Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited (GRTU) is a non-profit, 501c3, conservation-focused organization located in Central Texas. Our conservation efforts (link to conservation) are focused on protecting, reconnecting, restoring and sustaining our cold water resources. We are the largest local chapter of Trout Unlimited with over 5,500 members across Texas and our home water is the Guadalupe River.
Rainbow trout were originally stocked in the Guadalupe River by the Lone Star Brewery, creating the southernmost trout fishery in the country. In the mid-1960’s local biologists, anglers, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) all supported studies and programs to introduce trout to the Guadalupe.
Then a group of Texans that enjoyed trout fishing, including, Bill Parvin, Dick Finta, James Keaton, Bob Newman, Chad Oliver, Bill Pabst, Glen Richardson, Lt Colonel Paul Schubauer, Haxel Schubauer, Jim Vynalek, and Bill West got together and founded the Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
The chapter started small, however grew to be the largest chapter in the country.
To further our mission, GRTU hosts conservation, education, and fundraising programs throughout the year. These include river clean ups, youth camps, grant programs, fish stockings, a Guadalupe River lease access program, and our nationally recognized weekend-long conservation and fly fishing event, Troutfest TX.
We are governed by a member-elected Board of Directors and chapter bylaws that guide our organization’s activities and direction.
Most of all, we (our members, our partners, and our Board of Directors) are conservation-minded fly fishing enthusiasts that are working to engage more people in our efforts to protect and restore cold water fisheries.
The following distinguished members of GRTU have been designated, some posthumously, as Honorary Life Members of the Chapter for their exceptional contributions to our work. This honor is reserved for commendatory recognition of individuals whose personal service contributions to the Chapter are deemed to have had outstanding impact in advancing Chapter and TU objectives.
Clement W Bird
William A. (Bill) Johnson
Hymar Karbach Jr.
James W Keeton
Doug & Tanya Kierklewski
William C. (Bill) Pabst
J. Bill Parvin
Basden L. (Bud) Priddy, MD
Mrs. Hazel Schubauer
Lt. Col. Paul A. Schubauer (Ret.)
R.E. (Bob) Tuttle
William G. (Bill) West
T.B. (Tom) Whitehouse