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Sad News - Richard Hennings

posted Jan 24, 2020, 6:56 AM by Michael Iris


We say a final good bye and tight lines to Richard W. Hennings, 77, of Milford, Pa., who passed away Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, after a long illness. He was previously a resident of Vernon, N.J. 

Richard was an avid fly fisherman and loved being outdoors. He was a member of the Fred S. Burroughs North Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; Fred S. Burroughs North Jersey Chapter, Trout Unlimited, PO Box 671, Sparta, NJ 07871; and the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.pinkelfuneralhome.com.

HOFNOD Team Leader Training

posted Jan 18, 2020, 6:36 AM by Michael Iris

The Division of Fish & Wildlife will host a 2-day Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs (HOFNOD) leader training May 15-17, 2020, at the Lighthouse Center for Natural Resource Education in Ocean County.

HOFNOD is a great way to introduce youth to fishing, their local waters and other natural resources while supporting positive outdoor recreation and life skills. This workshop is for adult staff and volunteers of youth-centered organizations looking to offer an  youth fishing program. The program is flexible enough to be tailored to fit most organizations.

Registration is required and due by May 1, 2020.

For more information about this training, visit the HOFNOD Team Leader Training announcement.

News from The President - December 2019

posted Dec 13, 2019, 5:39 AM by Michael Iris

Just a few notes to keep you all involved with what’s going on:

The December meeting is also our annual Christmas party meeting. This is a Pot luck dinner along with the Christmas Present exchange game. Please bring something for the dinner, consisting of a dessert, appetizer or main course and if you want to participate in the trading/swapping/stealing present game please bring a new unopened wrapped gift (fishing related) of at least $25 (but don’t go crazy) in value. Also I’ll remind you spouses are welcome to attend. It’s a fun night for all and a good way to go into the holidays!

Flatbrook Project update: TU National has filled Cole Baldino’s position, his name is Keith Fritschie. Once he meets with the State Council in January and they figure out a few things we’ll have him attend a meeting and go over his idea on the way forward for Flatbrook and all the other projects he inherited from the great work Cole started.

The Somerset Fly show is scheduled for January 24th – 26th. We’ll need help covering our booth for the show. Anyone interested can sign up at any of the next 2 meetings. With that, we also need a few more flies for the Fly Box raffle. We had 2 very generous donations made last month by members that totaled about 700 flies, with that I would like to thank both Don Comer and Ed Lindhorn for their generous donations, remember the fly box raffle a is 100% profit fund raiser for us and as it looks now this may be one of the best boxes we’ve raffled off. So if you have some flies that you want to donate to the cause bring them to the meeting and we’ll get them in the box.

Attention Fly Tiers –Just a reminder that in February we begin our annual Fly Tying classes which run for 7 weeks. Any tier that wants to lend their expertise and help with the class is welcome. All help is greatly appreciated! And you earn double points for helping to teach the classes!

The next Board meeting & Banquet kickoff meeting has been rescheduled due to the ice and snow and loss of power last week, the meeting is now on Dec 10th at 6:30 before the Fly tying round table at the VFW. All are welcome to attend and help out with the Banquet planning.

All for now

John

3 Month Look Ahead

December:

  1. Board Meeting 12/10 6:30 at VFW
  2. Fly Tying Round table 12/10, 7:30 at VFW
  3. Christmas Party/meeting 12/18, 7:30 at VFW

January 2020:

  1. Board Meeting – 1/8/20 7:30 PM at VFW
  2. Banquet Committee meeting 1/8/20 6:30 at VFW
  3. Fly Tying Roundtable 1/14 7:30 at VFW
  4. General Meeting 1/22 7:30 PM at VFW
  5. Guest Speaker - Tim Flagler 
  6. Somerset Fly Show 1/24 -1/26
  7. State Council meeting – Rutgers University Date – TBD

February:

  1. Fly Tying Classes start date TBD
  2. Board Meeting - 2/5/20 
  3. Fly tying Round Table – 2/11/20
  4. General meeting – 2/19/20 we are attempting to have another swap meet before and after the meeting. 

