Our Meeting Location
Our chapter meetings are held at the Franklin Firehouse on 5 Tyler Drive (just off Rt 32) in Franklin. See Chapter Events page for details
New 3/27 - Women on the Water Event Canceled
New 3/18 - Chris Wood on COVID-19 - See this page
New 3/16 - Nick's Soft Hackle - See Fly Tying page
New 3//15 - Fly Tying Class 2020 - See below
New 3/11 - Women on the Water Event - See below
New 3/10 - Family Day on The Fenton - See below
New 3/10 - March Streamlines - See Newsletters
New 2/19 - Iron Fly Contest Winners - See this page.
New 1/26 - Ledyard Fly Tying Class - See this page
New 1/13 - TIC Egg Delivery Slide show - See Education page
FLY TYING CLASS 2020
Our fly tying course at The Fish Connection this year started January 11th and met for seven sessions on Saturday mornings (9:30 -11:30 am). Bob Walsh, John Preston, Patrick McMahon and Jack Balint all contributed and shared their talents to instruct about 8 to 12 students per session on the Anglers Art… fly tying. A special shoutout for Phil “Lefty” Sands who came in from the bullpen one session to help our left-handed novice student. Our classes are open to the public and members in which all materials and tools (if needed) are supplied at no cost.
This year we incorporated a webcam, laptop, videos and a 32” flat screen so that students could better see and follow the instructors as they tied. In addition, we now have 20 complete fly tying tool sets (bobbin, thread, bodkin/half hitch tool, whip finisher, scissor, hair stacker, hackle plier & threader) and many more vises available for those who don’t have equipment. This is all due to the many generous donations of new and used equipment and materials from our chapter members.
First a couple of true novices needed to get up to speed by covering the following flies and subjects: three primary fly tying methods (jam knot, pinch method & whip finish), essential tools, Woolley Worm and Woolley Bugger. Over the next 6 sessions we covered the following flies: Black Nosed Dace, Zebra Nymph, Three Dollar Dip, Double Wing Rusty Spinner, Sunken Ant, Ant (dry fly), Chernobyl Ant, Klinkhamer Special, Prince nymph, Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle, Pheasant Tail Bead-head Nymph, McFly Foam Egg, PMD Foam Emerger, Catskill Hendrickson dry fly, Flick Red Quill dry fly, X2 Caddis, Cased Caddis, Frenchie Hot Spot nymph, Spent Caddis, Clouser Minnow and Lefty’s Deceiver. Many of the flies (type or patterns) taught were chosen by the students.
In advance of each class, students were provided various videos and/or step by step instructions and supporting information to help prepare them for the following week’s class. In addition, the students were given an information sheet and online resources to help them learn/practice on their own pace.
A special “Thank You” to Jack Balint of The Fish Connection for providing an area to conduct the classes and the use of his tools & materials when we needed.
Ledyard Fly Tying Class
John Preston and Bob Walsh are conducting an "Fly Tying for Everyone" course at the Ledyard Bill Library. The class meets four Saturdays 1:30 - 3:30pm starting January 18th.
Participants will learn about the basic tools and techniques needed to successfully tie flies. Patterns will be selected that will be easier for beginners, and cover key fundamental skills for tying most flies. Each class will usually involve the students tying 2 to 3 different patterns depending on complexity and participant skills. No prior tying experience is required and subsequent classes would build on skills learned in prior classes. Students are welcome to bring their own tying tools if they have them, but all required tools and materials will be provided by Thames Valley Trout Unlimited.
As you can see, they have had an enthusiastic turnout.
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Women on the Water
June 13, 2020 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
The WOTW Planning Committee met on Monday, March 23, 2020 to consider the feasibility of holding the program scheduled for the 13th of June, 2020 at the Matthies Grove Recreational Facility in People's State Forest. As we reviewed the situation, it became clear that the threat of the COVID-19 to the health and safety of the participants and volunteers was more important than running the event this June. Therefore, we voted to reschedule to next year on or about June 12, 2021 with the program to go on next year as planned.
TU President/CEO Chris Wood's Response to COVID-19
Iron Fly Contest Winners
The McMahon Family dominated the winners circle for the Flies & Pies Iron Fly contest. Patrick placed first ($25 Gift certificate), brother Brendan placed second (TVTU Fly Box), and dad (Ted) came in third (TU Eye Glass Strap). All participants received a TU Key Chain.
A Family Day on the Fenton River
Sponsored by Joshaua'sTrust & TVTU
Where: The Gurleyville Grist Mill
Chaﬀeeville and Stonemill Roads
When: May 30, 2020, 10 - 2pm Saturday
What: Fly casting instruction
Fly Fishing / casting game
Fly tying demonstrations
River Insect collection and evaluation
Tours of the Historic Gurleyville Grist Mill
A hike on the Nipmuck Trail
Thames Valley Trout Unlimited information table
Joshua’s Trust information table
This should be an informative and fun day for all!
Open to the public - no charge - no rain date
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