Starting September 2018 our monthly Membership Meetings will now be located at the Moose Lodge, 115 Fitchville Rd, Bozrah, CT. See "Chapter Events" page for directions.
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New (5/29) - Eastford TIC Fly Casting Class - See Education Page
New (5/14) Spey Casting Clinic Slideshow - See Education Page
New (4/3) - Latest Issue of "On the Rise" Newsletter from TU's Diversity Initiative. See homepage.
Save The Date!
Saturday, September 22, 2018.
Discover Outdoor Connecticut:
Come join TVTU at this fun-filled event that explores Connecticut's fish and wildlife resources and legacy of outdoor traditions, with live animals, demonstrations, archery, fish casting, fly tying, shooting clays, kid's activities, outdoor skills, a photo contest, and more. Sponsored by the DEEP Bureau of Natural Resources. See DEEP website for more details.
Chapter Fund-raising Raffle 2018
Only 50 tickets to be sold... $15 ticket
Cabela's Theorem Fly Rod and Ross Evolution LT Fly Reel Outfit (Value $655)
Cabela's Theorem Fly Rod (9ft, 4pc, 5wt) - With Generation-II nano-silica resin and a high modulus graphite blank, Cabela's Theorem Fly Rod produces the accuracy, distance and sensitivity you need to help solve the fly-fishing equation. Burl wood reel seat with high-polish aluminum hardware and a modified western cork handle. Rod case & Lifetime Guarantee
Ross Evolution LT® Fly Reel #2 (4-6 wt/4.2oz) -
Conical drag eliminates start-up friction; Heat-dissipating Delrin 500AF drag material; Triple redundant radial pawl engagement; Aluminum alloy construction; Quick release locking spool; Oil impregnated bronze bushing; Stainless steel spindle; Easily converts for right or left hand retrieves; Quick release locking spool. Rated for freshwater or saltwater duty. Manufacturer's lifetime warranty. Made in USA. Includes: Cortland Precision Finesse WF5F Fly Line
Thames Valley TU is continually working on our Mission of conserving, protecting and restoring our cold water fisheries in the Eastern CT. This takes a lot of resources... man-hours and money. Please help us raise funds for current and future projects/events.
Raffle tickets are only $15 each. The drawing will be held once we have sold 50 tickets. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets are available at our monthly meetings and through the Chapter's Board of Directors members. Or, send a check payable (with name, address & phone#) to: Thames Valley TU Chapter 282, P.O. Box 211, Hanover, CT 06350. A ticket will be mailed back to you and recorded.
Free Family Membership Upgrade Extended
We are pleased to launch a new Free Family Membership Upgrade offer to any existing Trout Unlimited member -- for a limited time only! By signing up and adding the names and information for the family members living in your household at www.tu.org/familymembership, you will enjoy the benefits of a TU family membership for the duration of your regular membership for free. These benefits include:
• Ensuring your family members feel that great sense of belonging to the nation’s leading trout and salmon conservation organization.
• Additional family members can expect to receive communications and invitations to local, statewide and national events and activities, like for example one of our dozens of chapter-hosted women's specific fly fishing seminars or youth fishing days.
• A complimentary copy of Stream Explorers magazine for any youth under age 12.
All members of your household will be able to create a unique member profile on www.tu.org to engage in our online community, join discussion groups, access member-only content such as the digital version of Trout Magazine and more…
Don't be like these guys!
Join Thames Valley TU Chapter for a special introductory rate of $17.50... half the normal membership price! Click - Join TVTU
Be sure to select the "Thames Valley" Chapter 282 when signing up online.
WHY EVERYONE SHOULD JOIN TU
Hank Patterson explains why...
Volunteer for Thames Valley TU
Join Our Board or One of Our Committees to Help Us Continue to Grow!
There is nothing more rewarding and fun than being part of a dedicated team of people like you making a difference for your local watersheds! Thames Valley TU is an all-volunteer chapter and we rely on our members to help the chapter run.
We will be holding elections in October and are looking for members willing to join us on the board and various committees.
