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Our next membership meeting isThursday, May 3rd at 7pm. This is a “pie and fly tying” event so everybody that wants to work with the best fly tyers in the region, bring your vice and materials and enjoy our pizzas.
Our Annual Dinner was a great success! Thank you to all the HFFA members and their guests for joining us on Sunday, April 15. A very special thanks to Max Ruggiero and Allison Brown for all their hard work in organizing this very important fund-raising annual event. Plans are already underway for next year.
The Housatonic will be stocked as soon as the water levels drop. Stocking normally occurs around this time in April. I wouldn’t be surprised if that timetable goes a little longer. When the water drops, major flies to use this time of year are golden stone nymphs, streamers especially the Goldie!, and as soon as we have some warm days in a row, I would closely watch for Hendricksons nymphs to emergers to duns.
Our next event is our Annual Clean-up of the Housatonic River. Please join us at the Monument Hole in Housatonic Meadows at 10am on Saturday April 28. However, if it’s bad weather or if the River is up higher than normal and up on the banks, we will cancel since that is an unsafe condition. I will call all volunteers on Friday evening around 6:30pm (after the weather reports) and I’ll let you know if the clean-up is still on.
There is no clean-up on May 7.
There is a Housatonic River Orientation Tour given by Paul McCain of River Bay Outfitters of Long Island. Paul McCain can be reached at 516 263 6610. There is a barbeque after the orientation. See the cost of this event at his website at www.RiverbayOutfitters.com
Want to join our Board of Directors? The current proposed officers for 2019 are listed as follows:
President: Art Giuletti
First Vice President: Allison Brown*
Second Vice President: Paul Dinice
Treasurer: Kevin Stankiewicz
Second Treasurer: Vacant
Secretary: Jay Hirsch
Second Secretary: Vacant
Membership Liason: we need 3 members
* Allison Brown placed here name for First Vice President. She is the first HFFA member to step forward and formerly join the Executive Board Team. Thanks, Allison!
We have a Nominating Committee and we will be available to talk to any HFFA member that wants to be considered for ANY of the positions listed above and that includes the positions that are filled. We are also looking to have a Membership Liason committee. That job consists of three members that will act for the membership at large.
Our Nominating Committee: Fred Monahan, tel: 203-213-9419; Sam D’Ambruoso. tel: 203-417-7120; and Paul Dinice, tel: 203-305-3850. Call us and let us know you’re interested in becoming an HFFA officer and executive Board member. We will be talking about the slate of officers and committee chairs at the May meeting. PLEASE BE THERE!
Remember: all positions are open. Final Board of Directors will be in place after votes are cast at the Annual Association Meeting, Saturday, June 2, 2018; 12 noon at the HFFA Camp ground.
We hope to see all of you at these HFFA meetings. Have a friend whose a fellow fly fisher? Please pass this newsletter along to them. We would love to have them join us. See you all at the next meeting on Thursday, May 3 at 7pm.
HFFA Newsletter Editor
State Fisheries Advisory Council Member
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Annual River Clean-up
Saturday, April 28, 2018
10am Monument Hole
This is our annual clean-up that has been a tradition since the early 1970s. Want to join the 9 HFFA members that signed up? Call Sam D’Ambruoso at 203-417-7120.
June 1,2,3, 2018
Call Jay Hirsch at 203-281-1522 to make reservations about the annual camp-out along the Housatonic River TMA.
ANNUAL ASSOCIATION MEETING announcement: According to our HFFA By-Laws, we are announcing our Annual Meeting and Election of Officers will be Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 12 noon at the HFFA camp ground site.
The Trout Parade
Livingston, New York
June 9, 2018
A group of HFFA fly fishers are getting together to go to an event called the The Trout Parade in Livingston NY. An actual parade of people dressed in trout gear and, in years past, we had seen people costumed as a trout marching in the parade. There will be some arts and crafts and let’s not forget the fishing right in Livingston. Call Max Ruggiero at 203-530-9984 for more info.
Annual HFFA Expo
March 9, 2019 10am to 3pm
Annual HFFA Dinner
End of March, 2019
Annual Fly Fishing Merit Badge Class
Boy Scouts of America
Sponsored by the HFFA
April 5, 6, 7, 2019
We will need volunteers teaching tying flies, fly casting instruction, and fly fishing on a pond that is heavily stocked with trout. and helping with the Scouts. This event has been well-received in the past and we are happy to continue this effort. Call Fred Monahan, our Education Chair, at 203-213-9419.
