Monadnock Trout Unlimited - Chapter #333

Monadnock Trout Unlimited

Buying from Amazon?

Help us out by making any Amazon  purchases via the above link! Just click on the link, Amazon will "remember" you and we recieve a small percentage of the purchase value. This does not increase your cost! The proceeds help our "Trout in the Classroom" project.

Trout Camp 2014

One of the programs we support is the NH State Trout Unlimited Trout Camp. This camp has yong anglers spend a week in northern NH to learn how to tie flies, read the water, cast well ande  most importantly, reallize the importance of habitat and clean water for trout and other species. This year the chapter sponsored Joe as our camper. You can see Joe and the other campers in this YouTube video

There is also a slide show that illustrates more of the camp and what the purpsoe is. You can see from the faces of both campers and counselors that a great time is being had by all!

Trout in the classroom project

 Trout fry release 2014

Below are some photos of the release of trout fry that were raised in Marlborough and Harrisville schools. Students in these schools raised the fry from egg and then released them in June into Minewaha Brook in Marlborough.

The section of the brook where the release took place.

Trout fry just before being released into the brook.

Eric Swope explaining how the fry will now try to find a new home in the stream. Eric explained the needs, in food and habitat, that the fry will need to survive.

Tal Gregory explains how trout live

Tal Gregory is shown below in JJ Prior's class at the Fuller School in Keene. JJ's class has been watching and learning about the trout eggs that have been in their classroom. Tal is a member of the Monadnock Chapter and has been volunteering with Trout in the Classroom for a number of years.


The chapter supports the Trout in the Classroom Project. The proceeds from the Amazon purchases, outlined above, help to keep the program going. We are now supporting 7 schools, Monadnock Regjonal HS, ConVal HS, Jonathan Daniels, Fuller School in Keene, Surry Village Charter School, Marlborough Elementary School and Wells Memorial School in Harrisville. We help by providing the chillers, support and obtaining the eggs from the Powder Mill Hatchery.  Below are two pictures from the most  recent "stocking" of eggs in the classes.

A view of the Powder Mill Hatchery, run by NH Fish and Game, in New Durham. The hatchery supplies the brook trout eggs for the program.


These are salmon eggs, waiting to hatch and be stocked. The trout eggs are in a similar setup when we get them from the hatchery. The temperature, yesterday, is at 39 F. The cold water is perfect for the trout and salmon. This is why chillers are required for the aquariums, to keep the temperature right for the eggs to develop.

Fly Tying Class

Two of the students at our fly tying class listening, learning and tying! The class has gone very well with lots of new patterns for the class to try and use this spring. We are thinking of doing one class in the fall and then another in the early spring next year. The Cheshire Fish and Game Club has been a wonderful venue for doing the class. If you are interested in learning more, use the contact information to get more on this great way to learn to tie.

Monadnock TU Chapter Field Trip

On November 2, a group of of intrepid Monadnock TU Members and guests went to the Deerfield River for some late fall fishing. One group went with the Harrison Brothers Guide Service and another waded along the river. Over the next few weeks we'll feature photos from the trip. The trip was such a success that more are planned for next year! In this  first photo, Ed Henault admires a nice brown caught by Larry Antonuk  with the dam in the background.

The vehicle of choice for the Deerfiled trip. We are planning another trip for the new season and information will be out as the plans firm up.

Ed hooks another nice fish on the Deerfield River!


Ed admires his catch on the Deerfield River. Another trip is being planned for next year.

A nice Deerfield rainbow from the recent trip!

Bluegill Tournament Winner!


The proud winner, Jim Sullivan, of the Bluegill Bonaza Tournament is congratulated by Chapter President, Tim McMahon. While the turnout was small, those present enjoyed themselves. If we have another tournament, we would like to see more chapter members come out and enjoy some time on the water and support the chapter.

Help us out by making any Amazon  purchases via the above link! Just click on the link, Amazon will "remember" you and we recieve a small percentage of the purchase value. This does not increase your cost! The proceeds help our "Trout in the Classroom" projects in local schools.