Open Board Positions:
Board Member (2) - Conservation, and Membership
If you are interested in one of the above opportunities, and feel you have the time and talent to dedicate to the chapter, please contact one of our Nominating Committee members for details:
Duke Preston – firstname.lastname@example.org
Charley McCaughtry - email@example.com
Paul Rice - firstname.lastname@example.org
All TU Chapter Picnic and Fishing Outing - September 8th, 2018
What: All CT Trout Unlimited Chapter Picnic
When: Saturday, September 8th, 10am to dusk. Lunch served at noon.
Where: Matthies Pavilion, People's State Forest, Barkhamsted on the Farmington River
Our next event will be the joint CTTU Chapter Picnic with all Connecticut TU Chapters under one roof, held at Matthies Pavilion, in People's National Forest (Barkhamsted), on the Farmington River. This event begins at 10:00 am and will conclude at dusk. Lunch will be served beginning at noon.
Spey Casting Northeast and Antoine Bissieux a Farmington River guide (AKA "the French Flyfishermen") are scheduled to attend.
This is great opportunity to meet fellow TU members across the state; learn about spey casting & the Farmington River... Oh yeah, and get in some time on one of the best cold water trout water in CT! More information to come...
From the steel bridge on 318 and 181 that passes over the Farmington River at Church Pool, pass over the bridge, then make an immediate left, heading north on East River Road. Matthies Pavilion is one mile up, on the left side of the road. The park has a large parking lot, mowed fields, lots of shaded areas, and actual indoor plumbing and electricity.
When you arrive, look for our chapter's banner and let us mark your name on the roster.
This event is free to all TU members.
TVTU Chapter Meeting
Tuesday, September 18th, 6-9 pm
Featured Presentation: Steve Babbitt - "An Inside Look at the Willimantic River TMA"
Steve's presentation will provide an detailed over view of the Wilimantic River TMA.
Including:types of water you will encounter, the hatches and the flies to use for them, the best approaches, the seasonal changes and history of the Willi TMA. If you never fished the Willi or you think you know all there is about it, Steve will have something to learn for everyone. For example: Steve said recently... It was a very different but rewarding spring on the Willimantic and Natchaug rivers this spring, some new bugs showed up in large numbers and some areas of the river have changed to hold better fish.
Steve Babbitt guides for JT's Fly Shop as well as teaching tying and fly fishing classes. He has been fly fishing since 1976 and tying since about 1980. Steve ties many of the fly patterns JT's sells and will do custom orders for you. Steve usually works the shop on weekends and at big events as well has helping man the both at shows. He is currently on the Flymen fishing company guide pro staff.
Pre-Annual Meeting nomination of candidates.
Positions open are: President, Vice-president, Secretary, Membership Chair, and Conservation Chair.
Door opens at 6pm.
Our meetings are free and open to members, guests and the general public. Social time, fly tying demonstrations, refreshments, raffle, door prize & more... Please note the featured presentation starts shortly after short chapter business meeting at 6:45 pm (15 minutes earlier than normal).
TVTU Season Kick-Off Sale!
All our TU, TVTU mechandise and fly fishing items will be on sale. An extra 10% or more off our already low prices.
Diversity Initiative Newsletter Features Ways to Connect to More Diverse Communities
TU's Women's Initiative was launched in 2011 to address the concern that only six percent of all TU members were women, while at the same time women made up 36 percent of all anglers in the U.S.
In 2016, the initiative was renamed the Diversity Initiative in recognition that the successes of the past five years in recruiting and engaging female members and leaders could translate to similar growth in other demographic areas of our membership. At the same time, we celebrated an increase in female engagement in TU as members, and a significant growth in the number of female leaders at the chapter and council level!
The Spring edition of the Diversity Initiative Newsletter "On the Rise" is designed to share the best practices and lessons learned by your fellow volunteers in recruiting, retaining and engaging a diverse range of members in TU and in leadership roles. In this issue, you'll find articles on:
Thames Valley TU Chapter's Mission: To conserve, protect and restore Eastern Connecticut's trout and salmon and their watersheds.
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