Last night I attended my first NY City Trout Unlimited chapter meeting after receiving an invite from Rob Ceccarini, of Downtown Trout and Orvis fame. The meeting was very well attended, with over 20+ members/guests in the crowd, and had a few great raffles. Duncan Blair, along with other officers of the chapter, started off the meeting by giving a quick overview of upcoming events, initiatives and outings, including the annual spring weekend in the Catskills, a Marcellus Shale gas development update, and a preview of an upcoming conservation project on the Neversink.
Fantastic Guest Speakers:
Photographer and film maker Brent Taylor presented his film “Reel: A Day on the River” which will be airing in March at the International Fly Fishing Festival. This short film takes you through a day on the West Branch of the Delaware River with guides Joe Demalderis , Jim “Coz” Costolnick, and Ryan Furtakand. It is a spectacularly well made tribute to the river and I’m excited to see what Brent and team will come up with next, considering they won a 2013 F3T Filmmaker Grant (congrats!). I’ve included the trailer to Reel below, but you can see the full-length film on The Drake here.
Guide and Author Jeff Yates of the Mianus Trout Unlimited chapter and author of the book “Fly Fishing Fairfield County: Secrets of Suburban Streams” (which can be found on his website and at select retail locations), presented a great slide show on fly fishing small streams in Western Connecticut. Jeff encouraged the NYC chapter members to take the short trip out to Connecticut and try out some of the water as several are easily accessible by train from Grand Central and, as he said, folks need to use these natural resources and further provide for their stewardship. Jeff gave a great overview of a few of the rivers in the area, such as the Mianus, the Norwalk and the Saugatuck. All of these very accessible rivers, plus many more, are detailed in his book, which I own and highly recommend. Jeff also recommended that folks take the trip out to the Mianus TU chapter meetings and check out some chapter activities, such as the Norwalk River cleanup on April 27th. Also, Jeff highlighted that you may want to check out his neighboring Nutmeg TU chapter and see what they are up to.
All in all, it was a great chapter meeting with very impressive presentations from the guest speakers. Plus, NYC chapter meetings are held at the Orvis store in midtown, which is only a few blocks from where I work, so I will definitely be back and hope to get involved with some of the conservation efforts and initiatives this year.