January 10, 2015

Winter 2015 Women’s Initiative News


2015 Somerset Fly Fishing Show

Women’s Forum and Showcase
The 2015 Somerset show is around the corner. This year the show will feature a Women’s Showcase- an area designated for presentations and events for women anglers. Two highlights to check out include the annual Women’s Roundtable- The Reflection Pool: Women in the Angling Community and Trunk Show Social sponsored by Patagonia, Orvis, Frontiers Travel, Hunter-Banks, Simms Fishing, Upper Canyon Outfitters and General Exposition Services. This new event is sure to be a hit. Come check out gear offerings and other items for the woman angler.

Show dates are January 23-25, 2015. Bring a friend or neighbor to be part of this exciting event. Visit for schedule days and times.

TU Women’s Membership News
NJ has almost 200 women members who enjoy angling and conservation. If you would like to introduce someone new to TU, consider the half price ($17.50) introductory membership. More information can be found at

10th Annual Fly Fest
February 7, 2015, Fly Fest will be held at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. Sponsored by Catskill Flies. Event is free and begins at 10:00am. This annual event is a fine gathering for flytyers, both near and far, to share some stories, techniques and new fly patterns. Everyone is welcome to come see this group in the warmth of the Museum in a very casual setting. Shop or swap some flies, chat the tyers up or look over their shoulders. This is a good excuse to get out of the house and shake off the mid winter blues. This year’s theme is the world’s most famous fly, The Hendrickson and you can expect to see more variations than you can imagine. Information can be found at

Sparse Grey Matter Fly Tying Fest
February 22, 2015, Sparse Gray Matter (SGM) Fest will be held at the Califon Firehouse, Califon, NJ. Doors open from 10:00am- 4:00pm. Event is free, food and beverage items will be sold. This is a great event to learn the art of fly tying or watch tyers in action.  For more information visit or

Chapter Meetings
Winter offers the opportunity to attend chapter meetings to learn new spots to fish as well as other topics of interest. Any TU member can attend other chapter meetings. Visit for a list of chapters in the state to see what events are going on in your area or short distance.

Event Information
If you have any questions or ideas about hosting an event, feel free to contact your chapter officers, council officers, or myself at or 201-669-2369.

October 05, 2014

Fall 2014 NJTU Women’s Initiative Events


Fall 2014 Update
Join fellow NJ TU Women’s Initiative members for some great events this Fall Season

Go Pink!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Visit Casting for Recovery to learn about this organization and their link to fly fishing. Visit
Go pink on the water with a limited run of Cortland 4 and 5 weight lines available at Dette Flies. The lines are a hot pink and cost $45. They can be ordered by visiting

Saturday, October 11, 2014 and Sunday, October 12, 2014
Women’s Events at Troutoberfest @ Beaverkill Angler, Roscoe, NY
This two day event will feature a number of fly tyers, presentations, classes, and of course FREE FOOD! With OVER 1 DOZEN FLY TYERS/INSTRUCTORS/PRESENTERS FROM 6 DIFFERENT STATES this promises to be the biggest fall event.
Saturday, 10/11 @1:00pm Women’s Intro to Fly Fishing sponsored by TU WI
Saturday, 10/11 @5:00pm Women’s Wine and Cheese Mixer sponsored by Patagonia.
Sunday, 10/12 @10:00AM Women’s Intro to Fly Tying sponsored by TU WI
For more information visit

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Jersey Shore Raritan Inn Fishing Trip
Join members of Jersey Shore TU as they fish the private waters of The Raritan Inn located in Califon, NJ. Cost is $50 for the day. Lunch will be provided. Fishing starts from 8:00am-5:00pm. If interested, contact Kevin Lovely at 732- 644-5418 for details and to reserve your spot. This is a great chance to fish the waters and gain some knowledge from other chapter members. To learn more about the Inn, visit

