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New 3/23 - Posted March 2019 Stream Lines Newsletter
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New 3/7 - Updated Flies, Pies & More Slideshow. See bottom of Home page.
New 2/23 - Fly Tying Class 2019 Slide Show - See Below
New 2/12 - Mop Fly (variation) See Fly Tying page
New 2/11 - Beginner Fly Tying Class starts 2/23. See this page
New 2/7 - Preston Library Fly Tying Class - See below.
Fly Tying Class 2019 Slide Show
This year our 6 week fly tying course at The Fish Connection started January 12th. Bob Walsh, John Preston, Phil Sheffield and Jack Balint all contributed and shared their talents to instruct about 8 to 10 students on the Anglers Art… fly tying.
After getting a couple of true novices up to speed they covered the following flies/subjects: The three primary fly tying methods and tools, Woolley Worm, Woolley Bugger, Beadhead Hare’ Ear nymph, Bird’s Nest wet fly, Beadhead Caddis Pupa , Black Nose Dace, Chubby Chernobyl, How to make your Hare’s Ear dubbing, Starling & Purple Spider, Partridge & Orange Spider, McFoam Eggs, Cream and Dun Variants, Bi-Visible, Adams dry fly, PMD Thorax dry fly, and an Epoxy Baitfish (Candy) saltwater. Before each class students were provided various video and 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 shout out to Jack Balint of The Fish Connection for providing an area to conduct these classes and the use of his tools & materials when we needed it.
February 5th, 2019 Preston Library Intro to Fly Tying Class - Slideshow
Thames Valley members Bob Walsh, Ken Burrows & John Preston conducted a 2 hour Intro to Fly Tying class to eight students at the request of the Preston Library on 5 FEB. After a brief description of essential tools, threading a bobbin. and a few fundamental methods of attaching material, thread and finishing the fly... each student tied a Woolley Worm and Woolley Buggar. A majority of the students wanted to pursue the "Art of the Angler" and we are planning to start another Beginners class at The Fish Connection after FEB 16th. More details to follow.
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…
The 2019 Flies and Pies Slideshow
Naugatuck Pomperaug TU Annual Banquet April 5th
If you can make it, one of our sister TU chapters is having their Annual Banquet April 5th... you can help support their Conservation & Education efforts...
Chapter Meeting April 16th, 6-9pm
Featured Presentation: Abbie Schuster "Striper Fishing at Martha’s Vineyard”
Our guest speaker Abbie Schuster will be talking about “Striper Fishing at Martha’s Vineyard”. In 2016, she started Kismet Outfitters. The company offers guided fly fishing trips, corporate events and more, all from Schuster.
Abbie was born and raised in New England and grew up fishing these waters, which provided her the opportunity to gain knowledge and passion for this sport. She learned to fish on Martha’s Vineyard when she was young and also spent many years fishing the rivers and small creeks of Maine, Connecticut and New Hampshire.
Abbie attended University of Montana, which only fueled her fly-fishing addiction, so it was a natural choice for her to become a fly-fishing guide. In 2011 after completing Sweetwater Guide School Abbie started guiding in Montana and since then have not looked back. Abbie has also guided in Washington and Alaska and has fished waters abroad.
For Abbie there is nothing better than giving the gift of fly fishing to a client. Every trip will be an opportunity to not only catch fish but expand and grow your knowledge. Her goal is to have every client leave with life long memories, a stronger passion for fly fishing and conservation and a greater understanding about this sport. Abbie is a certified Maine guide. Other certifications included CPR, First Aid, and swift water rescue USCG captain.
See Video of Abbie Schuster - "Fly Fishing Nantucket Sound Rips"
TVTU 2019 Fund Raiser Drive
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.
Thank You For Your Support....
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.
Lisbon Middle School Trout In the Classroom (TIC) - Trout Release
The looks on these kid's faces says it all! This is why we do this!
Farmington Valley TU Banquet
March 23rd 2019 6-9pm
Help support one our fellow CT TU chapters. Featuring many wonderful auction & raffle items and a great dinner!
Tickets are available online (see below) or by calling Don LaChance at 860-930-0184.
Don't be like these guys!
Join Thames Valley TU Chapter for a special introductory rate of $17.50... half the normal membership price! Click - Join TVTU
Be sure to select the "Thames Valley" Chapter 282 when signing up online.