NOTE: New Meeting Location
Our meeting location will be at the Franklin Firehouse on 5 Tyler Drive (just off Rt 32) in Franklin. The meeting entrance is on the left as you enter the facility. The Franklin Firehouse 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 11/6 - TVTU Awarded $53.5K Grant. See Below
New 11/6 - November Streamlines - see Newsletter page
New 10/23 - October 22nd Salmon Stocking - see this page
New 10/17 - October Meeting in a Nutshell - see this page
New 10/11 - Barr Emerger and new Fly tying Info See Fly Tying page
New 9/30 - Note new meeting location - see Chapter Events
TVTU Awarded Grant for Planning for Fish Passage at Papermill Pond Dam (CT)
Project: Papermill Pond Dam, Little River, Sprague, CT
Grantee Matching Funds: $63,280
Total Conservation Impact: $116,780
The project will conduct an engineering alternatives analysis, prepare designs, and commence pre-application consultations with federal and state agencies to advance installation of a fishway on the Papermill Pond dam, Sprague, Connecticut. It will set the stage for how to address a large barrier that has obstructed fish migration to Long Island Sound for over 150 years.
See Long Island Study announcement for other grants awarded for conservation projects in our area... LI Study
October Meeting in a Nutshell
The meeting opened with a brief presentation by TVTU member John Jasper and Save-the-River/Save-the-Hills VP, Deb Moshier-Dunn. This presentation was a follow-up to the op-ed that John and Deb published in the New London Day and was reprinted in the TVTU October Streamlines. The article raises serious concerns about solar farm installations in our river valleys and their adverse impact to the environment and to our waterways in particular.
Go to the October Streamlines on this website for the whole article.Newsletters
The keynote speaker, Steve Colton, presented a “soups to nuts” perspective of fishing the Farmington River.
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 FlyFishing Guide. He also maintains a blog on his webbsite currentseams.com
Steve’s presentation started with the physical aspects of the river starting at the Goodwin Dam and down to the MDC area and the two large TMA’s and their particular regulations.
Various seasonal fishing techniques and the river’s ability to provide quality water conditions for sustaining trout population were key topics.
In summary, Steve’s message is ‘the river is full of fish, but you have to go find them!”
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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Tues., November 19th, 6-9 pm
Featured Presentation by:
Gary Bogli - "Fishing the Kanektok River"
Gary Bogli is a retired middle school teacher. He has been an avid fly fisherman for 60 years and former president of CFFA. Gary has had the good fortune to fish in Labrador twice, parts of Canada, Argentina and parts of the United States. He still enjoys the wonderful fishing in Connecticut.
In August 2017 Irv Stanley invited me to join him in Alaska at Reel Action Lodge on the Kanaktok River. Twelve to fifteen pound silver salmon were abundant along with rainbows, Dolly Vardens, sockeye and chum. Come along and vicariously take a trip of a lifetime.
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.
October 22nd, 2019 Salmon Stocking
The TVTU stocking crew helped DEP Fisheries stock 150 salmon in the Shetucket.
Thank you Eastern CT Flyfishing for the great photos.
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.
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