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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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From the Vest of the President ~ Andrew Butler

I call it the purple pupa, but it is really not purple nor a pupa. It is the wingless, egg-laying female of the winter caddis, and it can be found swimming from the ice (or any shore structure) on its journey to deposit its eggs. This event normally occurs a few hours after the pupa have hatched, and is often signaled by the appearance of the winged males as they scurry along the water’s edge, hopping and jumping aroun...d looking for any remaining virgin females. It seems the females leaving shore excites the males and spurs their bizarre behavior.
The female’s abdomen is distended with visible reddish-purple eggs best imitated with a claret colored dubbing. A turn or two of light dun soft hackle trimmed on the bottom completes this simple pattern. Fish will line up along the bank just waiting for the females to swim away from shore, and can be convinced to take with a simple twitch of the fly. So next time you think the caddis hatch is done for the day, wait a while before you leave, you may be rewarded with another good hour or so of good fishing.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to make this year’s banquet one of the most successful ever. I’d especially like to thank Tom and Grady for their efforts in gathering the raffle prizes and organizing the whole event. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. We have one more meeting in April on the 15th before we break for the summer, so I hope to see you there.

Tight Lines, Drew.

 

 

 

FRAA Monthly Meeting

Our Last FRAA Meeting for the Season is Coming up on Wednesday April 15th.

We will be having a "Pizza & Movie Night".
Not sure on the Movie yet but you can bet it will be about Fishing ! So Make a point to come on by, bring a friend, maybe two, or even more, enjoy some good conversation (present company excluded lol ) and Free Pizza ! Yummy ! Hope to see many more of our regulars members as well as new faces there too !

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

FRAA MEETING SCHEDULE

PLEASE TAKE NOTE:
"ALL MEETINGS DO NOT FALL ON THE THIRD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH"
DUE TO AVAILABILITY OF THE HALL.

...

UPCOMING MEETING DATES
APRIL 15,2015
SEPTEMBER 23, 2015
OCTOBER 14,2015
NOVEMBER 18, 2015

 

 

 

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

THANK YOU ALL !

FOR ATTENDING OUR 2015 FRAA ANNUAL BANQUET


Making this year’s fund raiser and banquet celebration a great success and turnout !

Congratulation to Bruce Marino, this years Hitchcock Chair Award Winner !

Congratulations to our 75 Ticket Raffle Winner, Antoine Bissieux !


A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OUR 2015
FRAA BANQUET DONORS


Ken De Fusco ~ Grady Allen
Bob Lanzoni ~ Tom Chrosniak
Bob Johnson~ The Nail Spa...
Bob Lamson~ Lisa Weiner
Valerie Pinnette ~Mary Edwards
Kathy Pedrolini in Memory of Al Pedrolini~ Betty Brosious
Bruce Marino~ Dave Scibek
Housatonic Outfitters ~ Bill Goeben
Dave Sweeney ~Antione Bissieux
Farmington River watershed Association~ Cabela’s
Jerry Jahn ~Kurt Jagielow
Fred Krowchenko ~Mark Lewchik
Orvis of Avon~ Pam & Steve Blomquist
Shawn Britton ~Tom Karpeichik
Tom Rossetti~ Upcountry
White Flower Farm~ Marla Blair


 

 

 
FRCC River Steward Program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Britton   
Wednesday, February 29 2012

The FRCC now has a paid River Steward & this year was granted funds to hire some paid Assistant Stewards...the assistants along with volunteers will actually be out walking the river & talking to people...main objective to educate & promote the river & also collect info of the river goers experiences, concerns & problems that might be occurring...

Here is the Stewards website ~ Check it Out !
http://www.farmingtonriversteward.org/

Tightlines' Shawn

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

2015 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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