Monday, December 9, 2013

Upcoming Speakers & Events, Joe Conklin Memorial Fund

GBTU Announces Joe Conklin Memorial Fund Match Program

In memory of Joseph F. Conklin, and in accordance with his family’s wishes that any memorial donations go to the Trout Unlimited New England Culvert Project, the GBTU Board of Directors has started a memorial fund collection which should grow to a substantial donation. The board approved $1,132.00 to begin funding a memorial donation and will match additional donations to that fund for the first $1000.00 donated. The full final amount collected will be donated to the Trout Unlimited New England Culvert Project in Joe’s name.
Please help memorialize Joe and honor and support the cause he worked so hard for. Donate to the fund now and your donation will likely be doubled. The money donated to the TU New England Culvert Fund will be used to restore connectivity to New England streams like our Thompson Brook Project for which Joe was so passionate.
Donation checks (please note “Joe Conklin Memorial Fund” on the check) may be sent to:
Great Bay Trout Unlimited
P.O. Box 1121
Dover, NH 03821
You can also donate to the fund here on our blog by using the Joe Conklin Memorial Fund Donation Button at the right of this page or donate at any GBTU meeting or event.
Joe will be missed, but we can honor his memory by keeping his work alive.

Great Bay Trout Unlimited: 2013 & 2014 Event Schedule

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

Events and Calendar

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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.   

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Pre-Meeting Dinner and Fly Tying

January 06, 2014

Special Announcement:  Judy Tumosa, NH Fish & Game

Presentation: The NHF&G Watershed Education Program works with schools and communities to help them understand and manage their aquatic ecosystems to provide healthy habitat for fish and wildlife and for themselves.  The program currently works with 100 schools located in every major watershed in the state. Judy will share the many facets of the program, demonstrating how the students gather data about water quality, macroinvertebrate, and warm and cold water fisheries and then how they map, analyze and share their data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology.  She will also describe how the students learn about the  freshwater fish of the state by raising Eastern brook trout eggs in the classroom and how this wonderful partnership with Trout Unlimited has given us national attention.

BiographyJudy Tumosa has worked for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department for 7.5 years as their Watershed Education Specialist. She has been a wildlife and aquatic specialist and environmental educator for many years, working for USDA, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the Bath Village School, and has run a forestry and wildlife consultant firm with her husband.  She has played around in aquatic systems for many years and loves sharing the mystery of what’s just below the surface with anyone who is interested.

FeaturedGuest Speaker:  

Tom Cormier (Eldridge Brothers Fly Shop)
Topic: Fly Fishing Montana (Bob Marshall Wilderness)

Tom Cormier, a lifelong fly tier and fisherman, has travelled extensively in Chile, Argentina, Canada, Slovenia, and the western U.S.A.  His presentation will focus on fly fishing the Bob Marshall Wilderness...a pack-in expedition! When not fishing, you can pick his brain at the Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop in Cape Neddick.

More Info:Eldredge Bros. Fly Shop.  
PO Box 69.  
1480 US Rt 1.  
Cape Neddick, Maine 03902
1-207-363-9269 or 1-877-427-9345

February 03, 2014

Guest Speaker:  Patrick Ard
Topic: CT River Fly Fishing in Pittsburgh, New Hampshire.
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Patrick grew up learning to fly fish in Pittsburg NH.  He has spent more time fly fishing in Pittsburg than any other area of the state.   He has been guiding in Pittsburg for 6 years and spends his summers living in Pittsburg.  He guides the southern part of the state on weekends during the spring and fall.  When he is not fishing or guiding, he is a physical education teacher in Danville, NH.  He enjoys combining his passion for fly fishing with his passion for teaching.  He is just as happy teaching a beginner to catch their first fish on a fly rod as he is helping an experienced angler expand their knowledge of fly fishing in Pittsburg. 

Patrick will be covering a variety of information about fly fishing in Pittsburg.  By the end of his presentation, you will have a great understanding of what Pittsburg has to offer.  He may even show us some of his "secret" hand tied fly creations for sticking it to the big ones!

