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:
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
Dates: January 18, 19 & 20, 2019
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.
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
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
Winter fishing on our local streams is still producing some nice fish