What do you think, winter or spring? Seems like every day the weather pendulum is swinging back and forth and keeping us confused. The bright side is this winter has had a surprising number of beautiful weekends to get out on the water - people have been on the Connetquot all season, as well as the Farmington and Croton. And everyone is catching! I'm going to make New Jersey rivers my new area of exploration this late winter - chasing those blue lines on google maps!
There is a big spring ahead of us folks: 1) March 4 and 11 we have the casting clinics where everyone is encouraged to send your friends (so you don't have to spend a whole day teaching them how to fish! I sent my parents and two close friends last year). 2) March 18th is the Long Island Fly Fishing Expo (liffexpo.org) to which we've all been looking forward - give yourself some hours here to watch over twenty fly-tiers teach you some tricks, make some purchases, or view some presentations - I'm definitely catching "Pike on the Fly" and "Saltwater Fly Fishing in Jamaica Bay". 3) March 25 we have the Carlls River cleanup - for those of you who don't know, the Carlls is our largest watershed outside the Connetquot and hosts some reproducing trout and plenty of stockies. Come help this local water - we need you there! Put in a few hours and feel good about helping a beautiful river. 4) April TBD will be a cleanup on Alley Pond Creek in Queens - I know a lot of you are from the city or work there - now's your chance to help out the only cold water stream in NYC clean enough to support trout.
On top of all these wonderful programs, we have with two spots vacant for the DEC Summer Camp this year. We sponsor two youngsters - ages 11 to 17 - to go for a week of archery, hiking, nature studies, camping, fishing etc. Don't you want your kids or friends' kids to experience a week in the catskills or adirondacks? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have some possible candidates. Learn more at http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/29.html.
Finally, thank you to Jeff Plackis and Garth Pettinger for an excellent presentation on the conservation and water rights issues facing the Delaware River - a real complex and interesting battle that's been going on for over 100 years between NYC, NY, PA, NJ and DE. Thankfully we have stewards like these two, trying to keep NYC to its word!
Monthly meetings are held the third tuesday of every month at the VFW in Hicksville at 7:30pm.
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Carlls River Cleanup
March 25th, 2017 - 9:00 AM
We will be conducting a cleanup of the Carlls River, the largest watershed west of the Connetquot and Nissequogue, on March 25th. Volunteers are to please meet at the Park Avenue Tennis Courts (approx 116 Park Ave) in Babylon at 9AM. Please email Mike Russel at email@example.com if you are interested in participating. Waders are necessary. Please come out and help - this river needs our help! Everyone is welcome, you don't even need to be a TU member - come enjoy this beautiful park and make it a bit more beautiful. Family friendly.
Alley Creek Cleanup
April 8, 2017 - 2:00pm
This will be a joint venture with the NYC Chapter of TU to work on a NYC stream! Alley Creek is within Alley Pond Park in Queens, NY - the cleanup will focus on the stream section north of the Long Island Expressway. Meeting point TBD. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Chris Aigner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Waders are necessary.
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Long Island Chapter of Trout Unlimited
C/O Tom LoProto
68 Murray Dr.
Westbury, NY 11590
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About Our Chapter
The Long Island Chapter of Trout Unlimited is a group of men and women whose focus is to restore and conserve Long Island's coldwater fisheries. Our 400+ members are mostly from the Nassau & Suffolk County regions of New York. Our chapter holds regular meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of every month except July & August. We focus on important conservation issues at these meetings, and also leave some time aside at the end of our meeting to have an entertaining guest speaker. We also hold our Annual Banquet in April.
We get involved in Trout in the Classroom, DEC Camps for youths, stream cleanups, resource management, fundraising campaigns, adopt a service person, and other activities which ensure healthy watersheds for our children and their children. Please visit our website periodically as we will provide continous updates about our different initiatives, offer exciting raffles, and inform you about important events.