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TU Nor'East 2016 Annual Banquet is. . .

SOLD OUT!

Thank you to all who purchased tickets in advance. We have reached the legal capacity for our venue. This year promises to be packed with wonderful food, cheer, music, auctions, prizes and fun. No tickets will be issued. You will be checked in at the door.

Saturday March 19, 2016
Doors open at 4:00 PM
Ipswich Masonic Hall
70 Topsfield Road
Ipswich, Massachusetts



March Meeting - Kalil Boghdan Fly Fishing for Bonefish in Andros Bahamas

MEETING REMINDER: Monday, March 7 at 7:00 PM at the ORVIS Store in Peabody, Mass.
PLEASE BRING SOME CHAIRS - ORVIS DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH FOR THE WHOLE GROUP
Please find the March Newsletter
here.
Just a quick reminder that our regular meeting will be Monday March 7 at 7:00 PM for a talk at the Orvis store in Peabody.
Directions can be found here.

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Kalil Boghdan will talk about Fly Fishing for Bonefish in Andros Bahamas
Captain Kalil Boghdan is an Orvis Endorsed Fly-Fishing guide and was named the 2012 Orvis Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide of the year. He owns and operates Downriver Charters and charters fishing for striped bass out of the Essex River, Crane Beach and Plum Island Sound. Kalil will share his experiences fishing for bonefish on North Andros in the Bahamas. His presentation will not be a “how to fish” for bonefish, but rather will emphasize how one can get a quality bonefish experience from some of the less expensive bonefish lodges on the Island. He has recently returned from his third successful trip to Andros and is eager to share his information.
Hope to see you all there!

October Meeting -Rick Little - Adventure Trip to Big Sky Country, Montana's Bighorn and Missouri Rivers

Travel with Rick on one fisherman's dream adventure trip to two of Montana's superb trout rivers - The Bighorn and the Missouri. Rick will share his experience on these two fabulous rivers and highlights the beauty of Montana's high plains, canyons and mountain scenery. If you have been to Montana, this program will bring back memories. If you have not been there, it will get you dreaming.

Monday October 5, 2015
6:00 Dinner ($5.00 donation) (Bring Your Own Beverage)
7:00 Meeting
Ipswich River Watershed Association
143 County Road
Ipswich, Mass
Click here for directions.

 

September Meeting - Eliot Jenkings of Greasy Beaks Fly Fishing - Fishing for False Albacore

Capt. Eliot Jenkins, guide and owner of Greasy Beaks Fly Fishing, will speak on fishing for False Albacore and Bonito.   Eliot also guides for stirped bass and tuna, as well as salmon and steelhead in N.Y., Michigan. and Oregon.

Monday September 14, 2015
6:00 Dinner ($5.00 donation) (Bring Your Own Beverage)
7:00 Meeting
Ipswich River Watershed Association
143 County Road
Ipswich, Mass
Click here for directions.

Indian Hollow Happenings May 15-18

This year there will be an addition to the festivities at Indian Hollow, taking place between Friday, May 15, 2015 and Monday, May 18, 2018

.  Every year for the past 25 years the MA/RI Council has sponsored this event at the Army Corps of Engineers campground along the Westfield River.   
 
TU members from across Massachusetts and Rhode Island can camp out and fish the river for no charge all weekend, leaving Monday at noon. On Saturday afternoon there will be a barbecue sponsored by the Council open to everyone for no charge. The Council will have it's business meeting before the barbecue.
 
Weather over the years has varied from summer-like to snow. The river, depending on the rain and temperatures, can be in good order, or not. Usually there is good fishing to be had. If not, there's plenty of good fellowship, with a bonfire held on Saturday evenings.
 
This year, on Saturday afternoon, there will be a raffle and auction with some incredible prizes. The Council made one of its largest expenditures ever this past spring, collaborating with the Chapters in the Council to help the Franklin Land Trust purchase the Crowningshield parcel along the West Branch of the North River. This raffle and auction will be for the specific purpose of helping the council recharge its financial battery, and give it the ability to take advantage of other opportunities like this that are sure to arise in the future.
 
Included in the prizes will be two sets of Red Sox tickets, guided trips on the Swift River, one by noted poet and angler Gary Metras from the Pioneer Valley Chapter. We will have a float trip on the Deerfield by one of the experienced hands on the river, Chris Jackson. Council Chairman John Troiano is going to guide a trip for the hex hatch on the Wood River in RI. A Peak Dawn Anglers trip guided by Boston Chapter President Fred Jennings, who grew up fishing the marsh in Ipswich he now guides on and has for the past 20 years. Fred is well-known for using light weight rods to tame schoolie stripers. Have Fred explain to you what Peak Dawn means.
 
