Focused on fly fishing and fly tying for people of all skill levels in Connecticut.
3-3-15 UPDATE: SEE YOUR TESTIMONY AT http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CommDocTmy.asp?comm_code=app&date=03/02/2015
IF KENSINGTON HATCHERY CLEARS THIS HURDLE, THERE WILL BE FUTURE BATTLES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO COMMENT.
Don't squawk later, get busy now! Tell our legislators to save Kensington Hatchery!
In the Subject Line write: Testimony to Appropriations Comm. for the March 2, 2015 Public Hearing on Hatchery Funding.
Note that the committee prefers to receive email testimony as an attachment to the email, preferably in pdf form (although MS Word form should suffice).
Note that your message can be very short, but it's important at this time to get as many people as possible writing to support keeping Kensington Hatchery operational.
Here's a sample testimony:
Testimony to Appropriations Comm. for the March 2, 2015 Public Hearing on Hatchery Funding in DEEP budget. I support keeping Kensington Hatchery operational and removing it from the list of cuts proposed in the governor's budget because this hatchery generates more money for our state than it costs, and it provides unique benefits that would be forever lost.
A 2011 study by the CT Center for Economic Analysis at UConn reports that $38 in economic activity is generated by every $1 our state spends on natural resources.
Decreased fish stocking will lead to less angler hours realized, less tourism, less revenue for small businesses and therefore less tax and license revenue for CT. The current stocking programs generate roughly 2 million angler hours and approximately $60 million in revenue. The closing of Kensington would eliminate less than $195,000 in a multi-billion dollar budget, and would be poor economic policy.
Our other two hatcheries are operating at maximum and will be unable to make up for the loss of Kensington's capacity and unique elements such as chilled water capability and uniquely favorable well water. Closing Kensington Hatchery would end the brood stock salmon stocking program in CT, and along with it up to 7,000 Atlantic salmon fishing trips per year. Valuable genetic traits defining Connecticut River salmon will also be lost forever. Our successful Seeforellen Brown trout strain will be lost, as will much of the trophy brown trout and sea run trout programs that generate significant tourism revenue.
The award winning Salmon-in-Schools Program would be terminated after this school year which would affect over 60 schools and more than 6,000 Connecticut students each year. Another approximate 9,000 schoolchildren in 110 schools will lose the Trout in the Classroom Program due to the need for chilled water during egg development, which is only available at Kensington. These very cost-effective educational programs also develop environmental awareness in kids. Keeping Kensington Hatchery operational makes sense economically, educationally and environmentally.
YOUR NAME & ADDRESS
Title: Fly Fishing the Farmington River: CT's Crown Jewel
Guiding on the crown jewel of Connecticut, the Farmington River and shore guiding the coastline of Connecticut are his main passions now. He is the past fly tying editor for Fly Fishing New England and Fly Fishing the Mid Atlantic States magazines. He’s also a Scott Fly Rod endorsed pro.
It’s a hard river to fish: Ted--with almost 50 years experience--took six months to catch his first fish
Read the water
Know the bugs
Open your eyes and mind
Seine the water
Look above you
Learn the Rise Pattern
The 9 ft rod and light lines
Balance your rod/reel system
Leaders and tippet
Spey casting as an option
Fish the 99%
Chances are you’re not in the top 1% financially, and it’s even less likely your in the top 1% as a fly fisherman (these are fighting words)
The fly has to be in or on the water to catch a fish
It has to be at least as convincing as the naturals in or on the water
Long casts are for the 1%
Cast short, fish long
Mending, feeding line for drag-free drifts
Why you should at least try a BMar fly for the Farmington (note website, tying videos)
Using flies that work as both a dry and an emerger--or fishing an emerger through a hatch
The nymphing option
Farmington Hatches and the Seasons
Sulphur’s, Needhami’s, Trico’s
W/S Caddis, Stoneflies
Connecticut Fly Fisherman’s Association March 11, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. Free and Open to the Public
Refreshments and Speaker: Bruce Marino, Farmington River Guide
Place: Veterans Memorial Clubhouse, 100 Sunset Ridge, East Hartford, CT
With over 40 years flyfishing and tying experience, Bruce Marino, one of the premier fly fishing guides in Connecticut, has traveled to many destinations to fish for fresh and saltwater species. He is an expert fly tyer and his patterns have become widely used and are often go-to patterns for the guides where he has led fly fishing trips. These include Cooper's Minipi Camps in Labrador where they use his BMar Norway Rat, Hexagenia and Stonefly patterns. Guides at Crocodile Bay Lodge in Costa Rica use several of his BMar Wounded Baitfish patterns.
Guiding on the Farmington River and the coastline of Connecticut are his main passions today. Bruce is the past fly tying editor for Fly Fishing New England and Fly Fishing the Mid Atlantic States magazines. He’s also a Scott Fly Rod endorsed pro.
Bruce will cover reading the water, insect identification, knowing when fish are rising, and selecting the appropriate gear for the water and weather conditions. Like most experienced fisherman, Bruce’s advice is to fish the 99%, meaning the fly has to be in or on the water to catch fish, concentrate on short accurate casts, mend your line, nymphing, as well as knowing when to fish the hatches on the Farmington River.
The Connecticut Fly Fisherman’s Association is a certified non-profit 501C3 organization and is dedicated to preserving and promoting the pleasures and traditions of fly fishing and to conserve game fish waters.
More information is available about CFFA at: www.ctflyfish.org and our facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/CTFlyFish
Come join us to meet new people and learn about the sport of Fly Fishing
On March 4th and April 1st our board will meet at the East Hartford Cultural Center, 50 Chapman Place, East Hartford, CT 06108 in Room #104. Not at the clubhouse.
Regular monthly meetings will continue to be held at the Clubhouse.
FLY FISHING CLASSES presented by the CT Fly Fisherman's Assoc. Six sessions: 4 classroom sessions on
Thursday evenings plus 2 on-water sessions on Saturday mornings. Cost for entire course is $50 per
adult ($40 for CFFA members) and $30 for kids 16 & younger which includes one parent for free.
Must register by contacting Peter Naples at 860-620-2317.
Classroom sessions held at East Hartford Cabela's, in the 2nd floor conference room near deli.
March 5th. Class 1. Fly Rods, Lines, & Reels. Why Fly Casting is Different: Lines and Line Weights: Classification of Line Weights
Types of Fly Lines: Fly Rods: Design, Function, Action, Material.: Fly Reels
March 12th. Class 2. Characteristics of Trout and Diet of Stream Trout
Many fish can be taken on the Fly. ID Most Common Trout in the East. Trout Survival: Needs, Characteristics, Diet.
Aquatic Insects: Mayflies, Caddis flies, Stone flies.
March 19th. Class 3. Stream Tactics
Location: Rise Types: Approach: Water Types: Pools, Reach, Pocket. Factors Determining Fly Selection:
Streamers and Buck tail, Wet and Nymphs, Dry.
March 26th. Class 4. Leaders and Knots
Basic Advice on Tying Knots ( It is important not only to select the right knot for a particular job but to tie
it properly. Poorly Tied knots will mean lost fish and aggravation.)
Backing to Reel: Backing to Fly Line: Fly Line to Leader: Leader to Tippet: Tippet to Fly
TBD. Class 5. Outside Casting Instruction
The Freshwater Fly Casting lessons will held at a pond is in East Hartford.
TBD. Class 6. On-the-Water Instructions
Freshwater Stream Instruction is held on the Willimantic River.
Note: There are no makeup dates for classes missed unless we need to postpone a class because of weather.
In that case we would reschedule the class.