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Get your tickets today for our Annual Banquet - SAT 3/23!

posted Mar 7, 2019, 3:46 PM by Michael Iris   [ updated Mar 7, 2019, 3:49 PM ]

Order your tickets now online using this link: 2019 Banquet Tickets!

Date:     
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Place:    Perona Farms, 350 Andover-Sparta Road, Andover NJ
Time:     Cocktail Hour with Open Bar 6:00pm – 7:00pm,                                     Dinner 7:30pm
Price:     $70.00 per person 
  • 1 Hour Open Bar   
  • Bucket Raffles
  • Silent Auctions
  • Card Raffles
  • 50/50 Raffle
 
  • Fishing Gear
  • Rods/Reels
  • 750+ Fly Box
  • Guided Trips
  • Jewelry

"The Trout" Print - Buy Artwork and 5% Donated to TU!

posted Feb 2, 2019, 8:36 AM by Michael Iris

https://chigirie.com/shop/


I’m a freelance artist, travel journalist, and photographer and I founded a Japanese paper art business 25 years.

 

The original was made using an art form known as Chigirie, Japanese Torn Paper Collage Art, with 50 or more torn pieces of pre-dyed Washi paper layered to give that watercolor-like appeal. Prints are available in three sizes: 11” x 14”, 12” x 18”, and 16” x 20” (plus shipping) and will be printed (custom-orders) on Archival Fine Art Paper using Archival Pigment Ink. The prints will be shipped to the buyer within 14 days. Visit chigirie.com/shop for additional details.

 

I will donate 5% of the sales to Trout Unlimited and 5% to Casting for Recovery.

 

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for your interest.

 

Regards,

 

Joan Mead-Matsui

Award-Winning Freelance Journalist

Photographer and Videographer

(570) 466-0293 (Cell)

joanmatsuitravelwriter.com (Travel)

chigirie.com (Art)

2019 Fly Tying Classes - Join Us!

posted Jan 9, 2019, 7:30 AM by Michael Iris

Too cold to go to the river to fly fish this winter? Stay indoors and learn how to tie flies. This is a rewarding skill that every fly fisherman should possess! So, sign up now for the Fred S. Burroughs North Jersey Trout Unlimited Fly Tying Classes.

When you learn to tie flies, you also learn a lot about the insects you are trying to imitate. You will learn how your flies behave in the water and how to fish them. You will learn about the life cycles of the insects trout eat and how to tie the different life stages of the insects.

At the end of this 7 week class, you will understand the insect life in the rivers and what insects the trout eat. You will learn the difference between a mayfly, a caddis fly, and a stone fly. Understanding simple entomology of a trout stream will help you tie the right flies to help you catch more trout. Learning to tie your own flies will not only give you that education but also reward you by catching a trout on a fly you tied yourself.

In our Beginning Fly Tying Class, we start with the very basics. We teach you how to use fly tying tools, teach you about tying materials, and teach you proper basic skills. Each of the 7 week classes builds upon the techniques taught in the last class. You will learn how to tie popular flies that actually catch fish. We provide the materials and tools for you to use during the beginner class.

Our Intermediate Fly Tying Class focusses on more complex flies, tying tips and tricks, and enhancing basic skills. Intermediate students should bring their own vices, tools, and materials. The classes start on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 and run 7 consecutive Tuesdays until March 19, 2019. Snow days are built on the end of the classes if needed. Classes begin at 7 pm and end at 9 pm. Classes are held at the Sparta VFW, located at 66 Main Street, Sparta, NJ. Call Sue Reed at 201-207-0928 or email her at sbreed@optonline.net. Students under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

January 16, 2019 - Chapter Speaker, Tim Flagler of Tight Lines Productions. Topic: "Fishing Argentina".

posted Jan 3, 2019, 4:17 PM by Michael Iris

About Tim: Fishing has always been a big part of Sam's life, whether it's getting out on the boat off the Jersey coast to target Mahi Mahi and Striped bass, in a canoe with his fishing dog TJ, or exploring Adirondack mountain streams for Brook Trout. From the moment he caught his first trout from the Flatbrook on a self tied sulphur dry fly he was hooked.


Highschool accelerated Sam's fly fishing abilities where he was enrolled in natural resources and outdoor recreation classes.  These classes included learning about macroinvertebrates and visiting the river daily. The class has a yearly fly fishing trip to the Adirondacks where he fished several rivers including the Ausable, Saranac, and St. Regis.

In college, Sam was in the Trout Bums fly fishing club at SUNY ESF in Syracuse where he earned a B.S. Environmental Science with a focus in sustainable energy. Being close to the Salmon river he enjoyed catching salmon and steelhead on quick trips after classes.  On spring breaks it was south bound to the Florida keys to fish for bonefish and tarpon.

TJ stands for Trout Junky and that's exactly what Sam's dog is. TJ’s first time fishing as a pup he fell asleep in the net to see how the trout feel. He loves making new friends on the river and giving each trout an inspection sniff.  Streamside naps are great to save energy for when Sam calls out “TJ fish,” then the excitement is on.