We'll have large numbers of fresh and salt water flies, and several unique items, including some incredible gourmet baked goods just perfect for dessert around the campfire.
 
Finally, Boston Chapter member Vincent MacFarlane has made an incredible donation of a week's stay at his family home in Margaree Center between September 19 and 25, 2015. The house can more than comfortably accommodate four anglers. In addition to the week's lodging, there will be three days of guiding for Atlantic Salmon on the Margaree River with noted Nova Scotia guide Robert Chaison. Robert grew up in and now lives in Cheticamp, and is one of the most enthusiastic salmon fisherman you will ever meet. He knows the Cape Breton rivers, including the Margaree, like the back of his hand. 
 
And if that is not enough, the house sits right next to a river and a brook loaded with wild brook trout. The season for trout ends September 30, 2015 in Nova Scotia. Vincent reports having memorable days of fishing for trout right out the back door of the house.  

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 Here is a description of the house itself and the location.
 
Four bedrooms in Upper Margaree, with a kitchen, living room, den,
bathroom. Linens and towels are supplied, as are dishes. There is a BBQ.
 
Vincent says, " The SW branch of the Margaree flows behind our house.
The river is great for Salmon fishing in the Fall and trout fishing
in May, June, July, August and September. There is a brook that flows along side the house and empties into the river. We are 10 min. away from world class golf courses and beaches in Inverness."
  
Aside from the time he has donated to TU, Vincent also rents the house and has time available in June, August and September. Contact him at: 
floodtide1970@yahoo.com.    
 
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Please bring your checkbooks, and be generous. IOUs will be accepted if you are caught short of cash.
Please let the members of your chapter know about this raffle and auction, and please post on your chapter web sites.     
 
 If you would like to make a donation to this raffle, and auction at Indian Hollow, which would be greatly appreciated, please contact Peter Schilling at
pmacds@aol.com or 508-540-2045. Or, if you'd like more information, please call.

April Meeting - John Hansen - Fly Fishing the Colorado Mountains

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John Hansen, is the fly fishing manager at Orvis of Peabody. John came to New England from the Vail Valley in Colorado, where he fished extensively and also guided for six years. He'll speak about fly fishing in the Colorado Mountains including the Colorado River.

John grew up fly fishing in Colorado and was groomed on such waters as the Colorado and Eagle Rivers, the Roaring Fork, and Gore Creek. His passion for fly fishing blossomed into a career, where John guided anglers, either wading or on drift boats, in Colorado and the fabled Kenai River in Alaska. He now calls New England home and thoroughly enjoys the enriching and tight-knit North Shore fly-fishing community. Whether he’s chasing stripers on Cape Ann or trout in western Massachusetts, John is doing what he loves and enjoys sharing his passion with others.

This months dining feast features our annual corned beef and cabbage dinner brepared by our resident Irishman Mike O'neill. Don't miss this delicious meal. See you there!

Monday April 6, 2015
6:00 Dinner ($5.00 donation) (Bring Your Own Beverage)
7:00 Meeting
Ipswich River Watershed Association
143 County Road
Ipswich, Mass
Click here for directions.

2015 Banquet

TU Nor'East 2015 Annual Banquet


Don't miss the Nor'East TU 2014 Annual Banquet. This year promises to be packed with wonderful food, cheer, music, auctions, prizes and fun. Admission at the door will be $25. Children 12 and under $10. No tickets will be issued. You will be checked in at the door.

March 14, 2015
Doors open at 4:00 PM
Ipswich Masonic Hall
70 Topsfield Road
Ipswich, Massachusetts



January 5th Meeting - Michelle Craddock - Flow Issues in the Ipswich River

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Michelle Craddock
Mass Div of Ecological Restoration

 
Michelle is DER's statewide Flow Restoration Specialist.  Her topic will focus on the River Instream Flow Stewards Program (RIFLS) and the influence of people on the seasonal flows of water in the Ipswich River. TU NorEast has funded the purchase of equipment for monitoring the tributaries of the upper Ipswich. This will be your opportunity to learn about your impact on the science of managing stream flow and its importance to fish populations.

Michelle has a strong background in river science. She has worked with the EPA on water issues in the Great Lakes Region, done her graduate work at UNH on the influence of farms on rivers, and received her BA at BU. She has been working with the Division of Ecological Restoration for 3 years and brings a wealth of expertise to restoring our rivers.

Elections 

Just a heads up that we'll be holding elections for the chapter executives at our January meeting. All of the positions will be open. Taking a leadership role in the chapter is a great way to do a little more toward the protection of our local resources.

Thanks once again to everyone who volunteers time for the chapter. We truly appreciate all of your hard work.

Hope to see you Monday.


