Sam Sandus checked in last night and gave me the update on what Hacklebarney has been up to this summer.  While we take a break from our official meetings, we dont rest when it comes to doing good for the environment and others.  So in Sam's words...

"It’s Mid Summer and our Chapter members have been active even though we don’t have our Chapter meetngs until September. In summary:

Erich trying out his luck for warm water species.

Erich trying out his luck for warm water species.

  1. Our Youth member Erich Frie attended the TU Teen Summit in Montana. He will speak about his experiences at the September meeting.
  2. Hacklebarney Board Members planted 50 Trees on the Paulinskill River with The Nature Conservancy:  Trees were purchased with our TU Embrace A Stream Grant from National TU.
  3. Some Members went to the Farmington River fishing trip. A few nice fish were caught, despite challenging conditions, finicky trout and the poor casting everyone has come to expect from John Eng and Mike Sankowich.  (oops, did I say that?)
  4. Members joined Project Healing Waters and helped VA Hospital Vets fish the Musky Private water and the Pequest Hatchery pond. The Vets caught fish and were happy. Many have improved their fishing skills. The VA has bus trips a few times a year and hosts fly tying monthly at the Lyons VA Hospital.
  5. Trout In the Classroom Teacher School Ann Owens, from Chatham Day School, was presented with a framed Appreciation Award Certificate from Hacklebarney Chapter Board for the great work she and her classes did. She now is working with Rockland County, NY Parks and Rec, the Trust for Public Land and will head up Rockland County’s first Environmental Center in Nyack Beach.
Mike fishing th Farmington.

Mike fishing th Farmington.

So Enjoy your Summer and See you at our September Chapter Meeting!"

Capt Anthony Grassi-Tonight!

Captain Grassi is a Charter Captain with Fin Chaser Charters with over 30 years experience. Fin Chaser is a first class operation and is also known as the "Charter to the Stars". Specializing in Fly-fishing & Light Tackle, opportunities range from back bay for Striped Bass, Blues, & Weakfish to offshore fishing in the canyons for Tuna, Marlin, & Sharks. Since expanding to the "Jersey Shore", Fin Chaser is the only saltwater, Orvis Endorsed, operation in all of New Jersey. Clients include well known celebrities like Wade Boggs, Author & IGFA Vice Chairman-Robert Rich, Jr., Actors Ed Burns and Ethan Hawke, the late Clarence Clemons, and "Top Chef" Tom Colicchio.

Will we see you in Whippany?  Tonight at 7:30 baby.