TVTU Chapter Up Coming Events
Feb 10- Mar 9 (Sat, 9:30-11:30am) - TVTU Fly Tying Classes at the Fish Connection, Preston, CT
Mar 19 - Chapter Meeting Bob Lindquist "Seasons on the Delaware"
Apr 16 - Chapter Meeting - Annual Meeting & Elections
- Dave Parry- In Search of Wild Native Trout in the US
May 21 - Chapter Meeting - Carl Lindell - Floating the Kanectok
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
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New 12/18 - TVTU Fly Tying Classes Start JAN - See this page.
TVTU Fly Tying Classes Start February 10, 2024
Intermediate Class is FULL
TVTU members Bob Walsh, Ken Burrows and John Preston are planning to conduct free (no fees) fly tying classes this winter at the Fish Connection. Classes are open to members (young & old) and to the public for the following dates: .
Intermediate Tyers Class FEB 10 - MAR 9 (5 sessions), Saturday's 9:30 - 11:30 am. The class is geared to tyers that are experience and who require minimal assistance tying. This year we plan to do flies that are more advanced or complicated… I.e., Wally Wings, tiny flies, classic dries/wets (not used much today, etc. In addition, Bob Walsh will cover making your own dubbing. We might introduce “brush” making which is mostly used for tying streamer and other subjects. The subjects have not been nailed down yet. Tools and materials will be available if you don't have any. This class will be taught by Bob, Ken and John.
Contact John Preston to enroll, for questions or information.
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.
Join Thames Valley Trout Unlimited
Join Trout Unlimited today at the special introductory rate of just $17.50. Help protect and restore our nation's magnificent trout and salmon fisheries. This low rate is for new members only and $15 of your $17.50 will go to your local chapter / the chapter you select below (more if you join at a higher membership level).
Link - Join TVTU Be sure to select the "Thames Valley" Chapter 282 when signing up online.
Visit Our NEW Facebook page!
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Announcing a NEW Chapter Facebook Group - “Thames Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited” -
has gone live. We have been working on making some changes and improvements to make it more interactive and user-friendly. A couple of the significant changes are:
The group page administrator is Phil Sheffield who has generously volunteered to take this on for the chapter and did all the work to create this new group. Many of you may be familiar with his popular Facebook group “Connecticut Catch and Release Fly Fishing”. If not, you should be. It’s a great group with a large number of active participants. One of Phil’s goals is to bring that same energy to the TU page.
All you Facebook fans, go check out our new group – I’m sure you’re going to like it. For all you non-Facebook fans, I highly recommend giving these two groups a try. I think even you might find this to be good enough reason to go on a little more often.
We will be posting some guidelines for members. They should be fairly few, fairly simple and mostly common sense. A few of those guidelines include:
Check it out - "Thames Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited”! Hope you enjoy it!
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:
President – The President serves as general executive officer of the Chapter and appoints the chairs of all Chapter committees. The President oversees all activities of the chapter, presides at all membership and board meetings, and manages the business and affairs of the Chapter. The President has general supervision of all the other officers of the Chapter and sees that their duties are properly performed. The President reports to the members of the Chapter and to the Board on matters which may be of interest or concern.
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.
Treasurer – The Treasure is responsible for managing and controlling the financials and bank accounts for the chapter. The treasure provides monthly reports to the Board of Directors and to the membership at the Annual Meeting.
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.
Communications Chair– Coordinates all aspects of Chapter communications including publishing of the monthly newsletter, sending communications bulletins, maintaining the chapter website, as well as any chapter social media sites.
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.
Thames Valley TU Chapter's Mission: To conserve, protect and restore Eastern Connecticut's trout and salmon and their watersheds.
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