Want to join one of our teams that put these events together? Contact Art Giulietti at 203-606-7763
DIRECTIONS TO OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS
The Housatonic Fly Fishermen’s Association General Membership meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month, September to May. The Executive Board meets every third Thursday of the month, September to June. All members are invited to attend both meetings. Meetings will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (next to Archie Moore’s Restaurant) 65 North Main, Wallingford CT
, starting at 7:00 PM.
Sam D’Ambruoso, Conservation Chair
A Call For Volunteers! We have a number of projects planned for 2018/2019:
1. Tree planting on the banks of the TMA. This one is right in the by-laws about protecting erosion control. We did a lot to stop this by planting a number of evergreens and other trees along the banks where we spotted erosion in the mid late 1970s. We need to do this again.
2. Stocking of fingerlings in feeder streams of the TMA. I will be talking to DEEP about this.
3. Annual clean-up of the TMA.
4. Other conservation projects that you think are warranted.
5. The Mill River Refuge Project. All ready well-underway and being handled by DEEP and Trout Unlimited.
Come and join us! All we are asking is a few hours of your time to give back to the Housatonic TMA which has given so much to you over your lifetime. Call Sam at 203-417-7120.
UPDATE ON MILL RIVER PROJECT:
The following information was provided by Tracy Brown, Trout Unlimited Northeastern Restoration Coordinator.
Trout Scapes, the engineering and design company working on the Mill River project, agrees with the design modifications proposed by Tracy Brown of TU and Mike Humphreys of DEEP. Estimated cost is $45,000 to complete the work on the Mill River refuge.
Next steps –
1. Meet with Town of Cornwall to confirm acceptance of design.
2. Final survey through HECRAS. Editor’s note: Hydrologic Engineering Center’s (CEIWR-HEC) River Analysis System (HEC-RAS) website. This software allows the user to perform one- dimensional steady flow, one and two-dimensional unsteady flow calculations, sediment transport/mobile bed computations, and water temperature/water quality tests
3. Apply for permits
4. Fundraising to complete final design and installation
We are researching leads on grants for the project and will pitch the idea to some potential donors. We have close to $10,000 reserved for this project in the Housatonic River Fund held by Trout Unlimited.
Boy Scouts Merit Badge Class
Fred Monahan, Education Chair
The HFFA sponsored our annual Fly Fishing Merit Badge class on April 6, 7, and 8, of 2018 at Deer Lake Scout Reservation in Killingworth Ct. We taught 13 scouts fly tying and fly casting as well as taking them out to the pond and have them try to catch their first fish on a fly. This project was very well-received by the Scouts and it was equally rewarding to the HFFA volunteers who helped introduce fly fishing and fly tying.
A special thanks to Fred Monahan, our project leader (year after year I might add), and all of the HFFA volunteers who contributed their time and energy in helping our young people learn fly fishing. It looks like we have already made some fly fishing enthusiasts!
First fish on fly!!
And some of our instructors!
Fly of the Month
Paul’s Salt Water Hair Bug
Hook: Mustad #34011 (SW) size # 1/0 or 2/0 or preferred long shank hook.
Tying thread: Salt Water grade thread such as Danville’s Flat Waxed Nylon, Big Fly Thread, or GSP.
Tail: Small bunch of pencil size white buck tail extending 1 ½ times the length of the hook shank from the bend of the hook, over which is 4-6 white saddle hackles tied in deceiver style, topped by a small amount of white buck tail
extending ¾ the length of the tail.
Body: 3 to 4 wraps of Bill’s Body Braid or metallic braid material of choice. Just make sure that whatever you use is durable. The body material should extend from your tail tie in point and cover 2/3rds the hook shank, leaving the last 3rd of the fly exposed.
Flash: 6-8 strands of Silver Holographic Tinsel.
Belly: White Deer Hair tied in at the end of the body wrap. It should extend to approximately ½ the length of the tail.
Cheeks: On both sides of the hook shank tie in equal parts of chartreuse deer hair extending approximately ½ the length of the tail.
