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Nutmeg TU President Rich Rosen

Fellow fishermen and conservationists:

Wow!  Our February board meeting just ended and I am excited!  Your Board really stepped up and put together a great agenda for the next five months.  I needed to share our plans with you so here goes!

Our speaker agenda will bring us new ideas and hints for local fishing.

  • February 20  Jimmy O is going to tell us about Winter striper fishing on the Housie.
  • March 20  Tim Barry from DEEP will enlighten us about stocking plans, DEEP’s new fish finding tech, and the new expanded TMA on the Mill River.  Plus much more!
  • April 17  Jeff Yale from Regional Water will talk about fishing Lake Saltonstall.  The lake is easily accessible (visible from Rt. 95) and loaded with a wide variety of fish, including Walleye, Bass, trout and much more.
  • May 15  Sonny Yu talks fly fishing for American Shad.  We’ll have a trip the Saturday after this meeting to fish for Shad on the Mill River in Fairfield (who knew?)

Kudos to John Kovach for creating such an exciting agenda. The meetings are always at Port 5 in Bridgeport and pizza and drinks are available. We also have some fun auction items available at every meeting to raise some funds to support our programs.

In March we start our fishing trips and hands on activities.  All of the trips will be led by one or more of our experienced fishing leaders from our Board and membership.

  • March 31 – Trout fishing the Saugatuck on Ford Road.
  • April 21 (World Fish Migration Day) –  This is a big one!

In cooperation with Beardsley Zoo we will have a Pequonnock River Day.

Activities to include:

    • River cleanup.
    • River walk and insect study.
    • Bird of Prey animal encounter.
    • Fly casting clinic (5 LL Bean donated rods will be available for use).
    • Tree planting.
    • And of course, we will cap the day off with some fishing on the Pequonnock.

             Get your hands dirty, learn to fish and catch some fish. Come for all or part of the day.

  • May 20 – Shad fishing on the Mill River in Fairfield.
  • May 23 – Trout fishing at the Limestone Club (fee charged, space limited – email me to register rhrosen@aol.com)
  • May 26 – Striper fishing on the Housatonic at the Audubon center in Milford.
  • June 24 – Trout fishing on the Farmington.

On the Conservation front we resume our work on the Mill River at Congress Street. Watch your emails for the date.  Many hands will be needed as we work to deepen the river by anchoring Christmas trees to channel the river.  Last year we planted hundreds of trees here.  This next important phase will insure the Mill river will continue to be a premiere fishing spot for years to come.  It can’t be done without member’s like you helping.

I hope you agree that we have some great stuff lined up and member participation is key. All of the meetings and trips are free (except for the Limestone outing) and the public is welcome.

Rich Rosen

Nutmeg Chapter President

Landing big steelheads and browns

Derrick Kirkpatrick

Derrick Kirkpatrick of CTFishguides will give a presentation on fly fishing for large brown trout and steelhead in New York and Pennsylvania at the next regular meeting of Nutmeg TU Chapter 217 on Tuesday, Octt. 16.

The talk will cover proper dress and equipment, as well as the techniques needed to have a successful lake tributary outing.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Fayerweather Yacht Club, 51 Brewster St. in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport. Free pizza.

Derrick’s background includes working for the Orvis Company and Cabelas.

He is pro-staffed by Hatch, Sage, Reddington, Rio, Hardy/Greys, St. Croix and Simms.

He attended Colorado guide school at the number one endorsed guide school in the country.  He also writes bi-weekly columns for The Fisherman magazine and has appeared in other magazines.

‘The French Flyfisherman’

Antoine Bissieux, “The French Flyfisherman”

Antoine Bissieux, “The French Flyfisherman” will discuss “Fish on the Fly” at the March 20, 2012, meeting of Nutmeg TU Chapter 217.

A 2012 Orvis-endorsed guide, Bissieux leads fly fishing trips on the Farmington River in Connecticut, the Battenkill River in Vermont, and other places where you can cast at a fish.

After teaching thousands of beginner anglers and guiding at the Orvis fly fishing flagship school in Manchester, Vt.,  he now focuses on the Farmington, offering guided trips, classes, instruction all catered to each fisherman’s expectations. All levels and abilities are welcome.

More information can be found a bissieux.com.

Regular meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month (in season) at 7:30 p.m. at the Fayerweather Yacht Club in the historic Black Rock section of Bridgeport., 51 Brewster St. Free pizza precedes meetings.