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Fish the Farmington June 24

Join Nutmeg TU for a morning of exciting fishing on one of the best rivers in Connecticut, the Farmington River, on Sunday, June 24, starting at 8 a.m.  You may come earlier if you wish, I will be at the river setting up and getting some quick fishing in.

We will be meeting up in the Church Pool parking lot: look for the Nutmeg TU banner and a silver Subaru Forester.

Open to everyone, beginners and experienced anglers alike, this trip is a great way to learn the river. Spinning or fly fishing, all are welcome.   If you are new to the river or fishing, I will show you techniques and strategies that will have you catching trout in no time.  If you are more experienced, I will have maps of spots you can fish.

Following fishing, everyone is welcome to meet up at the Parrot Delaney Tavern in New Hartford, next to the Ovation factory and the famous Ovation Pool fishing hole.   BYOL (Buy Your Own Lunch)

Please RSVP to David Edgeworth so we know who to expect.  Text or Email

(203) 627-5817 or email Eggsofan@hotmail.com

Looking forward to see you

Fish On!!

Dave Edgeworth

Trout & Salmon Stamp now available

New Connecticut fishing regulations went into effect Friday, requiring some anglers to purchase a Trout & Salmon Stamp, and extending the Mill River Wild Trout Management Area and making the Mill River Trout Management Area catch and release all year.

Fees from the Trout & Salmon Stamp will go to the DEEP to support fishing activities.

Highlights of the new regulations include:

TROUT & SALMON STAMP – A trout & salmon stamp is required for any angler 16 years of age and older fishing in a Trout Management Area (TMA), Wild Trout Management Area (WTMA), Trout Park, or Atlantic Salmon Broodstock Area; or keeping trout, Kokanee Salmon or broodstock Atlantic Salmon anywhere statewide (some exceptions for waters not stocked by DEEP that are stocked by another entity). The fees for the Trout & Salmon Stamp are $5 for resident anglers who are 18 and older, $3 for CT residents ages 16 or 17 and $5 for nonresident anglers age 16 and older.  The trout & Salmon stamp is now available for purchase on the Online Sportsmen’s Licensing system. Click here to read answers to frequently asked questions about the Trout & Salmon Stamp.

MILL RIVER WTMA & MILL RIVER TMA (Easton-Fairfield) – The Mill River WTMA is extended downstream to the Merritt Parkway and the Mill River TMA is now catch-and release year round.

FARMINGTON RIVER TMA – A small portion of the West Branch Farmington River in the Riverton area from the intersection of Hogback Road and Route 20 in Hartland downstream to the gas pipeline crossing approximately four-tenths miles downstream of the confluence with the Still River in Barkhamsted will now be closed to all fishing from April First to 6:00 am on the second Saturday in April.

FISHING SEASONS  –  Alexander Lake is open to fishing year round. Baldwins Pond and Green Falls Reservoir are open to fishing from 6:00 am Opening Day through the last day of February.

CATFISH  – There is now a creel limit of 6 Channel Catfish and White Catfish in aggregate per day, except in Beaver Park Lagoon, Birge Pond, Bunnells Pond, Center Springs Park Pond, Freshwater Pond, Keeney Park Pond, Lake Wintergreen, Lakewood Lake, Mirror Lake, Picketts Pond, Rowans Pond, Mohegan Park Pond and Stanley Quarter Pond where the creel limit is 3 catfish per day.

COMMON CARP  – There is now a creel limit of 5 common carp per day, with no more than 1 fish greater than 30 inches in length, except in Trophy Carp Waters (see below).

TROPHY CARP WATERS  – Batterson Park Pond, Connecticut River (including the portions of tributaries open year-round), Squantz Pond and West Thompson Reservoir are designated as Trophy Carp Waters with a one carp per day creel limit and a 26 inch maximum length for Common Carp.

METHODS  – Tenkara fishing (a traditional Japanese method of fly-fishing without a reel) is now allowed in fly fishing areas.

ATLANTIC SALMON BROODSTOCK AREAS   – The period when broodstock salmon gear restriction applies to all species in broodstock areas is now from September 1 to March 31 (inclusive).

TROUT PARKS  – Pasture Pond at the Quinebaug Valley State Trout Hatchery, Plainfield, is now a designated Trout Park with a 2 trout per day creel limit.

 Click here to read the new regulations.

CT Council to meet at Legends

The Connecticut Council of Trout Unlimited will hold its July quarterly meeting at Legends Bed & Breakfast on the Farmington River on Wednesday, July 26, at 6 p.m.
Legends, located at 20 River Road in Barkhamsted, for the second year in a row has donated use of its property to TU for the July meeting. There will be a barbecue and chance to meet TU leaders from around the state.
The meeting will start one hour earlier than the usual 7 o’clock gathering. It will be a more informal meeting, with state TU leaders hoping to meet chapter members and officers, and talk about what is important to them.

Anglers may fish the Farmington River before and after the cookout and meeting.
Legends, which abuts the river, can arrange guided trips and fly fishing lessons. Legends also allows ready access to hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, hunting, cross country skiing and photography amid the scenery and wildlife of northern Connecticut. More information can be found by clicking here.
If you plan to attend this meeting, email John Kovach.
Important note about parking! You can park along the long driveway to Legends, but this means leaving sufficient parking spaces for his guests nearest the lodge.  Please note also that you should only park on the right side of the Legends driveway as you come it.  The left side has a sprinkler system vulnerable to damage if parked upon.

Fish the Farmington June 11

Join Nutmeg TU for a morning of exciting fishing on one of the best rivers in Connecticut, the Farmington River, on Sunday, June 11, starting at 6 a.m.  You may come earlier if you wish, I will be there setting up and getting some quick fishing in.

We will be meeting up in the Church Pool parking lot – look for the Nutmeg TU banner and a silver Subaru Forester.  

Open to everyone, beginners and experienced anglers alike, this trip is a great way to learn the river. Spinning or fly fishing, all are welcome.   If you are new to the river or fishing, I will show you techniques and strategies that will have you catching trout in no time.  If you are more experienced, I will have maps of spots you can fish. 

Following fishing, everyone is welcome to join us for a Breakfast Buffet at the Log House Restaurant.   BYOB  (Buy Your Own Breakfast)

Please RSVP to Davide Edgeworth so we know who to expect.  Text or Email (203) 627-5817 or email – Eggsofan@hotmail.com. You can also RSVP by clicking here.