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New 10/16 - TVTU Stocking - see this page
New 10/11 - October Streamlines - See Newsletters
New 10/4 - Ledyard Library Fly Casting Class slideshow see this page
New 10/1 - Atlantic Salmon Mgmt Areas in CT
New 9/23 - Contribute to Stream Lines. See this page
New 9/23 - CT 2021 Stocking Update. See this page
New 3/13 - Last Chance Cripple - See Fly Tying page
Oct 19th - 6:00 PM - TVTU "Annual" Chapter Meeting - Franklin Firehouse - Mike Goodwin - Former TVTU President - "Stillwater Fishing
Nov 16th - 6:00 PM - TVTU Chapter Meeting - Franklin Firehouse - Michael Brucato – Commercial Fly Tier, Presenter & Soft-hackle Wet Fly Addict
Dec 21st - 6:00 PM - TVTU Chapter Meeting - Franklin Firehouse
More events will be posted as known
TVTU To Resume In-Person Meetings
Starting with the September 21, 2021 meeting, we will be holding in-person meetings again at the Franklin Firehouse. Just to be safe, although not mandatory, we are recommending that both vaccinated and un-vaccinated folks wear masks.
Doors open at 6:00 PM for fly tying and social hour. Meeting gets underway at 7:00 PM.
Directions to the Franklin Firehouse:
Our meeting location will be 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
First TVTU Stocking in Over a Year
After a year of not stocking with the DEEP due to COVID, TVTU volunteers helped the DEEP Fisheries crew stock 300 Atlantic salmon in the Shetucket River. Fish were stocked at various spots along the Shetucket River. See the slide show!
CT DEEP 2021 Fall Stocking Update
Summer is winding down and once water temperatures are adequate, we will begin stocking about 54,000 trout in waterbodies near you! We will stock 63 locations this fall including trout parks, trout management areas, community fishing waters, and other popular waters as well as Atlantic Salmon management areas. Follow us here (current Stocking Report) or check our interactive trout stocking map for stocking updates.
The following is the fall allocation:
20,000 Rainbow trout (10-12 inches)
10,000 Rainbow trout (> 12 inches)
10,000 Tiger trout (10-12 inches)
500 Tiger trout (> 12 inches)
1,000 Brook Trout (> 14 inches)
6,000 >12” Seeforellen brown trout
4,000 >12” Survivor brown trout
2,500 > 12” Cortland brown trout
1,200 2+ (about 14-18") Atlantic salmon
260 3+ (about 22-24") Atlantic salmon
Each spring and fall chapter volunteers assist the state DEEP to stock area streams. Many of our members volunteer. In the spring and fall we float stock streams using floating live carts to distribute the fish. This involves wading up to a mile downstream. This is a good way to get to know a stream in company with other members who know the waters well. See our stocking page for more details.
Atlantic Salmon Management Areas in CT
The Fisheries Division is pleased to have an Atlantic Salmon Management Program where fish specifically raised at our Kensington State Fish Hatchery are stocked in to the Naugatuck River and Shetucket River (as well as a couple of lakes) each fall. The rules and regulations are complex and are intended to maximize the number of people able to enjoy this unique resource. Gear is limited to an artificial lure or fly that has a single free swinging hook, no additional weight may be added to the line. Check the Fishing Guide for dates for catch and release and harvest.
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What: TVTU "Annual" Chapter Meeting and featured presentation by Mike Goodwin - "Stillwater Fishing"
When: OCT 19th 7pm (Doors open at 6:00 PM for social hour and fly tying. Meeting starts at 7:00 PM).
Where: Franklin Firehouse, 5 Tyler Drive Franklin
Thames Valley TU will hold its Annual Meeting on October 19, 2021 at our monthly chapter membership meeting at the Franklin Firehouse. During this meeting, we will:
Hear updates from the various committee chairs and officers, vote on board members & officers, and vote on revised bylaws. Click link to view proposed bylaws
Anyone interested in running for a board seat or an officer should contact any board member for any information or questions.
Mike is a past president of Thames Valley TU and served in a number of chapter roles before that. He grew up in Montana and took up fly fishing around 1957 on the same streams mentioned in the movie “A River Runs Through It.” He has fished many of the local streams in Eastern Connecticut and is the principal author of the chapter’s book-“Trout Streams of Eastern Connecticut.” During the last couple of years he has been a member of the Limestone Trout Club in Canaan, CT, and has concentrating on pond and lake fishing, for trout when he can and popper fishing for bass other times. He will be talking tonight about how fishing in ponds and lakes differs from stream fishing and what it takes to be successful. He will also talk about an opportunity to spend a day fishing at Limestone Trout Club’
A Call for Newsletter Content...
Contribute to "Stream Lines"
Are you a budding photographer or inspired writer? Are you interested in conservation and have news to share? We would like to include your work in Stream Lines, the TVTU newsletter. Don't be bashful, any and all related content will be considered, including, poems, stories, gear reviews, photographs, paintings, conservation news, fishing & tying tips, etc. Our goal is to get the membership involved in the newsletter and provide an outlet for creativity and sharing information. We have some very talented members in our chapter and Stream Lines is a great way to share information, stories, and art work.
To submit content, please contact Bruce Danielson Visit Charley's website
Ledyard Library/TVTU Fly Casting Class OCT 2nd
It was a gorgeous day for Thames Valley TU Chapter 282 to hold a casting clinic for the Ledyard Bill Library. We had a good turnout of 13 students and it was nice to see women and children among the group.
This was a free and fun outside workshop, and all equipment and refreshment was provided. Basic elements of fly casting provided were: the roll cast, back cast, forward cast, false casting, shooting/extending a cast and safety. And a bit of fun exercise putting it all together by catching a "trout" at the end of the class.
There were many volunteers on hand to help participants with the basics of fly casting. They were Mike Carl, Bob Davis, Bob Walsh, Charley McCaughtry, Jim Valuckus, Gary Lussier, Pat Gaynor (photographer) and John Preston (instructor).
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