Charles River Cleanup

Volunteer Opportunity: April 30: 9-12:00 AM: Charles River Cleanup: GBTU is once again putting together a crew to participate in the annual Charles River Cleanup.... This is a great way to start off the year doing something positive for the local environment. All ages welcome. 

If interested contact Steve Kundrot @ skundrot@gmail.com and register at the link below... 

The Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup brings together over 3,000 volunteers each year to pick up litter, remove invasive species and assist with park maintenance. Residents are drawn to the popular Charles River Cleanup from a desire to give back to their community while enjoying the beauty and wildlife along the Charles River. Volunteers build on the connections they establish during this day of stewardship by returning to the Charles to exercise, play and enjoy nature throughout the year.

Registration Link:

http://www.crwa.org/charles-river-cleanup…

February Chapter Meeting

GBTU February 22, 2016 Meeting at Drumlin Farm

 

Dwayne Shaw from the Downeast Salmon Federation

 

New England's last best hope:  The wild coastal rivers east of the Penocot - and the heroic efforts to protect and restore them.

 

Join GBTU and Downeast Salmon Federation, Executive Director, Dwayne Shaw in an examination of how Yankee resourcefulness and determination can re-build and maintain a fisheries mecca on New England's northern border and bold coast. The last best living legacy of New England's migratory fish:  Salmon, smelt and sea-run brook trout are now in the balance in a place where new efforts seek to restore this unique land and aquascape.

 

DSF (Est., 1982) has retrofitted two defunct hydro powerhouses as community fisheries conservation hubs - and will soon own a third dam and powerhouse at Cobscook Bay.  Equipped with Scottish technology and know-how used on the River Tyne of England - DSF is opening a new chapter for salmon in America.

Dwayne Shaw

Dwayne Shaw is Executive Director of the Downeast Salmon Federation, where he has led the development of the Federation’s fisheries and land conservation programs since 1989,beginning with the removal of the Pleasant R. Dam and the renovation of the facility as a hatchery and fisheries research center in Columbia Falls.  In 2000 he led the removal of the East Machias R. Dam and received the National Coastal America Partnership Award from President George W. Bush. The East Machias site is now home to the DSF East Machias Aquatic Research Center.

 

Dwayne holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies / Fisheries Concentration from UM Machias (1984).  Mr. Shaw has conducted research at UM Darling Marine Center and as Manager and Research Director at the Beals Island Regional Shellfish Hatchery for 10 years. Dwayne also served as a fisheries biologist in the U.S. Peace Corps / Nepal. Mr. Shaw has served on numerous fisheries boards and advisory committees including the ME Sea Grant Public Advisory Committee and the Federal Recovery Team for Endangered Atlantic Salmon.  Dwayne has held certifications as a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain and ME Licensed Master Guide. In 2015, Dwayne was honored with a National River Hero Award presented by RiverNetwork.

 

Doors open at 6:30 and the presentation will begin at 7:30.

Come early! Refreshments will be served!

$5 donation enters you in the raffle for door prizes.

LOCATION: DRUMLIN FARM, Lincoln

Stop and see us this weekend at the Marlborough Fly Fishing Show!!!!

Rod Raffle by Greater Boston Chapter of Trout Unlimited at the Marlborough Fly Fishing Show

Volunteers from The Greater Boston Chapter of Trout Unlimited (www.gbtu.org) once again will be at the Trout Unlimited booth at the Fly Fishing Show on January  23, 2016 from 9 AM – noon. Raffle tickets will be sold for the chance to win an Orvis Helios 2 rod, courtesy of Orvis. The raffle will be held at the GBTU fundraiser, PastFest, April 10.

Trout Unlimited (TU) members will be available to talk about opportunities to join TU and opportunities to participate in the many activities of the organization which promotes the preservation and restoration of cold water fisheries.

The show itself will feature many prominent authors, fly tiers, and fishing personalities. An extensive exhibition area is provided featuring a wide variety of purveyors of fly fishing related books, tackle, outings, equipment, flies and materials. There are demonstrations on casting, fly-tying and other aspects of fly fishing, as well as films on the subject.

The Fly Fishing show will be held at Royal Plaza Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Road W., Marlborough, MA 01752. For more information, go to http://flyfishingshow.com/marlborough-ma/

Directions to the Show.  Take exit 24b off Interstate 495. Hotel is one mile on the right. 

