TVTU 2022 Sweepstakes Winners
Grand Prize - Tim Pindell - Orvis Helios 3F 905-4
From Grand Prize Winner Tim Pindell:
I was surprised and thrilled that I won the Grand Prize. The Orvis Helios 5 wt. is a fine rod. Everyone that has one says it’s one of the best they’ve ever used, and I hear that a lot!
Thanks so much to the Thames Valley chapter of T.U. and Orvis for sponsoring the Sweepstakes. I have a renewed spring in my step and can’t wait to hit my favorite fishing spots (top secret). - Tim Pindell, Canterbury CT
1st Prize - George Jacobi - TFO Spinning Rod
2nd Prize - Karen Sawyer - Charles McCaughtry "Winter Brook" Print
3rd Prize - Stephen Gerling - Selection of custom tied flies
4th Prize - Alton Blodgett - Orvis Chestpack
5th Prize - Michael Betten - Orvis-Brodin Landing Net
6th Prize - Eugene Cyr - Winston Trout Wall Clock
7th Prize - Daniel King - TU Dry Bags + baseball cap
Latest Website Updates
New 1/16 - John Shaner's Spider Fly Resources - see Fly Tying Resources page.
New 1/12 - Sweepstake Winners - See this page.
New 1/12 - January Streamlines - see Newsletter page
New 1/12 - Fly Tying Class to start FEB11 - see this page
New 11/18 - Fly Tying Resources - See Fly Tying Page Dropdown
New 9/15 - Upcoming Events - See this page
New 3/6 - TVTU Chapter Board of Directors Openings - See this page
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.
Feb 4th - CFFA Show - See poster below on this page
Feb 21st Chapter meeting 6 pm - "Annual Flies and Pies" - raffles, fly tying, displays and lots of pizza
March 21st Chapter meeting 6 pm - Presentation by Darby Hittle
March 24,25 & 26th Connecticut Fishing & Outdoor Show at Mohegan Sun
More events will be posted as known...
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.
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.
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TVTU Fly Tying Classes Start February 11th to March 18th, 2023
Thames Valley TU will be conducting six Fly Tying classes this winter. Bob Walsh, John Preston will be teaching the classes. The classes will be held 9 am sharp – 11am on Saturdays at the Fish Connection, 127 RT12, Preston, CT starting February 11th to March 18th.
Classes are open to members (young & old) and to the public... beginner (with some previous experience) to intermediate/advance fly tiers are welcomed. If someone has no experience expect to do some “homework” prior to the first class in order to keep pace with the class.
Tools and materials will be available if you don't have any. There are no fees for the classes and materials.
Classes will be limited to 10 participants... Please (in advance of the first class) contact John Preston email or Jack Balint (860) 885-1739 at Fish Connection to enroll, for questions or information.
As in the past we will cover old/new, dry/wet, fresh and saltwater patterns. Every fly guaranteed to fool and catch fish! We will also entertain patterns that our students want to learn or demonstrate.
Our Fall class covered the following flies: Wooley Bugger, PMD Thorax dry, Rusty Spinner, American Pheasant tail nymph, Dun Variant Dry Fly, Smoke Jumper emerger, Gartside Soft hackle streamer, Hare’s Ear nymph, Mole Fly emerger, Partridge & Orange soft hackle, Red Fox Squirrel Nymph, Parachute Adams, PMD Sparkle Dun, Iris Caddis, Foam Beetle and making your own dubbing. We will have some new patterns and techniques for you this winter…
Why learn to tie flies?
Fly tying is great way to learn some of the finer points of fly fishing; something to do off-season and keep focused on fishing; because you like being creative & working with your hands; and, you want to spend many hours alone or with friends doing a fun hobby. Also, there is great satisfaction catching a fish on your own fly. Another reason people tie is to save money. How many $3 plus flies have you lost in the trees or snagged on the bottom of a stream or the hundreds of flies in your many fly boxes? But the jury is still out on that… especially, if you become fly tying junky!
So, if you think you would like to give it a try. Enroll in our fly tying class. It's fun and you will meet some great people and future friends... and have something that gives you pleasure for a lifetime!
TVTU will at the CFFA EXPO...Come visit us!
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