Category Archives: General

Summer Picnic

The 2016 Deerfield River Watershedchapter picnic will occur on August 18th at the Zoar picnic ground.  Arrival time is 5 PM. Grilling will begin at 6 PM. The chapter will supply hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob and watermelon. Bring your own drinks. Pot luck for deserts, i.e.: brownies, cake, pie etc. The fishing should be good so bring your gear. Fish stories a must. Friends, family and interested new members. Other chapters are encouraged to come. There will be a raffle for rods and a full fly box!!! Rain date Aug 19th

Flies, Pies & Lies

This annual event is a chapter favorite when in deep winter  members get together to shake off the winter’s blahs by tying flies, eating pizza (pies) and trading fishing stories (lies). The camaraderie is perfect and is complimented with raffles of various tying and fly fishing supplies. A little beer, some tasty pizza. a few whip finishes and maybe even a raffle prize. What could be better on a cold winter day? This year’s Flies Pies Lies event will happen on Sunday February 19, 2017  from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Eagles Hall (FOE) on the Buckland side of Shelburne Falls (52 State St.). A modest donation of $15.00 will be charged to cover the pizza and hall costs.

For more information, contact Sean Bresnahan 413-374-8824 or marshrat1@verizon.net

Single Fly Competition

The single fly is just as it sounds. Pick just one pattern – nymph, dry, wet, streamer and use only that pattern for two days of fishing in early June which coincides with the Mass. Fish and Wildlife free fishing weekend. Only one pattern is allowed – maybe a Hare’s Ear, or a Soft Hackle, or possibly an Adams, or even a Wooly Bugger. The angler registers their fly with the DRWTU representative at the Zoar picinic area and checks back at the end of the second day with the tally of the total inches of the various trout that they caught and released with that fly. Prizes are awarded based upon the total inches of all of the trout caught during the two day event.

For additional information contact: Horace (Ho) Taft-Ferguson  hotaft@mac.com

Annual Meeting

The chapter’s annual meeting will take place on Saturday, February 24th beginning at 6 PM at the Warfield House, 200 Warfield Rd. Charlemont MA. This meeting is a celebration of the year’s activities and accomplishments. A relaxing venue complete with a cash bar and tasty dinner including dessert and coffee will enhance the companionship of this event.  The annual Bob Anderson Conservationist Of The Year award will be presented. After dinner there will be a raffle of quality fly fishing gear including, boxes of flies, tying materials, brand name rods, and Deerfield River guide trips.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Keith Fritschie. His presentation will concern wild brook trout spawning habitat and behavior in northern New Hampshire’s Dead Diamond River.  Keith describes his presentation as follows:

The availability, quality, and spatial arrangement of spawning habitat are key components in sustaining healthy wild fish populations. The brook trout of New Hampshire’s Dead Diamond River are among the the last fully wild, partially migratory population in the state, yet we know relatively little about spawning habitat use and needs in this system. Therefore, New Hampshire Fish and Game, Trout Unlimited, and Dartmouth College are working together to assess the current status of mainstem river spawning habitat and track spawning trends through time in the Dead Diamond. To this end, in Fall 2017 we performed a 28km-long redd survey, measured habitat characteristics at used and unused redd sites, and video-recorded 50 hours of brook trout spawning activity. This presentation will communicate some of our preliminary findings from 2017 and next steps in 2018.

Keith Fritsche is a stream ecologist-in-training at Dartmouth College and lives with his wife and dog in Fairlee, Vermont. Previously, he received an MS in aquatic and fishery sciences from the University of Washington, Seattle and a BA in environmental science from Colorado College. He grew up exploring the tributaries of the middle and upper Delaware River near Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania.

This is our major fundraiser of the year. All proceeds will benefit conservation efforts in the Deerfield River watershed. Friends and family are welcome.  There will be a buffet dinner with cash bar – $30.00 per person.  Contact Kevin Parsons by February 11, 2018: email preferred:  kevinparsonsattorney@yahoo.com or call Kevin 413-522-5200