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Federation of Fly Fishers

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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OCTOBER 2014 Monthly Meeting

Wow, where did the summer go?  With the leaves already changing and a chill in the air, can the fall olives and winter caddis be far behind?  Tan caddis and flying ants have been the leading hatches for the last few weeks, with surface feeding activity sporadic at times.  If you hit it right, (right pool, good timing) then there are plenty of fish to be caught.  Your club (thank you Grady and company) stocked 850 pounds of rainbows above the upper TMA, with even more fish in the works for next fall.  Get out and enjoy the colors and some fishing before the first snows start falling.
Our October FRAA meeting will be on Wednesday the 15th at 7pm and will feature Jeff Passante, topic TBA.  Doors will open at 6:30 with refreshments and our usual raffle.

Tight Lines, Drew


This Month's Featured Guest Speaker: Jeff Passante

Fishing the Housatonic River. Jeff Passante, author of the "Housatonic River Fly Fishing Guide", will be our speaker this month. Jeff will discuss equipment, the hatches, trout flies, and places to go for a successful Housatonic trip. Jeff will autograph copies of his book and have some for sale at the meeting.

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



OCTOBER 15, 2014                         JEFF PASSANTE

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


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

FRAA Annual Membership Dues


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


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


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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