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MA-RI Council CaddisFly Festival
May 31 - June 2
This camping and fishing/conservation weekend will coincide with Massachusetts’s free fishing weekend- May 31-June 2, 2019. The Council has negotiated and reserved twenty-seven campsites with CountryAire Campground in Shelburne, Massachusetts, a stone’s throw from the Deerfield, North and Hoosic rivers. Tent sites can accommodate up to 4 people each. RV sites can accommodate up to six people per site (and can be occupied by tenters as well as RVs. For more information about other area attractions – please visit the CountryAire website.
Our group has reserved tent sites 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67 and RV sites 15 -32 , which include water and electrical connections. View the campsite map.
Check in is Friday , May 31 after 3:00 pm am checkout is 11:00 a.m. Sunday June 2, 2019. This is not an inexpensive endeavor for the Council and we hope to recoup our costs and raise some funds at the same time for coldwater conservation. So, we are asking members to support the Council by paying for the campsites. The cost for a site for the weekend is $70 per site (which can be shared by up to 6 people per site).
Sites will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to MA/RI TU members to the first 27 groups sending a check to our treasurer.
Please let him know if you’d prefer a tent or RV site:
7 Martin Road
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
I stay at this campground often. It’s one of my favorites and I can tell you that the fishing on all of these rivers at that time of the year is superb! l’ll personally be guiding two to three of you on the middle to lower end of the North River for oversized rainbows.
Activities planned for this weekend include:
- Guided fishing by local TU chapters on each of these rivers
- Annual Council meeting and barbeque
- A conservation tour of the Crowningshield property in Heath, Massachusetts. This property was preserved in large part by our collaboration and funding to the Franklin Land Trust. This remote and wild section of the North River is home to a wild and robust population of brook trout. Come learn about the landtrust’s conservation management of the property and about the woody debris study being conducted by TU national staff from New England
- Fundraising auction/raffle
Wild brook trout thrive in the remote Crowningshield property on the North River, Heath, MA
I am looking forward to chatting with all of you at this exciting new Council endeavor and to fishing with a few of you as well.