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Sebago TU Wins National Award

The Chapter has won TU National's Gold Trout Award for 2014! Read about it in our latest newsletter.

Sebago TU Board Survey

The The Chapter Board of Directors wish to thank those members who responded to the recent membership survey either on-line or by phone. The results will be published on-line on this website and in the January newsletter

October's Volunteer Opportunity

Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District will be doing fish passage impediment surveys of sites on the main stem tributaries of the Androscoggin from Topsham to Gulf Island Dam starting in September and October. Sites will concentrate on brooks including Stetson, House, Soper Mill, Moody, Salmon, Gerrish, Dyer, Newell, Meadow, Pinkham, Simpson and a number of unnamed ones in the towns of Topsham, Lisbon, Lisbon Falls, Durham, and Lewiston. The driving distances involved for those of us who live in the eastern part of the Sebago TU membership area should be especially convenient. OJT is available for those of you who have not done survey work before.

If you have some days that you would like to 'give back’ to Maine’s environment, please contact Sue Gammon at 753-9400 X404 - e-mail is preferred.

November's Volunteer Opportunity

State Fisheries Biologist Jim Pellerin has announced that MDIFW will be conducting a redd survey of the Crooked River during the first two weeks of November (weather dependent). The Crooked is the source of virtually all of the wild landlocked Atlantic salmon in Sebago Lake, and is a unique asset - close to Portland yet pristine.
Most of the survey will be conducted from canoes and kayaks by State biologists paired with volunteers. There will be wading/walking sections as well, and weekend volunteer opportunities. This will be a fun project and a great way to be introduced into some of TU's conservation work. If you want to be part of this, please contact Joe Croteau by October 24.

More Ponds Reclaimed for Native Brook Trout

Our 5in5 Project continues to work with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Region A to restore quality native brook trout fishing to ponds in southwestern Maine that have been overrun with invasive species. August and September saw the reclamation of ponds three and four: Crocker Pond and Broken Bridge Ponds in the White Mountain National Forest in Albany, Maine. Program funds were used to purchase the rotenone, signage, dam gate security device and lunch for on site workers. Chapter volunteers provided manual labor to help set up the equipment needed to draw down the ponds prior to the reclamation.

If you haven’t donated to the project yet, there’s still time. Contact Project Coordinator Dave Haskell.

Event Calendar:


Chapter Meetings

Maine Fishing Presentation Kicks-off the Meeting Cycle October 21st, 2014 (7pm - 8:30pm)

Tim Shaw is an elite fly fisherman, photographer and fellow TU member. Many of you may recall his presentation on trout fishing in Patagonia from a few years ago. One of our best-attended chapter meetings ever, many of us left with our eyes glazed over after seeing so many large, bright sea-run trout.

Tim put together a presentation on Maine’s diverse fishing opportunities for his home Washington DC area chapter that he will share with us at our October chapter meeting.

Whether new to the state or an old hand, you will be delighted by his slides that highlight our native brook trout and landlocked salmon fisheries, and go on to describe the warm water fisheries that we can enjoy during the heat of the summer.

We normally meet third Tuesdays October through March at American Legion Post 62, 17 Dunn Street in Westbrook.

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.

November Tying Sessions:

When we think of Autumn ... the verse "Over the river and through the wood..." (Linda Marie Child - Over the River) comes to mind.

Another line that comes to mind is  "Oh, Boy, I can hardly wait..." ( a fly tier-Gray Ghosts)

....and the reason you can hard wait is because we launch our Gray Ghost season in November with two top notch fly tiers / fly fishers from the Grand State of Maine:
  • Tuesday, November 11th, Greg Ponte (Mr. TU in Maine) leads us in tying Gary LaFonatine's Marabou Worm (the Superfly) and Cal Bird's Bird's Nest, two flies you will not to be without next season
...and then...

  • Tuesday, November 25th  Dave Martel (yes, that Dave M of posts on FFIM fame) will show you how to tie those pesky parachute posts we all struggle with...Dave will lead us in tying two parachute style flies; a BWO A. K Best Style Parachute and Hans van Klinken's Klinkhammer.
You will be "hammering " the trout in your favorite waters next season with these four flies and you won't believe the technique and ease with which you can turn them out of your vise.


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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