We just want to share a couple of items from Chris Wood, our national Trout Unlimited President. The first is his recent response to the ongoing unrest. The second is TU's latest response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our Board of Directors and Officers are working on the Chapter's plans for the fall. The Chapter has not traditionally had summer events. Stay tuned for further news and a possible Zoom presentation on the recently released report on wild brook trout. You can view the report at:
Here's the messages from Chris. You can click on the following link
From the President to go to the message rather than reading it all here:
Here's a link to a video of Chris's comments on re-opening:
Watch Chris Wood’s video on the re-opening of TU offices and in-person events.
TU will work harder to build a more equitable communityby Chris Hunt
June 3, 2020
Editor’s note: The following is a note that TU President and CEO Chris Wood sent to TU’s staff on Tuesday, June 2.
For 60 years, the work of Trout Unlimited has been grounded in community. Every time we bring historic adversaries together to remove a dam or restore a watershed, we build community. Every stream cleanup, kids’ camp, veterans’ trip, advocacy event, Trout in the Classroom program, local fishing day — it all creates community. But we will do more.
We’ve learned that conservation is ultimately about people engaging people in the protection of the lands and waters that sustain us — all of us together.
But across America, many of our communities are hurting. Inequities and violence undermine the basic bonds that unite us as a nation. This should trigger rigorous introspection. Introspection about what we can do as an organization to become more welcoming to more of America—what we can do to become more inclusive and more equitable.
Good comes when we listen more, understand more, and judge less — when we seek compassion and ways to help our neighbors. Good comes from building an America that truly protects the rights and freedoms of all its people.
Inequity and violence destroy. When we build community, we create.
Trout Unlimited and its 300,000 members and supporters will play an active role in efforts to build a more inclusive community across the nation. We cannot simply ignore the news, go fishing, and wait this out. Trout Unlimited will be part of the solution by addressing the inequities in our communities, and by building space for all people to participate in our mission of conserving, protecting, and restoring our watersheds.
Please go www.tu.org/equity, to learn more about how we are working to become a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organization.
Thanks for everything you do!
MESSAGE FROM CHRIS WOOD
TU Offices and Chapters Able to Open on June 1
Our priority is to ensure the safety and health of all TU volunteers, members, staff and supporters.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all TU indoor, in-person events – including local chapter and council events – were cancelled through May.
As of today, June 1, in-person, indoor activities are permitted, but it is required that every chapter, council and volunteer leader follow all federal, state and local laws, regulations, ordinances and best practices if an indoor event is planned.
At the same time, we encourage our chapters and councils to carefully consider whether holding an indoor event at this time is appropriate or necessary given the fast-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. Summer is a great time for outdoor events and activities where social distancing and responsible recreation and conservation can occur.
If your chapter or council is considering re-starting events or activities, please:
Read: Safety Protocols for Events & Activities During COVID-19
Download: Event Attendee Contact Tracing Sign-In Sheet
Contact: Volunteer Operations staff with questions on specific events
Stay safe, healthy and smart as you continue to grow and develop your local conservation community during COVID-19.
While we may not be able to celebrate in groups in person during this time when we are physically distancing, but socially connected, please join Trout Unlimited @troutunlimited for #EarthDayAtHome on April 22. Find great ways for you or your family to make a difference in your own back yard and to make a meaningful connection with our conservation community even when #physicallydistancing-sociallyconnected. #TroutUnlimited
This is the current information from the Trout Unlimited website:
HCTU Meetings Cancelled Until Further Notice
As the vast majority of active Chapter members are in the most vulnerable age group, please take this Covid-19 pandemic seriously and practice social distancing. We hope to resume our usual schedule of meetings and events soon.
Below is the most recent message we received yesterday from Chris Wood, President and CEO of Trout Unlimited, Inc.
Dear Trout Unlimited leader:
We are all adapting to the new realities of the COVID-19 virus. Because of our concern for the health and well-being of our employees, we are closing all of TU’s offices and have requested all TU staff to work from home. We have also canceled all travel.
We are in a very fluid situation, and new information is rapidly emerging. Yesterday, the White House urged that we all avoid social gatherings in groups of 10 or more people.
Here is what the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control says:
“Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at a higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. People who are at higher risk are encouraged to avoid crowds as much as possible.”
For that reason, all in-person and indoor Trout Unlimited events and gatherings, including chapter meetings, are cancelled for the next 30 days. We will assess where we stand in 30 days and have further guidance at that point. Small group outings may proceed with all of the proper precautions taken about social distancing.
COVID-19 has everyone on edge. Please be safe and be careful, but also enjoy the time with family and friends, and the people you love. Know that we will get through this together, and we will continue the good work of protecting and restoring the places we live, love, and fish.
Please let me know if you have any questions, and I wish you and your families all the best.
P.S. Please help us spread the word by sharing these messages from our blog and YouTube channel with your members and partners.
We will continue to communicate through email updates and blog posts on our website at HCTU.org as information is available.