Wing: Chartreuse deer hair extending approximately ½ the length of the tail (Belly, cheeks, and wing are all the same length.)
Head: Spun Chartreuse deer hair trimmed to a sedge shape (muddler head). After trimming the head dab liberal amounts of head cement all over it to increase durability.
This is one of my top 5 salt water flies. Not only does it catch great numbers of fish, it is a “big fish” catching fly! There is not much original about this fly but I’m still calling it Paul’s Hair Bug. I have done a lot of reading about very similar such as the Black Angus &Snake fly. Both have deer hair heads and are great flies.
The heads push a lot of water and the ‘movement’ of these flies really entices fish to bite. One thing I have never read about is one technique that I use to fish this fly. Many times I’ve fished over very deep ‘cuts’ at river mouths or in estuaries. These are prime spots and there are usually a few other fly fishermen fishing there. Almost all are using intermediate lines. At times they may be catching some stripers but I know that at these locations most fish are located in the very lower portion of the water column. So I fish a sinking line, maybe a 250 to 350 grain.
A possible problem is that you may now be getting your fly down to the fish, but standard flies such as deceivers and even clousers, tend to hang up if your fly is all the way down on the bottom. By using a ‘Hair Bug’ your fly is so buoyant it stays 1-3 feet above the bottom, but still within strike distance to the fish. It also moves side to side like a spin fisherman’s bomber lure and up and down between strips of the fly. This technique has let me catch stripers when others could not get their flies within striking distance to the fish.
When tying this fly, think of it as a deceiver on steroids with a deer hair head. Begin by tying in your white buck tail at the bend of the hook. This helps to prevent the fouling of the saddle hackles you are going to tie in next. Tie in 4-6 white saddle hackle deceiver style.
Now take a smaller amount of white buck tail and tie it on top. Before you really bind it down use your finger nail by pressing against it to envelope the saddle hackles.
Next, tie in your body braid material. Wrap it forward and tie it off leaving the final 1/3 of the hook shank exposed. This will assist you in spinning your deer hair head later.
Now tie in 6-8 strands of Holographic Silver Tinsel. The tinsel should extend to the tip of the tail.
Next, tie in equal lengths of White Buck Tail for the Belly, and Chartreuse Buck Tail for the Cheeks and Wing.
Now spin your deer hair (belly hair) muddler head on the fly. The key to spinning a good deer hair head is to hold the hair in place for 1 1/2 tight wraps, then letting it go for your second and third wrap.
Continue this process by pushing as much spun hair back towards the bend of the hook that you can. You want a very full spun head.
After you reach the eye of the hook, tie off your fly. Now it’s time to trim the head. When you trim it, clip the bottom of the head flat with a scissors or razor blade. Trim the top into a round shape tapering down to the hook eye.
After trimming the head, place some head cement on your bodkin and dab it onto your head for greater durability.
If you have any questions about this fly or would like to submit a Fly of the Month I can be reached at 203 305-3850 or at email@example.com . This fly can also be viewed on my website at
Fly Tying Classes
MEMBERS! Here’s the best deal in town! Come to the meeting and talk to some of our Board and Committee memers about our very popular fly tying class. This past year we had 20 members sign up for this great class! Classes run Oct-March the 3rdThursday of the month at 7:00 PM and are structured for beginners to advanced. There is also an excellent salt-water class.
The HFFA is proud to have the very best in fly tying instructions by our well-noted fly tying instructors and members, Paul Dinice, Bill Goeben, and Suguru Imaeda.
These are very experienced and professional-level fly-tyers with wonderful instruction on tying specific patterns they are willing to share. And is the price right for the class: it’s a whole one dollar per class or $5 for 6 classes and you get materials for the fly you’re tying that evening. You just bring your tools like fly vices, scissors, tying threads.
Call the phone number under Fly Tying in the left hand column for more information.
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Our HFFA Awards
“Charles Downing Lay Award”, presented by the Housatonic Valley Association, for Outstanding Conservation Efforts/ “The McKenzie Cup”, International Award presented by Federation of Fly Fishers/ “Outstanding Achievement Award” presented by Eastern Council Federation of Fly Fishers/Connecticut Sportsmen’s Alliance “Outstanding Sportsmen’s Organization/ National Wildlife Federation “President’s Award”/ Connecticut DEP “Environmental Award”