If you want to learn more about the Farm River in North Branford here's your opportunity. The North Branford Land Conservation Trust is hosting a Trails Day walk.
The Farm River is the location of the Chapter's ongoing effort to improve fish passage by installing two fishways. See the Farm River Fish Passage Project page for more information about our efforts.
For all those who missed it, we had a good time at the last meeting of the season. Next year we plan to have the picnic as an "All Family" event with hot dogs,hamburgers and drinks supplied by the chapter and pot luck side dishes/deserts.
We hope everyone enjoys the may fishing trips planned over the next few months. We expect to see lots of pictures and hear lots of "fish" stories! Have a great summer fishing season and we'll see you at meetings in the fall. Tight lines!
Always wanted to try Atlantic salmon fishing but think it’s beyond your budget? Or, done it once or twice but found it too expensive to make it a yearly trip?
Either way, you’ll want to attend HCTU,s April program, “Atlantic Salmon Fishing for the Common Man.”
At our April meeting you’ll learn about a no-nonsense, affordable option for fishing for Atlantic Salmon on the beautiful Margaree River on Cape Breton Island that is both flexible and repeatable. The logistics have all been worked out for you, the price is right, and, unlike many salmon rivers, on the Margaree, you’re not required to purchase a day pass or to hire a guide – all factors that help make the cost of your trip more manageable.
Our presenter for HCTU,s April program is none other than Angus Boezeman, President and CEO of Broadside International, a multi-faceted outfitter that offers numerous fishing trips and schools throughout New England and also imports custom fly-rods and other products from Japan. As part of Broadside’s portfolio of offerings, Angus and his partner Alan Erdossy lead annual Atlantic Salmon fishing trips to the Margaree. Angus will draw on this yearly tradition for his April talk as well as profile the experience generally for those of us who may want to try it on our own.
In addition to being a registered NH Guide, Angus, himself, is a veritable, one-man, fly-fishing institution all the way from Concord, NH, where he has been a pillar of the Basil Woods Chapter of TU for many years, to the Great North Woods. Year in, year out he offers fly-fishing schools out of Tall Timber Lodge in Pittsburg, NH, speaks at numerous TU venues and fly-fishing shows and is perhaps the premiere wade-fishing guide on the Upper Connecticut River.
And if that isn’t enough, Angus is also a uniquely engaging, humorous presenter, with an absolutely infectious enthusiasm for all things fly-fishing. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about this do-able, reasonably-priced Atlantic salmon fishing opportunity as well as to meet the one-and-only, “Mr. Fly-fishing,” Angus Boezeman.
Join us for an informative program and fellowship!
Fishing With Aidan
Because of today's rain we will set a new date.
Sat March 21
10:00 am - 1/2pm
meet at UpCountry at 9:45 am
any questions / suggestions
Aidan 203 213 5598
March 14th 9:45 New Hartford on the Farmington River meet at the up-country fly shop. Tel. 203-213-5598. for more details. This area is catch and release.
Our March meeting presenter will be Lou Zambello. Lou is a guide, instructor, writer, speaker and columnist from Maine. His presentation is titled, “How to catch trophy wild and native brook trout”. His latest books are, Fly fishing northern New England seasons, and Fly fishing guide to northern New England. His website is www.mainelyflyfishing.com.
Mr. Zambello’s book will be available after the presentation. Dinner will be meatball sandwiches and chips.
Please join us for this informative presentation.
Bill Keister to be February Speaker with a program on Lake Fishing for Trout, Strategies and Tactics
At our February meeting, Bill Keister will present his program on Lake Fishing for Trout, Strategies and Tactics
Bill is a Federation of Fly Fishers certified Master Casting Instructor . He ties his own flies and makes most of his fly rods. He has caught trout and salmon in Labrador, Newfoundland, Kamchatka, the Kola Peninsula, Alaska, Chile and three additional Canadian provinces and fifteen US states. Each spring he catches 200-300 fish nymphing on Connecticut’s Salmon River.
For a stream angler Lakes can be a mystery. If you can read the water streams have a lot to tell you. Lakes tend to keep their secrets. But there are ways to crack the code. The presentation is based on experience gathered in trout lakes in Connecticut and Vermont as well as wild lakes in Argentina and Chile. The roles of a trout as both predator and prey and its effect on angling approaches will be discussed. Where trout are likely to be found in lakes based on season time of day and light conditions is covered. Methods for getting a fly to these locations will be discussed. Finally flies and equipment will be covered.
Please join us on February 12th for this great program. Doors open at 6:15 pm.
Informative Presentation for January Meeting! "Dam Removal - The Challenges of Restoring Fish Passage - Opportunities within the Quinnipiac River Watershed "
Phil Moreschi is a partner in the engineering firm of Fuss & O’Neill, Inc., with headquarters at 146 Hartford Road, Manchester, CT 06040, and offices in New England, South Carolina, Virginia and New York. He is a civil engineer with 36 years of experience working in the water resources field, with over 34 of those years in the area of water resources engineering. As the Chief Wetland Engineer at the CT DEP and then the Principal Engineer in charge of Connecticut’s Dam Safety Program he was responsible for establishing a wide range of water resources regulatory policy in Connecticut.,
Phil will talk about Dam Removal in general, the challenges and the measures to address the challenges. He will provide some case studies to give you a sense of how these projects can vary, and also talk about fish passage on the Quinnipiac and the dams that remain on the main stem and the major tributaries.
Please join us on January 8th for our regular monthly meeting and this informative presentation.
Happy Holidays! This is just a quick reminder that we don't have a December meeting. Please look forward to information on what's happening in January. Stop back soon for info!
Tonight we will have a presentation on wild trout by Steve Culton. See: http://www.flyaddict.com/forums/showthread.php?8152-Stalking-Wild-Trout-on-Connecticut-s-Small-Streams-by-Steve-Culton.
Starting in September our membership meetings will be held at the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association building at 540 Oregon Road in Meriden. We will also be changing the day of our meetings to the second Thursday of the month.
This move will provide our chapter the opportunity to partner with QRWA in youth education and environmental initiatives. For 30 years the QRWA has worked to conserve the Quinnipiac River and its watershed through education & outreach, advocacy, science & monitoring, conservation & restoration, and recreation & public access. The QRWA is currently sponsoring two trout in the classroom tanks and has plans for more youth education activities.
Another benefit is that their newly renovated building is located on Hanover pond and adjacent to the Quinnipiac River. This will provide fishing opportunities for our members before the meetings. Also the date change will allow our members to attend fly tying classes with the Housatonic Fly Fishermen's Association.
At our first meeting on September 11th we will have a presentation on wild trout by Steve Culton. We will have some great guest speakers and programs at our upcoming meetings and hope to see many of you there.
Directions to QRWA headquarters:
Take route 1-691 west to exit 6 and merge onto Lewis Avenue
Turn right onto West Main Street
Turn left onto Centennial Avenue
Continue onto Oregon Road