Have you tried euro-nymphing? Our March 2020 speaker, Zach St. Amand, is a native of New England and has been fishing since he could hold a rod. Zach grew up fishing rivers and streams in the woods of his childhood home and eventually expanded his angling to rivers throughout the northeast. A family tradition angling has always been a part of his life: bringing equal parts of adventure, peace, challenge and excitement.
Zach will talk on long line euro-nymphing technique and line management strategies for fighting and landing big fish fast. Don't miss this exciting and informative presentation.
Zach was also featured in a Men's Health article: https://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/a19528571/why-every-eater-should-go-fishing/
Please join us on March 12th at the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association building at 540 Oregon Road in Meriden for a very informative presentation and some good fellowship! Food at 6:30, a short business meeting, program updates, and raffle precedes speaker.
Help make the Chapter what you want it to be!
We are always interested in suggestions for how the Chapter can best serve your interests. If any of you have a few hours to help, your efforts would be greatly appreciated. Our next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for April 13, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the United Churches of Durham, 228 Main Street, Durham, CT 06422. This would be a great opportunity to express your interest in how the Chapter operates,suggest projects, and offer any volunteer assistance.
At our BOD meeting on February 10th we reviewed the bylaws and made some changes to officer positions to be in accordance with the bylaws. We expect to hold election of officers at the October 2020 meeting. In the meantime, please let any of the current Chapter officers know of your interest in joining the Board of Directors and/or taking on a leadership position. A complete list of positions will be included in the April Update.
March 7th - HFFA Expo & Trade Show, See:More info @ HFFA FACEBOOK
March 12th - HCTU Regular Monthly Meeting - Zach St. Amand, Farmington River Guide (see details above)
March 14th - Fly Tying with vision impaired veterans (see details above)
March 21st - HFFA Dinner Meeting, Monticello's; 5pm to 9pm; Guest Speaker - John Field
April 9th - HCTU Regular Monthly Meeting - Samantha Dennis, Delaware River Guide
Stay tuned for additional information on events through the balance of the year!
SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2020
8:30 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M
A ONE DAY FLY FISHING CLINIC FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS AGE 12 AND UP
MATTHIES GROVE - PEOPLE’S STATE FOREST, 106 EAST RIVER ROAD, BARKHAMSTED, CT
WORKSHOPS – FOR NOVICE AND ADVANCED ANGLERS
FLY FISHING — FROM EQUIPMENT TO CONSERVATION AND ENTOMOLOGY, TO CASTING AND FLY TYING TO KNOTS SAFETY AND MORE.
$20 FOR WOMEN, $10 FOR AGES 12 TO 18
*NOTE: GIRLS 12 TO 17 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN*
INCLUDES BOX LUNCH AND REFRESHMENTS
LEARN THE INS AND OUTS OF FLY FISHING FROM EXPERIENCED INSTRUCTORS REPRESENTING A CROSS SECTION OF CONNECTICUT’S FLY FISHING AND CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS.
PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO CASTING FOR RECOVERY, A NONPROFIT THAT HELPS WOMEN RECOVER PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY FROM BREAST CANCER THROUGH FLY FISHING.
CONNECTICUT FLY FISHERMAN’S ASSOCIATION, FARMINGTON VALLEY TROUT UNLIMITED, CONNECTICUT TROUT UNLIMITED COUNCIL, HOUSATONIC FLY FISHERMAN’S ASSOCIATION, CASTING FOR RECOVERY, CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FISHERIES DIVISION, SISTERS ON THE FLY
CONTACT: 2020WOMENFISHING@GMAIL.COM FOR MORE INFO
Alicea Charamut will be our speaker at the regular Chapter meeting on February 13th. Alicea is the Executive Director of Rivers Alliance. Prior to that, she was the River Steward for the Connecticut River Conservancy. She is the past Council Chair of the Connecticut Trout Unlimited. Alicea also serves as a volunteer in several capacities as Secretary of the Fisheries Advisory Council, a member of the Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality, and on the Advisory Board of the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources. She is also the Co-Chair of the Water Planning Council Advisory Group. Alicea holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Connecticut.
Our speaker for the November meeting will be DEEP fisheries biologist Neal Hagstrom. Neal will give a talk about "The big picture- how development and the planning process in CT complicates trout population conservation."
Please join us on November 14, 2019 at the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association building at 540 Oregon Road in Meriden for a very informative presentation and some good fellowship! Light food at 6:30 with a short business meeting, program updates, and raffle preceding the speaker.
Our meeting speaker for October is outdoor writer and guide Steve Culton. Steve will give his presentation on "Trout Fishing For Striped Bass — How to catch the stripers that everyone can’t.” Please join us this Thursday (October 10, 2019) at the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association building at 540 Oregon Road in Meriden for a very informative presentation and some good fellowship! Food at 6:30, a short business meeting, program updates, and raffle precedes speaker.