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**** Congratulations to George Costa; raffle winner of the L. L. Bean Fly Rod To Benefit "Project Healing Waters" ****
Artwork Donated to TU by James Prosek
~ December 2016 ~
It seems like only yesterday that we were all counting down the days until the opening day of a new Trout Season. The season has now past, and we are in the final month of the year. What a year 2016 has been! Who knows what the next year will bring. I do know one thing, another opening day will come, and we will all be back on the river. The fish will be rising and all will be right, at least in those magical moments as a trout inhales our fly with that knowing tug.
Our November meeting should have left all the attendees something to think about …Where our chapter has been, and where it should be headed. We discussed the issue of the proposed regulations that would eliminate the “Catch and Release” section of the Carmans River above the Power Lines. The members in attendance voted unanimously for the current “Catch and Release” section. The need for improvements in enforcement of the current regulations, and those of the Park need to be addressed. I will be forwarding our chapter’s formal opinion of these regulations with our Boards input to the New York State DEC. We also discussed opportunities & ways individual members could make an impact on our conservation and education efforts. Mentioned were small things like mentoring kids, and sharing flies with new comers.
Our meeting in December is always a big event. It is our “Annual Holiday Party”. We will have food, games, great raffle prizes and will be drawing for a Doug Ernst built bamboo fly rod. Doug is currently putting his finishing touches on the rod, and it will be a beauty. Tickets are sold out; it has been a great success. All members are welcome and encouraged to bring dessert, a covered dish, and any items they wish to contribute to the raffle. If any member wishes to share: a fishing story, a new place they discovered or an old one, please do we all like to hear about why you think that river is special. The meeting will be held Monday, December 12th at 7:30 PM at the Brookhaven Town Recreation Center in Blue Point, N.Y.
The holiday season is one of joy and thanksgiving; please remember those who are less fortunate. It is the season of giving, and I find that helping others is most rewarding. From the Board members to all of you have a Happy Holiday Season and be Safe!
Tom Walsh, President
AFTU President Tom Walsh with his new Black Lab puppy... or soon to be angling partner!
*September 23, 2016 marked the 5th Annual "Day in the Life of the Carmans River" celebration in which more than 500
William Floyd School District students took part in examining the Carmans River and collecting scientific data. The results are
being monitored by Office of Education of Brookhaven National Lab, The Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning Council and
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services. Pictured below: Electro Fishing by NYS DEC Fresh Water Fisheries group in preparation for
arriving students surveying the upper river biomass.
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