Ammonoosuc Chapter Trout Unlimited October Newsletter
Last month I mentioned how the Covid-19 crisis had far reaching effects----well, we learned that the effects are also closer to home. On 10/8 we tried to re-instate a chapter meeting w/speaker, and the only participants (some reluctantly) were your board of directors. While we do not criticize or blame those distancing themselves, we have learned that a ‘live’ chapter meeting should be put on hold for the foreseeable future.
In an effort to keep our membership as informed as possible, we are expanding our newsletter to include more of the board activities that are taking place, as well as providing more links to interesting activities that might be a short term substitute to our monthly chapter meetings.
To that end, the board; hence, the chapter, is involved with the transfer of the Bethlehem property along the Ammonoosuc to the Forest Society. That transfer should be complete within the next 60 days, and the chapter intends to be involved with the Forest Society in making the property more user friendly, as well as improving the habitat for fish and wildlife.
We are also still involved with the improvements to the Childs Brook in Bath, NH, and are awaiting the approval of additional grant funding. Actual work, which can include chapter members, should begin next summer.
Phase 1 of the Success Pond project, which Ammo TU was the nonprofit supporter of, has been completed and your board of directors recently authorized the chapter to support Phase 2. Some chapter members were involved in a workday on Phase 1 last month, and we expect those opportunities will repeat with Phase 2.
The board is looking into re-establishing a cooperative effort with a local conservation-based organization—more to come on that initiative.
There seems to be renewed interest in re-establishing the fish ladder above Profile Lake, and we are monitoring, and plan to be involved with, the progress on that project.
We are exploring the possibility of engaging with a local organization to provide some help for fishing activities with handicapped individuals.
Photos from the work done October 7th at Success Pond are below.
Improve Your Skills
An Orvis how to video on Euro Nymphing with Tom Rosenbauer and George Daniel - A comprehensive video on Euro Nymphing techniques.
A video by the New Fly Fisher on streamer tactics for Trout.
Fly Fishing Knots:
A RIO Products video on knots to attach fly to leader. Winter is a good time to learn new knots.
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 realities and guidelines, we will not be having a Holiday Party this year. Lastly, we are excited to announce that plans are under way to re-establish a 5K run/walk in the Littleton Industrial Park. As you may recall, the previous run/walk was a major source of the funds that supported your Ammo Chapter, and I am pleased to report that the newly organized event will continue to support the efforts of Ammo TU. Please feel free to offer comments/suggestions to me and/or the other officers and board members of your chapter. You may do so through the web site @ www.ammotu.org.
Schuyler W Sweet, President
Ammonoosuc Chapter Trout Unlimited