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Artwork Donated to TU by James Prosek
"BETTER DAYS TO COME"
~ May 2017 ~
Time sure flies! Seems like yesterday I wrote my first Presidents Line, and now this is the next to last one. The last one will be one to be remembered, that I can guarantee. So, let me muddle through this one and be brief. Two years of preaching, and I have run out of things to say. It is hard to believe, but I can hear the skeptics now, “... at a loss of words”! Well ten years ago, I kissed the Blarney stone, and some of the magic has worn off, or maybe it has not worn off. One thing is certain, the challenges are still there, and the next President will have to face them in keeping our waters pure, and the fish we love safe.
Moving forward, we are almost to the completion of the paper work battle for the wing dam restoration. Lower lake is being drawn down, and a fish ladder is being built on Upper Lake. We will need to monitor the work. Future efforts have been proposed in local waters that need attention. The upper headwaters of the Swan River are a mess (north of Sunrise Highway), Suffolk County is looking to clean up Mud Creek. Both have populations of native Brook Trout. Whoa, put that rod down, and do not dash off yet! These small populations are fragile, and require protection not fishing pressure. Over at Connetquot State Park, the southern pine beetle has ravaged the nearby forest, and potentially the loss of trees will increase the water temperature. We are looking into what the NYS DEC and NYS Parks plans are to replant the cover needed.
I have also been working with developing a closer working relationship with LITU, to coordinate our efforts in joint conservation interest. It only makes sense to increase our voice and not duplicate efforts. We have the same goals. Better days are ahead!
Our May Chapter Meeting will be on Monday, May 8th at the Town of Brookhaven "Henrietta Acampora Recreation Center- Blue Point, N.Y. Starting time is 7:30pm..
Tom Walsh, President
LET'S MEET THE CHALLENGE... UNDER "20" LUCKY TICKETS REMAIN... GET YOURS TODAY AND DOUBLE EVERYONE'S CHANCES TO BE FISHING WITH A SPLIT CANE ROD THIS SEASON HOPEFULLY STARTING IN MAY!!!!!!!!
ROD RAFFLE UPDATE: WE HAVE A ROD MAKER'S CHALLENGE... CHUCK NEUNER HAS OFFERED TO DONATE A SECOND SURPRISE BAMBOO FLY ROD FOR OUR CURRENT RAFFLE IF THE CHAPTER CAN SELL ALL OF THE LIMTED 65 TICKETS BY THE MAY 2017 CHAPTER MEETING FOR A RAFFLE. A SECOND ROD WILL THEN BE RAFFLED ON THE NIGHT... WOW TWO CHANCES FOR TICKET HOLDERS TO WIN A NEUNER BAMBOO ROD!!! SO HELP SELL OUT OUR TICKETS AND ENJOY A CHANCE AT TWO RODS, MAKE FURTHER DONATIONS TO DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES TO WIN A GREAT ROD TO FISH THIS SEASON... GOOD LUCK!
******FOR 2017 ESTEEMED LONG ISLAND BAMBOO FLY ROD MAKER & CHAPTER FRIEND CHUCK NEUNER HAS GRACIOUSLY DONATED ONE OF HIS FINELY CRAFTED "C. P. NEUNER" SPLIT BAMBOO FLY RODS FOR A CHAPTER RAFFLE FUND RAISING EVENT... YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS AN OPPORTUNITY TO WIN & FISH ONE OF CHUCK'S MASTERPIECES WHILE SUPPORTING COLD WATER FISHERIES CONSERVATION & PRESERVATION EFFORTS.
******TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT OUR MONTHLY CHAPTER MEETINGS OR VIA MAIL THROUGH OUR CHAPTER TREASURER GEORGE COSTA. KINDLY MAKE CHECKS OUT TO "ART FLICK TU" FOR THE NUMBER OF TICKETS REQUESTED, AND SEND TO: GEORGE COSTA, 35 BILTMORE DRIVE, MASTIC BEACH, NY 11951-1313. GEORGE WILL FILL OUT YOUR TICKET OR TICKETS AND MAIL THEM BACK TO YOU. TICKET REQUESTS WILL BE HONORED IN THE ORDER THEY ARE RECEIVED UNTIL SOLD OUT. TO CHECK AVAILABILITY YOU CAN CONTACT GEORGE COSTA AT: gclv2fish[at]msn.com or (631) 281-2892 . WE APPRECIATE YOUR CONSIDERATION...
(Pictured above is AFTU President Tom Walsh presenting two L.L. Bean Fly Fishing Rod & Reel Sets to Mr. Jim Gilmartin of "Project Healing Waters" serving U.S. Veterans.)
At April's Monthly Chapter Meeting, Paul Puma (AFTU Veterans Service Partnership Coordinator/AFTU Vice President), arranged for a very informative program on Project Healing Waters by lead program representative Mr. Jim Gilmartin. Thanks to Paul for sharing work-in-progress with this patriotic group.
Upper Carmans River gets habitat enhancement: construction of second Fish Ladder...
PHOTOS BY PHIL KEE