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  DEC Announces Public Meeting Series on "Trout Stream Management " in New York State...
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                                                                                                                                                                    Artwork Donated to TU by James Prosek


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~  SEPTEMBER 2017  ~ 


 The dog days of summer are coming to an end. The mornings are now cool and crisp with the hint of approaching autumn.  I look forward to the changing leaves and a burning fire in the woodstove.  I love the Fall, not so much for the fishing, but more so the change in weather and something else not easily put into words.

Speaking of change, the chapter’s Board of Directors has some new faces and personalities this year.  The change brings some new ideas and ambitions for the months, and years ahead. We plan to get going on the stream improvement projects on the Carman’s River in Southaven Park.  The plan for the reconstruction of the wing dams in Southaven Park that has been lingering for the past few years will hopefully become a reality in 2018.  Our Youth Education activities under the direction of John Vatalaro will be expanded to include working with the Boy Scouts of America, and increased involvement with the local schools.  AFTU Vice President Paul Puma will be planning some chapter social activities for us to have some fun together.  We also plan to “Work & Play” together with our sibling chapter, Long Island TU. On that note, LITU chapter will be having their Annual National Conservation Banquet on Friday evening, November 3rd.  This will be a great opportunity to meet some of our brothers and sisters in TU, show our support, and have some fun.  You can find out more details at their website:

Another change under consideration is changing the day of the week for our monthly meeting.  We have been meeting on Mondays since the chapter began many years ago and I know some members will be opposed this change. Please consider the reasons that I am proposing this change.  One reason is that some holidays fall on Mondays and force us to change the meeting date. Even though the date change is announced, the attendance at the rescheduled meetings are lower than the regularly scheduled meetings.  Another reason is that we are competing with Monday night football.  And lastly, increasingly members often go away for long weekends and miss the meeting.  I believe Tuesdays are a much better choice. Although there are certainly other factors, two other local organizations (LITU and LIFR) that meet on Tuesdays have much better attendance.  The second Tuesday of the month will not interfere with their meetings. Please drop me email and let me know if this will make a difference in your attendance.  If you will not be able to make the meetings due to this change, I want to know about it.  If you presently cannot make meetings on Mondays, but would attend on Tuesdays, I want to know that too. If the change is accepted and approved, it would not start until 2018.

The next chapter meeting will be Monday, September 11th 7:30 pm.  Our guest speaker will be our own Ed Zero giving us a presentation on his fishing trip to Alaska which I understand will be not only informative, but very entertaining as well! If you can come early, you can cast the newly released Orvis “Helios 3” fly rods.  Dan Damiani, Fly Fishing Manager of Orvis in Garden City, NY will be there with the latest in Orvis technology in rods about 6: PM on the baseball field behind the Rec Center.

So, come on down and join us. We will feed you, entertain you, and take your money for some great raffle prizes.  You can share some fishing stories and adventures from the summer. Bring your spouse or a friend along too. See you there! 


Tight lines!!

        Tony Ertola,  President




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 WEEKLY PHOTOS:  AFTU members were treated to a casting session of Orvis Company's recently released "Orvis Helios3" series fly rod before the Chapter's September monthly meeting.  Dan Damiani, Fishing Manager of Orvis Company store in Garden City, NY brought a sampling of the new rods as well as other models for comparative casting, etc.  AFTU members welcomed the opportunity to test cast their newest edition to Orvis' line of rods...

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