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New (2/22) - "Flies & Pies" Meeting
New (2/22) - Update on the fly tying classes. See Below
New (2/13) - February issue of "Stream Lines". See Newsletter page.
New (12/28) - Lil' Dorothy. See Fly Tying page
New (12/28) - December 19th Salmon Stocking slide show. See Stocking page.
New (12/14) - Women Don't Fly Fish! Please see below.
New (12/3) - "On the Rise" Newsletter from TU's Diversity Initiative. See homepage.
TVTU Fly Tying Classes Start - January 13, 2018
Thames Valley TU will be starting Fly Tying classes again this winter. Bob Walsh, John Preston, and Jack Balint will be teaching the classes. The classes will be held 9:30 - 11:30 am Saturdays at the Fish Connection, 127 RT12, Preston, CT.
Tentative class dates are January 13, 20, 27, February 3 & 10th. Classes are open to members (young & old) and to the public... beginner to experienced fly tiers welcomed. Tools and materials will be available if you don't have any. Contact John Preston to enroll and for information or questions.
Update : Starting February 24th, the classes will be held on consecutive Saturdays while attendance warrants.
Women Don't Fly Fish!... Or, Do They?!!!!
Here's a video that might change your perspective that women don't can't or like to fly fish. Also, here is a link to a New York Times article on... "Women are now the fastest growing demographic in fly-fishing, one of the most male-dominated outdoor sports."
Year-End "On the Rise" Newsletter from TU's Diversity Initiative
TU's Diversity Initiative, originally launched in 2011 as the Women's Initiative, is celebrating the success of the past six years in recruiting and engaging an increasingly diverse range of new members, volunteers and leaders to the TU community.
Along with a host of resources, guides and best practices that can be shared across chapters and councils to launch local diversity work, the initiative has also built a thriving online community with more than 1,000 Facebook followers – TU and non-TU volunteers from across the country – who share ideas, cheer each other on, celebrate shared successes and offer advice and counsel to each other.
The December edition of the Diversity Initiative Newsletter "On the Rise" is designed to showcase 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 will find special features on:
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 the 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...
WHY EVERYONE SHOULD JOIN TROUT UNLIMITED
Hank Patterson explains why...
TVTU Annual"Flies & Pies" A Great Success
The annual "Flies & Pies" night turned out to be a great success.
Members and guests were were treated to a variety of demonstrations, displays, auctions, raffles and great food. Not to mention, just a great time.
Fly tying tables were manned by tiers ranging in age from very young to not so young.
Bob Walsh and Don Avery displayed their bamboo rod building, rod case, nets and paddle building skills.
Charilie McCaughtry presented a collection of his well known artwork.
Duke Preston demonstrated how to make a furled leader.
The table that seemed to draw the most attention was the one manned by Jen Preston. The smorgasbord started with a selection of several different types of pizza. Stepping a little further down the table we came to Gary Lussier's beef chili. That went pretty quick. Next we came to a chicken and potato casserole followed by a periogi and kielbasa bowl by Jen and Duke. Not to be outdone, Ray Schaffer provided a fine pot of sweet and sour kielbasa.
When the pots were empty, out came the sweets and, as usual, they disappeared quickly.
The meeting highlight was the auctions and raffles. The amount and diversity of the the items was amazing. Both events resulted in a lot of smiling faces both young and old.
Thames Valley TU 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. Four-piece high-modulus graphite blank features lightweight, corrosion-resistant REC recoil guides that always return to their original shape. Tapers increase feel yet recover quickly for exceptional accuracy. 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
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.
Thank You for your Support...
$5 Trout Stamp Takes Next Step
A proposal for a single trout and salmon stamp, costing $5, is part of a new fishing regulations package sent to the state’s attorney general for review.
Once the attorney general completes review of the proposal, it will be submitted to the Legislative Regulation Review Committee for review.
The new proposal would establish a single trout and salmon stamp, which each year would cost $5. The original proposal called for a $5 trout stamp, a $10 salmon stamp, and a $12 combination stamp. After receiving online comments objecting to the fee, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection opted to proceed with one $5 stamp.
All funds from the sale of the stamp, under state and federal law, will go toward hunting and fishing activities in Connecticut, including maintaining full production at three fish hatcheries in the state. DEEP officials held their earlier estimate of $300,000 in additional revenue, based on 60,000 trout and salmon anglers.
All anglers 16 years of age and older fishing for any species in Trout Management Areas, Wild Trout Management Areas and Trout Parks established in Section 26-112-46 of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies; all anglers 16 years of age and older fishing for any species in affected portions (the designated “Broodstock Areas”) of the Shetucket River and Naugatuck River; and any anglers 16 years of age and older wishing to keep trout, kokanee or broodstock Atlantic salmon (where fishing for Atlantic salmon is allowed) they’ve caught anywhere throughout the state would be required to purchase a trout stamp.
Click here to read the full list of amendments to the regulations.
Click here to read the DEEP’s explanatory statement.
Click here to read the notice of decision.
TVTU Donates $2500 for Sprague Open Land Purchase
The Friends of the Shetucket River Valley continue their land preservation mission by working towards purchasing an additional parcel, which is a 97 +/-acre property, not contiguous to the Sprague Land Preserve, but in close proximity and adjacent to the Town of Sprague owned "River Park" and recreation area off of Rt. #97 in Baltic, CT.
This parcel of land is accessible from Park Drive in Baltic and is located on the westerly side bordering the Shetucket River. This parcel of land offers easy access to the Shetucket River, allowing for passive recreation.
The property is level with a steep hillside on the westerly side, a favorite property for pheasant hunters as well as salmon and trout fisherman. Some of the open acreage is used to grow corn; when harvested the farmer will leave several rows for feeding wildlife.
Because of this property's unique topography, wildlife habitat and proximity to the Sprague Land Preserve, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection recognized this and gave the Town 70% of the funds necessary to purchase this property, known as the Bombero Property. The Town of Sprague has been awarded a $174,000.00 grant leaving a total of $102,000.00 to be raised to complete the property purchase, as well as additional legal costs and surveying costs.
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Thames Valley TU Chapter's Mission: To conserve, protect and restore Eastern Connecticut's trout and salmon and their watersheds.
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