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 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.



Donations Recap and Project Scoring

Over the past four years Greater Boston Chapter of TU has donated an average of $15,000 per year to organizations and specific projects in support of cold water stream restoration and preservation.

Major on-going donations include support for the restoration of sea run brook trout streams in Wareham and Westport, MA, and the Downeast Salmon Federation in East Machias, Maine. Other donations have supported the removal of old dams in cold-water streams in Pepperell, and Norwood. This year GBTU donated $10,000, a major share of the funds raised by Mass/Rhode Island TU, to enable the Franklin Land Trust to purchase and preserve 100 acres of land at the headwaters of the Deerfield River in Heath, Ma. The stream supports a population of wild brown and brook trout. TU members will be part of the Advisory Committee responsible for that property and stream. Other projects include bank restoration and tree planting on a small trout stream, tuition support for two trout fishing camps for youth, and support of the ecological assessment of the Deerfield River.

GBTU receives up to ten donation requests a year. All donation requests are reviewed and ranked against a set of criteria GBTU adopted several years ago. These include:

 -does the request support the TU mission and GBTU plan to protect and restore cold             water fisheries?

-is it oriented toward conservation, education, family or youth involvement?

 -is it a hands-on project?

 -is it geographically relevant?

 -is the request from a quality organization to collaborate with?

These funds are raised from a portion of your annual TU membership, from the GBTU annual spring PastaFest, individual donations, and grants.

If you would like to learn more, or get involved with any of the on-going projects, contact any  GBTU Board member or Bruce Osterling,

2015 Pasta Fest Recap and a Thank You to Jim Miller

Jim Miller of the GBTU Board of Directors once again did a fabulous job organizing our annual Pasta Fest fund raiser.   Jim has announced that he is stepping down after a terrific job of organizing the annual event for the better part of a decade. 

 Thanks Jim!! 

 From Jim:

Fun was had by all at the 2015 Greater Boston Chapter annual Pasta Fest conservation dinner and auction.  Held April 29th at the Hibernian Hall in Watertown, the night was highlighted with prizes, gifts, trips, good cheer, and a delicious dinner once again served by the Salemi family.  The night was an opportunity to share with our chapter members and guests the various projects, initiatives and accomplishments of the chapter.  Most important the evening was a huge success. The chapter would like to thank all of our members and guests for their generosity and spirit in supporting the important challenges we face in cold water conservation and restoration. 

More on the Indian Hollow Trout Unlimited Council Fishing Event and a Very Special Auction Item

 This year there will be an addition to the festivities at Indian Hollow, taking place between Friday, May 15, 2015 and Monday, May 18, 2018.  Every year for the past 25 years the MA/RI Council has sponsored this event at the Army Corps of Engineers campground along the Westfield River. 

 GBTU Chapter members and indeed members of other chapters from across the state can camp out and fish the river for no charge all weekend, leaving Monday at noon. On Saturday afternoon there will be a barbecue sponsored by the Council open to everyone for no charge. The Council will have it's business meeting before the barbecue.

 Weather over the years has varied from summer-like to snow. The river, depending on the rain and temperatures, can be in good order, or not. Usually there is good fishing to be had. If not, there's plenty of good fellowship, with a bonfire held on Saturday evenings.

 This year, on Saturday afternoon, there will be a raffle and auction with some incredible prizes. The Council made one of its largest expenditures ever this past spring, collaborating with the Chapters in the Council to help the Franklin Land Trust purchase the Crowningshield parcel along the West Branch of the North River. This raffle and auction will be for the specific purpose of helping the council recharge its financial battery, and give it the ability to take advantage of other opportunities like this that are sure to arise in the future.

 Included in the prizes will be two sets of Red Sox tickets, guided trips on the Swift River, the Deerfield River. Council Chairman John Troiano is going to guide a trip for the hex hatch on the Wood River in RI. A Peak Dawn Anglers trip guided by our Chapter President Fred Jennings, who grew up fishing the marsh in Ipswich he now guides on and has for the past 20 years. Fred is well-known for using light weight rods to tame schoolie stripers. Have Fred explain to you what Peak Dawn means.

 We'll have large numbers of fresh and salt water flies, and several unique items, including some incredible gourmet baked goods just perfect for dessert around the campfire.

Finally, Chapter member Vincent MacFarlane has made an incredible donation of a week's stay at his family home in Margaree Center between September 19 and 25, 2015. The house can more than comfortably accommodate four anglers. In addition to the week's lodging, there will be three days of guiding for Atlantic Salmon on the Margaree River with noted Nova Scotia guide Robert Chaison. Robert grew up in and now lives in Cheticamp, and is one of the most enthusiastic salmon fisherman you will ever meet. He knows the Cape Breton rivers, including the Margaree, like the back of his hand. 

And if that is not enough, the house sits right next to a river and a brook loaded with wild brook trout. The season for trout ends September 30, 2015 in Nova Scotia. Vincent reports having memorable days of fishing for trout right out the back door of the house.  

 Here is a description of the house itself and the location.

 Four bedrooms in Upper Margaree, with a kitchen, living room, den, bathroom. Linens and towels are supplied, as are dishes. There is a BBQ.

 Vincent says, " The SW branch of the Margaree flows behind our house.

