March 2024 Newsletter

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Central MA Chapter of Trout Unlimited - March 2024 Newsletter


March Chapter Meeting –

Date: Monday, March 4th

Time: 6:00 to 8:00 PM

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


I will be very honest. It is good to see the snow melting and some bugs flying around. The first hatch is just around the corner and TU activity is increasing.


I am in the midst of replacing leaders on my fly reels, stocking up with new spools of tippet and reviewing my fly boxes for needed replacements and additions of some new patterns. But there are more opportunities as outlined in the Meeting minutes below from the February meeting, specifically:


   - Cold Spring Brook project. CMTU is looking to understand what our chapter can do to help with this conservation project. Good opportunity to work with Adam Kauta from the state.


    - Fly tying demonstration in Northborough (Library). We are doing some prep work on this to better understand the required details.


Central Mass TU Meeting Minutes


Feb 5, 2024 6:00PM to 8:00PM


Meeting: CMTU February 2024 Meeting at Auburn Sportsman’s Club


Invited / present:


Henry Dzialo, Treasurer
Dave Fox, Board Member
Steve Halley, Board Member
Ian Starinovich, Board Member
Joe LeBlanc
Neil Denny
Tim McDonald




Member roll call / Quorum – 7 members present


Approve January 2024 Minutes - motion made, seconded and passed unanimously


Treasurer's Report - Henry


Review and discuss funds Approve monthly expenditures


Cold Spring Brook –Awaiting confirmation date from Adam Kautza. Property owner wants to go through with the project.


Fly Tying Demonstration at Northborough Public Library - Dave and Steve will demonstrate. All members encouraged to attend


ACTION: Henry to visit the library before the April 1st meeting to assess the room and get a sense of how many attendees.


Treasurer Election-Motion made to for Henry Dzialo to replace Bill McGowan as treasurer


Motion made-seconded and passed unanimously


But there is more. We are looking to provide some "On the Stream" fishing opportunities for our chapter. Initially, we considered a March opportunity, but the timing was just a little to quick. We are now looking at:


    April - A project event that would include an overview of the dam removal project, the current status/timeline, other organizations supporting this effort and support options for our chapter. This would include a fishing opportunity along a potential for burgers and dogs. We will discuss potential dates at the March Meeting.


    May/June - Caddisfest on the Deerfield - a weekend event with fantastic fishing! We will discuss if our chapter will get a cabin or tent area and who is interested.


The 2024 Caddisfest Weekend will be held Friday, May 31st thru Sunday, June 2nd. This year the event will be held again at the Foolhardy Hill Campground in Charlemont MA. The Campground is a TU Business partner and is giving us a 10% discount. The council secured the entire campground. Keep in mind that this is guaranteed low flow weekend for the Deerfield River. The campground is on Zoar Rd., right off of Route 2 in Charlemont.


Here are some details about the Campground sites and cabins. There are 5 cabins with 3 or 4 bunk beds and 6 multiple tent sites. The cost is $100 for the weekend for each angler to stay in a nice cabin and $50 for the weekend for each anger to stay at tent site


For more information on the campground go to


Stay tuned for more opportunities as the temperature warms!



Peter Sterndale

President, Central MA Chapter of Trout Unlimited



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