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New 5/13 - Bacteria Monitoring Training workshop. See this page.
New 5/16 - Posted May Stream Lines Newsletter. See Newsletter page
New 4/9 - Additional photos added to slideshow. March Meeting Slideshow. See Below.
New 4/5 - How to Fix Your Gore-Tex Waders. See Fly Fishing 101 Page.
New 4/4 - Lefty's Deceiver See Fly Tying page
New 4/3 - Beginner Fly Tying Class Slideshow. See Below
TVTU 2019 Fund Raiser Drive
Last chance to purchase tickets... Just a few tickets left and the drawing will be at the May 21st chapter meeting.
Its that time again... Help Thames Valley TU raise funds for our Education and Conservation efforts. Not only does it take volunteers to execute our educational and conservation programs but it takes some financial resources too. We hope to expand our Trout in the Classroom program to other local schools; We have recently lent a hand to starting the Nathan Hale MS (Coventry) Fishing Club this winter; Expanding Fly Tying and Fly Casting to some of our local schools for example. In the conservation arena we continue to conduct stream cleanups; in the planning stages of conducting stream bio-assessments and other conservation efforts with area schools and organizations.
So consider making a donation via our 2019 Fundraiser Raffle (see below) to make these efforts possible and win a guided trip for two and a complete Fly Fishing outfit too. And enjoy some time on one of our beautiful Eastern CT cold-water fisheries we all care about.
Tickets are only $15 each and 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 2181 Columbia, CT 06237. A ticket will be mailed back to you and recorded.
Thames Valley TU 2019 Fundraiser Raffle
TU “Embrace-A- Stream” Fly Rod & Orvis Reel Outfit plus an Eastern CT Guided Half Day Trip (1- 2 Anglers) w/ Steve Babbitt
Package Value $764- Only 60 tickets are to be sold.
Donation: Only $15 per ticket
(All proceeds will be earmarked for our
Education and Conservation efforts only)
TU “Embrace-A-Stream” (St Croix Legend Ultra 8'6”) Fly Rod
5wt, 4 pc, 3.4oz: This rod includes the following features: High-modulus / high-strain SCIV graphite, slim profile ferrules, Fuji Alconite stripper guides with chrome frames, REC nickel silver reel seat with a stabilized bird's eye maple insert, Super-grade cork handle, includes a rugged rod case with a handle strap and a divided polypropylene liner. Made in the USA. Original MSRP $330.00
Orvis Battenkill Disc III for line weights 5-7, 4.9 oz., 3¼" dia: Underneath that mid arbor is the same sealed drag system found in the Hydros SL incorporating six interacting carbon and stainless drag surfaces. Positive click drag is simple and easy to adjust. The reel is built of 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum with an ergonomic Delrin handle and changing from left to right hand retrieve is simple. Finish is black nickel. MSRP $169.00
Sage Performance Taper II WF5F: Sage’s Balanced Loading System to create a smooth-handling, high-floating line that provides enhanced line feel through your cast for greater distance, accuracy and consistency. Original MSRP $65.00
A Guided Half Day Trip for 1 or 2 Anglers (Eastern CT Waters) with Steve Babbitt: Please schedule trip ahead of time with Steve any time from April to June- September to December 1st. Value $200.
Steve Babbitt is JT's Fly Shop in Union, CT resident guide and available for individual or group fly fishing trips and instruction.
Steve has over 35 years of fly fishing experience and started guiding in the 90’s and hasn't stopped. Steve has been tying for 30 years and many of those years were spent as a commercial tier.
If you are looking to get started or already have experience and looking to learn new techniques, Steve, will have the experience and knowledge necessary to make the most out of your time on the water.
Thank You For Your Support....
Quinebaug River Clean Up
On May 11th, TVTU members Jim Valuckas, Gary Lussier, Ray Schaefer, Ron Tatro, Steve Gerling and Bruce Danielson met with Boy Scout Troop 25 from the Putnam area for a cleanup of the Quinebaug River.
Eight scouts and their family members participated and a significant amount of trash was cleaned up. Volunteers were split up into individual groups and were assigned a section of the river from the Thompson Dam down to the Putnam Park area.
At the conclusion of the cleanup, TVTU was able to provide a pizza party for all!
TVTU Beginner Fly Tying Class 2019
Due to demand Thames Valley TU added a 4 week Beginners Fly Tying classes this winter. Bob Walsh and John Preston taught the course. The classes were held 9 -11 am Saturdays FEB - March at the Fish Connection, 127 RT12, Preston, CT.
Fly tying is great way to learn some of the finer points of fly fishing; something to do off-season and keep focused on fishing and there is great satisfaction catching a fish on your own fly. It’s fun and you will meet some great people and future friends… and have something to give you pleasure for a lifetime! For sure Bob and John did!
A special Thank You to Jack Balint, owner of the Fish Connection in Preston, CT for supporting Thames Valley's fly tying classes this year.
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…
TVTU Annual Camp Out & Breakfast
Friday 1pm, May 17th, Camping & Fishing to Saturday 1pm, May 18th.
Breakfast Served (7:30-10:00am) Saturday
Please RSVP for Breakfast so we can have enough food available. Contact Duke Preston email.
