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Meeting Schedule:

May 13, 2014 Membership meeting

Election of Officers and BOD Members

The final MRVTU meeting of the 2013-2014season will feature Joe Norton, the project coordinator for TU’s Upper Connecticut River Initiative and the election of officers and BOD Members.
Joe is a native of New Hampshire and a graduate of Montana State University in Bozeman. After graduation Joe was a fishing guide in the West Yellowstone area – think the Madison and Yellowstone Rivers in Montana and the Henry’s Fork of the Snake in Idaho. After several years of guiding, Joe joined the Idaho Fish and Game Department with the Anadromous Fisheries Group (think Steelhead !) – and also owned and ran a fly shop in Lewiston Idaho for 15 years. He returned to New Hampshire to become the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation before joining TU for his current Upper CT River responsibilities.
His program at our May 13th meeting will focus on Steelhead Fishing in the Pacific Northwest, after which he will touch on last season’s work in the CT River watershed and plans for the coming season.


Meeting Place: Sweeney American Legion Post, 251 Maple St, Manchester, NH 03103
Doors Open at 6:30 PM
For more information contact reelnhfishing@aol.com

Monthly meetings 2nd Tuesday of the month  

October through May

 

Fly-tying Presentations Prior to Meetings

 

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Fly tying and Fly Fishing Classes

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Current and previous newsletters may be viewed on the "Newsletter" page.

 

Revised By-Laws

Click here to review revised by-laws.

Other TU volunteer opportunities:

 

If you would like to volunteer to help restore trout habitat in NH, send an email to Dick Peterson: dick@flyfishnewengland.com

 

Stop Rock Snot!

 

Invasive alga didymo is threatening the coldwater streams of New Hampshire. Already found in the Connecticut and Mohawk Rivers, do your part to slow the spread of this insidious threat to our local waters.

 

Check - your gear for didymo

Clean - with strong detergent or bleach

Dry - for two days to kill didymo

 

Don't use felt-sole waders in infected waters!

 

Check these links for specific info about didymo and what YOU can do to halt its spread.

NHDES

NH Fish and Game

 

Fly Pattern of the Month

Many of our members enjoy tying flies, so be sure to check out: The Fly Pattern of the Month.  Every month we post a pattern on the web site and tell people about it in the newsletter.  If you have a pattern you would like to submit, just email it to fly pattern@merrimacktu.org 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mission

Trout Unlimited is a national organization dedicated to protecting and improving cold water fishing resources. Our local chapter is a key building block and our local members volunteer their time, money and energy to improving cold-water fishing resources in New Hampshire. Almost all members love fly fishing, and related activities, such as fly tying.

2014 Youth Camp

Youth Trout Camp is conducted by the NH Trout Unlimited State Council and its chapters throughout the state.  The five day camp teaches appreciation through the art and science of fly fishing.  The Youth Camp is for ages 14-17 years of age.  To apply please download the Camp Brochure. (Click Here for Details).

Monthly Meetings

The Merrimack River Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited meets in Manchester, New Hampshire the second Tuesday of every month. Meetings are held at the Sweeney Post of the American Legion on Maple Street. MAP Guests and potential members are always welcome. Before most meetings there is fly tying starting at 6:30. The regular meeting starts at 7:30 pm and usually lasts until around 9:00 pm. Every meeting includes a program with guest speakers. In the past, guest speakers such as Thomas Ames and other fly fishing and fly tying experts present slide presentations on fly fishing, fly tying, entomology, Atlantic Salmon restoration, etc. In addition to outside speakers, members frequently present their fly fishing exploits in New Hampshire, Maine, Alaska, Montana and throughout New England.

In December, we hold the Holiday Social where members enjoy refreshments and bucket raffles and fly-swap. In the spring we hold the our Conservation Dinner fund-raiser with auction and raffles. Every spring we conduct learn to fly fish and fly tying classes for beginner and intermediates. In the Summer we take a break and instead of meetings, we have weekend fly-fishing day-trips to local waters.

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Projects

To carry out the TU mission, the chapter participates in many projects to restore and protect habitat and improve fishing opportunities in New Hampshire.  Projects include stocking Atlantic salmon fry and catchable trout every spring and many stream improvement projects.  The Chapter purchased chiller/aquarium set-ups and sponsors three schools in the USFWS Adopt-a-salmon program. The chapter also completed a stream improvement project on the Piscataquog River, and conducted a Stream Assessment Class .  The chapter also supports educational programs in local libraries with an interpretive display and brochures to educate the public on TU's mission.

 

 

Adopt-a-Biologist   

By its nature, Trout Unlimited is an organization  of volunteers.  We implemented a project dedicated to helping fisheries biologists in New Hampshire in their efforts. Volunteers were teamed up with biologists to help with specific projects aimed at improving fisheries in our own back yard. Read about the background and organization of this important program.  Part of the effort revolves around the Atlantic Salmon program, featured in this article.

To volunteer for the Adopt-a-Biologist program, email Jim Timmins

   

 

 Links

 

 Go to our links page to visit  sponsors, affiliates and  interesting conservation and fly-fishing sites from New Hampshire and other New England states.