A Tour of New York's North Country

Time: 6:45 pm -8:30 pm

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021

Place: Croton Watershed TU is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Join us Thursday evening, April 15, when guide Matt DeLorenzo takes us on a tour of the fabled waters around Lake Placid including the east and west branches of the AuSable River and the Saranac River. You will learn about wonderful fishing spots near the towns of Lake Placid, Wilmington and AuSable Forks. And we assume Matt will put in a plug or two for the famous Miracle Mile, a stretch of private water owner by The Hungry Trout Resort, https://hungrytrout.com/. It has been almost 15 years since we last had a presentation about the Adirondacks. You don't want to miss this.

 

Matt D. grew up in the fishing business working his father's charter service on the trout rich waters of Western New York. He has been a licensed guide for well over a decade and is an organized and professional guide. Matt prefers backcountry brook trout trips and fishing heavy pocket water. He is also a very productive fly tier, who pumps out detailed patterns. Matt is an Army combat veteran and also one of The Hungry Trout hunting guides; he is very passionate about hunting with his French Brittany “Louis”.

 
 

Ashokan Reservoir Pump Storage Proposal

California-based developer Premium Energy Holdings (PEH) has requested a permit from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to study a “pumped storage hydroelectric generation plant” on New York City’s Ashokan Reservoir. The project is known to FERC by docket number P-15056, the Ashokan Reservoir pumped storage project. Unbelievably, the company requested the FERC permit without consulting with New York City; the NYC Department of Environmental Protection had no prior knowledge of this proposal.

There are many serious issues involved with this proposal, and we need to voice our concerns. APWCTU member Ed Ostapczuk has written a letter addressing the concerns posed by Premier Energy’s permit application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Situated squarely in the Esopus Creek drainage, this project will have severe ramifications for our local Catskill environment and trout fisheries. 

You can find more information about the proposed project on the Town of Olive’s website, including a recording of an extensive informational ZOOM meeting held in March (see link below). Instructions on how to submit to FERC can be found in our March chapter newsletter “Blue Mountain News.” There is also a supplemental March newsletter that contains information about the project.

Mark Your Calendar  for Connetquot Trips

Great news! Trips coordinator Ed Poulton has arranged for three more Connetquot outings.  The last two trips have been phenomenal, so we felt we needed to add more.  Connetquot is a great place to fish for beginners or those who want to improve their skill.  You will catch fish and you can practice your technique for dry fly, nymphing or streamer fishing.  There are also plenty of skilled anglers who are happy to provide help.  The new dates. are:

  • Friday April 16, 2021

  • Friday July 23, 2021

  • Friday October 1, 2021

 

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In Memoriam, Jim Gmelin

I am very sorry to announce that we have lost another long-time member of the Chapter, Jim Gmelin.  Jim was a wonderful guy who was quick to volunteer, particularly for Trout in the Classroom.  We will miss him.  Dick Scordato

Jim was born & raised in Mt. Kisco. He graduated from Notre Dame and then from law school. He worked and retired as a Clerk for a Supreme Court Judge In NY. He was active with TU, especially TU's Trout in the Classroom program. He served in Mt. Kisco as the chairman of Kisco's Tree Preservation Committee and as chairman of Kisco's Byram Lake Committee. He was an avid fisherman, whether it be with a spinning reel on a lake or a fly rod on a Maine stream, as well as an ice fisherman on Westchester's reservoirs. He was also a hunter and a long time member of the Sportsmen's Club of Northern Westchester in Katonah. Jim was also a Lecture for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Kisco. Jim is survived by his sister Maryanne (Cape Cod) and his two sons Dan (Mt Kisco) and Pat (Hawaii). Jim will be missed by all. He was a husband, a father, a brother, a grandfather, a fisherman. But to all he met, he was a friend.  Harry Kerrigan

