Listen up, get there if you can. Let your voice be heard.
Wed., March 16th
… 6:30pm. DEP Hdqtrs
79 Elm St. Hartford.
Here is a pre formed letter for anyone aggreeing with the proposal to extend the TMA area along the Farmington River. You can take the preformed letter and copy and paste it into an email sent to Mr. Foreman of the DEP whose email is in the letter. Rich has thing Nailed with the barbless hook law as well. Barbless hooks are much easier on the angler as well. I took a Skalka in the thumb last year that I thank God was barbless making it much easier to extract! Ouch!
Thanks Rich for the heads up!
To: Bill Foreman
DEP Inland Fisheries Division
79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127
Dear Mr. Foreman, I am writing this letter to show my support for the proposed changes in the Farmington River Trout Management Area. The expansion of the Trout Management Area to the bridge abutments at the tail out of the Whittemore pool, and the changes to the other areas of the river down to the Route 177 Bridge in Unionville are well thought out, and long over due.
However, there is one change in the proposed regulations which I DO NOT support. All three sections of the new proposals relating to the Farmington River require that the fish be released “without avoidable injury”. And yet the regulations requiring the use of barbless hooks has been eliminated from the proposal. Barbless hooks allow for reduced handling and a faster release of the fish, thus reducing unwanted injury. To eliminate this requirement makes no sense. Barbless hooks in the Trout Management Area have been required since its inception, and to remove this provision at this time would be counter productive to releasing the fish without avoidable injury. Please consider reinstating the barbless hook requirement in the TMA, and if you wish to standardize the regulations, make barbless hooks required for the entire section of the river in the proposal. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.