The river is great for Salmon fishing in the Fall and trout fishing in May, June, July, August and September. There is a brook that flows along side the house and empties into the river. We are 10 min. away from world class golf courses and beaches in Inverness."  Aside from the time he has donated to TU, Vincent also rents the house and has time available in June, August and September. Contact him at:

If you would like to make a donation to this raffle, and auction at Indian Hollow, which would be greatly appreciated, please contact Peter Schilling at or 508-540-2045. Or, if you'd like more information, please call. 

The house!!!

The house!!!

The AREA!!!

The AREA!!!

Sponsored Opening at the Cape Cod Fly Fishing School

The Greater Boston Chapter has an opportunity for an interested Chapter member or friend to attend the Cape Cod Chapter Fly Fishing School between May 15 and 17, 2015 at the YMCA's Camp Burgess in Sandwich. Meals and overnight lodging are included. The class begins Friday May 15, 2015 at 4 p.m., and concludes on Sunday May 17, 2015 at noon.

 Camp Burgess is located on Spectacle Pond, a beautiful Cape Cod kettle pond. Spectacle Pond will be stocked with trout specifically for the school in addition to the state stockings that have already taken place this spring.

 The Cape Cod Chapter has been running this school for the past 30 years. The classes will cover all phases of fly fishing and fly tying, with instruction provided by experienced chapter members, some of whom are FFF certified casting instructors. This is a perfect opportunity to improve your skills if you are just starting to fly fish, or to introduce a friend or loved one to a lifetime of enjoyment.

Cost to a GBTU chapter member is $200, to a non-member $275, which is the regular price of the school.

 Please contact Peter Schilling at 508-540-2045 or no later than Monday, May 12, 2015 to take advantage of this opportunity.


Funds raised by GBTU are used both to support conservation issues and to attract new converts to the sport of fly fishing.  The Cape Cod school is one of three fly fishing/trout camps that have received GBTU funding over the last three years.  


A Call To Action From TU National

New Senate bill would undermine Clean Water Act protection for America’s waterways

By Steve Moyer

A dozen senators today introduced S 1140, a bill that would undermine a critically needed clean water rule, a proposal from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency to protect millions of acres of wetlands and thousands of headwater streams which sustain the way of life for the nation’s hunters and anglers, and that feed into the drinking water systems of 117 million Americans.

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GBTU Response To Public Comment Request On Herring Quotas

Mr. Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director New England Fishery Management Council 50 Water Street, Mill #2 Newburyport, MA 01950

Dear Mr. Nies,

As president of the Greater Boston Trout Unlimited (GBTU), a local chapter of a national environmental conservation organization, I am writing to provide comments on behalf of this chapter about the NEFMC request for public comment on the scope of the long-term control rule (CR) being developed for use in specifying acceptable biological catch (ABC) limits for the Atlantic herring fishery. We are heartened and encouraged that the control rule will expressly consider the Atlantic herring's significant role as a forage species within an expanded ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) approach.

The explicit mission of Trout Unlimited is "to conserve, protect and restore North America's cold water fisheries and their watersheds." The mission statement extends beyond traditional cold water species of trout to include important anadromous species such as sea-run brook and brown trout, striped bass and Atlantic salmon, all of which species spend a substantial portion of their lives in salt water. For each of these species, but most especially for Atlantic salmon and striped bass, the Atlantic herring is a forage species of vital importance to their survival, health and well being. There is a great deal of work going on currently to conserve, protect and restore these three species to their historical levels of abundance. A healthy stock of Atlantic herring is a critical component of these efforts. The economic value of Atlantic salmon and striped bass, most especially for recreational purposes but commercially as well, importantly depends on the health and abundance of stocks in the Atlantic herring fishery.

Consequently, we urge you to adopt far more conservative limits on the commercial fishery for Atlantic herring than have existed to date, taking into full and proper account their role in the health of many other Atlantic coastal fisheries. Striped bass, Atlantic cod and salmon, bluefin tuna and bluefish are all species under duress; a healthy stock of Atlantic herring is of vital importance to the health of each of these valuable Atlantic coast species.

An ABC projected to produce a 50 percent probability of exceeding FMSY for Atlantic herring is far too lenient, especially given the many uncertainties in a complex ocean ecology already under duress, and even more especially when taking into account the dependence of so many other species on this forage fish. The ABC should be set in accord with the Precautionary Principle in this situation, and -if anything -be more conservative than necessary, rather than less. The risks of both ecological imbalance and economic losses from setting the ABC at too high a level call for great prudence and care on this matter.

We believe that Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan (AHFMP) should be designed to accomplish at least three goals:

1.     Amendment 8 should maintain a healthy stock of Atlantic herring to relieve at least some of the pressure on other dependent predators such as striped bass, Atlantic salmon, cod, tuna, bluefish, etc., with the herring biomass maintained at a level significantly in excess of that associated with a maximum sustainable yield (MSY).

2.     Amendment8shouldalsoincludeacutoff(or threshold)level of biomass for Atlantic herring, below which the commercial herring fishery is automatically shut down as a means to protect the remaining stock from further reductions.

3.     Amendment 8 should also require incremental reductions in the herring ABC harvest rate as the estimated stock of herring declines, so such declines will provoke cautionary responses sooner rather than later when stock levels stop rising and start to fall.

 Thank you very much for your careful consideration of these thoughts and suggestions,

Frederic B. Jennings If., Ph.D. President, GBTU