Chapter Meetings

The Deerfield River Watershed TU Chapter 349

Meetings are on the third Thursday of each month at the Eagles Club in the upstairs reception room. The address is 52 State St. Shelburne Falls, MA 01370. Fly tying begins at 5:30. Chapter meeting begins at 6:30 PM.

Next Meeting

September 27, 2018 (note: this is the fourth Thursday in September) Neal Hagstrom, Senior Fisheries Biologist for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will discuss the Farmington River’s Survivor Strain Brown Trout Program.

Upcoming Meetings

  • October 18, 2018 Guest Speaker: Leutenant Cameron Davis, MA Environmental Police to speak about deterring fish poaching on the Deerfield River.
  • November 15, 2018

Past Meetings

June 21, 2018 Casting Rendezvous: Jim Dowd, Certified Casting Instructor IFF

May 17, 2018 Guest Speaker: Walt Geryk, The Spey Doctor, talked about fly casting and fly fishing strategies including single hand switch and spey; rod weights; lines heads and tips; as well as flies and presentation.

April 19, 2018 Guest Speaker: Andrew MaddenWestern Director of MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife will discuss Deerfield Watershed related projects and other priorities for MA F&W. Come join us and give him a warm welcome!  We will also be discussing results from the Trout Spawning Study.

March 15, 2018 The scheduled appearance of guest speaker Leutenant Cameron Davis of the Massachusetts Environmental Police had to be postponed due to illness.  The meeting centered around FERC Relicensing of the Fife Brook Dam Project.

January 18, 2018 Guest speaker: Dr. Ben Letcher, US Geological Survey S.O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation UMass-Amherst.

Click here to read more about Dr. Letcher’s presentation…

December 21, 2017 Mike Cole talked about ground-breaking results from phase 1 of the DRWTU spawning survey.  Volunteers from the chapter played an essential role in the identification of 101 redds, of which more than a third had viable eggs.

November 16, 2017 Guest Speakers: Andy and Sascha Clark Danylchuk discussed the Science of Catch and Release. Andy Danylchuck is associate professor of Fish Conservation at UMASS. Sascha Clark Danylchuk is the science liaison for the Keep ‘em Wet campaign. Their presentation was about the do’s and don’ts for safe handling and release of fish.

May 18, 2017 Guest Speaker: Erin Rodgers PhD, Western New England Project Coordinator for Trout Unlimited, will be talking about upcoming projects for this Spring and Summer. Michael Vito, TU Chapter 349 board member will speak briefly about the current anti-poaching bill, which the Chapter is endorsing. He will provide a history and synopsis, and then use that as an example to illustrate the legislative process.

  • Jun 15, 2017 Instructor: Jim Dowd, certified casting instructor for Fly Fishers International, will provide hands-on streamside casting instruction.
  • Jul (Gone Fishin)
  • Aug (Gone Fishin)
  • Sep 21, 2017
  • Oct 19, 2017
  • Feb 11, 2017 ( Sat – Annual Meeting)
  • Mar 16, 2017   Guest Speaker:  Environmental Police Lt. Cameron Davis will be the guest speaker at our March meeting. Environmental Police Officers serving in the inland regions are responsible for enforcing a wide variety of laws and regulations including the statutes regarding hunting, fishing, trapping, boating, and off-highway vehicles. Inland officers also investigate cases of illegal waste disposal, wetlands violations, and assist in search and rescue efforts. Officers patrol in cruisers, four-wheel-drive vehicles, boats, off-road vehicles, on foot, and in aircraft when necessary. Inland officers pay particular attention to state forests, parks, wildlife management areas, boat access sites and heavily-used public waterways such as major rivers and great ponds. He will talk about Environmental Police operations and how TU members and outdoor enthusiasts can help report fish & game scofflaws, as well as other incidents that might be harmful to our natural resources.    
  • Apr 20, 2017    Guest Speaker:   Andrew Madden is the District Supervisor for the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries & Wildlife Western Regional Office. Located in Dalton, Madden has charge of all Fish & Wildlife operations and programs that includes most of the Deerfield River Valley. Madden is an excellent source for local information on  a number of wildlife topics, fish stocking  and pheasant stocking locations, as well as wildlife viewing areas located throughout the region.