March:

  1. Annual TU Banquet

Notes from the President – November 2019

posted Nov 12, 2019, 2:17 PM by Michael Iris

Just a few notes to keep you all involved with what’s going on:

The board decided to make the November meeting a Pizza night so come out and have a few slices and catch up and swap some fishing stories before the meeting 

November starts the Fly show season, the first one up is the International Fly Tying Symposium which will be on November 23 & 24 at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel, 199 Smith Road Parsippany NJ. Admission is $15 for Saturday and $12 for Sunday, the hours are 9:00 AM – 5:00PM 

The Edison Fly Fishing Show is scheduled for January 24th – 26th; we will need help covering our booth for the show. Anyone interested can sign up at any of the next 3 meetings. With that, we also need flies for the Fly Box raffle.  Last year there were over 700 flies in the box and I think we sold around 800 tickets!  Any and all types of flies are needed, currently we have a grand total of 6 flies some bring some to the next couple of meeting and help fill the box!

Attention Fly Tiers – in February we begin our annual Fly Tying classes which run for 7 weeks. Any tier that wants to lend their expertise and help with the class is welcome. We revised the classes last year and have new step by step instructions with pictures to aid in the instruction. If you teach a class for the night you’ll get double points towards the shirt program. Anyone interested in teaching let me know and I can send you the write ups on the flies we teach so you can pick a week. They range from a Woolly Bugger to a Rusty spinner with the standard type flies in between. There is also an advanced class running at the same time if anyone wants to brush up or improve their techniques on more complex flies.

Lastly we have our December Meeting/ Christmas party coming up.  Bring a covered dish and a fly fishing related wrapped gift with an approximate value of $25 to the meeting!  The business meeting will be short and gifts will be plentiful!

Next meeting is November 20th; 7:30 start at the VFW. Our scheduled guest speaker cancelled already and as a fill in we’ll get a trip summary from the guys who went north to the Salmon River last weekend.

All for now

John

3 Month Look Ahead

November:

  1. Board Meeting 11/6, 730 at VFW

  2. Fly Tying Round table 11/12 (Tuesdays now)7:30 at VFW

  3. Salmon River Steelhead trip 11/8 – 11/10

  4. General Meeting 11/20, 730 at VFW – PIZZA NIGHT

    1. Guest Speaker-

  5. Fly Tying Symposium – 11/23 & 24

December:

  1. Board Meeting 12/4 7:30 at  VFW

  2. Fly Tying Round table 12/10, 730 at VFW

  3. Christmas Party/meeting 12/18, 730 at VFW

January 2020:

  1. Board Meeting – 1/8/20 7:30 PM at VFW

  2. Banquet Committee meeting 1/8/20 6:30 at VFW

  3. Fly Tying Roundtable 1/14 7:30 at VFW

  4. General Meeting 1/22 7:30 PM at VFW

    1. Guest Speaker - Tim Flagler 

  5. Somerset Fly Show 1/24 -1/26

  6. State Council meeting – Rutgers University Date – TBD

February Look ahead

  1. Fly Tying Classes start

  2. General meeting – we are attempting to have another swap meet before and after the meeting. 




10th Annual Fly Angler of the Year Competition - SAT 11/2

posted Oct 29, 2019, 3:13 PM by Michael Iris

This Saturday November 2, 2019 is the 10th annual Fly Angler of the Year competition and banquet at Shannon’s Private Waters, located on the South Branch of the Raritan River at 528 Route 513, Califon, NJ. Frank Abrusia, North Jersey Chapter Member will be representing North Jersey this year!  

The competition begins at 8 am, so come on down and cheer Frank on as he tries to coax trout to eat his files!  The competition consists of a morning round where all anglers fish against each other.  The afternoon consists of the top three contestants competing against each other.

Lunch is provided by the Raritan Inn, free to all!  It usually consists of hotdogs, hamburgers, salads, soda and water.  Dress warm as it is usually a bit chilly standing next to the river.  Toe heaters in your shoes will keep your feet a little warmer against the cool ground. 

Everyone is invited to the banquet for a fun evening out.  I will be attending, and hope to see a good turnout of North Jersey TU folks.  Cost is $65 pp.  Dinner and cash bar provided.  This is a fundraiser for the New Jersey State Council of Trout Unlimited.  Pre-registration is required, and can be accomplished at www.shannonsprivatewaters.com - choose ‘events’ from the menu, on top, then ‘register’.  The New Jersey State Council also uses this event as their Banquet and Fundraiser so there will be raffles and a 50/50.

