changed. It is important to point out the positives that have come out of this pandemic too. For me, fly fishing is often a solitary activity and around the Guadalupe and other Central Texas creeks. It is nice to get out and try and isolate with those in your protective bubble (your covid bubble) of people that you are with. I had the opportunity a couple of weeks ago but found out that we have to share the water with the “Tube Hatch” and after forty-five minutes of solitude had to concede that I could best self-isolate in my truck headed to another less used creek. Fly tying has been a welcomed pastime to relieve my mind from countless zoom meetings and conference calls. I am becoming better at midges and still working on spinning deer hair; I imagine the deer are laughing at me with my technique saying, “why are you wasting our hair”.  Nevertheless, it occupies my hands and mind and keeps me focused on a future that will allow us to come together and enjoy the fellowship of one another without too much worry of the virus. One where we can get together and share stories or meet at a pizza joint and tell fish stories over a pint or even hold our own “Iron Fly” contest.  

Until that time, I hope you are all staying vigilant and know that your Officers and Board of Directors are holding meetings to make sure we have projects and events ready for you when we can once again come together and meet face-to-face. Stay alert for updates on the TFTX and what the committee is planning for that, we still need a member to step up and head the committee for our next Troutfest TX. If you are reading this, it should be you. On that note, TU National has also canceled their national meeting for the year in observance of their responsibility to protect employees and staff of TU National as well as Local Chapter and Council members that would normally attend.

Please return to the www.grtu.org website for updates and information on next year’s LAP happenings.

Stay Safe and Healthy.
Rafael Torres

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