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New 3/20 - Project Healing Waters Auction see this page.
New 3/14 - March Streamlines - see Newsletter page
New 1/16 - John Shaner's Spider Fly Resources Added to Fly Tying Resources page.
New 11/18 - Fly Tying Resources - See Fly Tying Page Dropdown
New 3/6 - TVTU Chapter Board of Directors Openings - See this page
Most Trout Fishing Goes "Catch and Release" March 1st
Article taken from CT Fishin Tips - see March 2023 issue for more information.
The passage of Public Act 21-12 removed the closed season for trout. As such the DEEP revised the inland fishing regulations to implement a period of Catch and Release statewide for trout from March 1 until 6:00 am on April 8, 2023. This applies to all waters except for Trout Management Lakes (which allow harvest of 1 trout per day; minimum length apply); waters classified as "Tidal Waters and Tributaries" (daily limit of 2 trout; 15 inch minimum length), and in Trout Management Areas which are either Catch and Release year-round or have been since 9/1/22. When in doubt, check the regulations for the waterbody your are fishing using our online resources or download a copy of the fishing guide.
Tips for Successful Catch and Release
Catch and Release fishing affords more anglers to catch fish during their trip. The key to successful release is good technique when handling a fish (see Video of the Month below).
Reduce handling time as much as possible by using these tips:
TVTU Chapter meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of all months except June, July, and August at the Franklin Firehouse on 5 Tyler Drive, Franklin, CT. See directions at our Chapter Events page. Social time. fly tying starts at 6:00 p.m. and the meeting begins normally at 7:00 p.m. We always have a short business meeting, a guest speaker or special event, and a raffle. TU merchandise is also available for purchase. Meetings are open to the public and there is no charge so come and join us.
March 24,25 & 26th - Connecticut Fishing & Outdoor Show at Mohegan Sun
April 15th, Yantic River Cleanup
April 18th Chapter Meeting (Annual Meeting)
Presentation by State Fisheries Biologist Brian Eltz - Latest Trout Sampling Data
More events will be posted as known...
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.
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March 21 Chapter Meeting 6-9 pm
Presentation by Darby Hittle:
"Blue Ribbon Bonanza"
This presentation highlights a few of the many blue ribbon trout fishing opportunities available throughout southwest Montana and the greater Yellowstone area. Rivers, flies, fly shops, places to stay and have dinner, and more.
Darby Hittle founder of Thunderbird's Environmental LLC in Clinton, CT is a Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP) with more than 22 years' experience providing environmental site assessment, remediation design and oversight, and regulatory compliance assistance to a wide range of private and federal clients throughout North America. Darby is a 1995 graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a B.S. in Geology. Darby is a veteran of the United States Air Force.
When he's not helping one of his many clients with environmental issues, Darby can likely be found on a cold-water stream casting a trout fly, playing guitar, or planning the next western fishing or hunting adventure.
Growing up in the small farming community of Benton, PA. Darby developed an early understanding of the need for responsible use of our natural resources. Thunderbird Environmental is named after a neighbor's dairy farm, where Darby spent much of his boyhood life exploring the local streams, fields, and forests and discovering the small wonders that exist within nature.
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.
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 shall serve as general executive officer of the Chapter and shall appoint the chairs of all Chapter committees. The President shall oversee all activities of the chapter, preside at all membership and board meetings, manage the business and affairs of the Chapter. The President may sign and execute in the name of the Chapter all contracts, agreements, and other obligations of the Chapter subject to approval of the Board. The President shall have general supervision of all the other officers of the Chapter and shall see that their duties are properly performed. The President shall report to the members of the Chapter and to the Board on matters which may be of interest or concern. The President shall receive and review all bank statements of Chapter accounts and shall pass them to the Treasurer after review.
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 email@example.com or 860-861-9344 if you would like to help out the chapter and volunteer for these needed positions.
2023 Project Healing Waters Newington Online Auction
Join us and support the Newington CT program and raise money for outings. Proceeds from this auction will help the Newington program take their participants on overnight outings, float trips, and more. The outings and all other activities with the Newington program help our Veterans in need on their healing journeys.
Bidding starts at 03/31/2023 8:00 am (EDT)
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