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January’s Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, January 22 at 7pm
How to build a Fly Rod / with Michael Lauritzen

Board member, Michael Lauritzen started building rods about a year ago and has built several freshwater and saltwater rods. He will be demonstrating how to build a fiberglass flyrod from a kit. The discussion will focus on blanks, components, wrapping, finishing and basic tools. He started with a class about a year ago and has attended several builder workshops in NY over the last year as well. He will share at least one of his mistakes with the group.

The build we will be starting that night will be a 7’ 6” Fiberglass 4wt. 3pc rod. A perfect rod for fishing the local rivers.

 Once completed it will be raffle off at the annual banquet.

 

All are welcome to attend our monthly meetings

Monthly Meetings are held at the Pepperell VFW Hall located at 55 Leighton Street, Pepperell, MA.

 

 


A note from the Board:

A work day with a few of the board members

This last spring the board of directors sought for the permission of the Pepperell Conservation Committee to remove a small dam on Sucker Brook, located within the Keyes – Parker conservation area off of Oak Hill road in Pepperell, MA.
This barrier on Sucker brook has caused the resulting pond to silt over, creating a heat sink and blocking continuity within the stream. Below the dam sediment has ceased to reach the lower reaches creating a dead zone. 
Dam removal will return and maintain balance within the stream allowing native Brook Trout ,endangered mussels and other organisms access through-out the stream.
After spirited debate the Committee granted the chapter permission to proceed. At the meeting speaking on our behalf was Alex Hackman from Ma. Division of Ecological Restoration .  Alex suggested we apply for Priority Project status through the DER. Priority Projects are eligible for technical services, data collection, engineering, design work , Permitting, project management and grants.  As shown the amount of assistance available would be of incredible value to the project.
We applied for Priority Project status this summer and after Thanksgiving were told we were accepted. This is incredibly good news for the chapter and the project. I want to thank DER and Our board of directors for their hard work in making this happen.
Papers need to be signed and a plan created to get the project underway, there is a lot to be done in advance of the dam coming done.  I will keep everyone informed as the project moves forward and what are members can do to help.  Sincerely, Mike Rosser


Upcoming Events

  1. Annual Fundraiser Dinner

    March 30 @ 5:00 pm6:00 pm
  2. MA-RI Council CaddisFly Festival

    May 31June 2
  3. Day on the River

    June 1 @ 9:00 am2:00 pm

Dates:  January 18, 19 & 20, 2019

Time
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 5:30pm
Sunday: 9am – 4:30pm

Location: Royal Plaza Trade Center – Marlborough
181 Boston Post Road
West Marlborough, MA 01752

Marlborough Show Info

To celebrate our 16th Fly Fish NH Show we will be adding double the presentations and seminars. Also we are working to expand the vendor area and adding more exhibitor spaces.
The 16th Annual Fly Fish New Hampshire Show will take place at the Executive Court Banquet Facility located at 1199 South Mammoth Rd. in Manchester, NH on Saturday, February 23, 2019.
http://www.merrimacktu.org/fly-fish-new-hampshire-show-2018/


Sucker Brook Restoration – Pepperell, Receives Priority Designation  

Through this project, and in partnership with the Trout Unlimited Squan-a-Tissit Chapter and the Town of Pepperell, plans will be developed to remove a small dam and upgrade a stream crossing in the Keyes-Parker Conservation Area to benefit Eastern brook trout and other species.

Baker-Polito Administration Designates Priority River and Wetland Restoration Projects

