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Art Flick Chapter Trout Unlimited

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

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Posted:  November 14, 2018 / 15:23 Hrs. for Douglas Ernst / email:  dougsbugs2[at]gmail.com

 

  "After tying Saturday"

 If anyone is interested Chuck Neuner is extending and invitation to go over to Swan (East Lake) Patchogue after fly tying. (East lake is about 1/2 mile East of the library on North side of  Montauk Highway), for a  short bamboo rod get-together; just bring your bamboo rods to show and cast. This will be a good opportunity to get a good look at and cast some different bamboo fly rods.  Thanks Doug



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~  NOVEMBER 2018  ~

 

     The conservation, preservation, and restoration of the Carmans River are and have been a top priority of our chapter since we were chartered in 1983. It is with a sad heart that I must report this news. Our most pressing conservation issue at the present time is the siltation of the Carmans River in Southaven County Park below the Lower Yaphank Lake impoundment. The town of Brookhaven had been permitted to draw down the water level by removal of boards that impound the river in preparation for the dredging project aimed at invasive weed removal and increased water depth in the lake for recreational use. The plan was to rebuild the dam with fish passage.  

The local Yaphank residents are strongly opposed to any proposal to remove the dam and let the river return to its natural character. DEC had issued the work permit for the project with parameters for turbidity in the river below the impoundment. Brookhaven town officials had installed a turbidity meter below the impoundment to monitor and maintain the level within the acceptable parameters set by NY State DEC. Repeated reports of high turbidity to Brookhaven Town and DEC officials were dismissed with the explanation that the levels were within the allowable parameters as reference by the data recorded by the turbidity meter. It was later determined that the turbidity meter had been malfunctioning and consequently there has been a major infiltration of silt into the river below the impoundment. The worst silt deposits have collected in the first half mile between the impoundment and the weir at the railroad trestle. The silt has covered the gravel used by the native brook trout for spawning redds and is accumulated in thick deposits along the banks.

The dredging project is presently on hold and some of the dam boards were replaced thus increasing the water level in the lake while a course of action is being determined. Tracy Brown, TU Northeastern Restoration Coordinator, has agreed to come and assess the situation and hopefully assist with recommendations on how to help mitigate this problem. The Carmans River Partnership meeting is planned for November 9th, 9:30 AM at the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge. Participants will include local politicians and officials, representatives from the Federal Wildlife Service, NY State DEC, Pine Barrens Commission, and several other environmental organizations to discuss current issues with the Carmans River. Hopefully we can get answers to many of our questions about ongoing plans for the project and more importantly, proposed plans to mitigate the siltation problem.

On a brighter note, fall fishing has been quite good. Although trout fishing in Southaven County Park is closed until April 1st, there are many other opportunities to catch trout. Fall is a great time to head up to the Great Lakes tributaries for salmon, steelhead and big brown trout. It is usually crowded by anglers hoping to catch these trophy sized salmonids. The crowds begin to lessen as the weather gets colder and hunting season opens. NYS DEC has recently stocked many of our local lakes and tidal waters with brown trout. A valid Marine Registry is required to fish the tidal waters. Connetquot State Park has been fishing well and gives us the opportunity to catch big trout right near home. Consider bringing a kid, your spouse, or anyone that thinks fly fishing is too difficult. Connetquot is a good place for a beginner to “get their feet wet” as entry level skills can still provide fun and excitement of hooking a nice sized trout. Contact Lyle Finger if you would like to fish Connetquot State Park with us on the third Tuesday of each month.

A shout out goes to board member Michael Barger for his youth engagement activities. Michael has headed an initiative to engage Art Flick with the local Girl Scouts of America. Our first event was earlier this month and included tying flies, casting, and fishing at their camp. The event was deemed a success by the scout leaders reporting that the girls were so engaged that not a single mobile phone came out of their pockets. We plan to follow up with additional events including having the girls participate in our annual Carmans River cleanup event, tree plantings and other environmental and recreational events. Michael has also working with Eagle Scout Aiden Donnelly to install monofilament recycling receptacles at several locations.

This month’s meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 13th. Guest speaker will be Ed Hill, CEO of FisherGuiding.com whose goal is to make angling more accessible to everyone while focusing on conservation of the water we fish. Ed will be speaking to us about how Fisher Guiding is playing a growing role in how the fishing industry is modernizing.

Paul Puma / President

 


Posted 11/7/2018***  
     WEST BRANCH ANGLER RESORT TRIP WEEKEND SET FOR JUNE 7th.~JUNE 9th. 2019

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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!

 

SEEKING A NEXT GENERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDS…

AFTU BOY SCOUTS/GIRL SCOUTS COORDINATOR Michael Barger has thus far had a busy fall working with both of these organizations to coordinate or facilitate programs which seed or support a potential new generation of Environmental Stewards for the waters & fisheries that are so dear to us.  Mike was delighted to be approached earlier this summer by a young man by the name of Aiden Donnelly who was already heavily engaged in Eagle Scout Projects focused on protecting the natural environment, and in need of outside support to sustain his merit work.  Aiden's most recent environmental work was in the Recycling of Monofilament Fishing Line.     
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 ***NEWSWORTHY...   "MAJOR VICTORY FOR RIVERS AND CLEAN WATER" announced...  >>>READ ABOUT IT HERE<<<

  NEWSDAY reports on "YAPHANK LAKE DRAINING HALTED AFTER SEDIMENT FLOWS INTO CARMANS RIVER"... >>>CLICK TO READ<<<

 NEWS12 Long Island TV : "Environmentalists: Lake project has 'significant impact' on LI's native trout"...>>>CLICK TO VIEW<<< 

 Long Island Advance: 11/15/2018  "Locals request 'Gate Keeper' group for river restoration"  story by Randall  Waszynski ...>>>CLICK for story<<<

 

 

 


 

  ***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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 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.

 


  ***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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   WHEN WINTER & ANGLING WITHDRAWL SET IN... 

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   IT'S JUST WHAT WE DO...

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Newsflash

 

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

  

IN MEMORIAM:     It is with heavy heart we share with you the sad news of the sudden passing of Chapter Member Chris Visco’s wife, Peggy, on Wednesday morning 14th November 2018.  Our prayers & sincere condolences to Chris, his son Travis, daughter Brianna, and grandchildren, Jackson, Harper & Benjamin in your loss.

 

Funeral info: viewing at Robertaccio Funeral Home, 85 Medford Avenue, Patchogue, New York, Friday, November 16th. from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm.    Mass service Saturday, November 17th. at 9:15 at Saint Sylvesters Church in Medford, New York.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the North Shore Animal League in her name.  "The only thing Peggy loved more than her grandchildren were animals."

 

 

* READ THE LATEST MONTHLY CHAPTER NEWSLETTER PUBLISHED 11/10/2018... >>> NOVEMBER 2018 RED QUILL NEWSLETTER<<<