Please come out and support Frank!  Sue Reed

Salmon River Trip - November 8 – 10, 2019

posted Oct 20, 2019, 1:37 PM by Michael Iris   [ updated Oct 20, 2019, 1:38 PM ]

The Chapter is hosting a trip to the Salmon River November 8 – 10, 2019 to fish for steelhead. We will be staying at the Fox Hollow Cabins in Altmar, NY. We have 2 cabins reserved so we can take about 12 people. Find out more: http://bit.ly/35SNhpS

Notes from the President – October 2019

posted Oct 5, 2019, 8:28 AM by Michael Iris

Just a few notes to keep you all involved with what’s going on, October is a very busy month especially if you include the fishing opportunities!
First off as you look at the calendar we have 2 events scheduled with the Nature Conservancy and River Restoration group on the Paulinskill, but both these days need volunteers as well as a Group leader for our chapter as Dean will be away for these events.
Another big event is Egg Day on the 21st; we now have 2 new schools added to our roster, totaling 26 school, so I’m hoping for the same great turnout we usually get to support Jim Klose on this very busy day.
Also we have the Chapter’s annual migration up to the Salmon River for a 3 day trip to chase some big bright and hopefully not so smart Steelhead starting on the 10th of November. Contact or see Glenn Hofmann at one of the meetings to sign up, don’t forget $50 deposit for the cabin is required. Spots are limited as this trip is filling up quickly.
Lastly we have our December Meeting/ Christmas party coming up, the meeting will be short and gifts will be plentiful!
Our next meeting is October 16th; 7:30 start at the VFW. Our guest speaker is Sammy Casqueira (from our chapter) who will be presenting some slides and discussion on Small Stream fishing in NJ with I’m sure some info on the Tankara style of fishing on them.
All for now
John
3 Month Look Ahead
October
  1. Paulinskill Cleanup Day 10/5 – 2 people signed up
  2. NJ State stocking days 10/8 – 10/16
  3. Fly Tying round table 10/8 (Tuesdays now) 7:30 at VFW
  4. General meeting 7:30 at VFW 10/16
    1. Guest Speaker Sammy Casqueira
  5. Paulinskill Tree restoration 10/19 – zero volunteers
  6. NJ State Council meeting 10/20 at Rutgers
  7. Egg Day for schools participating in TIC 10/21
November
  1. Board Meeting 11/6, 730 at VFW
  2. Fly Tying Round table 11/12 (Tuesdays now)7:30 at VFW
  3. Salmon River Steelhead trip 11/8 – 11/10
  4. General Meeting 11/20, 730 at VFW
    1. Guest Speaker- TBD
December
  1. Board Meeting 12/4 7:30 at VFW
  2. Fly Tying Round table 12/10, 730 at VFW
  3. Christmas Party/meeting 12/18, 730 at VFW

2019 Chapter Salmon River Trip

posted Oct 1, 2019, 7:09 PM by Michael Iris

The Chapter is hosting a trip to the Salmon River November 8 – 10, 2019 to fish for steelhead. We will be staying at the Fox Hollow Cabins in Altmar, NY. We have 2 cabins reserved so we can take about 12 people.
Each cabin has a full kitchen. The cost is estimated to be $55 per night p.p. As usual, we encourage carpooling. Dinner Friday night, lunches, and breakfasts will be with your cabin-mates, so when assigned you can communicate with each other and plan your menus.
Dinner Saturday night will be a joint dinner with both cabins (we will coordinate) and like last year the Ridge and Valley Chapter will be in the other 2 cabins, so maybe we can do a joint dinner with them as we did last year!
There is a $50 non-refundable deposit required for this trip.
If you are interested or have questions, please contact our Trip Coordinator, Glenn Hofmann at glenn@maximumbenefit.com.

It's Time to Start Fishing... MORE!

posted Jul 6, 2019, 1:29 PM by Michael Iris

Summer has arrived and we will not be holding our monthly chapter meetings for July and August. Enjoy your summer the fish are calling! 


Upcoming Flat Brook Culvert Assessment Trainings

posted May 29, 2019, 9:33 AM by Michael Iris

When: June 6th and June 18th 2019

Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Where: Lodge at YMCA Camp Linwood MacDonald (1 Flatbrook Road, Sandyston, NJ 07826), training presentation followed by field visits nearby.

What to bring: Waders and notebook

 

Light refreshments and drinks will be served.

 

Please RSVP to which training you would like to attend, and if any questions or concerns arise, reply to this email, or reach out to myself (cole.baldino@tu.org) or Garret Kratina (garret.kratina@tu.org). 

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