Mark Your Calendar  for Connetquot Trips

Great news! Trips coordinator Ed Poulton has arranged for three more Connetquot outings.  The last two trips have been phenomenal, so we felt we needed to add more.  Connetquot is a great place to fish for beginners or those who want to improve their skill.  You will catch fish and you can practice your technique for dry fly, nymphing or streamer fishing.  There are also plenty of skilled anglers who are happy to provide help.  The new dates. are:

  • Friday April 16, 2021

  • Friday July 23, 2021

  • Friday October 1, 2021

 

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May 2, 2021 - Amawalk Tree Planting with NYC TU

Time: 10:00

Date: May 2, 2021

Place: Wood Street Bridge

 

Below is a note from NYCTU member Roger Olsen . . .

 

This is a heads up to let you know that we are doing our annual (yeah, missed last year!) tree planting on the Amawalk in and around Wood Street Bridge. We’ve scheduled it for May 2, 2021, probably starting around 10-11 a.m. (specific details to follow). Tracy Brown is arranging for delivery of bare root stock for planting from the Arbor Foundation.

And, on occasion, depending on turnouts, we’ve also picked up another 75-100 plantings ourselves.

 

As ALWAYS, you are warmly invited to attend and join in the fun. 

We have a 5-year permit from NYC DEP so we don’t have to file a request every year, but we’ve already reached out to Matt Castro at DEP, and he has given us the green light, so long as social distancing, etc., protocols are followed.

 

Fly Tying Night Patterns

Sulphur Perdigon


Hook: Lightning Strike JF2, size 14.
Bead: Gold slotted tungsten bead, 7/64”.
Weight: Lead-free round wire, .020.
Thread: Yellow, UTC 70 Denier.
Underbody: Yellow, UTC 70 Denier.
Tails: Wood-duck flank feather fibers.
Rib: Gold Ultra Wire, small.
Body: Golden brown Antron yarn.
Wingcase: Black UV-cure resin.
Coating: Low-viscosity UV-cure resin.

Night King


Hook: Lightning Strike JF2, size 14.
Bead: Black nickel slotted tungsten bead, 7/64”.
Thread: Fluorescent pink UTC 70 Denier.
Weight: Lead-free round wire, .020
Tail: Blue Silver Doctor saddle hackle fibers.
Rib: Medium blue Sulky Holoshimmer.
Body: Black pheasant tail fibers.
Collar: Peacock blue Antron dubbing.

Sexy Walt’s Worm


Hook: Lightning Strike JF2 barbless jig hook, size 14.
Bead: Gold slotted tungsten bead, 7/64′′.
Weight: .020 lead-free round wire, 8 to 10 wraps.
Thread: Fluorescent orange, 70-denier or 8/0.
Ribbing: Opalescent Sulky Sliver Metallic thread.
Body: Natural hare’s-mask dubbing and clear Antron, mixed.
Hot spot: Fluorescent orange tying thread.

Lance Egan’s Red Dart


Hook: Lightning Strike JF2 barbless jig hook, size 14.
Bead: Gold slotted tungsten bead, 7/64′′.
Weight: Lead-free round wire, .020.
Adhesive #1: Superglue or Fly Tyer’s Z-Ment.
Thread: Red, UTC 70 Denier.
Tails: Red saddle-hackle fibers.
Rib: Pearl Sulky Holoshimmer metallic thread.
Body: Peacock herl.
Collar 1: Brown saddle hackle.
Collar 2: Pink Ice dub.
Adhesive #2: Head cement or Sally Hansen Hard-As-Nails.

 

Mark Your Calendar  - Upcoming Events

Great news!

  • Thursday, April 15 - Chapter meeting, Matt DeLorenzo

  • Friday April 16, 2021 - Connetquat State Park

  • Saturday, May 2 - Amawalk Tree Planting

  • Thursday, May 20 - Chapter meeting, Harry Desmond

  • Friday July 23, 2021 - Connetquat State Park

  • Friday October 1, 2021 - Connetquat State Park

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