Reminder: New Meeting Location
Starting with the September 17th chapter meeting, our meeting location will be at the Franklin Firehouse on 5 Tyler Drive (just off Rt 32) in Franklin.
The facility houses the library, town garage and the firehouse. The meeting entrance is on the left as you enter the facility. The Franklin Firehouse in Franklin is located just north of Route 2 ,exit 27. Go 6 miles north on Rt 32 and Tyler Drive is on your right. See Chapter Events page for details
New 10/11 - Barr Emerger and new Fly tying Info See Fly Tying page
New 10/9 - Chapter Meeting details. See Home page
New 9/30 - Note new meeting location - see Chapter Events
New 9/30 - Annual Meeting Notice - see this page
New 9/10 - Sept Newsletter - see Newsletters Page
New 7/13 - Floating Workshop and Audubon Camp. See this page
New 6/6 - Rain garden installation, Nathan Hale trout release andAshford casting class. See this page.
New 5/27 - Camp out & Breakfast Slideshow. See this page.
New 4/5 - How to Fix Your Gore-Tex Waders. See Fly Fishing 101 Page.
Fly Casting Class at the Ashford Elementary School
TVTU members John Manfred, Steve Gerling and Charley McCaughtry held a fly casting class at the Ashford Middle School.
As you can see in the slideshow, they had an enthusiastic turnout especially from the young ladies.
Rain Garden Installation
In conjunction with Dan Mullins, Director of the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District, TVTU volunteers installed a rain garden at the Bozrah Town Hall.
This rain garden will be part of the June 14th Floating Workshop which TVTU is a participant with several other like minded organizations such as the Last Green Valley, Project Oceanology and the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District. Sponsored by the Three Rivers Basin Partnership, the program will start at the Bozrah Town Hall with a presentation by Neal Hagstrom on the states Trout Management program and then a tour of the rain garden. The program will then move over to the Yantic river for a variety of demonstrations including fly tying and casting.
This was a new experience for Ray Schaefer, Bob Davis, Steve Gerling, Gary Lussier, Charley McCaughtry and Bruce Danielson and I must say we were quite proud of the results.
The Thames River Basin Partnership Floating Workshop
The Three Rivers Basin Partnership Floating Workshopis are an annual event, usually held in June. Each workshop features a conservation theme and how our partners work together on that theme..This year the workshop was held in Bozrah The event started at the Bozrah Town Hall with a presentation by DEP fish biologist Neal Hagstrom on the states Trout Management Program followed by the tour of the rain garden which was built by TVTU 282.
The program then moved to the Yantic river park in Bozrah where demonstrations were presented by Eastern Connecticut Conservation District, Project Oceanology, Lebanon Conservation District and Thames Valley Trout Unlimited.
My view may be slightly biased but it appeared that TVTU's fly tying table, fly casting area and fishing demonstration attracted the most visitors.
Moosup River Cleanup
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
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Chapter Meeting Tues., October 15th, 6 to 9pm
Featured Presentation by: Steve Culton
"West Branch of the Farmington"
We are truly fortunate to have one of the finest trout streams in the northeast here in Connecticut. There’s something for everyone on the Farmington: classic dry fly pools. Mysterious pockets for nymphing. Spirited runs to swing wets and streamers. A classic tailwater, the Farmington fishes well year round, and offers anglers an opportunity to catch stocked as well as holdover and stream-born wild trout.
Steve is a Connecticut fly fishing guide and instructor, fly tyer, and freelance writer. His work has appeared in Field & Stream, American Angler, The Flyfish Journal, The Drake, Flyfishing & Tying Journal, Eastern Fly Fishing, Fly Rod & Reel Online, and the Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide. He also maintains a blog on his website “Currentseams”.
Special Annual Meeting Sale!
Our Fund Raising Committee will be conducting a Special "Annual Meeting" SALE. Up to 25% Off items that we sell at our OCT 15 Annual Meeting.... Items included TU hats, TVTU fly boxes, TVTU hand tied leaders, books, fishing accessories and more.
In addition our Raffle will feature a Cortland CL Fly Rod 9' 8/9 wt, 6 pc w/bag & tube, Fly Shack Premium Fly Line 4wt, TU "Trout Tips" book, rod rack, flies and much more.
Doors Open 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... Featured presentation starts shortly after a short chapter business meeting at 7pm.
Annual Meeting Notice
In accordance with our TVTU bylaws, this bulletin is providing the required notice of our upcoming annual meeting that will take place at the October 15 membership meeting. During the annual meeting, any business requiring a vote by the membership, including election of officers is conducted.
This year, we have one item requiring a vote. Dan King’s 2 year term as Treasurer has expired. Dan is willing to serve a second term and will be nominated and a vote will be taken. Dan has the full support of the Board, but the election process allows for the opportunity for any current member to run for the office. All that is required is to be nominated for a slot on the ballot during the meeting. Anyone that is interested in running for this position can contact any of the board members for additional information.
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.
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.
Free Family Membership Upgrade Extended
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• 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…
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