I had the chance this year to take my nephew, Brandon, out fly fishing for the first time. We met up with Jeff Yates on two days (in early and late May) to fish the Mianus and the Norwalk. We didn’t have as much success on the Mianus as we did on the Norwalk, but Brandon learned a lot both days. I also learned a ton by watching Jeff teach Brandon how to fish the narrow and difficult Norwalk. As you can see, he had a great time and we both caught some fish!
On May 10th, Croton Watershed TU hosted its first annual new member picnic at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Cross River. Earlier in the day, students of the TU fishing class and their guides hit the local rivers and, after practicing their new skills, met up with approximately 50 members/prospective members for a free barbecue, fly tying demos, and a casting seminar. This was a fun event to be involved in. The chapter used the opportunity to provide information to members about its activities and how to get more involved – all while having a fun time and enjoying some great food. The picnic received excellent feedback from attendees and I’m looking forward to doing it all over again next year!