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April 2nd Date Set for 2016 Conservation Event

Planning is underway for Sebago Chapter's yearly Conservation Event and Fundraiser that will be held April 2 at Camp Ketcha in Scarborough. The event commmittee is: Dave Bowie, Elijah Miller, Steve Heinz, Brad Ronco and Coordinator Matt Streeter. Please send your ideas and any feedback on last year's event to Matt.

Land for Maine's Future Bonds

The Maine Legislature has nearly completed action to free all of the Land for Maine's future bonds that were being held up by the LePage administration. This will allow the Cold Stream Woods project to proceed and conserve the waterway and surrounding ponds, tributaries and forestland.

Thank you who contacted their legislators to help make this possible.

Event Calendar:

Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, February 16 (7:00 - 8:30pm)
Camp Ketcha in Scarborough
Salter Brook Trout

We are pleased to present Geof Day, co-founder and current Executive Director of the Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition who has spent decades learning about sea-run brook trout and the critical habitat they require. A native New Englander, he first encountered wild brook trout long before he knew there was even such a thing. As a life-long recreational and part-time commercial fisherman he learned that there were very few opportunities to "put fish back" in a way that could increasingly conserve wild, unique fish populations. So when he learned about TU's work restoring sea-run trout habitat in 1981, he was hooked for life.

Geof will share what he's learned about salter in Red Brook and other places you may have heard of. He'll be followed by TU's own Jeff Reardon who will talk about Maine's Downeast salters, and Wells Reserve's Jake Aman who will present us with an opportunity to look for salter brookies close to home.

Copies of the Insiders' Guide to the 5in5 Ponds will be availble for our project donors and volunteers after the presentations. New donors to our Conservation Fund may receive copies as well.

We normally meet third Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. October through March. Camp Ketcha in Scarborough is our normal meeting venue.

Contact Program Chair Dave Bowie with any ideas or suggestions you might like to see for future chapter meetings.

Gray Ghosts Fly-Tying Club

First Parish Church, Yarmouth

Old tiers, folks who want to learn, come join us with Maine guide and nationally recognized Master Fly Casting Instructor Rod McGarry. Tying gear available for those who need it. We meet November through March on most second and fourth Tuesdays 6:30 to 8:30.

CLICK HERE to view details about how we conduct our tying sessions.

2016 Fly Tying Sessions:

January 26: Our guest Tier is Louis Lortie from L’Ancienne Lorette, Quebec. Louis was the first Canadian to win the IFFF award for Fly Tying Skills and you will know why when you see his technique and teaching. He will help us tie a double hook Dusty Miller and the UK rage Sunray Shadow streamer.

February 9: The Dean of Maine Fly Tying Instructors, Terry Walsh, will share two top notch “in the film" flies. Roman Moser’s Bubble Caddis and the Quigley Cripple, the imitation of mayfly dun caught in the surface film. These two work in just as well in stillwater as they do in moving water.

February 23: L L Bean Instructional Fly Tyer Dave Jacobson will lead us in tying the Palomino Midge and a Sparkle Griffith’s Gnat. While Dave ties mostly in classic, style, he was influenced by Davie McPhail in the tying technique and tandem fishing tactics for these two flies. You will like this unique approach for Maine waters.

Saturday - February 27th: We are tying and teaching at the Fly Tying Expo / Cabin Fever Reliever at the Falmouth Memorial Library from 10:00 to 2:00

March 8: We present a T n’ T program with Todd Cloutier and Tim Deignan. They fish together, tie together and teach together. Their focus at this event is on Maine’s most popular trout insect, the caddis. The will laugh and lead us in tying Mike Lawson’s EZ Caddis and the Travis Glass Bead Head Caddis Emerger.

March 22: NH Guide and Certified Casting Instructor Tom Jutras author of the CD Engineering the Fly (over 120 full color step-by-step instructions) is our guest tier tonight. While he is sure to let us in on some of his favorites, he has agreed to teach his top two for NH trout waters, his Emergenator and a Partridge Hornberg variation.


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