TU National Survey, Your Opportunity to Weigh In On The Issues

In an effort to better understand our members, Trout Unlimited is surveying our entire membership. It should only take about 30 minutes to complete and when you do you'll be entered into a drawing to win the grand prize of a custom TU Helios 2 fly rod, custom TU Vedavoo slingpack, custom TU Cortland Line and a TU hat, and an assortment of flies.

By taking this survey you are helping us serve you and your interests when it comes to conservation, fishing and opinions on critical issues impacting trout and salmon.

You only have until May 21 to complete the survey and be entered into the drawing. Don't wait. Take it today!

The winner will be announced on June 1, 2015 on tu.org and on TU's Facebook page.

Tight lines and good luck!

Your Friends at Trout Unlimited

Note that Orvis and Vedavoo are supplying the grand prizes.  Both are generous contributors to Greater Boston Trout Unlimited's conservation effort.  


Striped Bass Bag Limit Reduction

Atlantic Striped Bass Bag Limit Reduction Plan Passes

Starting in 2015, striped bass fisherman on the east coast will see their bag limit cut…and that’s a very good thing.

While anglers who’ve experienced stellar catches of large bass on the occasional charter trip might find it hard to believe, stripers are in trouble, and the overall recreational catch along most of the coast has been declining for years. Since the striped bass stock was deemed recovered in 1995 (from near extinction in the 1980s), the fish have suffered a series of body blows including overfishing, poor spawning success (especially in Chesapeake Bay, traceable from at least 2006), and deteriorating habitat leading to disease. 

Though astute anglers were sounding the alarm for years, their front-line cries were  continually chalked up as “anecdotal evidence” not confirmable by the science of the day. That all changed with the last official stock assessment of 2013, which clearly showed that overfishing had been occurring for at least six of the past nine years. Still, it took thousands of striped bass anglers and recreational fishing organizations—national and regional—to get the attention of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), the federal group charged with striper management.

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Event: MA - RI Council Camping and Fishing Conclave

 

What: Mass Rhode Island Council Annual Camping and Fishing Weekend/Meeting
When: May 15-18, 2015 (Camping 15, 16, 17)
Location: Indian Hollow, Chesterfield MA
Fishing: East Branch of the Westfield (The seven mile catch and release stretch is the longest contiguous stretch of catch and release water in MA).

 Activities: Fishing, Fly Tying, Bonfire, Raffle and Auction
No camping or entry fees.  Bathrooms and showers on site

DIRECTIONS:
From the south on 91 take Exit 19 and follow Rte 9 west through Northampton.
From the north on 91 take Exit 20 and go Rte 5/10 south for 1 mile and right on 9 West, Rt. 9 west (towards Williamsburg)
Left on route 143, 6 miles to Chesterfield.
Left after Town Hall.
Go 2.4 miles, Take 3rd right onto Indian Hollow road.
Follow dirt road 1.5 miles to gate.

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May is Wetlands Month and June is Rivers Month

The 2015 Massachusetts Rivers and Wetlands Months Calendar, covers more than 200 river- and wetland-related events in Massachusetts from Saturday, April 25 to Sunday, July 5.  There are opportunities to clean up, paddle, protect, enjoy and celebrate your favorite rivers, streams, salt marshes and freshwater wetlands.

 The Learn More link will take you to the calendar.

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Event: 2015 Northeast Regional Meeting:

May 30-31, 2015, Providence R.I.

Join fellow anglers and TU volunteer leaders from across the Northeast on May 30-31 in Providence, RI, for enlightening presentations, inspiring dialogue and engaging camaraderie with those who share your dedication to TU and our mission. TU regional meetings are occasions to be inspired – by the work of TU staff, lessons from volunteer leaders and conversations with newfound friends. They are also an excellent opportunity to discuss the unique issues facing the region as well as a chance to network and build relationships with fellow volunteer leaders.

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Volunteer Opportunity: Chickley River Restoration

Chickley River Restoration

When: Multiple weekends in May (TBD) You can work one day or several days

Location: Chickley River, Hawley MA

Activity: Planting

 The Deerfield River Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Connecticut River Watershed Council need volunteers to help replant and restore the prime trout habitat that was illegally excavated after Hurricane Irene.

Dates: 
Thursday, May 7, 9 A.M – 12:00 P.M.
Saturday, May 9, 9 A.M – 12:00 P.M.
Sunday, May 10, 9 A.M – 12:00 P.M
Tuesday, May 12, 9 A.M – 12:00 P.M.
Thursday, May 14, 9 A.M – 12:00 P.M.
Sunday, May 17: 9 A.M – 12:00 P.M.
Saturday, May 23, 9 A.M – 12:00 P.M.  Provisional
Sunday, May 24, 9 A.M – 12:00 P.M.  Provisional

If you can help, please email your name and phone number to deerfieldrivertu@yahoo.com

Crowningshield Project

How is your money spent?  

The Massachusetts-Rhode Island Council and the Franklin Land Trust (FLT) have partnered to protect 108 acres and a mile of riparian frontage along the headwaters of the West Branch of the North River, a wild trout stream in the Town of Heath in western Massachusetts. 

Greater Boston Trout Unlimited is excited and proud to have helped conserve this pristine native trout habitat for future generations.  Money raised at Pasta Fest and through the ongoing generosity of our chapter members allowed GBTU to make a sizable monetary donation.  Additionally, GBTU board members played pivotal roles in the negotiations.  

Following the LEARN MORE link will take you to the story as it will appear in the June issue of Trout Magazine and additional photos of the property.

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Annual Earth Day - Charles River Cleanup

Get Involved!!!  Lets show the Charles some love!!

When: Saturday, April 25th, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Vine Rock St, Dedham, MA 02026

 


This is our third year and we always have a ball!  Please join us and make a difference.      

All are welcome.  This is a family friendly event.  

Please contact GBTU board member Steve Kundrot for details: skundrot@gmail.com or 617-416-0173

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Greater Boston Trout Unlimmited: Taking out the trash!  

Greater Boston Trout Unlimmited: Taking out the trash!  

Casting On The Common

Join GBTU on the Boston Common as we put fly rods into the hands of Boston youngsters.  This will be our third consecutive year providing city kids with their first exposure to flyfishing, and (for most kids) their first opportunity to hold any fishing rod.

 When: Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Frog Pond, Boston Common

Parking available at the Boston Common underground garage.  

MBTA stop:  Park Street (for both Red and Green lines)

 If you are interested in participating, please contact GBTU Board member and past president David Glater at 617 523-1841, or by email: David@GBTU.org.   

 

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