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New 5/11 - May Streamlines - See Newsletter Page
New 4/16 - TVTU Fly Tying Class 2023 - See slide show below
New 1/16 - John Shaner's Spider Fly Resources Added to Fly Tying Resources page.
TVTU Fly Tying Class Winter 2023
Thames Valley TU conducted six Fly Tying classes this winter. Bob Walsh, John Preston and Jack Balint taught the classes. The classes were held 9 – 11am on Saturdays at the Fish Connection, 127 RT12, Preston, CT starting February 11th to March 18th.
Classes were open to members (young & old) and to the public... beginner (with some previous experience) to intermediate/advance fly tiers were welcomed. Tools and materials were available if necessary. There are no fees for the classes and materials. Classes size was limited to 12 participants.
As in the past we covered 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 learn or demonstrate.
The class covered the following flies: Woolly Bugger Euro jig, Sawyer Pheasant Tail nymph, Zebra midge, Winged and wingless Flymphs, McFly Foam Eggs patterns, IOBO Humpy emerger, Hair-wing Green Drake Dun, Pat’s Rubber Leg Stonefly, Ausable Bomber, Spent-wing Caddis, X2 Caddis and Butterfish pattern (fresh & saltwater).
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.
Bob, John and Jack hope to back next winter. So come join us… It's fun and you’ll meet some great people and future friends... and have something that gives you pleasure for a lifetime!
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 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.
May 16th - 6:00 PM - Chapter Meeting @ the Franklin Firehouse "Flicks & Dogs"
May 27th - TVTU Joshua's Trust Family Day at the Gurleyville Grist Mill
June 3rd - Annual Cookout & Fishing Day at Nickerson's Campground
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:
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.
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