Come join us for our annual Camp-out at Sandy Beach (Konow's Trout & Salmon Camp) along the banks of the Shetucket River. This private property is kindly made available by the Konow family.
This is an overnight camp-out on Friday with an evening dinner around 6-7pm May 17th (hotdogs, chips, soda & more will be served that evening) and an open air breakfast (sheltered picnic tables) the next day.
Members are welcome to camp out (and of course, go fishing) or just come to the breakfast and fish. There should be some great fishing in one of the best fishin' holes on the Shetucket! It is a great place to bring someone new (young and old) to the sport and learn how it's done. I'm sure the "experts" will be willing to give you some pointers. And for you seasoned anglers, well... you know how good it can be.
"Iron Fly/Fishing" Contest - This year by request there will be a quick special "Iron Fly/Fishing" contest with some great prizes! So if you want to compete, please bring your fly tying tools (at minimum a vise, scissor and bobbin). Materials will be supplied. There will be some limited tools available for last minute entries. You don't have to be an expert tyer to compete. Note: Teams of two are allowed (only one can tie and the other can fish).
The contest will consist of two parts. First, one will tie a "mystery" fly (Hint: Read May's newsletter "Fly of the Month" ); and once the contestant has completed the fly he/she can immediately use the fly made to catch a fish. Prizes will be awarded to the (1) first person to finish tying the fly; (2) the first person to catch a fish; (3) the first person to catch a trout; and (4) the person who catches the most fish on the allotted time period. If no one catches a fish, prizes will be awarded to the first four tyers that complete the "mystery" fly.
Breakfast - will be provided by Preston clan (Jackie, Jen, John & Duke). The Menu will consist of: Pancakes, Duke's "famous" French Toast, Sausage, Bacon, Hash Browns, Eggs (to order), Donuts, Hot Coffee &Tea, Orange Juice and more....
Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 10 AM Saturday. So come join us for the fun, hardy breakfast, good fishing, and meet some great Thames Valley TU people.
Directions: Take I-395 to Exit 83. Follow Route 97 to the intersection of Route 207 (Baltic). Turn left onto Route 207 and travel approximately 2.4 miles. Turn right onto Holton Road (across from cemetery). Proceed for approximately 1 mile. The Sprague Preserve (Mukluk Preserve) is on the right. Sandy Beach is about 1.2 miles down the dirt road. The gate to the Konows (Salmon & Trout Camp) property will be open around 1 pm Friday. Google Maps Link or Sprague Land Preserve.
Bacteria Monitoring Training Workshop
The Last Green Valley Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program and The Eastern Connecticut Conservation District will be collecting water samples from the Willimantic and Anguilla rivers respectively and are looking for volunteers to help.
See the included letter below from The Last Green Valley for details on the upcoming workshop and contact Jean Pillo or Judy Rondeau if you're interested in helping out.
Feel free to contact Gary Lussier email or Steve Gerling email if you have any questions.
Save the Date! Bacteria Monitoring Training Workshop
Monday, May 20, 2019
9 AM - noon
Norwich USDA Center, NRCS Conference Room
238 West Town Street
Norwich, CT 06360
The Last Green Valley and the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District will be conducting bacteria sampling at locations throughout eastern Connecticut this summer.
The Last Green Valley Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program will be collecting weekly water samples from the Willimantic River from Stafford to Windham. The Willimantic River is a National Recreational Trail and popular for paddling enthusiasts. The water samples will be assessed for E. coli to make sure the water is safe for paddling.
The Eastern Connecticut Conservation District will be conducting a bacterial source trackdown survey in the Anguilla Brook watershed in Stonington/North Stonington. Anguilla Brook drains into Wequetequock Cove, where the shellfish beds are closed because of high bacteria loads.
Volunteers will be collecting water samples weekly from June into August (10 samples). Instruction in water sample collection methodologies is required to participate. We will provide the teams with all required equipment for this program.
To register for this workshop, email Jean Pillo at Jean.Pillo@comcast.net or Judy Rondeau at Judy.Rondeau@comcast.net .
TVTU Chapter Meeting Tuesday, May 21st, 6-9pm
Featured Speaker Bob Lindquist - "Labrador: Land Where The King Still Reigns"
Together with The New Fly Fisher, Bob Lindquist brings you a presentation, complete with world class, jaw dropping video footage filmed by The New Fly Fisher, underwater video, drone footage, graphics and still photos that demonstrate the actual character and greatness of Atlantic salmon, the genesis of the legend, and what fishing for them can, in a select few places, be. This presentation includes a tying session that demonstrates practical hairwing fly tying skills which both stand alone as a discipline and improve trout flies. The riffle hitch and how it can help you catch more of our common quarry is discussed. Club members will be mesmerized by the spectacular video footage! Labrador: Land Where The King Still Reigns provides tips and techniques for fishing local waters, informs viewers about the pros and cons of fishing for Atlantic Salmon and introduces the magnificence of the greatest of gamefish. The king of fish is not a shy recalcitrant who needs to be finessed to be caught. The king is an angry ruler intent on smashing to pieces flies that dare invade its territory.
Don't be like these guys!
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