A Step Toward a Premier Wild Trout Fishery

Tireless, science-based effort by TU volunteers leads to an agreement for higher flows during spawning season Carefully picking his way up the Deerfield River, the angler suddenly stopped at a trout redd. The sight of the trout spawning nest in this river, which supposedly did not harbor wild, reproducing trout, wasn’t entirely surprising. Eric HalloranContinue reading “A Step Toward a Premier Wild Trout Fishery”

October 2022 Chapter Meeting

Wild Trout in the Deerfield River at the DRWTU October 2022 Chapter Meeting by Adam Kautza Greetings DRWTU Members and Friends, This serves to remind everyone of the meeting tomorrow at the Crazy Horse Bar and Grill at Berkshire East.  This is our first indoor face-to-face meeting since early 2020, but you can also attend viaContinue reading “October 2022 Chapter Meeting”

Fly of the Month – October Caddis

Trout’s last big meal before Winter – A closer look at the October Caddis When the first leaves fall off the deciduous trees at the beginning of fall, fly anglers should begin preparing for the arrival of the giant tent winged caddisfly. For it will become a major player on the trout’s food menu fromContinue reading “Fly of the Month – October Caddis”

April 2022 Chapter Meeting

Magnificence, Mysteries, and Death: Geostories from Western Mass at the DRWTU April 2022 Chapter Meeting by Professor Richard Little An exploration of the unique geology of Western Massachusetts with Professor Richard Little of Greenfield Community College. This presentation was part of the April 2022 meeting of the Deerfield River Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited. ProfessorContinue reading “April 2022 Chapter Meeting”

May 2022 Chapter Meeting

Brook Trout Resilience at the DRWTU May 2022 Chapter Meeting by USGS Matthew O’Donnell Matthew O’Donnell, ecologist from the USGS Silvio O. Conte Research Lab in Turners Falls MA, reported on his laboratory and field research on survival of Brook Trout in warming streams. This is all very exciting and cutting edge in the field.Continue reading “May 2022 Chapter Meeting”

March 2022 Chapter Meeting

Greg Hoover – Fly Fishing Entomology: Conversations Overheard Greg Hoover, a longstanding fly fishing entomologist from Penn State, spoke to the Deerfield River Watershed Chapter via Zoom on March 17, 2022. He provided insights into the tiny (and not so tiny) details that can make a big difference in the success of a day onContinue reading “March 2022 Chapter Meeting”

January 2022 Chapter Meeting

A NEW BEGINNING: Our Fight for Wild Trout and River Ecology on the Deerfield Chris Myhrum is a lawyer practicing in Springfield, MA. He is a member of the Pioneer Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited. He specializes in Environmental and Land Use compliance and litigation. He became involved in the Bear Swamp Power Company Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licenseContinue reading “January 2022 Chapter Meeting”

December 2021 Chapter Meeting

Andy Danylchuk is Associate Professor of Fish Conservation, University of Massachusetts. His research spans both marine and freshwater systems around the globe. He is an award winning educator and public spokesperson for fish conservation. He was a cofounder of Keep Fish Wet, an organization that promotes science-based best practices for catch and release. Dr. DanylchukContinue reading “December 2021 Chapter Meeting”

Update: Barnhardt Manufacturing Co. in Colrain to pay $1.5M for 2019 acid spill

LINK from Greenfield Recorder: COLRAIN — The cotton bleaching company allegedly responsible for the deaths of more than 270,000 fish, including rare species, after an acid spill at its Colrain facility in 2019 has agreed to pay nearly $1.5 million in settlements. Barnhardt Manufacturing Co., based in North Carolina, allegedly spilled dozens of gallons ofContinue reading “Update: Barnhardt Manufacturing Co. in Colrain to pay $1.5M for 2019 acid spill”