Friday, October 14, 2016

First GBTU Chapter Meeting of the Season a Hit

501(c)3 non-profit organization serving southeast New Hampshire

October 3rd Season Kick Off Meeting a Hit
Brian Cadoret, Guest Speaker

Starting up the new season with Brian Cadoret from Vermont with great photos and presentation about Trout (browns, rainbow, brook) in addition to Pike, Musky, small mouth bass. Amazing photos. Would love to be in those waters! Also, Will Schmitt spoke to us about Project Healing Waters and wanting to engage the Seacoast area in his goals for helping our Veterans to get out on the water.
Didn't get a photo of the winners of our raffle, but Brian donated some flies that he usually fishes with and GBTU supplied a GBTU hat and River Stream book, which F&G has produced.

Great Bay Trout Unlimited 2016-2017

Chapter Meetings and Presenting Speakers

Meetings:    First Monday of the month October until April at the Roundabout Diner, Portsmouth Bypass from 6:00 until 8:00ish in the Function Room.  Come early, order dinner or a beverage and meet with friends.  Door raffles each month.  Donations for presentations accepted at the door.     

      October 3        Short Presentation:  Wendy Nixon, President GBTU updates.

      Guest Speaker:  Brian Cadoret presenting, “Western Vermont Trout Fishing.”

November 7     Short Presentation:  South East Land Trust, Kevin McEneany:  “How Land Conservation Ties into Healthy Streams.”

      Guest Speaker:  Walt Koda and Mark Geppert:  "Bonefishing Andros Island, Bahamas"

December 5     Short Presentation:  The Nature Conservancy, David Patrick. Presenting: “Great Bay Estuary.”
      Guest Speaker:  William Flyspoke presenting, “Efficiency of casting and what rod and line choices are available to increase your angling days productivity.”

January 2        Short Presentation:  Rick Hutchins: Three Rivers Stocking Association

     Guest Speaker:  Danny Hashem presenting “Atlantic Salmon Fishing on Labrador's Eagle River.” 

February 6      Short Presentation:  Jill Farrell, Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) presenting:"Keeping Great Bay Great: Monitoring & Inspiring Protection of the Great Bay Estuary."

     Guest Speaker: Jeff Barnum: Great Bay Piscataqua Watershed Keeper

March 6           Short Presentation: Colin Lawson (New England Culvert Project Coordinator/Joel DeStaiso. Presenting: “Trout Unlimited, Restoring Instream Habitat and Improving Floodplain Resiliency Using Large Wood.”

      Guest Speaker: Captain Dave Rimmer of Joppa Charters presenting “Fly Fishing Joppa Flats” and more.  

April 3              Voting Meeting TU members: Election of President &Secretary.   All welcome, chapter members to vote.  Nominations accepted at any time prior to April 3, 2017.

      Short Presentation:  Rick LaRiviere, Saco Salmon Club & Hatchery.  Presenting:  “A River Never Rests.”

      Guest Speaker:  Rick Little with presentation to be announced.

Volunteer For Salmon Restoration

w/ The Saco Salmon Restoration Alliance

GBTU Assists w/ Beaver Dam Removals

GBTU responded to the request of the Saco Salmon River Restoration Alliance to help with multiple beaver dam removals on the Cook's River, a tributary of the Saco. Thanks to Wendy, Mark, Dave and Chris for helping out and representing GBTU in this effort to reconnect important spawning waters for Atlantic salmon. 

Volunteers assembled and ready to go.

One of the many beaver dams breached during the day. 


2016 Maker's Faire

Great Bay Trout Unlimited spent a day at the Children's Museum in Dover at the Annual Maker’s Faire.  It is a fabulous opportunity for outreach to talk about what Trout Unlimited is and an opportunity to get young and old involved in tying flies and casting instruction; of course, a little from me as the chapter President of GBTU to tell what we do as a chapter.
Everyone got to go home with the flies they tied, plus extras with many of our tiers in the 5 year old range, but we had a few younger. 

Photographs by Wendy Nixon and posted with permission of participants.

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Monthly Meetings

When:  GBTU chapter meetings are held on the first Monday of every month, from October till April.  All are welcome to attend and we encourage you to bring friends and family.  

Time: Meetings start at 6pm and typically last till 8pm.  However, with our new meeting location, many members show up at 5pm, grab a bite to eat, drink an adult beverage, tie some flies, and talk tall tales of their fishing adventures.

Where:  Roundabout Diner.  Rte 95 & Rte 1, on the Portsmouth Traffic Circle

Costs:  All of our monthly meetings are open to the public (TU members and non-members), and there is no charge for attendance.  However, in recognition of our efforts to host monthly meetings, and our continued efforts in the areas of local conservation-restoration-education, we kindly suggest making a cash donation (at each meeting we simply pass the hat). All cash donations are welcome, but typical donations range from $5-$10, per person.  In advance, thank you for your continued support of Great Bay TU.