Focused on fly fishing and fly tying for people of all skill levels in Connecticut.
3-3-15 UPDATE: SEE YOUR TESTIMONY AT http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CommDocTmy.asp?comm_code=app&date=03/02/2015
IF KENSINGTON HATCHERY CLEARS THIS HURDLE, THERE WILL BE FUTURE BATTLES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO COMMENT.
Don't squawk later, get busy now!
Tell our legislators to save Kensington Hatchery!
The deadline for submitting testimony regarding the Public Hearing on DEEP's budget is Monday March
2, 2015. Note that "testimony" does not mean you wish to speak. Testimony can be in written form only
In the Subject Line write: Testimony to Appropriations Comm. for the March 2, 2015 Public Hearing on
Note that the committee prefers to receive email testimony as an attachment to the email, preferably in
pdf form (although MS Word form should suffice).
Note that your message can be very short, but it's important at this time to get as many people as
possible writing to support keeping Kensington Hatchery operational.
Don't squawk later, get busy now. Here's a sample testimony:
Testimony to Appropriations Comm. for the March 2, 2015 Public Hearing on Hatchery Funding in DEEP
I support keeping Kensington Hatchery operational and removing it from the list of cuts proposed in the
governor's budget because this hatchery generates more money for our state than it costs, and it
provides unique benefits that would be forever lost.
A 2011 study by the CT Center for Economic Analysis at UConn reports that $38 in economic activity is
generated by every $1 our state spends on natural resources.
Decreased fish stocking will lead to less angler hours realized, less tourism, less revenue for small
businesses and therefore less tax and license revenue for CT. The current stocking programs generate
roughly 2 million angler hours and approximately $60 million in revenue. The closing of Kensington
would eliminate less than $195,000 in a multi-billion dollar budget, and would be poor economic policy.
Our other two hatcheries are operating at maximum and will be unable to make up for the loss of
Kensington's capacity and unique elements such as chilled water capability and uniquely favorable well
water. Closing Kensington Hatchery would end the brood stock salmon stocking program in CT, and
along with it up to 7,000 Atlantic salmon fishing trips per year. Valuable genetic traits defining
Connecticut River salmon will also be lost forever. Our successful Seeforellen Brown trout strain will be
lost, as will much of the trophy brown trout and sea run trout programs that generate significant
The award winning Salmon-in-Schools Program would be terminated after this school year which would
affect over 60 schools and more than 6,000 Connecticut students each year. Another approximate 9,000
schoolchildren in 110 schools will lose the Trout in the Classroom Program due to the need for chilled
water during egg development, which is only available at Kensington. These very cost-effective
educational programs also develop environmental awareness in kids.
Keeping Kensington Hatchery operational makes sense economically, educationally and
YOUR NAME & ADDRESS
On March 4th and April 1st our board will meet at the East Hartford Cultural Center, 50 Chapman Place, East Hartford, CT 06108 in Room #104. Not at the clubhouse.
Regular monthly meetings will continue to be held at the Clubhouse.
FLY FISHING CLASSES presented by the CT Fly Fisherman's Assoc. Six sessions: 4 classroom sessions on
Thursday evenings plus 2 on-water sessions on Saturday mornings. Cost for entire course is $50 per
adult ($40 for CFFA members) and $30 for kids 16 & younger which includes one parent for free.
Must register by contacting Peter Naples at 860-620-2317.
Classroom sessions held at East Hartford Cabela's, in the 2nd floor conference room near deli.
March 5th. Class 1. Fly Rods, Lines, & Reels. Why Fly Casting is Different: Lines and Line Weights: Classification of Line Weights
Types of Fly Lines: Fly Rods: Design, Function, Action, Material.: Fly Reels
March 12th. Class 2. Characteristics of Trout and Diet of Stream Trout
Many fish can be taken on the Fly. ID Most Common Trout in the East. Trout Survival: Needs, Characteristics, Diet.
Aquatic Insects: Mayflies, Caddis flies, Stone flies.
March 19th. Class 3. Stream Tactics
Location: Rise Types: Approach: Water Types: Pools, Reach, Pocket. Factors Determining Fly Selection:
Streamers and Buck tail, Wet and Nymphs, Dry.
March 26th. Class 4. Leaders and Knots
Basic Advice on Tying Knots ( It is important not only to select the right knot for a particular job but to tie
it properly. Poorly Tied knots will mean lost fish and aggravation.)
Backing to Reel: Backing to Fly Line: Fly Line to Leader: Leader to Tippet: Tippet to Fly
TBD. Class 5. Outside Casting Instruction
The Freshwater Fly Casting lessons will held at a pond is in East Hartford.
TBD. Class 6. On-the-Water Instructions
Freshwater Stream Instruction is held on the Willimantic River.
Note: There are no makeup dates for classes missed unless we need to postpone a class because of weather.
In that case we would reschedule the class.