** UPDATE **
MA/RI TU Council Annual Meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the big tent.
BBQ will be held immediately after the meeting (~12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.)
After a uncertain winter, a tentative New England Spring is upon us. The Greater Boston Trout Unlimited Chapter would like to help you to celebrate the onset of Spring by inviting you to the Massachusetts/Rhode Island Council's Indian Hollow Camping and Fishing outing and Annual meeting. The Council is comprised of eleven TU chapters throughout the Commonwealth and Rhode Island. Bring your camping and fishing gear! MA Fish and Wildlife stocks the river with about 800 trout the week before the event.
Indian Hollow is a gathering of about 200 TU members from all of the chapters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and their families. The MA-RI TU Council rents out the Army Corps of Engineers campground in Huntington, MA on a section of the East Branch of the Westfield River, where you can fish day and night, tie flies and stand around telling fish stories by the campfire. You can walk from one group to another learning about other places to fish and meet a bunch of interesting folks with similar interests. The campground is free to use and you can arrive anytime on Friday and stay right through the weekend. You might check with other members of your chapter to see where they typically setup, but it really doesn’t matter.
On Saturday, at about 10:00 a.m. there will be a MA-RI TU Council meeting in the big tent. You’re welcome to join us to learn about some of the hot issues on our plates. This will be followed by a free cookout at noon sponsored by the Council.
Once again this year the Council will hold a raffle and auction at lunch time. Last year, thanks to the generous support of the TU members and guests who attended we raised $2,400, almost as much as we raised during the last Council dinner. We ask for your generosity again this year. As you may know, the Council has been asked by the Buzzards Bay Coalition to contribute $50,000 toward the purchase of land around the headwaters of Angeline Brook in Westport, MA — a tremendous Sea Run Brook Trout stream. $50,000 is a big stretch for us, but with your support we will able to come up with the needed funds for this worthy conservation project. For more information on the Angeline Brook Conservation Project, see article below on Saving Sea-Run Brook Trout.
Some of the featured prizes at this year’s auction/raffle:
- Four Incredibly good Red Sox tickets behind the dugout for a game in June.
- A Thomas and Thomas six weight rod.
- A guided float trip by Chris Jackson from the Deerfield Chapter on the Deerfield River.
- A variety of guided trips on local rivers by anglers who know them the best.
- Some great looking flies, both freshwater and saltwater.
- Collectible fishing books donated by the Cape Cod Chapter.
- And more…
For the first time ever, the Council is also featuring a bake sale at Indian Hollow. Set up near the tent for lunch, there will be all manner of sweet delights available for campers who may have forgotten dessert.
We are still in need of volunteer bakers to round out our baked goods table. Contact us to add your homemade goodness to the table.
In the afternoon, around 2:00 p.m., a group will be gathering tocollect bugs from the stream in order to learn more about what thenymphs and larvae look like and patterns you’ll want to imitate to catchnice fish.
Saturday night, there is a large bonfire at the West end with more heat than you can stand.
Looking forward to seeing you at Indian Hollow!
Please be aware of the issues with bringing firewood from other parts of the state. There will be extra firewood around the campground for free.