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New on this website - Women Flyfishers Page

We're making a special effort to get more women into fly fishing. Read about it here.


Current Conservation Volunteer Opportunities

Nezinscot River Fish Passage Impediment Survey - starting the week of July 20 and running through August. The river is in the Turner area - one of the best-stocked-trout fisheries in our vicinity. Anyone who has worked with Sue Gammon of the Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District has been inspired by her dedication. Contact her to volunteer at gammonsr@gmail.com.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Fish Passage Impediment Surveys - in a number of watersheds. Our volunteers will be teamed with one of their survey team members. Contact TNC’s coordinator Eileen Bader ebader@tnc.org or 598-0471 - email preferred. Here is their schedule, the Mousam in our membership area will be easiest for most of us:
August 3 - 6: Nezinscot (Turner vicinity - coordinated with AVSWCD)
August 10 - 13: Upper Kennebec (Bingham vicinity)
August 24 - 27: Mousam (Kennebunk north)


Metallic Mining Rules Fail to Pass Maine Legislature

Despite their approval by the Maine Senate, the Legislature failed to pass the weakened Metallic Mining Rules that we so feared would result in the poisoning of some of Maine's finest brook trout waters.

The communications that you sent to your legislators are what made the difference.

Let's hope that this terrible idea never comes before the legislature again.


Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Preliminary information - details and how to sign up will become available as planning progresses:

Round Pond Reclamation
Timeframe: August/September - weekdays
Location: Albany Township
Training: Physical labor - no training required
Partner: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Region A
Special: Fifth pond of 5in5!

Crooked River Salmon Weir Monitoring and Maintenance
Timeframe: September to November
Location: Naples above Route 11
Training: OJT will be provided
Partner: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Region A
Special: Always special to work with Region A’s biologists



Event Calendar:


 

Chapter Meetings

 

We normally meet third Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. October through March in the meeting rooms at Cabela's, 100 Cabela's Boulevard in Scarborough. Our final meeting of this cycle was on March 17.


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 our tying sessions.

 


Our next Tying Session will be in November - but Rod never sleeps. Here's his latest!

From September 27th thru October 3rd, the 144th Cumberland fair will open their gates to fairgoers for seven days, and I wanted to ask:

Will you join us at the 2015 Cumberland Fair to share the ideas, insights and concepts of Trout Unlimited?

We Gray Ghosts went to the fairgrounds last year with the intent to foster the tradition of Fly Tying as Craft and to establish a platform where we could create a high educational precedent about Fly Fishing. Never doubt that a a small group of thoughtful, committed folks can bring a positive focus to and drive momentum to a cause. Just a look at the numbers from our 2014 Fair efforts clearly indicate we were effective:

278 New flies in Circulation (ones we tied and handed out or flies that Fair-goers tied at our booth)

226 Individual Flies in our Exhibit ( a model for what can be done, neat execution and technique)

45 Display Exhibits in the Ribbon Program (a broad spectrum and quite the eye catching variety)

32 New Folks added to our TU / Gray Ghost mailing list

31 Demonstration Tiers (showing dedication and a passion for sharing)

3 Folks joined our Sebago TU Chapter

2 Very Helpful Judges for our Exhibition

1 Fantastic Article in the Maine Sunday Telegram (9/28) about what we did at the Fair
http://www.pressherald.com/2014/09/28/off-to-a-flying-start/

Contact Rod for questions - and to sign up.



 

Chapter Newsletter

Sebago MainStream is the monthly newsletter for our chapter. It highlights a calendar of events that the chapter is sponsoring, chapter information, and descriptions of our conversation and youth training activities - past and present.

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