BOSTON — The Baker Polito Administration today announced that 12 river and wetland restoration projects across the Commonwealth will be designated Priority Projects through the Department of Fish and Game’s (DFG) Division of Ecological Restoration (DER). Upon receiving designation, Priority Projects are eligible for technical services, including data collection, engineering, design work, permitting, project management and grants. “Ecological restoration is an important tool for local stakeholders working to protect and preserve rivers and wetlands across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “In addition to the assistance provided at the local level, the Priority Project Program assists the state in ensuring that environmental assets are able to adapt to the impacts of climate change.” The new Priority Projects include dam removals, culvert replacements, urban river revitalization, salt marsh restoration, and streamflow restoration.  Each project restores healthy habitat while also helping communities prevent storm damage, address aging infrastructure, and improve outdoor recreation. “Communities and land owners are on the front lines of climate change, and Priority Projects are critical to ensure habitat restoration and climate adaptation,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Through ongoing collaboration, the Commonwealth will continue to work with local and private partners to restore and protect critical environmental resources. “The new dam removal, streamflow restoration, and salt marsh restoration projects expand habitat for Eastern brook trout, coastal waterfowl, and many other fish and wildlife species,” said Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Ronald Amidon.  “The projects also open up new opportunities for paddling, nature observation, and other kinds of outdoor recreation.” Once completed, the projects will provide significant social, environmental and economic benefits to the Commonwealth and local communities. Currently, more than 45 active ecological restoration projects throughout the state are designated as Priority Projects.    
The Priority Projects selected by the Baker-Polito Administration include: Stony Brook Flow Restoration – Littleton Through this project, DER will provide assistance to the Town of Littleton to engage stakeholders in a variety of modeling and data collection efforts regarding streamflow and restoration of streamflow. The project builds on previous collaboration between DER and the Town of Littleton. Great Marsh Restoration Project – Newbury, Essex, and Ipswich Through this project, the Trustees of Reservations will brings together multiple stakeholders to pilot innovative methods for restoring saltmarsh habitat in the face of sea level rise. Schenob Brook Restoration/Becker Pond Dam Removal – Mount Washington Through this project, and in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, the dam will be removed. As a result, wild Eastern brook trout and other species threatened by the effects of climate change will benefit. Osgood Brook Restoration/Bowen’s Pond Dam Removal – Wendell Through this project, the dam will be removed. As a result, wild Eastern brook trout and other species threatened by the effects of climate change will benefit. Sucker Brook Restoration – Pepperell Through this project, and in partnership with the Trout Unlimited Sqaun-a-Tissit Chapter and the Town of Pepperell, plans will be developed to remove a small dam and upgrade a stream crossing in the Keyes-Parker Conservation Area to benefit Eastern brook trout and other species. Ware River Restoration/Wheelwright Dam Removal – Hardwick Through this project, DER will partner with a private landowner and the East Quabbin Land Trust to explore options for removal of the dam on the mainstem of the Ware River on the Hardwick/New Braintree border. This project will reconnect over 100 miles of mainstem and tributary habitat. Traphole Brook Restoration – Norwood and Walpole Through this project, the Neponset River Watershed Association (NEPRWA), in collaboration with landowners and several regional environmental entities, will restore ecological functions to Traphole Brook, which is home to one of the few remaining wild Eastern brook trout populations in the greater Boston area. Upper Child’s River Restoration Project – Falmouth Through this project, and in partnership with the Falmouth Rod and Gun Club, several stream barriers will be removed in an effort to re-naturalize the river’s channel and floodplain through the former cranberry bogs to benefit a variety of species including wild Eastern brook trout and American eel. Mill Brook Bogs Restoration – Freetown Through this project, water controls and fill material associated with the former plantation and re-naturalize the stream channel through the wetland will be removed. Restoration of this site will complement conservation efforts in the adjacent Southeastern Massachusetts BioReserve. Mattapoisett Bogs Restoration, Mattapoisett Through this project, and in partnership with the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, 57 acres of former cranberry plantation in Mattapoisett will be restored. The project will restore connectivity on Tripp’s Mill Brook and improve habitat for rare species by restoring hydrology, controlling invasive plants, and introducing native plantings. The Provisional Priority Projects selected by the Baker-Polito Administration include: Stewart Bog Restoration – Rochester Project will be in partnership with The Buzzards Bay Coalition. Abbey Brook Revitalization – Chicopee Project will be in partnership with the City of Chicopee. “The Priority Projects Program is the primary vehicle by which the Division of Ecological Restoration pursues aquatic habitat restoration and river revitalization projects that present the greatest benefit to the Commonwealth – both ecologically and socially,” said Division of Ecological Restoration Director Beth Lambert. “On average these projects leverage significant federal and state funds, and projects are evaluated on their ecological benefit, cost, size, practicality, feasibility, opportunity for public education and recreation, available program resources, and partner support.” “Maintaining viable fish stock is dependent on a number of factors, including dam removal,” said State Senator Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), Senate Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. “I appreciate the partnership between private landowners, local and state environmental groups and agencies to preserve critical habitat and the protection and conservation of species.” “Water and wetland restoration projects are an important part of the work Massachusetts is doing to try and lessen the effects of climate change. As the Representative from the 4th Berkshires, I’m thrilled to hear that the Schenob Brook Restoration and Becker Pond Dam Removal in the town of Mount Washington in my district has been designated a DFG priority project, making it eligible for technical services as well as fundraising help from the Division of Ecological Restoration,” said State Representative Smitty Pignatelli (D-Lenox), House Chair of the Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. “I’m grateful to the Baker-Polito Administration for emphasizing our need to restore healthy habitats while helping communities prevent storm damage and maintain their infrastructure.” “With this funding from the Baker-Polito administration through the Department of Fish and Game, a hard look can be taken at the preservation and restoration of some our most vital environmental areas,” said State Representative Donald Berthiaume (R-Spencer). “I’m looking forward to seeing improved trout habitat at this site once the Becker Pond Dam is fully removed,” said State Senator Adam G. Hinds (D- Pittsfield).  “This partnership between The Nature Conservancy, the Commonwealth and Mount Washington will help us be better stewards of our precious natural resources in the Berkshires.” “This project will restore and preserve fifty-seven acres of a former cranberry plantation while providing a natural habitat for wildlife to flourish in coming years,” said Senate Assistant Majority Leader Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford). “Protecting our environment and open space for future generations to utilize and enjoy is of paramount importance.” “The Mattapoisett River Restoration project is essential in restoring the habitat, local wildlife and allowing underground water protections for Mattapoisett and neighboring residents,” said State Representative William M. Straus (D-Mattapoisett). “The assistance that DER will be providing the Coalition and NRCS is a vital step in the right direction to the further protection of this ecological area.”

