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TVTU Chapter Up Coming Events
Dec 19 - Chapter Meeting Tim Flagler (topic TBD)
Jan 16 - Chapter Meeting - TBD
Jan/Feb - TVTU Fly Tying Classes at the Fish Connection, Preston, CT - TBD
Feb 20 - Chapter Meeting - TBD
Mar 19 - Chapter Meeting Bob Lindquist "Seasons on the Delaware"
Apr 16 - Chapter Meeting Annual Meeting & Elections
May 21 - Chapter Meeting - TBD
TVTU Monthly Chapter Meetings Doors open at 6:00 PM for social hour and fly tying. Our Meetings are open to the public and gets underway at 7:00 PM.
Directions to the Franklin Firehouse: Our meeting location is 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. Google Map Link to Franklin Firehouse.
Latest Website Updates
New 12/6 - Ledyard Fly Tying Class Slide Show - See below.
New 12/2 - Seeforellen Stocking for DEC - See this page
New 10/1 - Atlantic Salmon Fall Fishery - See this page
TVTU/Ledyard Library Fly Tying Class 2023 Slide Show
Our Tuesday evening Fly Tying Classes at the Ledyard Bill Library class covered basic techniques/methods and the following flies: Wooley Worm, Wooley Bugger, Beadhead Pheasant tail nymph, Hare’s Ear nymph, Peacock & Partridge soft hackle, Leisenring Spider, Black Nose Dace streamer, Elk Hair Caddis, Rusty Spinner, the classic Adam’s dry fly, and Sparkle Dun. As usual the Ledyard library has a great facility and crew, and the students were excellent!
Bob Walsh, John Preston and Ken Burrows will be conducting more classes this winter on Saturday mornings at the Fish Connection in Preston, CT. Tentative classes in consideration are one short four session beginner’s class (January) and a 5 or 6 session intermediate/advance fly tying class (FEB/MAR). Times and Dates to be determined…stay tuned.
TVTU Chapter Board of Directors Openings
TVTU is in need of some volunteers to help keep the chapter viable/active. We need volunteers for the following Board of Directors positions:
Vice-President - The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President if the President is absent or unable to perform the President’s duties. The Vice President shall perform such other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors and the President.
Secretary - The Secretary keeps the minutes of all meetings of the Board and the membership and is the custodian of all official records of the Chapter.
Program Director - Coordinates monthly meetings including meeting speakers and other chapter activities.
Fly Tying Coordinator- Board of Directors membership is optional. Maintain the chapter fly tying class material and schedule fly tying classes. Also coordinates fly tyers
for monthly chapter meetings.
Please contact Gary Lussier at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-861-9344 if you would like to help out the chapter and volunteer for these needed positions.
TVTU Board of Directors Meetings
TVTU Board of Directors meet the second Tuesday of the month, August through May, at 6:00 PM via ZOOM. The meetings are open to any TVTU members who would like to attend. To get the ZOOM link, just contact any BOD member and they can provide it to you.
"SEEF" Stocking Soon
Lake and pond fishing for BIG brown trout sound fun? If YES, Connecticut offers a unique opportunity to our anglers in late fall and winter! The Fisheries Division is preparing for the distribution of Seeforellen strain brown trout (aka “Seefs”). These are a German strain of large, lake-dwelling brown trout that are capable of reaching very large sizes. The Fisheries Division plans to stock roughly 375 two-year-old fish averaging 5lbs each, about 3,000 yearlings averaging 1lbs each, and a few dozen three-year-old retired broodstock held over from last year that average a whopping 8-10lbs. Fish are being spawned at the hatchery currently to provide eggs for future years and will be stocked in December into nine waterbodies, many of which are Trout Management Lakes (TML) with special regulations. The following are the list of waterbodies and towns:
· Beach Pond (Voluntown)
· Black Pond (Middlefield)
· Cedar Lake (Chester)
· Crystal Lake (Ellington)
· East Twin Lake – TML (Salisbury)
· Highland Lake – TML (Winchester)
· Long Pond – TML (N. Stonington, Ledyard)
· Mashapaug Lake (Union)
· Squantz Pond – TML (New Fairfield, Sherman)
· West Hill Pond – TML (Barkhamsted, New Hartford)
The fish are raised at Kensington State Fish hatchery and you can learn more about the program here.
In addition to stocking large Seefs in the fall, three lakes receive a total of around 15,000-20,000 yearling Seefs in the spring (typically mid-May). East Twin Lake, Lake Wononskopomuc, and Saugatuck Reservoir are stocked as part of a “put-grow-catch” management program. These three lakes are unique in Connecticut because they offer trout cool, well-oxygenated water even through the hot summer months, and provide suitable forage (alewives) for trout to reach large sizes. Because these three waterbodies have the potential for fish to holdover well and exhibit fast growth, they are stocked with smaller individuals.
The above article is taken from the DEEP's DEC 2023 "CT Fish'n Tips" publication. Click Links (above) for additional information on this unique fishery.
Black Hall Outfitters December 16th 9am-1pm
Tie a Fly @ Holiday Fly Fishing Breakfast & Store Sale Event in Westbrook (372 Boston Post Road Westbrook, CT)
* Special Guests Paul Dinice, Ray Ramos, Bill Goeben, Fred Monahan, Hammonasset Trout Unlimited and others.
* Kids Fly Tying and Fly Casting.
* Fly-tying demonstrations, casting clinics, and meet and greet with Representatives from many of our partner brands, and trout unlimited.
* Hardy's, Greys, Lamson waterworks, Cortland, Grundens, TFO, Umpqua, and More.
Everything in the store will be 20% for this exclusive event, with Raffle Prizes, and refreshments.
Come down and get the perfect gift for the Fly Fisherman on your list, or just treat yourself to the equipment that you've had your eye on all season long! We also have Freshwater & Saltwater Spin Gear.
Holiday Special - Please enjoy 20% off your entire purchase both online or at either of our stores located in Old Lyme or Westbrook. Visit Black Hall Outfitters for more information regarding the discount.
Join Thames Valley Trout Unlimited
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Link - Join TVTU Be sure to select the "Thames Valley" Chapter 282 when signing up online.
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