Saturday, November 1, 2014
NJTU State Council Banquet, The Raritan Inn, Califon, NJ
Meet other TU members and socialize at the Raritan Inn. Dinner ticket is $65 with a cash bar. There will be bucket raffles and silent auction items. Guest speaker is Brian Cowden, who will talk about TU state conservation initiatives in the upcoming 2014 year. There is a limited number of tickets. To purchase your ticket or for additional information, visit

Saturday, November 15, 2014 and Sunday, November 16, 2014

Art of the Angler Fly Fishing Show @ Ethan Allen Inn, Danbury, CT
Sponsored by the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM), this unique show combines the finest in vintage collectibles and contemporary fly fishing arts. There will be presentations and an introduction to fly fishing course on both days. In addition to the show featuring the ‘arts and crafts’ of the angler: bamboo rod making, fly tying, books, and artwork, a live consignment auction of collectibles will be held after a special priced dinner on Saturday evening. In addition there will be presentations and an introduction to fly fishing course on both days. For more information on this event and other activities visit

TU Women’s Membership News
Have you renewed your TU membership? Know someone who might be interested?
TU is offering special half-priced renewal rate only available to women who received a free membership in the past 24 months and are renewing for the first time. For more information visit

NJ Women’s Initiative News
With over 183 members in the State, women anglers are growing in large numbers. Statistics show that almost 32% of anglers are women. More products are available than ever for women anglers. The 2015 Somerset show will feature a Women’s Showcase as an additional part of this giant fly fishing show. Orvis, Simms, Patagonia, Cabela’s, Bass Pro, and Reddington continue to expand their women’s line. I encourage you to participate and support your local chapter. Bring a friend or neighbor to a meeting to increase the presence of women. If you have any concerns or questions or ideas about hosting an event, feel free to contact your chapter officers, council officers, or myself at or 201-669-2369.


July 08, 2014

Women, Water and Wine Event 8/2/14


Join NJTU members from CT, NY, and PA for a lecture on water conservation and wine tasting
For more information, contact

May 15, 2014

NJ State Council of Trout Unlimited Women’s Initiative Open House 6/14/14


NJ State Council of Trout Unlimited
Women’s Initiative Open House

Free Event, Bring a Friend!

Saturday, June 14, 2014, 1:00pm– 4:00pm
Private Residence on the Musconetcong River
Parking area provided

Enjoy an afternoon with Women Trout Unlimited members. Open House will be staffed by TU volunteers

Seasoned anglers feel free to bring your own gear. For those starting out, extra rods and reels available for use
Bring an extra chair to enjoy light refreshments
Door Prize Raffles
Stay to fish the evening hatch
Wade or cast from the bank
Restrooms available for use

Open House events include the following stations:
Fly Casting lessons and tune ups, River Reading strategies, Fly Tying demonstrations, Coldwater Conservation Information,

Be a part of it…Make a difference…Leave a legacy

Contact Kelly

March 21, 2014

2014 Women’s Membership Drive Update


In the fall of 2012, TU launched a campaign aimed at getting more women to sign up as members. In just one year, over 2,500 women signed up and currently there is a National 13 percent retention rate so far on these trial members.

In NJ, we had over 65 women take advantage of this promotion.  With the success of the Somerset Women’s Forum and Open house, as well as local chapter efforts, many members reached out to women in their community and invited them to join TU. Currently, there are 194 women chapter members who are working to protect local areas and continue the TU mission of conserving cold, clean water. Consider inviting a friend, neighbor, co worker or colleague to be a part of it!

From March 1 - May 31, TU is hosting a Women’s Membership drive. New members can join for free and current women trial members can renew at half price, for $17.50, with $15.00 going back to your chapter. The web link to join for free membership is:

February 11, 2014

Women’s Forum at the 2014 Somerset Fly Fishing is Standing Room Only

Kelly Buchta and Jackie Jordan moderate the forum. Photo by Jeff Yates

It was down to standing room only, with almost 60 female participants filling the conference room at The Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, New Jersey over the weekend. The Future of Women Anglers forum was moderated by Women’s Initiative Coordinators Kelly Buchta (NJ), Jackie Jordan (VT), and Alicea Charamut (CT).