New Project will benefit stream connectivity on the Nissitissit River

On Friday, Jan 11, Squan-a-Tissit board members, M. Rosser, R. Schott, and D. Armstrong met with Mass-DER (Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration) Dam Removal Specialist Nick Wildman and Pepperell ConsCom agent Paula Terrasi for a site visit at the Keyes-Parker Conservation Area in Pepperell, MA. The Squan-a-Tissit Chapter and the Town of Pepperell recently (12/18) received a Priority Project Status from Mass-DER to help with the removal of a dam and the replacement of a culvert on the Keyes-Parker Property in Pepperell.  Upon receiving a Priority Projects designation the chapter is now eligible for DER technical services, including data collection, engineering, design work, permitting, project management and grants. The goal of removing the dam is to improve stream connectivity to improve habitat for brook trout and the endangered Brook Floater mussel, which relies on brook trout for part of their reproductive cycle. The Brook floater only occurs in a few streams in Massachusetts. You may have seen signs discussing the Brook Floater on signs posted along the Nissitissit. After the site visit at The Keys conservation area, the group decided to visit other areas of interest that the chapter has been monitoring as possible restoration projects such as the Sucker Brook culvert on Brookline Street where a drop off the culvert creates an aquatic wildlife barrier. While the group was in that area they also visit a previous restoration project by Squannatissit TU at the mouth of Sucker Brook. The group then ended their fieldtrip at a site on Gulf Brook to discuss the potential or a future project to remove a breached dam downstream of Lawrence Street. The Chapter is excited to have these new projects starting up to help To protect, re-connect, and restore our local waters !

 

 

 

 

 

The Squan-a-Tissit Chapter is saddened by the loss of two long-term Members /Directors 

Walter H. “Bud” Crissey
of North Chelmsford; 89

NORTH CHELMSFORD – Walter H. “Bud” Crissey, 89, died on Wednesday, November 14th, at the Blaire House of Tewksbury. He was the beloved husband of Marcia E. (Willey) Crissey, with whom he shared 40 years of marriage.