Monday January 5, 2015
6:00 Dinner ($5.00 donation) (Bring Your Own Beverage)
7:00 Meeting
Ipswich River Watershed Association
143 County Road
Ipswich, Mass
Click here for directions.

October Meeting: Jim Norton and Gerry Crow of the New Hampshire River Guide Service, Fishing the Upper Connecticut!

Please join us to hear Jim and Gerry share their extraordinary experiences fishing the Upper Connecticut!

They run the New Hampshire Rivers Guide Service and are dedicated guides providing fishermen with a fly fishing experience that they never forget. Offering drift boat trips for trout and salmon on a major New Hampshire river, such as the Androscoggin, Connecticut or Pemigewasset Rivers; wading trips on a stream; or canoe trips to a pristine New Hampshire brook trout pond, fishermen have the opportunity to view wildlife, enjoy wonderful natural sights and catch some beautiful fish.


Monday night's talk will focus on the Upper Connecticut River; a spectacular stretch of water with some phenomenal hatches to test the best fishermen in New England. Why head to exotic streams out west and abroad when you can have world class fly fishing right here in New England. When you reduce your carbon footprint, you are helping to save brook trout: Fish local!


Arrive at 6 PM for a hearty meal prepared by the Chapter cooks. BYOB. a $5 dollar donation for the meal is appreciated. It'll give you time to tell us about your September fishing adventures!!

Monday October 6, 2014
6:00 Dinner ($5.00 donation) (Bring Your Own Beverage)
7:00 Meeting
Ipswich River Watershed Association
143 County Road
Ipswich, Mass
Click here for directions.

Nor'East Chapter Culvert Project Featured Nationally in Trout Magazine!

From our Newsletter by Jim MacDougall:

Thanks to our past President, Kevin Correa, the Chapter's restoration project in Boxford has been highlighted in this issue of "Trout"! Check it out! Kevin, a professional writer, submitted this article sometime ago to the editors of the TU magazine. Great job Kevin and much deserved recognition to the hard work of the members of this Chapter. You all earned it. Congratulations.

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Original article with permission from Kevin:

Nor'East Chapter Completes Culvert Replacement
Four years after emerging from a long dormancy, the Nor'East Chapter completed a
culvert replacement resulting in greater stream connectivity. The worksite was at
Crooked Pond Brook in the Town of Boxford, Mass., located 25-miles north of Boston.

The goal of the project was to improve passage for native brook trout and other wildlife.
The former perched culverts made it impossible for fish, invertebrates, amphibians and
small animals to move upstream during normal to lower stream flow conditions. The
replacement culvert provides a more natural transition for wildlife to access ecologically
pristine upstream reaches.

The replacement, which was partially funded by an Embrace-A-Stream grant, arose from
an Eagle Scout project. In 2010, Eagle Scout candidate Eric Murrer conducted an
investigative study of the surrounding watershed. His work—which was supervised by
Jim MacDougall, a chapter member and professional wetland scientist—yielded a habitat
score of 85% and a thriving macroinvertebrate population of early stoneflies, mayflies
and caddis in Crooked Pond Brook. After reviewing the study, the chapter voted to work
toward rectifying the inadequate culvert.

The work at the site was a partnership of many local organizations, including the Town of
Boxford, Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control, the Boxford Trails
Association/Boxford Open Land Trust, and the Ipswich River Watershed Association.

The culvert replacement was the first project of this magnitude for the Nor'East Chapter.
While it resulted in tangible improvements to the habitat, the chapter realized benefits as
well. A true learning process, the chapter was able to identify and tap internal resources
without whose expertise the costs of the project would have been prohibitive.

565 volunteer hours went into the replacement, and the work of a handful of chapter
members warrants special recognition: Overall oversight of the project fell into the
capable hands of Greg Murrer; Jim MacDougall conducted wetlands services at the site;
Mike O'Neill provided all engineering work; and Chett Walsh provided general project
and construction management.

The chapter is proud of the replacement culvert, and it's ready to capitalize on the
accomplishment and move forward to the next big project.

Culvert_AfterPhoto After Kevin Correa

Streamflow Monitoring Expands With The Help of the Nor'East Chapter

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The Nor'East Chapter recently purchased two in stream pressure monitor to be used in the Ipswich river and it's tributaries. Ryan O'Donneli of the Ipswich River Watershed Association commends the cooperation between the Chapter, the Watershed Association and the Mass. Division of Ecological Restoration River Instream Flow Stewards (
RIFLS). Read more about how the chapters contributions are helping to expand more precise river monitoring in our chapters backyard by following this link. This article was also mentioned in the Department of Ecological Restoration's recent newsletter. Click here to download the entire newsletter in .pdf format.
The original DER article about the transducer installation can be found in the
June edition of the DER's newsletter.

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