January Chapter Meeting

GBTU January 25, 2016 Meeting at Drumlin Farm

 

Rich Hubbard from the Franklin Land Trust Discussing FLT’s Conservation Work

 

For the past 28 years the Franklin Land Trust (FLT) has been working to conserve western Massachusetts’ critical natural resources and open spaces. FLT’s recently created partnership with Trout Unlimited, aimed at conserving a significant native brook trout and brown trout fishery, the West Branch of the North River, has resulted in a new and exciting chapter in FLT’s land conservation work.

 

Rich Hubbard, FLT’s Executive Director, will discuss FLT’s land conservation efforts and the conservation tools that it uses, and how working with TU has changed the way that FLT views its work while creating opportunities to have a much bigger conservation impact on the natural resources and landscapes of western Massachusetts. 

 

Richard K. Hubbard

 

Rich Hubbard is the Executive Director of the Franklin Land Trust (FLT), a nonprofit land conservation organization devoted to the preservation of the farms, woodlands and rural character of Western Massachusetts. Rich is nationally recognized as an authority on farmland and open space conservation. Prior to taking the helm at FLT, Rich served as Assistant Commissioner of the MA Department of Agricultural Resources and for 15 years managed the Commonwealth’s Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program. He graduated in 1977 from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Natural Resource Conservation, and received a M.S. degree in 1980 from Syracuse University and the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Environmental Land Use Planning.

 

Doors open at 6:30 and the presentation will begin at 7:30.

Come early! Refreshments will be served!

$5 donation enters you in the raffle for door prizes.

LOCATION: DRUMLIN FARM, Lincoln

Deerfield Chapter Holiday Party!!!

One of Boston chapters favorite partners is having their holiday party/fundraising.... Lets do what we can to support!!!

Deerfield Chapter Holiday Party!!!! 

The date of the DRWTU holiday party is Saturday, December19, 2015.

RVSP is still required, regardless of whether you have previously sent an RVSP.

The RVSP deadline is end of day Monday, December 14, 2015.
RSVP @ rprostak@umass.edu

Deerfield River Watershed TU Holiday Party
Date: December 19, 2015
@ SHELBURNE FALLS EAGLES CLUB, 52 STATE STREET SHELBURNE FALLS.

5:30 - 6:30 reception and fly tying.

6:30 dinner.
As in years past, there will be a raffle and auction with many items,
including flies, fly rods, guided fish trips and gift certificates from
local businesses.

Our presentation will be given by Kevin Parsons and Per Brandin sharing their "Our Flyfishing Adventures in Cuba". 

Lots of good video and pictures with Cuban cigars for the raffle.

Our holiday party will include a family-style dinner and will be $25 per person. 

Our holiday party is the most important chapter fundraising activity.  
Proceeds will be used to support our chapter's partnership activities on The Franklin Land Trust's Crowningshield property along the West Branch of theNorth River in Heath. 

Come out and support our efforts to enhance this incredible project. 

Even if you can't attend, send in a check made payable to DRWTU, PO Box 133,
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

November 23 Chapter Meeting

GBTU’s November 23, 2015 Meeting at Drumlin Farm

 

Grand Lake Stream and Weatherby’s with Jeff McEvoy

Join GBTU with a night with our great friend Jeff McEvoy’s from Weatherby’s. Jeff’s presentation will cover fishing and hunting opportunities in and around Grand Lake Stream offered by Weatherby’s and their guides.

Grand Lake Stream has been fly fishing only water since 1903 for landlocked salmon and brook trout and there are dozens of surrounding lakes with smallmouth bass.

Jeff has been a registered Maine Guide since 1983 and owner of Weatherby’s in Grand Lake Stream, Maine now for 13 seasons.  He guides fly fishing for salmon and trout as well as smallmouth bass.  Jeff also guides grouse and woodcock hunts through his lodge with his English springer and cocker spaniels and guides North Woods grouse hunts in the Allagash region late October and November.  He has been exploring Iceland for fishing opportunities for the past four seasons and has led two successful group trips to Iceland in ’14 and ‘15 for Atlantic salmon and sea run brown trout during the early part of September.  When he is not fishing or hunting he is coaching Nordic and Alpine skiing with his two teenaged kids.

 

Doors open at 6:30 and the presentation will begin at 7:30.

Come early! Refreshments will be served!

$5 donation enters you in the raffle for door prizes.

