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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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SEPTEMBER 2014 Monthly Meeting

Well I hope all of you had a great Summer of fishing, family, and fun. This has been a nice year, plenty of water and good fishin' to boot. I must admit that Autumn is my favorite time of year on the Farmington - the crisp cooler air, the leaves changing color while the smell from a wood stove burning in a nearby home overcomes your senses, and with a vibrant Farmington River trout at the end of the line no less... Could not ask for more !

On that note, it is Our first monthly FRAA meeting for the Season and will be held on Wednesday September 17th. We'd Love to see you all there in attendance. Bring a friend too !

Featuring Guest Speaker: Antoine Bissieux

Antoine an Orvis endorsed fly fishing guide will be talking to us about Nymph Fishing on the Farmington River it should be an interesting and informative time. Antoine can be contacted at his web site  www.bissieux.com

Doors will open at 6:00 pm with the meeting starting at 7:00 pm... Our usual raffle and refreshments will be provided.

Hope to see you there !              Tightlines' Shawn



SEPTEMBER 17, 2014                      ANTIONNE BISSIEUX

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


FRAA 2014 Annual Picnic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Britton   
Saturday, March 29 2014

Farmington River Anglers Association
Past Annual Picnic 2014

Over 50 members and family enjoyed our annual picnic this past June. Once again chef’s Steve Blomquist and Chris Karpeichik  showed off their grilling talents preparing delicious rib eye steaks and hot dogs to go along with the salad, kielbasa & cabbage, dessert and more. Great food, conversation and made for a really enjoyable afternoon.

Hope to see Many more attending next June !

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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