Trout in the Classroom

The Monadnock Chapter has supported the Trout in the Classroom program by providing chilers, getting the eggs and support for teachers. The hatched eggs will be released locally and the students will gain an appreciation of valuable resources. Clean water and habitat are crucial to the survival of the trout. Schools participating this year in our region are Jonathan Daniels, Keene, Surry Charter School, Harrisville Elementary and ConVal HS. The fish pictured above are in Dana Wood's classroom at ConVal HS. Thanks to all the teachers and students who have made this a success.

The Monadnock Chapter draws members from throughout SW New Hampshire. Our region covers areas in both of the region's major watersheds -- The Connecticut and Merrimack River drainages.

Monadnock Trout Unlimited meets at the Dublin Public Library on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm. These meetings are for both members and guests. You can check on the topic for a meeting by using the calendar on the left side of this page.

Join Trout Unlimited  online (Select MONADNOCK 333 as your Chapter). Please note, if you live in Keene or Peterborough you will have to try to contact TU National. For some reason, the default for those two towns is the Merrimack Valley Chapter. We're working on correcting that.

October Meeting Information

10/16/2014 - 18:30
10/16/2014 - 20:30

The first meeting of the new year will be Thursday, October 16. The meeting will be at the Dublin Public Library, lower level, starting at 6:30 pm. Larry Antonuck will offer a fly tying demo and will answer questions and discuss techniques. There may also be some spectacular video from a soon to happen fishing trip!
Come on out and tell everyone about the big ones you caught!

October Chapter Float Trip

10/30/2014 - 00:00
11/01/2014 - 20:00

Hi all,
The October float trip plans are ready! Thanks to Lew, Ed, Larry and Tim, another trip is planned. Below are the details.

Monadnock TU Deerfield Trip – October 30, 31, November 1, 2014

Plans are now set for another Monadnock TU trip to the Deerfield. We have reserved 2 boats for Friday and Saturday (October 31 & November 1) float trips with the Harrison’s. These reservations are for full day floats and you may sign up for a full or half day float. If you wish to reserve a boat trip, a refundable deposit of $50 is required. People on a float trip will pay the Harrisons at the end of the float. There is ample opportunity for wade fishing at many places on the Deerfield.
Two cabins have been reserved for Thurs/Fri /Sat nights. To reserve a night bunk space a deposit of $20/night is needed. The cabins have 4 beds, one could sleep 2 close friends. The other sleeping options are on the floor (recommend air mattresses), in your car or in a tent. You are welcome to stay more than one night if you wish. Food & lodging expenses will be determined and a per night charge will be calculated after the trip.
We will have a group dinner on Friday night and will charge attendees accordingly. Note: you need to bring your own adult beverage, these are not supplied. Fishing rendezvous approximately 7:30 AM each morning.
Questions and reservation information should be directed to Mike Elkavitch,, who will send them to the appropriate people.

Get ready!
Michael Elkavitch, VP Monadnock TU Chapter # 333

Fishing Field Trip on Norway Pond

07/17/2014 - 17:00
07/17/2014 - 21:00

Need to get out on some BIG water? Well, maybe not that big. How about Norway Pond in Hancock? We are planning a summer field excursion there on Thursday, July 17. There is a nice ramp to launch from, plenty of water to fish and lots of fish to be had. The time to begin to assemble will be around 5 pm, still light until later on and then the Hancock Inn is very close to stop into and get a libation and tell those stories of the HUGE bass that got away!
Below is the NH Fish and Game link to the Norway Pond map. Oh, if you are thinking of coming, drop me an email, just so that we know who to expect.
Come out, spend a summer evening doing what you do best - FISH!
Norway Pond map link
Enjoy the nice weather, when we have it!
Michael Elkavitch, VP Monadnock TU Chapter # 333

Fly Fishing Show in Marlborough, MA

01/16/2015 - 10:00
01/18/2015 - 10:59

The dates for the Fly Fishing Show in Marlborough, MA are Friday, January 16 through Sunday, January 18, 2015. As more information is available, it will be posted here.

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