Long time, no see

I’m going to attempt to consolidate a few posts into one (well, its not like I haven’t been doing anything!). First, I’ve been spending a lot of time working with the Croton Watershed Trout Unlimited Chapter, assisting with our new website, conducting casting lessons at the NY Trout in the Classroom teacher conference in October, and writing an article for the latest newsletter (please make sure you check out the new Croton TU website and create your username/password, which will allow you to see more content, including things like posting wanted/for sale messages and ‘find a fishing buddy’). The new website was demo’d at the holiday party this past Thursday by Bob Wesolowski, where I also won this sweet new hat:

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I’ve also been building up some of my streamer inventory. The first two pictures (below) are of my streamer box, of which about 90% are new streamers I ordered from Rich Strolis. The second picture is a sampling of the Sirloin (left) and Ausable Ugly (right) I ordered from Rich Garfield. You can learn how to tie the Ausable Ugly here.

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In November, I went out with the Mianus TU guys to the Naugatuck River for some Atlantic Salmon fishing. This was my first time fishing for Atlantic Salmon and didn’t catch anything, but will definitely be heading back here next year. Thanks to Jeff Yates and the guys from Mianus TU for putting this trip together, it was a lot of fun.

And lastly, given the warmer temperatures this past weekend, I hit up the Norwalk and the East Branch Croton Rivers, with no success. I had the Norwalk all to myself (aside from some joggers), while the East Branch was about 10 cars thick by the Sodom Rd pull-off. Anyway, it was still fun to get outside and enjoy the good weather.

Upcoming events:

Project Healing Waters – Volunteers needed for the Project Healing Waters program at the Montrose VA hospital (fly tying/rod building – no experience necessary). When: the first and third Thursdays of the month. To volunteer contact me and I will put you in touch with the project lead.

1/1 – Mianus TU New Year’s Day Trip to the Mill River

1/14 – Mianus TU Fly Tying Clinic and Chapter Meeting 

1/23 – Croton TU Chapter Meeting – Presentation by fly tyer and guide Dave Brandt

1/24-1/26 – Somerset Fly Fishing Show

3/8 – Croton TU Annual Dinner

March (TBD) – Fly Fishing Film Tour, NYC

May (TBD) – Croton TU – Spruce Creek and West Branch Angler trips (open to Croton TU members only)