Big Thanks - Paulins Kill Clean Up

posted Nov 13, 2018, 3:10 PM by Michael Iris

This past Saturday, the North Jersey chapter of Trout Unlimited held a very successful clean-up event along several upper sections of the Paulins Kill river.  This event is part of a broader Paulins Kill watershed clean-up taking place at multiple locations that includes other TU chapters, as well as The Nature Conservancy and the SCMUA Wallkill River Watershed Management Group.  


After meeting for coffee and donuts, our volunteers cleaned-up two critical locations in Augusta and Lafayette, as well as the parking area at the trail head on the Hyper Humus property.   


We enjoyed the time together and made a direct, lasting impact on the Paulins Kill and surrounding area, removing 10+ extra large bags of trash, plus a tire and a rubber car bumper.  Our efforts will also be appreciated by users of the Great Valley trail, the Sussex Branch trail, and the Paulins Kill Valley trail.    


Special thank-you to our 9 eager volunteers:  Dan Rodriguez, Dean Blumetti, Frank Abrusia, Fred Brindopke, Jan Beliveau, JoAnne Beliveau, Joe Devenney, Paul Bielecki, Phyllis Ianniello.  





Help New Jersey Project Win in Orvis and TU Online Contest

posted Nov 8, 2018, 9:06 AM by Michael Iris   [ updated Nov 11, 2018, 3:18 PM ]

GIVE WHERE YOU FISH!
Help New Jersey Project Win a Share of $50,000 from Orvis & TU
in the Embrace A Stream Challenge Running Now Through Nov. 11

Dear New Jersey TU Members,

Please join Orvis and Trout Unlimited in helping a great New Jersey project unlock a share of the $50,000 prize pool we've put together to support their work!

The Embrace A Stream Challenge is a fun, week-long online competition encouraging all of us to “Give Where You Fish” and support local TU projects making the future of fishing better in 19 states across the country. The premise is simple, Orvis and TU have each put up $25,000 and invited volunteer-led projects to compete to win their share of the funds... But they need your help to win.

Here in New Jersey, the Ridge & Valley Chapter has embarked on a project to restore over one mile of Lopatcong Creek, a  wild and native trout spring creek.

This great project has already received a grant from TU's Embrace A Stream program, but now through Nov. 11, you can help the project directly by going to www.embraceastream.org and donating $10 or more. Every dollar donated goes directly to that TU chapter project, and your gift can help the chapter unlock matching funds and additional cash prizes of $100 to $1,000 for their work.

For example, Orvis and TU are offering a 50-cent match for every dollar raised up to $1,000, and the chapter with the most donations will win a $1,000 cash prize! There are more than 150 different prizes and match offers, meaning every donation – no matter the size – counts and your $10 donation could mean an additional $100, $500, $1,000 or more in funding for the projects that you choose!

Don’t wait! Donate today at www.embraceastream.org and help Orvis give back to the rivers – and the sport of fly fishing – that we all care so deeply about.

Since 1975, TU’s Embrace A Stream program has awarded more than $4.7 million in grants to over 1,100 local chapter projects that bring TU’s mission to the local level.

Have A Local Trout Stream You Want to "Embrace"?
Do you have a local stream you want to make better, or know of an area where river restoration is needed to improve habitat?

Reach out to your local TU chapter to start the conversation and see if applying for an Embrace A Stream grant for your stream is a good fit for next year! You can find your local TU chapter here: https://www.tu.org/connect/chapters-councils-near-you

We'll begin accepting applications for the 2019 Embrace A Stream program in March!

Thanks for all you do for TU!

Jeff Yates
Director of Volunteer Operations
Trout Unlimited
jyates@tu.org
(203) 216-7078

11/03/2018 - NJ Fly Fisherman of the Year - Banquet

posted Oct 19, 2018, 4:41 PM by Michael Iris

The banquet follows a full day of competitive fly fishing and is hosted on behalf of NJ State Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Preregistration only. The silent auction is a event in itself and a great way to support TU.


Sad News - Passing of Susan Zeeck

posted Sep 24, 2018, 11:32 AM by Michael Iris

We are very sad to share the news of the passing of Susan Zeeck, wife of Glen Zeeck, our TU Chapter past President and current Social Chairman. Funeral arrangements for Friday 9/28 can be found here: http://bit.ly/2O4HDeq 

2018 Salmon River Trip - November 9 - 11, 2018

posted Sep 23, 2018, 3:57 PM by Michael Iris   [ updated Sep 23, 2018, 5:03 PM ]


Mark you calendar for this coming November's annual Steelhead fishing weekend in Up-State New York. We will stay at the Fox Hollow Salmon River Lodge near Altmar/Pineville, NY. 

Friday November 9 to Sunday, November 11.

The Chapter Trip is open to all members members and friends. We are renting two cabins, good for about 12-14 participants. If necessary, overflow can be accommodated in the Lodge. 

For newcomers, car pooling is commonly practiced, and help with getting started on the famous Salmon River will be provided to the asking. Come and try your skills at catching one of these magnificent fighting fish. We stay two nights and return on Sunday, November 11.

You can find current information on fishing the Salmon River in Up-State New York at https://whitakers.com/

Call Greg Luty 201-280-5412 or email gluty@ptd.net for details and sign-up.

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posted Dec 28, 2017, 8:08 AM by Mike Balogh   [ updated Dec 10, 2018, 12:56 PM by Michael Iris ]

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