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Art Flick Chapter Trout Unlimited

 

    "The wildlife and its habitat can not speak, so we must and we will" 
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Theodore Roosevelt

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*CORRECTION... CONGRATULATIONS TO AFTU MEMBER BILL SHERIDAN ON THE WINNING BAMBOO ROD RAFFLE TICKET  DRAWN AT TUESDAY'S MONTHLY CHAPTER MEETING, OCTOBER  9TH.  WE HOPE THE ROD BRINGS YOU MANY PLEASURABLE HOURS * 


   

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~  OCTOBER 2018  ~

 

     I’d like to thank Chris Visco for sharing with us his presentation on his recent trip to Iceland for our September meeting. He did a great job and it was enjoyed by all. It’s nice to see and hear about fishing in places that many of us may never see or that may inspire us to plan that big trip.

The draining of the impoundment at Lilly Lake (Lower Yaphank Lake) on the Carman’s River has been in process since August. Many of you may have noted the turbidity in the river during the month of September. We are assured by the Town of Brookhaven and NYS DEC that the levels are being monitored and remain within the allowable parameters. More information to follow.

Many good things are happening this year for AFTU. September 21st was the annual “Day in the Life of the Carman’s River” event in which students from several schools in the local area spent the day at various locations on the river exploring the habitat, sampling the water and stream bottom, identifying the flora and fauna of the river ecosystem, collecting data, and sharing it on the website: https://www.portaltodiscovery.org/aday/carmans/index.htm. Doug Ernst, Michael Barger, John Vatalaro, Phil Kee, George Costa, and Tony Ertola all participated helping the kids learn about the river. You can see some pics on our chapter’s website www.artflicktu.org.

Connetquot fishing continues to be excellent. We’ve had good participation with our monthly outings on the third Tuesday of each month. If you’d like to join us on our exclusive fishing days, contact Lyle Finger, our Connetquot Fishing event coordinator.

Plans are in the works for a day of fly casting, fly tying, and fishing at Connetquot with the Girl Scouts of America. Michael Barger will give us an update at the meeting this month. If you’d like to get involved, give him a shout.

Stay tuned for more information on improving the habitat for the trout on the Carman’s River. Plans are in progress and we will be beginning work in March, 2019.

October will start our free Saturday fly tying sessions coordinated by Doug Ernst. No experience or equipment necessary. Contact Doug if you’d like to join us at the Patchogue Medford Library on any or all of the first 3 Saturday’s of each month from October thru March. You will learn and have fun too. Doug is also coordinating our annual fishing trip to the West Branch Angler in June. More details at the meeting.

October’s presenter will be Jeff Yates from TU National. Jeff will give us a presentation on fishing for Landlocked Atlantic Salmon on the Naugatuck River in Connecticut. This is one that you won’t want to miss. Hot dogs will be served. Bring a friend or family member along with you. Some of our members will be there early (7pm) to tie some flies and share fishing stories. We will have nice general raffle prizes and the Bamboo Rod will be raffled off too. Your purchase of raffle tickets helps to support our chapter’s mission. Come on down and join the fun. Meeting starts promptly at 7:30 PM.

See you there!

Paul Puma - President
 


Posted 10/6/2018***LATEST NEWS FROM THE AFTU BOARD OF DIRECTORS... AFTU member George Sudlow joins the Board of Directors to round out a full number of Officers & Leader Members as chartered.  The BoD nominated Mr. Sudlow at its October 4th 2018 monthly meeting to fill the vacancy.  Congratulations to George!

  


 

IN THE SPOT LIGHT... "Youth Education"... AFTU Member Joe D'Ambrosi at the AFTU booth sharing his fly tying knowledge during the "Annual Pine Barren's Day" held at the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley, New York.  It is a fun family day bringing all closer to Nature and associated outdoor activities.

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  Annual "Day in the Life of Carmans River Celebration"... AFTU volunteers, and other participating organizations work with local educators & students teaching them about the river system and its environmental importance to Long Island.

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    PHOTO: AFTU Member Tony Ertola looks on as Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward Romaine addresses a class of 4th Graders from Charles E. Walters Elementary School on Upper Lake/Carmans River history and this special day.

