NOTE: New Meeting Location
Our meeting location will be at the Franklin Firehouse on 5 Tyler Drive (just off Rt 32) in Franklin. See Chapter Events page for details
New 11/26 - DEC Chapter Meeting Neal Hagstrom
New 11/26 -. FVTU Tag Sale. See Below
New 11/6 - TVTU Awarded $53.5K Grant. See Below
New 11/6 - November Streamlines - see Newsletter page
New 10/23 - October 22 Salmon Stocking - see this page
New 10/17 - October Meeting in a Nutshell - see this page
New 10/11 - Barr Emerger and new Fly tying Info See Fly Tying page
New 9/30 - Note new meeting location - see Chapter Events
TVTU Awarded Grant for Planning for Fish Passage at Papermill Pond Dam (CT)
Project: Papermill Pond Dam, Little River, Sprague, CT
Grantee Matching Funds: $63,280
Total Conservation Impact: $116,780
The project will conduct an engineering alternatives analysis, prepare designs, and commence pre-application consultations with federal and state agencies to advance installation of a fishway on the Papermill Pond dam, Sprague, Connecticut. It will set the stage for how to address a large barrier that has obstructed fish migration to Long Island Sound for over 150 years.
See Long Island Study announcement for other grants awarded for conservation projects in our area... LI Study
To Access the Request for Proposal for the Papermill Fish Ladder Project, click on the link below.
November Meeting in a Nutshell
Gary Bogli gave a very good presentation on a fishing trip that he and TVTU member Irv Stanley took in the Kanektok River area in Alaska.
A lot of his photos illustrated the type and size of the fish in that area as illustrated in the above photo of one of Gary and Irv's guides.
Gary described the transportation sequence to get to the area and the the different locations the guides were able to take them for a variety of fishing experiences.
Moosup River Clean Up
Ron Tetreault, Ray Schaefer, Jim Valukus, Charlie McCaughtry and Gary Lussier collected over 100 pounds of trash from Quinebaug hatchery area of the Moosup River
Saturday, January 4, 2020 Farmington Valley TU Chapter's Annual Tag Sale.
This is an event that you won’t want to miss. There will be a room full of vendors selling new and used equipment of all types, fly fishing stuff, spin fishing stuff, salt water fishing stuff, all kinds of stuff! There will be plenty of fly tying stuff of all types. Yep, lots of good stuff! Admission is only $2 for adults with youngsters under 16 free! The doors open at nine so don‘t try to get in early, but come early in the event to get the best stuff. In case of inclement weather, snow and stuff, the event will be held the following Saturday, 01/11/20.
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"Holiday" Chapter Meeting Tues., December 17th, 6 to 9pm
Guest Speaker - Neal Hagstrom
"So You Want More Trout, Why, Where and When Do They Spawn."
State Fisheries biologist Neal Hagstrom will go into trout life history, locations, what redds look like, substrates and upwelling zones.
Neal has been with the DEEP for 30 years and began his career by earning a B.S. in Biology from UCONN. He earned a Masteries in Fisheries and Allied Aquaculture from Auburn University. For the past 7 years, Neal has been leading a seven year effort by CT DEEP to survey the rivers and streams in CT.
Chapter Meeting "Special Holiday" Door Prize
Fund Raising Chair, Pat Gaynor, will be livening up the door prize next month with something a little different.
So lets see you at the next meeting and you will have a chance at this door prize.
A free event for chapter members, their family, friends and fishing buddies... the holiday celebration will feature assorted appetizers, coffee and sweets.
In addition, we will have fly fishing "stocking stuffers" available at unbelievably low prices, a special "holiday" door prize and, of course, our well-known Raffle table... All to help you be the Santa of the year!
Thames Valley TU 2019 Fall Fishing Trip to the Housatonic River
Although a little chilly on the first night out, a hardy group of TVTU 282 members braved the elements and enjoyed a great weekend of fishing on the Housatonic.
The group was made up of Dan King, Jim Valuckus, George DeGrey, Gary Lussier, John, Duke & Jen Preston and George Jacobi.
As with many TVTU outings, Jen and Duke Preston created a great meal for the attendees.
October 22nd, 2019 Salmon Stocking
The TVTU stocking crew helped DEP Fisheries stock 150 salmon in the Shetucket.
Thank you Eastern CT Flyfishing for the great photos.
TVTU Teaching Kids to Fish at the Audubon Society Day Camp
Our presentations at the Floating Workshop received such good reviews that the Audubon Society Kids Day Camp contacted us the following day and asked if we could help teaching kids to fish,
Although it was short notice, TVTU managed to get four members to attend. There were twelve kids ages six to nine and they had been practicing casting with spinning rods in the camp driveway. This was the first time that many of them had ever fished.
We all met at the Hampton Reservoir and the kids were split up in groups of three between TVTU members Ray Schaefer, Gary Lussier, Charley McCaughtry and Bruce Danielson.
They fished with worms and bobbers and fortunately the Calico bass were biting and the kids had a great time.
This is a note sent to us from Sarah Heminway of the Pomfret Audabon Soceity
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