Dr. William M. Soybel 86

Acton – Dr. Bill Soybel, child of the depression, Colonel in the Army, Commander in the Navy, internist, lecturer in medicine, angler, sly teller of profoundly funny stories, and forever beloved of his wife, six children, 12 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren, died on a cold and sunny Armistice Day, 2018. He was 86




Destination photos and fish tales from Squan-a-Tissit members
 

Winter fishing on our local streams is still producing some nice fish 


Chip Detwiller netted this nice little brown trout on December 20 around four in the afternoon right above the old Milly Turner Dam location.
Winter trout rising on the Nissitissit
Mike R. with a nice winter bow

A very cool video, we just needed to share


In this very special video presentation about the underwater world of trout we learn about Trout Vision and Refraction. In this uniquely detailed video, Ozzie Ozefovich teaches us a great deal about the underwater world of fish.

Matt’s Midge


Tier and videographer Tim Flagler: “Matt’s Midge is named for its originator, Matt Miles of Colorado. I believe he developed this pattern with western tailwaters in mind, but here in the East it works exceptionally well, particularly during the winter months.
Matt’s Midge is named for its originator, Matt Miles of Colorado. I believe he developed this pattern with western tailwaters in mind, but here in the East it works exceptionally well, particularly during the winter months.
For a hook, I’m going to use a Dai-Riki #310 in size 22. Ring or straight eye hooks just seem to look right with midge patterns. As always, plunger-style hackle pliers make handling small hooks like this much easier. Fine needle-nosed pliers are great for mashing the barb and should have a place in every fly tier’s kit. With the barb mashed, get the hook firmly secured in the jaws of your tying vise.
For thread, I’ve loaded a bobbin with a spool of black 6/0 Danville which, despite its relatively thick diameter, works remarkably well on small flies.
Start your thread on the hook shank leaving a very full eye-length space behind the eye and take a few wraps rearward before snipping or breaking off the tag. Continue taking thread wraps rearward all the way to the start of the hook bend, followed by touching wraps up the shank to create the body of the fly. End with your thread a bit forward of the midpoint on the hook shank.
For the fly’s delicate emergent wing, I’m going to use white Zelon but Antron or EP Trigger Point Fibers will also work just fine. After snipping a single strand free from the hank, I’ll split it in two as you don’t want the wing to be too heavy. To save the second half of the strand for later use, give one end a little twist and store it in the hook of plunger-style hackle pliers to keep it from getting lost on your tying bench. Pick up one end of the other half of the Zelon strand. Lay this end against the near side of the hook, and starting with a pinch wrap, begin securing it to the top of the shank with tight turns of tying thread. Once it’s locked down really well, lift the short butt ends up to vertical and snip them off close, then cover them with nice even wraps of tying thread. While pulling the Zelon taught rearward, snip it off to form a short wing that extends roughly to the back edge of the body.
To hackle the fly, I’m going to use a single feather from a rooster saddle. Check to make sure you have the correct length, here, a near perfect size 22, before plucking the feather free from the stem. With the shiny side of the feather facing you, pull down a half inch or so, of the lower fibers, perpendicular to the stem. Relocate your tying thread back to the base of the wing, all the while trying to keep this area flat and smooth. Lay the intersection of the different angled hackle fibers against the near side of the hook and take a few thread wraps to anchor the stem. You can then pull the excess stem back and snip it off close. If you’ve trapped any hackle fibers in the process, now’s a good time to snip off the wayward ones. Make sure your thread is positioned right up behind the hook eye.
Get hold of the hackle feather and start making touching wraps forward up the shank. When you reach your tying thread, use it to secure the hackle stem immediately behind the hook eye. You can then snip the excess hackle off close and save it for later use. Finally, secure your tying thread with a 3 or 4 turn whip finish and, after seating the knot well, snip or cut the thread free.
Matt’s Midge, despite its small size, is not too difficult to tie and a pattern that should be in every flyfisher’s midge box.”