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    PHOTO: One of the numerous 4th Grade Classes with their faculty (Charles E. Walters Elementary School) pose with Brookhaven Town Supervisor Edward Romaine who visited with some of the participants on the day.
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    PHOTO: High School level students collect biomass sample from Upper Lake/Carmans River for annual data collection.
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    PHOTO: High School students sweep netting lake bottom for samples
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    PHOTO: High School class with faculty member surveying/collecting biomass data along side Upper Lake/Carmans River dam
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    PHOTO: (L-R) AFTU Member Phil Kee and NYS DEC L.I. Regional Environmental Educator Ron Gelardi work a seine net to collect river impoundment specimens for 4th Graders awaiting shoreside for their day's data collection.
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    PHOTO: Final sweep of the seine net... starting shoreward closure and sample capture... 4th graders did the discovery and identification of fish brought to net.  Nothing but smiles & excitement as they handled the specimens!

   


 

 ***NEWSWORTHY...   "MAJOR VICTORY FOR RIVERS AND CLEAN WATER" announced...  >>>READ ABOUT IT HERE<<<



  ***STREAM IMPROVEMENTS UNDERWAY...

June 14, 2018
Reported by: Tony Ertola
 

Your tax deductible contributions at work…
 
Four coir logs were installed today by AFTU volunteers at “The Island” in Southaven County Park between blinds 11 and 12. The log diverter that has been present for a great many years had deteriorated to the point where the river was flowing over and through it rather than being diverted into the small pool on the opposite side of the island. The installation of the coir logs immediately improved the flow through the pool. The additional benefit of the coir logs is that they will trap seeds floating down the river and vegetate with native plants and trees. This will provide shade and protection for the brook trout from predatory birds.
 
With additional contributions we will continue to improve the habitat for our native brook trout on the Carman’s River.
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    PHOTO: TONY ERTOLA
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 STREAM IMPROVEMENTS:  "COLLECTIVE THINKING MINDS, RESOURCES & EFFORTS MAKE IT HAPPEN" 

    REPORTED AUGUST 29, 2018 BY AFTU PROJECT LEADER TONY ERTOLA

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 >>>CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL PICTURE GALLERY<<<

    ***CONGRATULATIONS TO PROJECT LEADER TONY ERTOLA, THE SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS AND THE MANY VOLUNTEERS WHO MADE RECONSTRUCTION OF E WING DAM DEFLECTORS A REALITY IN 2018!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT ON A JOB WELL DONE!!!***

-->READ MORE ON THE COMPLETED WING DAM DEFLECTORS FROM OUR SUPPORTING CONSERVATION PARTNERS  "THEODORE GORDON FLYFISHERS" AND THEIR VICE PRESIDENT OF CONSERVATION, CHUCK NEUNER...>>> SEE PAGE 12 <<< ALSO LEARN MORE ABOUT OTHER CONSERVATION INITIATIVES THE GROUP SUPPORTS.  WE ARE EXTREMELY THANKFUL FOR ORGANIZATIONS LIKE TGF.

 


    THE BRAGGING BOARD...

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   AFTU President Paul Puma with his Canadian Guide showing one of the many Bull Trout landed while visiting our
  northern neighbors this summer...

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   AFTU member Craig Woody's favorite pastime... an Alaskan summer adventure.  Here shown with a fresh Pacific Salmon.
  We can't wait to hear more about his adventure when he returns...

 


  ***MARK YOUR CALENDARS...

 

 

   FALL IS HERE, THE CLOSE OF ANOTHER TROUT SEASON, AND THOSE COLD WINTER DAYS NOT FAR BEHIND... IT'S NOT TO EARLY TO THINK ABOUT REPLENTISHING THOSE LOST, WORN OR NEEDED FLY PATTERNS.  AFTU RESUMES ITS SATURDAY MORNING FLY TYING SESSIONS STARTING IN OCTOBER.  MAKE THIS THE YEAR YOU LEARN A NEW CRAFT... COME JOIN THE GANG ONE SATURDAY MORNING, YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!  

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   LEARN MORE...   >>>TELL ME MORE ABOUT FLY TYING<<<

 

   WHEN WINTER & ANGLING WITHDRAWL SET IN... 

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   IT'S JUST WHAT WE DO...

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                                                                                                              Art Work Donated by James Prosek


 

 

 

 

 

Newsflash

 

*Angling Humorist   >>>Hank Patterson Explains TU To Some Newbies<<<

 

* READ THE LATEST MONTHLY CHAPTER NEWSLETTER... >>> OCTOBER 2018 RED QUILL NEWSLETTER<<<