May 2018 Newsletter

Trout Unlimited

May 2018 Newsletter - Central MA Chapter of Trout Unlimited


Last Month – April – Banquet and the High School State Fly Fishing Championship


The CMTU Banquet:


First, I want to thank the Auburn Sportsman’s Club for allowing us the use of their wonderful facility.


Second, Thank you Tumms! The food was the BEST! Steve and his team did a great job putting together the finest banquet spread that I have ever had the opportunity to place on my plate – and I did that a lot. The homemade sausage were out of this world, the Manicotti was to die for and then there was the desert – What a cake:


And tasted good too!


As if the food were not enough, we were loaded with prizes, raffles and silent auctions.


Third thanks goes to the Thomas & Thomas Fly Rod Co. We were able to get a beautiful 8’6” 4wt rod worth $800 for our big item. We decided to use the “Deck of Cards” draw. Dave did a great job selling out the tickets. At the very end of the evening, we pulled the card. If there was one thing that did not go well, was that my card was not the mate to the one drawn. But we had a very happy winner. Look for her on one of our local streams.


We had a very good turnout of over 70 people at this year’s event. Lots of smiling faces and laughing between bites of the great food.


Great job by the Banquet team. We could not have done this without them.


2018 MA High School Fly Fishing Championship:


We had a perfect sunny day for our 2nd annual State High School Fly Fishing event. We had a great turnout of both High School Students, parents and volunteers.


We all met at the Trout Brook Recreation facility in Holden. We put our signs up, laid out the casting area and put the donuts and brownies out for the youngsters. In all, we had 14 high schoolers, with 4 of them girls!


After we went through a few dozen donuts and a pan of Brownies, the kids were able to get their rods rigged and ready to start the fun. First up was the fly casting.


We had three kids in a tie at 64 feet. We later had a cast off – and the winner came in a few inches over 80 feet. Nicely done.


While we were making the last few casts, Joan was busy cooking the dogs for the hungry kids. The combination of a hungry kids, great cooking and the thought of an afternoon on the Quinie made the dogs fly off the grill. We fed kids then went off to try their luck with the trout.


And we did have luck. The kids had very good luck getting bites on “Weenie Greenies” and Pink “San Juan” worms. There were some good battles, but in the end, we our top 3 competitors.


Here was just one of the fish that came to the net:


The kids are already looking forward to 2019.




The fun continues into May. We have the Indian Hollow event scheduled for the weekend ending on May 20th. If you have not been to this event, you need to give it a try. If you have been there, we expect to see you again. Fishing is always fun.


May is our last formal meeting. This will give you some more time to get out and flex that rod.


Have a great summer and keep an eye on the web site for other opportunities.


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




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