Latest Website Updates
New 4/8 - TVTU Chapter Meeting: Tim Flagler featured guest. See this page
New 4/2 - Learn to Fish from DEEP CARE free. See this page and Facebook page for details.
New 4/1 - TVTU Fly Casting Class a Success. See this page
New 3/13 - Last Chance Cripple - see Fly Tying page
New 3/9- March Streamlines - see Newsletters page and click Button for current newsletter
New 2/5 - CT Salmonid Action Plan - see this page
TVTU Chapter Meetings on Video
Did you miss a TVTU meeting? Click on the the TVTU Video Meetings tab above to view all available video meetings.
Please note that due to COVID-19, we are temporarily holding virtual chapter meetings. See Chapter Events page for details.
Our meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month September through May.
Next meeting is April 20th starting at 7:00 PM. Zoom opens at 6:30 PM for social time.
Ledyard Library/TVTU Fly Casting Class a Success
On March 20, a team of TVTU volunteers conducted a fly casting class at Highland Park in Ledyard for 10 willing and eager students. It was an almost perfect day, sunny, a little crisp but not too cold, not too breezy but just a little bit more than we would have liked. Led by member and certified casting instructor Bill Keister, students quickly mastered the basics of casting and in no time had lines flying through the air as they practiced and fine tuned their newly acquired skills. A couple students had cast before and came for a refresher, but most were picking up a fly rod for their very first time. I would say everyone enjoyed the class and came away grateful for the experience and looking forward to making good use of their lessons.
The following is a note that we received through our website contact link from one of the students:
Thank you to Bill Keister and members who gave up their Saturday (March 20) to teach the basics of fly casting. After 40 years of on and off attempts at casting, Bill helped me figure out the correct method to get the line out there. Now i just have let the rod do the work and me overpowering it. Practice, practice. Great way to spend an enjoyable spring day. And many thanks for sharing your time and talents.
Thanks to Lisa Murno of the Ledyard Bill Library for reaching out to us to set up the class and for coordinating the registration of the students and to Elaine Steele of the Ledyard Library who stood in for Lisa on casting day and handled the sign in process with the students. I would also like to thank the TVTU volunteers who participated with setting up rod and taking down rods, setting up the casting field, helping students with their casting, taking pictures and just overall support. TVTU volunteers included Bill Keister, John Preston, Bob Walsh, Ray Schaefer, Paul Rice, Pat Gaynor, Duke Preston, Jen Preston, and Gary Lussier.
It was a fun day for all.
CT's Salmonid Action Plan
The following was taken from CT's Fishin' Tips 2021 FEB issue
Salmonids (trout and salmon) are one of Connecticut's most sought after recreational fish species. This page provides information about and related to the Statewide Salmonid Action Plan. The purpose of this action plan is to maintain and improve recreational salmonid fishing and conserve wild populations in Connecticut. The plan focuses on four themes: Grow Fish, Catch Fish, Conserve Fish, and Public Engagement.
Looking ahead, the Fisheries Division will be more adaptive and responsive with salmonid production, distribution, and conservation in order to meet the changing desires and preferences of Connecticut’s anglers.
Summary Document -- A simple summary of the purpose, themes, and goals.
Got Feedback? Please send along any comments, suggestions or feedback you would like to share via email to Mike.Beauchene@ct.gov.
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April 20th TVTU Tuesday Chapter "Zoom" Meeting Featured Guest:
Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions
Tim Flagler is the owner of Tightline Productions, L.L.C., a video production company located in Califon, NJ. Although he produces video programs over a wide range of topics, his specialty is fly fishing. Tim is a well-known fly tying instructor. His YouTube videos are some of the best in the business and his YouTube channel, practicalpatterns.com currently has over 92,000 subscribers and almost 28 million views. Almost every week he produces a new fly tying or “how to” video which appear not only on his YouTube channel but on Mid-current and the Orvis fly fishing blog as well. They’re also featured on Trout Unlimited’s national website and in the Orvis Learning Center. In addition, he has a regular column “Beginner’s Masterclass with Tim Flagler” in Fly Tyer magazine. Many of his tying videos take the viewer well beyond just the tying of the fly and show what it looks like underwater, what natural it represents and how it can be fished.
Tim’s a fixture at the Fly Fishing Shows - giving presentations, teaching classes and often as a Featured Tier. He enjoys guiding year round for Shannon’s Fly & Tackle in Califon, NJ. and hosts annual trips to Patagonia in the spring and to the Kootenai River in MT starting summer of 2020.
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The following was taken from the April 2021 CT Fishn' Tips Newsletter
Learn to Fish Classes - ZOOM
Come Fish with DEEP CARE! The Fisheries Division - Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program is here to help you get fishing by offering Introduction to Fishing ZOOM classes and fishing field trips!
First - register for an Introduction to Fishing ZOOM class to learn all the basics of fishing in an interactive virtual format. Classes are offered weekly and from the comfort of your couch!
Second - join CARE at one of our free Special Fishing Event, offered 3 times a week at locations around the state from mid-April through the summer. CARE fishing Instructors will be on hand at these fishing field trips with loaner equipment, bait, and instruction to help you have a positive and successful fishing experience!
Pre-registration is strongly recommended, and space is limited to the first 35 people.
See our Thames Valley TU Facebook Page for additional information Fishing Field Trips by DEEP CARE
SATURDAY, MAY 8, 2021 AT 2 PM – 6 PM Fishing Field Trip at Mohegan Park Pond (Spaulding Pond) Norwich, CT
Reminder From DEEP Fisheries
Please enjoy the early opening to the season! Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air!
Harvest is currently allowed everywhere except designated river and stream Trout Management Areas (TMA), which remain catch and release until 6am on April 10th when they open to harvest. Please consult the Fishing Guide for rules and regulations for each specific waterbody.
Please check out the FAQ section of this web page for more information regarding Catch & Release and Harvest.https://portal.ct.gov/.../COVID-19-Updates-Fisheries...
Please view a list of planned stocking locations using our trout stocking report on the web at https://portal.ct.gov/.../weekl.../CurrentStockingReport.pdf
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