The high-energy, enthusiastic group was made up of women anglers, guides, outfitters, and volunteer staff from Trout Unlimited, Project Healing Waters, and Casting For Recovery. In the short hour, topics ranged from the high and low points women have experienced while out fishing, fly-fishing gear designed for women, the things we can do for each other whether new or experienced in the sport, female anglers who have made impacts in conservation and within the fishing community, and how we can continue the legacy and reach out to youth.

Women across the U.S. are organizing retreats, outings, educational seminars, youth outreach programs and other events to build a community of women anglers who look to empower the next generation of fly fishers and clean water ambassadors.

For those who missed Saturday, a second discussion was held on Sunday with almost 40 participants in attendance. We are excited to move forward and are already planning next year’s session.

Kelly Buchta is the Vice President NJ Northeast Region and NJ Women’s Initiative Coordinator TU NJ State Council and President of the Joan Wulff Fly Fishers. Alicea Charamut is the Vice President Farmington Valley CT TU Chapter, Secretary CT State Council, and CT Women’s Initiative Coordinator. Jackie Jordan is the President Southwestern VT TU Chapter, VT Women’s Initiative Coordinator, and Associate Art Director at Orvis.

August 08, 2013

NJTU Women’s Initiative


Be Part of it…...
Trout Unlimited is America’s leading coldwater conservation organization

Make a Difference…..
Be a grassroots advocate for protection of the environment

Leave a Legacy…..
Work to ensure we have clean, cold, fishable water for generations to come

NJTU has dedicated women anglers who are committed to protecting local rivers and following TU’s mission to make rivers cleaner, healthier and more fishable.

Free Membership for Women Anglers
Sign up:

For more information, visit:

Throughout the state, the Women’s Initiative is partnering with chapters to connect anglers through conservation projects such as river clean ups and engage anglers with fishing outings and clinics to improve technique. Whether new to the sport or an experienced angler, please consider joining and gathering together for fishing and camaraderie.

This year alone, NJTU Women’s Initiative hosted the first ever Somerset Fly Fishing Show Women’s Forum as well as an Open House event and a fishing trip to the Farmington River. Upcoming events include conservation projects, Fall fishing trips, tying social and more.

For additional information on how you can be a part of it and make a difference, visit for local chapters in your area or contact the NJTU WI coordinator, Kelly E. Buchta.

Trout Unlimited is offering one year free membership for women anglers.  Membership includes a subscription to TROUT magazine, TU member card, 16 month calendar, TU decal, and various car and hotel discounts. In addition, connecting with your local chapter provides valuable information on local waters, conservation news and social networking.

Sign up today!

Join other women anglers across the nation in discussing topics and sharing fish tales!

June 20, 2013

Women’s Initiative Outing on the Musconetcong River

Ladies gearing up to fish!

On June 1, 2013 the first NJ Women’s Initiative Open House event was held at a private residence located on the Musconetcong River. There were 36 women who attended and represented 8 out of 10 chapters throughout the state. The weather was perfect for the outing, which had several stations geared to assist women in all areas of angling.

Stations included river reading strategies, fly tying demonstrations, fly casting lessons, review of basic gear for safe fishing, and a tent for food items, beverages and time to mix and mingle. There was ample time to fish as well and practice safe catch and release techniques.

Though there was a major accident which hampered some women from attending, those who spent the day remarked on how much more information they learned, and how comfortable they felt with some new knowledge for angling adventures. The station instructors were local TU volunteers who used their experiences on and off the river to lend a helping hand.

A special thanks goes out to Bob and Sue Powell of South Jersey chapter, Fredy De Leon, Sara Grare, and Brian Cowden of Ridge & Valley, Milton Buchta of Mianus Trout Unlimited, Sue Reed of North Jersey, and State Council members Rich Thomas and Dave King. Ramsey Outdoor and Shannon’s Fly and Tackle provided items for a bucket raffle for those in attendance. Many thanks to our gracious hosts, Bob & Grace for providing the setting for the event. The day was organized by WI chair, Kelly E. Buchta.

There are plans in the making for the 2014 event. We hope to see you there!