LOCATION: DRUMLIN FARM, Lincoln

 

 

 

In Town Meeting: McCormick and Schmick's, Faneuil Hall Marketplace: October 27th: Doors open at 5:15 PM, Presentation at 6:00 PM

October’s program provides you with a rare opportunity to hear and learn from one of the Rangeley, Maine area’s premier fly-fishing guides as well as to get a signed copy of his latest and extremely well-received new book, chock full of tips on how to fish our own New England waters successfully in every season.

Lou Zambello has fly-fished northern New England for over 30 years and has been a registered Maine Guide for over ten.  He has guided TU’s own former CEO, Charles Gauvin, along with other notables and comes highly recommended by them.
 

 Lou worked at LLBean for over 14 years and had the opportunity to fish with and learn from a number of fly-fishing legends such as Dave Whitlock and Dick Talleur.  In pursuit of his passion for fly-fishing,  he’s traveled throughout the US and the world, including Labrador, Newfoundland, Russia, the Bahamas, the southeast and southwest US, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah, just to name a few.

He writes two monthly columns for The Maine Sportsman magazine and has also appeared in Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine. He currently has several new book projects in the works, including  a “how-to” on catching trophy brook trout and The Revised Fly-Fishers Guide to Northern New England (to be released in early 2016).   His fishing credits include the catching of a number of salmonids over eight pounds, among them brook trout, Atlantic salmon, brown trout, rainbows and steelhead. 

 In Lou’s October 27 In-Town presentation for GBTU he’ll provide a comprehensive review of season-by-season fly-fishing strategies and tactics for New England’s five fishing seasons, as he has come to define them: ice out, hatch season, summer dog days, fall spawning run, and winter.  For each of these seasons Lou will share tips on just where to go and how to fish for several species – including, brook trout, brown trout, landlocked salmon, and smallmouth bass. He’ll also let you in on those specialized, guide-tested flies he’s found to be most effective over the years. 

So – mark your calendar for October 27th’s GBTU In-Town meeting with Lou Zambello – and fish the next five New England seasons with greater success!  See you there!

October Chapter Meeting, Drumlin Farm

Drumlin Farm: October 26th, Doors Open at 6:30, Presentation at 7:30

Maine Guide, Lou Zambello

October’s program provides you with a rare opportunity to hear and learn from one of the Rangeley, Maine area’s premier fly-fishing guides as well as to get a signed copy of his latest and extremely well-received new book, chock full of tips on how to fish our own New England waters successfully in every season.

Lou Zambello has fly-fished northern New England for over 30 years and has been a registered Maine Guide for over ten.  He has guided TU’s own former CEO, Charles Gauvin, along with other notables and comes highly recommended by them.

 Lou worked at LLBean for over 14 years and had the opportunity to fish with and learn from a number of fly-fishing legends such as Dave Whitlock and Dick Talleur.  In pursuit of his passion for fly-fishing,  he’s traveled throughout the US and the world, including Labrador, Newfoundland, Russia, the Bahamas, the southeast and southwest US, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah, just to name a few.

He writes two monthly columns for The Maine Sportsman magazine and has also appeared in Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine. He currently has several new book projects in the works, including  a “how-to” on catching trophy brook trout and The Revised Fly-Fishers Guide to Northern New England (to be released in early 2016).   His fishing credits include the catching of a number of salmonids over eight pounds, among them brook trout, Atlantic salmon, brown trout, rainbows and steelhead. 

 In his October presentation for GBTU, he’ll draw on this exceptional fly-fishing success, as well as the unique, seasonal approach of his new book.   He’ll share and explain specific strategies and tactics that will help you catch "the big boys" in each of New England’s five seasons as Lou expertly defines them: ice out, hatch season, summer, fall, and winter.

Join GBTU on September 28th for our Kickoff Meeting and BBQ and a Fantastic Presentation from Warren Winders: Red Brook - Building a Community for Restoration

Our great friend Warren Winders will cover the history of the Red Brook Project, and the partnership that has evolved to do the research and work needed to restore "America's First Sport Fishery - Salter Brook Trout."

Warren Winders is a carpenter based on the South Shore who, along with his Southeastern Mass. Chapter of TU and the Mass/RI Council of TU, has been working to restore Red Brook and its native brook trout population since the late 1980s. Warren blogs at rageagainstthedams.wordpress.com. He is also a co-founder of The Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition.

 

There will be a BBQ starting at 6:30 PM and Warren’s presentation will follow.

LOCATION: DRUMLIN FARM, Lincoln