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Fish the Mianus River March 23

Fish the Mianus River TMA on a  joint trip organized by the Mianus and Nutmeg TU chapters.

The Mianus River, known for its black stonefly hatch in March, is the destination for a trip with Nutmeg and Mianus TU on Saturday, March 23. — Photo from Mianustu.org.This river has recently been stocked and is known for its early black and brown stonefly hatches. The Mianus is a beautiful, intimate suburban stream and March is a great time to fish it as the park tends to get crowded after opening day and the weather gets warmer.   

When:  Saturday, March 23 at 10 AM. 

Where:  Meet at the red barn in Mianus River State Park. The barn is off Merriebrook Lane in Stamford.

Directions:  To get to the Mianus River Park, take Exit 33 off the Merritt Parkway South (Den Road). Take a left onto Bangall Road, and another left onto Westover Road, crossing over the parkway. Follow Westover Road for a decent distance until you see a sharp curve warning sign with flashing yellow lights. Merriebrook Lane is on the right just past the sign.

Take Merriebrook Lane down to the red barn (on right), where you can find parking in that lot, or closer to the bridge over the river. Across the bridge the road leads to private property, so no parking is allowed.

Parking is limited so please consider carpooling.

Regulations: Must have a 2019 CT Fishing License with Trout/Salmon Stamp. 

Since it is before opening day, you must fish in the Trout Management Area which runs upstream from the bridge (over Merriebrook Lane) all the way to the dam. There are well defined trails along both sides of the river, though the western trail offers the easiest access the full length of the TMA.

The Trout Management Area is a limited harvest section of the stream.  From September 1 through the third Saturday in April fishing, fishing is restricted to catch and release using artificial lures and single hooks.

General Information: Flyfishct.com suggests (www.flyfishct.com) a fairly short rod, 8-foot in 3- or 4-weight as ideal.  My standard 8.5 foot 5-weight trout rod works just fine.  River is smallish so long casts are generally not needed.  Dark patterns tend to work best this time of year; good to have some small stonefly imitations.   

Water (and possibly weather) will be cold so please dress accordingly. 

Hope to see you there!! 

Nutmeg TU Contact:  Alex Ziemkiewicz  agz3026@gmail.com or 203-209-6689.

Fish Lake Saltonstall Friday

Jeff Yale of the Regional Water Authority will share the secrets of fishing Lake Saltonstall Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at Port 5, 69 Brewster St., Bridgeport. The meeting is hosted by Nutmeg Trout Unlimited.

All anglers are welcome to fish Lake Saltonstall with the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited Friday, June 8.

Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the main entrance, where $5 day passes will be purchased and boats will be rented.

Lake Saltonstall is a popular but relatively popular fishing location with a great variety of fishing opportunities. Bass, Walleye, and more are abundant.

Arrive early as Boat Rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Boats will be available with batteries and electric motors for a fee. Shore and dock side fishing also available.

Permits and boat rental fees are purchased directly at boat shack at Lake Saltonstall and are issued by the Regional Water Authority. No wading is allowed.

Click here to watch an program about fishing Lake Saltonstall from Yankee Fisherman, hosted by Nutmeg TU member John Kovach.

Trip subject to weather. When RSVPing email to admin@NutmegTrout.org your Contact Information (Name, Telephone Number, & Email Address) so we can contact you in case of weather changes. RSVPs can also be submitted via Meetup.

Fish the Saugatuck with Nutmeg TU March 31

The Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited will lead a fishing outing in the fly fishing only area of the Saugatuck River on Saturday, March 31, at 8 a.m.

The Doc Skerlick Fly Fishing Area is located not far from the Merritt Parkway, along Ford Road in Westport. Click here for directions. Parking is available along the road.

The fly fishing only area is easily accessible and a great place for new anglers to learn and practice skills. As a Trout Management Area it is open, catch and release, year round.

You will need waders, Connecticut fishing License and trout stamp (a new requirement for fishing in Trout Management Areas and for harvesting trout), and fly rod and gear. Members of Nutmeg TU will be on hand to help.

If you plan to attend, click here to RSVP.


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.