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The FRAA is a fellowship of anglers organized to preserve and promote the pleasures and traditions of angling, and to conserve sport fishing waters - especially the Farmington River and it's watershed.

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From the Vest of the President

Andrew Butler

Well the leaf hatch is in full swing and the first fall olives have been spotted in the lower river, can the winter caddis be far behind?  There is nothing quite like an early morning caddis hatch with a light snow falling and the fish rising all around.  The silence can be surreal.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we won’t be buried in snow this year. The river has been catch-and-release only since September 1st, but from reports I’m hearing not everyone has gotten the message.  It appears that several people have been poaching large numbers of fish from the waters above the upper TMA.  Many of these fish are from the club’s stocking in mid-September.  One report was of over 40 fish removed from above Riverton.  The club spent $6000 on the stocking so they are really stealing from all of us.  Since enforcement is virtually non-existent, we need to be extra vigilant and to call the tips line whenever we see any infractions.  Don’t confront the offenders but get a description of those involved, and make, model and license plate number of their car and call it in.  If everyone calls in violations we may be able to get more patrols along the river.  Don’t leave it up to someone else.  It is better to have two people call than none at all.
This month’s meeting on November 19th will feature Steve Culton. Doors open at 6:00 pm with meeting starting at 7:00 pm. See you all there.
Tight lines, Drew

FRAA November Monthly Meeting

This Month's Featured Guest Speaker: Steve Culton

Steve Culton - The Little Things

IF YOU WANT TO CATCH MORE FISH, PAY ATTENTION TO the little things.

They say that 10% of the anglers catch 90% of the fish. If that’s true, it’s not because those 10% are supernaturally gifted angling demigods. It’s not because they are lucky. It’s because they do a lot of little things that other anglers don’t. As a guide, I have the frequent opportunity to observe how people fish. I see their mistakes as well as their triumphs. When I’m fishing, I am constantly making adjustments and trying new approaches. That’s what The Little Things is all about – seemingly minor factors that can make a big difference in your fishing.

Steve Culton is a Farmington River guide, fly tyer, and outdoor writer. His work has appeared in American Angler, The Drake, Flyfishing & Tying JournalEastern Fly FishingFly Rod & Reel Online, and Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide. You can see more of Steve’s work on his website, currentseams.com.

Hope to see you there !              Tightlines' Shawn

 

FRAA Monthly Meetings
Are held at The Farming ton Senior Center,
321 New Britain Avenue, Unionville CT
If you are coming West on Route 4 into Collinsville Center turn left after Friendly’s onto South Main Street (Route 177). Go .2 of a mile, over the bridge, and turn left onto New Britain Avenue. The Senior Center is .8 of a mile on the left just after the Police Station.
Doors open early at 6:30 PM for fly tying and socializing. Meeting starts at 7:00 PM

 

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS - MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW

NOVEMBER 19, 2014                       STEVE CULTON

JANUARY 21, 2015                          D.E.E.P.

FEBRUARY 18, 2015                        TBA

MARCH 7, 2015                               ANNUAL BANQUET

APRIL 15, 2015                               TBA

 

 
2015 FRAA Banquet PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Britton   
Saturday, March 29 2014

FRAA ANNUAL BANQUET

SATURDAY
MARCH 7, 2015
Cornucopia Banquet Hall ~ 371 Pinewoods Road
Torrington, CT


You are invited to attend this year’s fund raiser and banquet celebration.
As always we will hold one of the largest angling raffles you have ever seen. 
Preview will start at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, cash bar from 6 to 7:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m.
Seating will be on a “first come first served basis”, however, tables can be reserved if you have a party of eight.

Our menu selections this year are:
Chicken Piccata
Baked Scrod
Roast Prime Rib of Beef

Meal include entrée, soup du jour, mixed green salad, pasta & sauce, potato & fresh vegetables, rolls & butter, coffee, tea & dessert.

This year’s banquet price is $45.00.


