$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.

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Project Healing Waters

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing:  (PHWFF) is a program started in 2005 at Walter Reed Medical Center to help disabled veterans heal through fly fishing. There are over 160 programs nationally in support of our veterans. Our chapter along with the Candlewood chapter has been supporting a program at the Newington VAMC since May 2012.  We support a group of over 20 veterans with monthly sessions of fly tying, casting instructions and on water fishing outings. Volunteer help is always appreciated and anyone interested in supporting our program can contact Don LaChance – dlachanc1@cox.net  860-930-0184.  More information is also available at www.projecthealingwaters.org. FVTU is proud and honored to offer this program to veterans in the Hartford area.

2015-2016 Stats

  • Currently we have 81 vets signed up for the program with about 20 attending monthly meetings on a regular basis
  • Currently we have 75 volunteers signed up with 20 attending monthly meetings on a regular basis.
  • Last year we had 3 outings with the vets and volunteers
    • Zak’s Landing located in Riverton, CT
    • Limestone Trout Club located in New Canaan, CT
    • Dr. Schildgen’s Pond located in Litchfield. CT


AN URGENT CALL FOR INSTRUCTIONAL VCR TAPES AND DVDs – If you have any instructional VCR tapes or DVDs on fishing and/or fly tying subjects, please consider donating them for the program to use!

Trout In The Classroom General Information

Trout in the Classroom is a conservation-oriented environmental education program for elementary, middle, and high school students. Through the school year, students raise trout from eggs to fry and then release them into approved cold water streams and lakes. This act of raising, monitoring, and caring for young trout fosters a conservation ethic within participating students and promotes an understanding of their shared water resources.

Currently FVTU supports 9 schools within our Chapter boundary, with over 20 overall in our history. Startup costs for the program equipment are estimated at $1200.00 to $1500.00 based on the latest prices.  Unless your program can be funded within your schools budget, FVTU will work with educators to identify and apply for local and national grants. Funding is one of the subjects discussed during our overview given on the program.

Equipment includes a 55 gallon aquarium, stand, chiller, filter, air pump and bubblers, and all maintenance supplies. After year 1, all maintenance supplies will be paid for and supplied by FVTU.

Further information on the technical aspects of the program including curriculum ideas can be found on the national TIC website at http://www.troutintheclasromm.org .

Are you an educator that would like to know more about the Trout in the Classroom program?  Please contact Carl Swanson at cswanson319@gmail.com or at 860-605-9249.

Conservation in action!

The FVTU Conservation Committee meetings/outings are held in the field on a monthly basis on the first Saturday of each month.  Our goal is to post meeting locations reasonably in advance, but please check the website by the preceding Thursday night for updates due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.  Committee meetings/outings are an ongoing opportunity to discuss or participate in new or ongoing conservation projects and are open to the public.  We are always looking for anyone interested in learning or volunteering!  It’s a great opportunity to meet some new people and to get your hands/waders/boots nice and wet n’ dirty.  We might even find a few hidden “honey-holes” along the way (shhhh – those are sworn to secrecy for conservation committee participants only)!  Current projects are:

  • Culvert Surveys
  • Water Temperature Monitoring
  • “On your own” smartphone field data collection using iNaturalist.org:
    1. Aquatic insects (The River’s Calendar)
    2. Wild brooktrout (Connecticut Wild Brooktrout)
    3. Wild Trout all species (Trout Unlimited TroutBlitz)

For additional information, please contact:

Doug Jann– Conservation Committee Chair, dbjann.fvtu@gmail.com, 203-339-1918, or

Dave Lemanski – dalemanfvtu@gmail.com, 860-573-7127 (call or text)

Culvert Surveys.

Temp monitoring on Thompson Brook in Avon

Doug Jann demonstrating Temp Monitoring calibration.