$1,000 FVTU Trout in the Classroom Scholarship – 2019

FVTU is please to announce a $1,000 scholarship for graduating HS seniors!

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a graduating senior and have previously participated in a Trout in the Classroom (sponsored by FVTU) program at some point in their schooling (elementary, middle, or HS).  Seniors currently attending a Trout in the Classroom program (sponsored by FVTU) are eligible too!
  • Must be accepted to a College or University and intending a Major (or course of study) in:
    • Conservation /  Ecology / Environmental Science / Environmental Engineering / Fisheries Biology / Forestry / Marine Science / Natural Resource Management / Wildlife Biology
  • Must have submitted complete application with essay post-marked by March 15, 2019
    • Essay (250 words) on: How did the Trout in the Classroom Program influence your intended course of study?

See application link below for additional details.

2019 Scholarship Application Trout in the Classroom 01092019

Special Notice! Nov Chapter Meeting


Weather Alert for our November Meeting – Meeting is ON!

Thursday Nov 15th, 2018
6:30pm – 9:00pm
Back Nine Tavern
Stanley Golf Course
245 Hartford Rd.
New Britain, CT 06053
Please drive safe!
All are Welcome
The Farmington Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited is pleased to invite members, family, friends, guests and the public to our November Chapter meeting.  FVTU friend John Springer will be presenting insights, ideas and techniques for fishing North Carolina.  If you’ve ever thought of starting your season a bit early, or taking a trip down south, John will have the information you need to plan a successful trip.  He’ll discuss where to go and what to use.  Bring your note pads to take notes during this informative session.

FVTU Treasurer Opening

Our longtime Treasurer, Jim Iannone, has decided to step aside.  Many thanks to Jim for his years of service and dedication in this role with the chapter.  Well done, fine sir!

That being said, FVTU is officially looking for anyone interested in becoming part of our board as our next Treasurer.

The volunteer Treasurer position is predominately responsible for (including but not limited to):

  1. General financial oversight
  2. Assisting the board with financial planning and budgeting
  3. Financial reporting as applicable
  4. Banking, book-keeping, and record-keeping.

If you (or anyone you know) might be interested, please contact our President, John Divenere, at jdpd54@yahoo.com.

Annual FVTU Angling Gear Tag Sale

Saturday 01/05/19  9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Farmington Senior Center – 321 New Britain Ave, Unionville, CT 06085

Our annual Tag Sale is the next event on our calendar. Vendors will be selling new and used fishing, fly tying, outdoor stuff, etc. This is always a well attended event. We moved the event to a Saturday morning to make it even more convenient for you. A minimal charge of $2/pp will help us offset the increased cost of the rooms. If you‘d like a table to sell your wares contact Bill Case at 860-678-7245. There’s no charge for vendors!

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Hatcheries at risk again…..but it’s different this time!

Connecticut Anglers:

Fish hatcheries, and the programs they make possible, are again being put at risk due to the state’s budget deficit.

In this case, the worst case scenario is not a loss of funding or cuts directed specifically at the hatcheries but the inability of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Natural Resources to sufficiently staff the facilities.

The state has instituted a hard hiring freeze and has issued layoff notices to workers. Maintainer positions were part of this layoff and those with the least seniority were the first targeted in this layoff. Unfortunately, this included three of the 14 total staff who operate the hatcheries. In addition, two more positions will be lost, including a supervisor, due to voluntary departures this summer. In 2009, the hatcheries were staffed by 22 people.

These departures would leave fish and wildlife officials with nine total staff to operate three hatcheries -an impossible task. The result could be closure of a hatchery; regardless of how many hatcheries remain open, the number of trout available for stocking could be reduced from 650,000 to as few as 350,000. That’s fewer fish stocked for anglers, and a serious risk for programs such as Trout in the Classroom and Salmon in the Schools, which according to DEEP statistics allowed 10,000 to 15,000 Connecticut students to get hands-on, cross-curricular exposure to the environment and fish, and crucially helps create the next generation of anglers and conservationists.

The next generation of anglers is key to the future of fish and fishing in Connecticut. Programs such as the hatcheries are funded by license fees and taxes on hunting and fishing equipment.

The looming cuts put at risk not only current revenues from fishing licenses brought in by resident anglers but another $40 million, if not more, in revenue to local economies, paid directly by the more than 100,000 anglers from near and far who make 1.5 million trips to Connecticut to fish. The loss of non-resident licenses would be even more devastating, as those anglers pay more to access to the legendary trout rivers of Connecticut in the Housatonic and Farmington river systems.

Whether or not you fish for trout, you need to care about this. Connecticut sportsmen cannot be divided on any of these issues, because the next cuts could hit the pursuit of species of interest to you.