March 03, 2014

Guest Speaker: Jonathan Bunker
Topic: Floating the Deerfield River (Massachusetts)

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April 07, 2014

Guest Speaker: Bill Thompson
Topic: Fly Fishing the Saco River and more

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Bill Thompson was born in Maine; however has lived in Freedom New Hampshire for the last thirty years. Bill has fly fished throughout New England, in several western states and in Canada. Bill considers the Saco River to be his primary home water. Bill and is wife Janet own the North Country Angler fly shop and guide service in North Conway New Hampshire. This is their tenth year as owners. Bill has written articles for Fly Tyer and Fly Tying magazines. Bill currently writes a weekly column, on fly fishing, for the Conway Daily Sun and a monthly column for the New Hampshire/Vermont Outdoor Gazette. 

Bill's  presentation is an overview of the great fly fishing that can be found in the Saco River Valley. The show centers on the Saco River and the various tributaries that make up the eastern slope of the Valley. Topics covered are: when-where-how to fish the Saco with special attention given to the fly fishing only selection.

Past Meeting Speakers & Events

September 24, 2013

Event: Three Rivers Stocking Association Annual Fund Raiser
Topic:  Our friends at 3 Rivers welcomes all to attend.  
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GBTU has donated a Ross CLA 1.5 to the fund raiser, value of $185.00

October 5 and 19, 2013
Amy's Treat events are quickly coming upon us in October-- the 5th and 19th, both Saturdays.  Event from 9:30 until 3:30.  Volunteers are needed and should arrive by 9:00.  Those of you that have volunteered for this event in the past, know how fun it is.  These are basic LGF fly fishing events and helping cancer patients out on the river for the day.  If you are interested for one or both of the events, please let me know.  
You may contact me via home phone, 603-868-1701, cell 603-767-8612, or e-mail if you are interested in volunteering for these exciting days!!  If you know anyone that would like to volunteer that has not already had this experience and has had fly casting experience, please have them contact me.   We aim every year to have one-on-one experience with our participants, so as many volunteers as we can get, the better. 

October 07, 2013

Event:  MOVIE NIGHT!  
Topic:  Where the Yellowstone Goes
Info:  GBTU is pleased to present movie night.  Our event room seats 100 people.  So, all are welcome (TU members and non-members) to attend; and by all means, please feel free to bring family and friends.
Cost: All of our meetings are open to the public; and are FREE.  However, in recognition of our cost to purchase the movie and door prizes, we suggest a minimum donation of $5.00 per person.  

Where the Yellowstone Goes - Official Trailer from Hunter Weeks on Vimeo.

November 04, 2013

Guest Speaker:  Ron McKee

Topic:  Saltwater Flies, Plugs, Rods and More

Ron has been a saltwater fly fisherman since the 60's. He tie's custom flies for everything from mackerel to tuna. He's been a custom rod builder since the early 70's and a hard core tournament fisherman since the 60's. He has a small custom tackle company that manufactures and sells his handmade equipment (e.g. custom plugs to stripping baskets). Teasers, leaders, replacement tail hooks and sand spikes are also part of his product line-up.  He is an experienced fisherman!  His best Albie was a bit over 17lb, back in the 80's.  His best bone was 9.29 lbs, in '99.  

Contact Info: and 207-423-7864

December 02, 2013

Special Announcement:  Who Wants to Fish Yellowstone National Park?

John Bunker learned to fish with his father on the Suncook, Baker, and Swift rivers.  For the past ten years he has joined his brother Paul – who works for Eagle Claw in Denver – to participated in the Yellowstone Park Foundation Volunteer Fly Fishing Program…

Volunteers are provided lodging (dorm or campsite) and enjoy the opportunity to fly fish across the Park: Lamar, Yellowstone, Soda Butte, Firehole, Slough Creek, Trout Lake, and many other spectacular streams. John will briefly share images, info and stories about this wonderful program. John currently serves as the Director of External Relations, UNH College of Health and Human Services.

Featured Guest Speaker:  

Brett Damm, from Rangeley Region Sport Shop
Topic: Fly Fishing the Rangeley Region Wild Brook Trout and Land Lock Salmon.

Brett grew up in Maine fishing the Rangeley area with his father.  He's been guiding for 15 years and is a commercial fly tyer.  Purchasing the Rangeley Region Sport Shop in 2010, he combined his interests and skills into one business. His goal is to be able to provide anglers with a one-stop resource for information, equipment, and supplies to make their visit to the Rangeley area memorable.  He specializes in wade fishing trips on the Kennebago, Magalloway, and Rapid Rivers.  

Kennebago Fly LLC
dba: Rangeley Region Sport Shop
P. O. Box 654
Oquossoc, ME  04964
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