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Artwork Donated to TU by James Prosek
"THINGS WE TAKE FOR GRANTED"
~ March 2017 ~
We all make mental lists of things we expect never to change and expect to always be there. Many of us in our foolish thinking include clean air and water. After all, our simple logic tells us…I can breathe the air and when I turn on the faucet, clean water flows, right? Maybe not, chemical pollutants are in our water supply, increasing all the time, and air quality indexes were created for similar reasons.
Forty years ago, we were up in arms about acid rain, and the deadly impact on native brook trout populations in the Adirondack Mountains. The cause was attributed to Coal Fired Power Plants used to provide cheap energy to the Midwest and those factories that required cheap power and cheap labor in order to operate. The true cost of cheap energy was the damage to the downwind population centers on the east coast with increased lung disease and diminished water quality. We all know the rest of the story, don’t we? We lived the era and know the history! The “EPA” was established and the “Clean Air Act” was passed. With time, even Lake Erie’s water quality improved. The brook trout still remain stressed, but have made a significant come back in their northern habitats. The factories, some have closed with some workers losing their jobs, but mostly due to economic conditions and the advent of automation. In fact, I read last week that Bill Gates thinks robots should be taxed like workers! Fabulous idea, then the robots will move overseas to avoid taxes and those factories will close.
There is no simple solution to a complex problem… only complex solutions to the problem. The 19th century agrarian society is dead and the 20th century golden age of industry is turning into another failed cause. Technology seems to be the answer, but education is the means needed to make it work. Education and skills can be used as one word, too many liberal arts graduates, and not enough skilled people entering the work force. Problem and solution can be expressed in one word. Still we need not to sacrifice the air we breathe and the water we drink & fish in for some Revisionist view of life. Life moves on, societies advance, people change and hopefully for the better. We are the advocates for the environment, the custodians of the natural resources we have inherited. If we do not take these things seriously then we have no one else to blame when we have nothing left, and leave a mess for our children. So be part of the solution!
This month’s meeting Program will be a first for Art Flick TU, we will be having a swap meet! Bring your: unused, used & surplus tackle or fly tying materials and see what everyone else has to swap or sell. I am not sure how this will work and will be the first to admit it, but let us all try it. Tickets for the Chuck Neuner Bamboo fly rod raffle, 6’9” 3weight, will be available for sale, don’t miss out on these LIMITED tickets. We also have some nice goodies for the General Raffle of the evening. Volunteers are needed for the L.I. Fly Fishing Expo on the 18th of March and the sign up for the annual clean up to be held 25th of March. Lastly, deposits are now due on the West Branch trip, see Doug Ernst for details.
Our meeting will be held March 13 at the Blue Point Town Recreation Center at 7:30 pm. The center is on Montauk Highway just east of Nicholls Road. I am looking forward to seeing everyone there. Opening day is getting closer!
Tom Walsh, President
******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. STARTING FEBRUARY 6TH TICKETS WILL FIRST BE AVAILABLE AT OUR CHAPTER MEETING(S) FOR MEMBERS & CHAPTER FRIENDS IN ATTENDANCE... AND THEN LATER THROUGH OTHER OUTLETS TO COMPLETE THE RAFFLE.
What better way to ward off a case of Winter's Cabin Fever than to spend an early Saturday morning fly tying with old & new friends. Come join the AFTU regulars for a session of fly tying... no experience needed, just a desire to learn a new art form... and help fill your fly boxes for the up-coming season. Still a few weeks remaining to try your hands at crafting a few flies for Spring!
AFTU Group Leader, Doug Ernst, demonstrates weaving a floss nymph pattern for the fly pattern of the week.
BREAK THE WINTER CABIN FEVER... GET AN EARLY START ON SPRING
COME JOIN IN A DAY OF THE ARTS OF FLY FISHING... STOP BY THE
AFTU BOOTH TO SAY HELLO