- The speaker for our March 8th meeting will be Page Rogers. She will give a presentation on “Fly Fishing Martha’s Vineyard”.
Page began fly fishing at the age of 8 on the tiny streams of central Connecticut under the watchful eye of her Dad. She landed her first trout a little over a year later on the Couginchaug River. While in her teens she and her father began to pursue stripers and blues on the fly in the waters around Martha’s Vineyard and Long Island Sound.
Completely self-taught, she began fly tying in the early 1980’s and soon was creating her own patterns to match the sand eels and silversides common in the waters of southern New England. In 1994 she became the first woman tier signed by UMPQUA Feather Merchants into their royalty fly tier program. In 1995 she received the Harry & Elsie Darbee Award from IFFF. Her flies and techniques are documented in numerous books, articles and videos (Hooked on a Fly Tying series). Her flies are commercially produced by Umpqua Feather Merchants, and are available, or can be ordered, at any UMPQUA dealer.
Page continues to enjoy tying at fly fishing trade shows and at club meetings, and sharing her knowledge of saltwater fly fishing on the east coast. She currently is on the Pro-Staff at: Abel, Tibor, Patagonia, Simms, Action Optics, LL Bean, Ross and Scientific Anglers.
Please join us for a great presentation and good fellowship! We'll be having some pre-St. Patrick's day food, so bring your own beer (Irish or otherwise.) Food will be available at 6:30 and the meeting will start at 7:00. We hope to see you there.
16th ANNUAL HAMMONASSET CHAPTER TROUT UNLIMITED YOUTH EDUCATION DAY
SATURDAY May 12, 2018 9:00am – 3:00pm Rain or Shine
IF YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A WAY TO TEACH A CHILD ABOUT FLYFISHING AND COLD WATER CONSERVATION THEN YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN US FOR:
-FLY TYING -FLY CASTING -ASSISTING WITH A TROUT STOCKING -FISHING FOR TROUT IN STOCKED POND
AND MUCH MORE …
NOTE THAT IT IS CONNECTICUT FREE FISHING DAY - NO FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED
This year, our event will be held in conjunction with the CT DEEP’s “Free Fishing Day” and the annual “No Child Left Inside” Event at Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford, CT.
There will be fishing (lead by CARE instructors) and fish related educational activities (organized by the CT State Parks Division). There will also be fish stocking, fishing, fish cooking, and educational games and activities all focused on fish.
DO NOT MISS THIS GREAT DAY OF LEARNING & FUN! No Pre-registration needed!
This event will be held at Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford, CT. The day will start at 9 am and run thru 4 pm. Parents are encouraged to stay for the entire event and encouraged to fish with their children as part of “CT Free Fishing Day”. Bait, hooks & rods will be supplied to those who need them.
Our February 8th meeting will feature two speakers from the Delaware River Club. The Delaware River Club is located on the banks of the West Branch of the Delaware River in Starlight Pennsylvania. Open to the public, the Delaware River Club has been a fixture on the West Branch of the Delaware River for over 20 years, offering comfortable lodging along with fly fishing schools, professional guides, and a full-service fly shop on premises.
Samantha Dennis Guide Samantha learned to fly fish on the freestone mountain streams of Vermont and the small rivers of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. While brook trout will always be her first love, the lure of big browns has drawn her to many locations, including a 23-day trip to Chilean Patagonia with her husband as their honeymoon. For the past 10 years, she has been pursuing trout in the challenging spring creeks of the Midwest. It took just one epic day on the Upper Delaware to hatch an obsession and she has been returning year after year. While trout on a dry are her favorite, she loves stalking smallmouth and anything that will devour a streamer.
Jeff White Jeff has over 15 years of guiding under his belt, but has been fishing ever since he was a toddler growing up in Connecticut, spending his summers near the Delaware fishing with his grandfather. After working in the corporate world, Jeff decided to make a career out of his love for fishing and began guiding full time in the tail waters of Tennessee, prior to moving to Pennsylvania to manage the Delaware River Club. Along with the Delaware River, Jeff has guided other waters in New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and both North & South Carolina. One thing is certain – good luck finding Jeff anywhere without a river nearby! Jeff lives in Callicoon, NY overlooking the river with his wife, Kristin, their lab and doting cat. Also keeping the family tradition alive, Jeff takes his young niece fishing as frequently as possible, but his true passion is his chase for the salt and his free time is spent seeking out stripers and blue fin tuna on the fly.
Please join us for this presentation about this great fishery and destination of many Chapter members for many years.
We hope you have had a happy and healthy holiday season. Please join us for the January regular membership meeting on the 11th. Following our short business meeting and raffle, Ron Graziani, Chapter member and avid angler from shore, boat, and "hard water" will give a presentation on ice fishing.
A kielbasa potato and spinach skillet dish will be available prior to the meeting starting at 6:30 pm. Feel free to bring a beverage of your choice, adult or otherwise!
Please note that we will not have a December Chapter meeting. On behalf of the Board, we would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Please take the time to enjoy time with Family and friends and reflect on all the good things that happened for the year.
As 2017 comes to a close, I want to say thank you for all our members of the chapter. Without your help and volunteer time, we would not be able to make an impact in our state.
We have had great meetings this year, a successful partnership with the State of CT DEEP Care program, Trout in the Classroom, Youth Education, River Assessments, Fishing Trips, Take a Vet Fishing and Fish ladder project. We accomplished a lot for 2017 and plan to enhance some programs as well as add some.
Look forward to our members to be engaged and be proud to be part of the Hammonasset Chapter and accomplishments.
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
James Swiatek President of the Hammonasset Chapter
Join us on November 9th for our regular monthly meeting. This month we will have a fishing equipment tag sale prior to the meeting. Bring your "extra" gear that you would like to sell and your cash to buy that "essential" item that you just can't live without!
Following our short business meeting and raffle, Rich Little from Shadcreek Flies will give his presentation on "Fly Fishing in Maine is Wicked Fun." This program highlights Rich's experiences fishing in Maine for many years. He will take us along for a look at great rivers like the Rapid, the East Outlet, the Roach and the West Branch of the Penobscot. These are beautiful rivers that hold nice Brook Trout and Landlocked Salmon.
Rich will share with us his approach to fishing these rivers, the flies that have been successful for him, and the techniques that he uses.
The tag sale will start at 6:00 p.m. Food will be available starting at 6:30 p.m.
Please join us on October 12, 2017 for a presentation by well known Connecticut angler and fly tyer Paul Dinice titled: "Stages of Fly Fishing – A Life’s Experience."
“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after”.
This is a very different program. Instead of focusing on catching more fish, or discussing a fly fishing destination, the primary focus is on the fly fisherman. What is it that drives us to be so passionate about the ‘Quiet Sport’? This program examines the various ‘stages’ in a fly fishers life, including the initial ‘discovery’ of the sport, the need to learn and educate ourselves more about it, it’s addictive powers, the friendships it has helped us form, the spirituality it has given us, and how it has provided us with a better understanding about where we fit in the world and universe.
Paul has a wealth of fly fishing knowledge and experience. He is always willing to share. You can check out his website at: http://tightlinesflyfishing.blogspot.com/.
Please join us for our annual picnic meeting! We will again meet at QRWA Regional Education Center. Come and meet some of the TIC teachers and have a hot dog and/or burger with picnic fare with us! The picnic will start on 5/11 at 5PM, 540 Oregon Rd. South Meriden. Come to fish earlier and stay for the picnic and meeting!