November 2018 Newsletter

Trout Unlimited

November 2018 Newsletter - Central MA Chapter of Trout Unlimited

December 2018 Chapter Meeting –

Date: Monday, December, 3rd

Time: 6:00 PM Socialize and Trout Tails
       6:30 PM Pizza
       7:00 Meeting

Location: Auburn Sportsman’s Club
             50 Elm St, Auburn, MA 01501


It is Election Time Again!


In our December meeting we will be holding our annual elections. As reviewed back in September, we had a very busy and fun last year. We are looking to repeat this next year and you are welcome to take part as part of the leadership team for CMTU.


We are looking to add a few members to the board and other positions can be challenged. Here is a reprint from September’s newsletter summary of our events:


1. The Banquet.


I’ve attended many banquets, sponsored by both with other local TU chapters and other organizations. Let me just state that the spread put out by Steve and his team is second to none! I would challenge many fine restaurants to put together a better menu. One word – “Fantastic”. In addition, it was wonderful seeing a good number of the Auburn Sportsman’s Club members supporting this event. Great time. We are already planning our 2019 Banquet. My suggestion – get your tickets early.


2. The Farmington Weekend.


So many smiling faces, so many bent rods, so much fun. We had a ball fishing the “B52” spinners in the Church pool and working emerger patterns up in the Campground pool. There were several using nymphs with very good success. This year did not have the prolific hatches that we’ve seen in the past. But we were still on a good amount of fish. And, we are getting smarter. The addition of the emerger and B52 patterns and techniques proved to enticing for the natives to pass up.


We are looking to review the Father’s day weekend with a possible move to another weekend. In addition, there is talk of getting at least one cabin for the entire week before the planned weekend. Too much fun X a whole week


3. The High School Fly Fishing Championship.


This year we had several young ladies show up for the event. We saw fewer fish landed this year, but the enthusiasm from the kids was terrific. We have a list of improvements that can make this an even better event. In addition, contacting the other sportsman’s clubs in the state may be the best way to attract more kids to the event. In addition, we are going to talk with some of the local fishing companies to see about some sponsorship – Imagine if this went Nation Wide! There are a couple other ideas up our sleeves.


Going forward – The 2018 – 2019 Season


We will continue to hold our meetings on the first Monday of each month at the Auburn Sportsman’s Club. However, there is a big change coming.


We had some technical issues with our first Web based meeting. The December meeting will also act as a training/practice session to bring this tool to a level that we can rely on as an option for our meetings going forward. The goal is to be able to join either/both for audio and video. This opens up many options that will include the access to wonderful YouTube videos, Information and many other benefits. Stay tuned.


December Election Agenda:


1. Review of 2017-2018 year, financials, call of candidates and our election


We are looking to add a few new board members. This would allow you be more involved with some of the excellent programs we are currently working and bring some of your ideas for consideration.


2. Creating teams to lead out projects:


3. Select Team lead for Banquet, Interested team members


4. Select Team lead for the Farmington Trip (We already have the cabins), interested team members.


5. Select Team lead for the High School Championship, interested team members.


6. Select Team lead for Quinie communication, interested team members


7. YouTube – The Farmington


One of the benefits of a web based meeting is the web. There are hundreds of videos on YouTube that provide some great shots of this great river, some good insight and a few secrets.


We will be looking to have some instructional, destination and informative videos going forward. There are millions to choose from.


8. Questions and Answers on the new web format.


I am sure there will be some questions on this new system and want to make sure we spend some time in answering some questions and showing you some of the features of the system.


9. There is talk of the Quinie dam being removed.


What if the dam was removed on the Quinie? We are going to start having discussions on what could be done to help improve the Quinie. One item is the silt that has accumulated over the years. If this dam thing is real, there will be a lot of attention and support to make the Quinie the stream it was back in the 60s. This could be real big.


Look forward to a great 2018 – 2019 season and your input as to how we can make it even better.


We look forward to seeing you and discussing FISH.



Tight Lines,

Peter Sterndale

President, Central MA Chapter of Trout Unlimited



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