With the legislature about to return to Hartford to attempt to craft a now-late budget, anglers need to speak now. Use this fact sheet (click here) to call or email your state senators and representatives, as well as Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. In your email or letter, state your name and if you belong to an organization, the name of the organization to which you belong. Let them know that the revenue that would be generated by fully staffed hatcheries would more than fund the programs for which sportsmen already foot the bill. The fact sheet (click here) will help outline what to say. Please feel free to send the entire fact sheet to your legislator but please let them know in your own words why this is important to you as a constituent.

Thank you for your time and support.


How to contact your legislator:

Click here to find your legislator (click on the name to get contact information).

Contact Governor Malloy:


Office of the Governor
State Capitol
210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106

Phone Number: (860) 566-4840

Or click here to send an email.

20th Annual Banquet – Friday, March 16th 2018


Please contact Don Lachance for sales info –(860) 930-0184.


 Tickets Available Now!  Join us at the Promenade Ballroom at the USS Chowder Pot IV for our 20th Annual FVTU Banquet.

Live & Silent Auctions, plus Bucket Raffles featuring:

Angling & Sporting Equipment, Guided Fishing Trips, Artwork, Custom Rods, Home Accessories, Flies Flies Flies & much more!

6 PM Cocktail Reception

7 PM Dinner and Auction

Save the date and tell your friends!



Please contact Don LaChance for ticket order questions – (860) 930-0184

Fishing Yellowstone – Thursday, November 17th

Join us – Newington Congregational Church Thursday, November 17th

The next general meeting for the Farmington Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be held this Thursday night 11/17/16 in the Fellowship Hall at the Church of Christ Congregational located at 1075 Main Street, Newington CT 06111.  The Fellowship Hall doors will be open at 6:30 PM with the meeting scheduled to start at 7:00PM.  The Fellowship Hall can be accessed on the north end of the church, right off the parking lot.  Our featured speaker this month will be Tom Baranowski speaking on planning a “Fishing Trip Out West, to Yellowstone”.

Tommy Baranowski was born and raised in Bristol, CT. At the age of six you could find tommy bush wacking through the woods with rod in hand. In April 2003 he became an eagle scout. Tommy picked up a love for fishing from his father who has been trout fishing in CT and the great lakes region since the early 70s. Lake Ontario, the Salmon and Oswego rivers were their stomping grounds. After high school Tom was introduced to fly fishing by a good friend and charter captain Aaron Cascone. Arron worked at Orvis and introduced Tom to Derrick Kirkpatrick, Andy Haberman and Johnny Slauenwhite. You could always find Tommy in the shop sharpening his skills, cracking jokes and hungry for fresh tactics. Tommy is an artistic fly tier do much to the fact of his teacher, Andy Haberman. His nymphing skills fine-tuned by Derrick Kirkpatrick, Kieran Broatch and Aaron Swanson.

Toms first love is small stream fishing. He spends a lot of time in the woods humping up streams looking for new untouched spots. These days you will most likely find him backpacking the Appalachian trail in NY, CT and MA, fishing small streams as he goes. Tommy spends a good bit of time out at night and has developed his own low light patters. He is also a fine photographer.

Holiday Gathering – Thursday, December 15th

Happy Holidays! Join us at the Farmington Community Center in Unionville for our holiday gathering. The evening will kick off at 6:30 pm with social time before Neal Hagstrom, Fisheries Biologist for CT DEEP will take the stage at 7 pm. Neal will give us the results of the sampling survey from the fall and other important information from the Inland Fisheries Division.

Hot hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

The Farmington Community Center is located at 321 New Britain Ave, Unionville, CT

Angling Gear Tag Sale – Tuesday, January 10th

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Farmington Community Center

Didn’t get the rod and reel you asked for over the holidays? Santa didn’t leave any new flies or tying material under your tree? Come to the Angling Gear Tag Sale to get some good deals on the things you want. The event is free for buyers and sellers, so come and look over the new and used equipment! All are welcome so spread the word and bring a friend! To reserve a table, please contact Bill Case at willaimcase@comcast.net or (860) 678-7245.

Hope to see you on the 10th!

20 Great Places to Fish in New England That You May Not Have Heard Of – Thursday, February 16th

Location: Farmington Community Center

Come learn about 20 great places to fish in New England from Lou Zambello, Author and Fly Fisher. Tired of going to the same old places? Want to add more destinations to your list? Don’t miss Lou’s presentation!

Doors open at 6:30pm and the presentation will begin at 7:00. Food and beverages available for purchase. All are welcome! Bring a friend!

The Farmington Community Center is located at 321 New Britain Ave in Unionville