February 2018 - Newsletter

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February 2018 Newsletter - Central MA Chapter of Trout Unlimited


March Chapter Meeting –

Date: Monday, March 5th

Time: 6:00 PM Socialize and Trout Tails

6:30 PM Pizza

7:00 Presentation – MA Cold Water Fisheries and You

Location: Auburn Sportsman’s Club, Auburn, MA




March Presentation:


We are very fortunate to have Adam Kautza (Coldwater Fisheries Project Leader) with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife to present an overview of the Coldwater Fishery Resources (CFR) in our state. We will quickly get into Adam’s presentation after we review an update of the Banquet and High School Fly Fishing Championship coming at the end of April.


Adam’s discussion will have 3 main parts. First, he will talk about what constitutes a Coldwater Fishery Resource (CFR) according the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, how we designate waterbodies as CFRs, what protections CFRs receive, and a bit about the diversity and distribution of CFRs in Mass. Next, he’ll go over the status and distribution of our wild trout in general while also including some more detailed information on Central Mass wild trout resources and fisheries. And finally, finish up with a discussion on some of the projects the state recently started, some highlights and observations from the 2017 field sampling season, and the directions we plan on taking the trout management program now and into the future.


This will be a great opportunity to understand some of the conservation efforts that we could support or provide ideas for initiatives for CMTU.


March Raffle:


This month, as you feast on some of the best pizza that Central MA has to offer, we will have a Raffle that will include a few tickets to the Banquet and some more goodies from the bottomless Farmington River Goody bag:




The 2018 High School Fly Fishing Championship


We are looking for your help to gear up for this event. We are looking to provide some of the basic flies that we know will work well on the Quinie. The patterns are easy and will be greatly appreciated by the contestants. We are thinking the :Greenie Weenie", Black Woolly Buggers and Pheasant Tails.


In addition, we will have the posters available to post at sporting shops, grocery stores and where ever you think may catch the eye of our students. In addition, we will be going to our local fly shops and looking for some donation to help the kids catch more fish.


This event and other information can be found on our web site. We will continue to post information on our web site and looking for your recommendations. Here is how to find out web site:


Central Massachusetts Chapter #148 - Trout Unlimited




Another link that may come up in your web search is the following which is a "Default" site from Trout Unlimited. This contains information, but is not as beneficial as the site above.


Central Massachusetts - 148 | Trout Unlimited - Conserving coldwater ...




If you selected the "centralmass.tu.org", you will get you to our web site that is actively updated by our team. You will be greeted by:




This is one of four screens you will see. This provides you with information on our monthly meetings. We are using this site to provide information on our upcoming events and other items of interest.



Web Site Screen #2:

The High School State Fly Fishing Championship





Our Banquet is gaining momentum. We will receive more details on the menu during our meeting. In addition, we are planning on having posters to start publicizing our event. We are very interested in your contributions for this event. This is our big money maker and will provide funds to help with the High School Event and other Conservation events for Central MA.


We are now into March. This is the time to start planning your trips to the streams and get the rust (colored spinners) out. We will have active discussion on fishing opportunities. One in particular will be a trip to the Cape to enjoy on of the 365 ponds located East of the Bridges.


We look forward to seeing you and discussing FISH.


Tight Lines,
Peter Sterndale
President, Central MA Chapter of Trout Unlimited


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