Tickets can be purchased at the monthly meetings, Upcountry Sportfishing and online at www.fraa.org

Mail orders can be made through:

Tom Karpeichik ~170 Ramstein Road
New Hartford, CT 06057
1-860-309-5510

Tickets Need to be Purchased by February 21, 2015

Make Checks Payable to FRAA

 

 

 
2015 75 Ticket Raffle PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Britton   
Saturday, March 29 2014

75  TICKET RAFFLE

SCOTT RADIAN

9 foot 4 weight 4 piece Fly Rod
Bauer Mackenzie RX2 Reel
AIRFLO SUPERDRY ELITE TROUT WF4F LINE

( $1275  RETAIL VALUE)

TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED ON LINE AT FRAA.ORG OR BY MAIL FROM
TOM KARPEICHIK 170 RAMSTEIN ROAD NEW HARTFORD, CT 06057 OR
AT THE MONTHLY MEETINGS OR UPCOUNTRY

$20.00 Per Ticket

Purchase online here

MAKE CHECKS OUT TO FRAA

ONLY 75 TICKETS WILL BE SOLD

DRAWING AT THE BANQUET MARCH 7, 2015

ALWAYS A SELL OUT!!!


 
Past Annual Membership Dues PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Britton   
Sunday, November 24 2013

FRAA Annual Membership Dues

YOU CAN PAY YOUR ANNUAL DUES ONLINE AT … WWW.FRAA.ORG

Or Annual Dues can be paid by mail:       FRAA  P.O. Box 177       New Hartford, CT 06057

(MAKE CHECKS OUT TO FRAA)

 
"No Glass, No Trash" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Britton   
Saturday, August 31 2013

“PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS – NO GLASS, NO TRASH”
OUTREACH CAMPAIGN BEGINS ON UPPER FARMINGTON RIVER

New Hartford, CT
By the Farmington River Coordinating Committee

The Farmington River is well known for its fine recreational qualities. Many recreational userssee to it that the river’s safety and scenic beauty is not degraded by litter, cans and broken bottles. This summer, an extra effort is being initiated by a coalition of river protectors to keep the river safe and enjoyable. The joint outreach project was inspired by Jeremy Harraden of Farmington River Tubing in New Hartford, CT, after a frustrating summer in 2012. He approached the Farmington River Coordinating Committee (FRCC) in August of 2012 to explain how “the health of the Farmington River and the quality of recreation upon it is steadily degrading” in the area known as Satan’s Kingdom. In a study done by FRCC, many people reported that degradation is increasing throughout the entire 14-mile Wild and Scenic section from Hartland to Canton – with litter and glass being top offenders.
The FRCC is a locally – appointed committee comprising representatives from the towns of Barkhamsted, Canton, Colebrook, Hartland, and New Hartford and the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Farmington River Anglers Association, Farmington River Watershed Association, Metropolitan District Commission, and the National Park Service. It was formed when the upper 14 miles of the Farmington River were
designated a national wild and scenic river in 1994. The mission of the committee is to coordinate efforts to protect the values of the river for which it was designated –recreation, fish and wildlife habitat, history and scenic beauty. Bringing different people together to work jointly on projects that help the river is its major focus.
The FRCC will recruit the river users themselves to help discourage irresponsible behavior. As a start, the message “Tell Your Friends: No Glass, No Trash” and a very sad little fish will be displayed along the river’s access points, and several other venues, including Farmington River Tubing. Additional public outreach will be kept up throughout the summer to make the point that everyone benefits if everyone participates in river upkeep and
respectful behavior.
Voluntary participation is needed. Harraden says that Farmington River Tubing’s customers at Satan’s Kingdom are provided with tubes and life jackets, and prevented from taking glass or alcohol along on the trip. But the tubing concession cannot address non-paying users’ behavior. “Our staff has spent numerous hours collecting trash out of and along the sides of the river, but it is going in faster than we can take it out,” states Harraden.
Susan Whalen of CT DEEP says that, “while our Environmental Conservation police officers do patrol parts of the river, they are not able to be there all the time,so support and assistance of othersis critical in keeping it free of litter.” David Sinish, who represents the Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) on the FRCC and is a lifelong paddler of the river, also expressed concern, “This section has been federally-protected and is of international renown. It is a tremendously important resource, right in our own backyard. We need to protect it.”

For more information, please contact David Sinish of the Farmington River Coordinating Committee at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit FRCC’s website at www.farmingtonriver.org
 

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