UPDATE: Due to forecasts for heavy rains and cold, the trip to the Pootatuck River scheduled for Saturday, May 13, has been postponed.
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ORIGINAL STORY: Nutmeg TU will lead a fishing trip, open to the public, to the Pootatuck River Class 1 Wild Trout Management Area in Newtown on Saturday, May 13, at 9 a.m.
Saturday, May 13, is Free Fishing Day in Connecticut. No license is required, but all other regulations remain in effect.
The trip is open to all. The group will gather just past the Post Office at 23 Commerce Road, at the Trout Management Area sign. Click here for a map on which you can get directions. The sign is near a parking area.
Fly fishing on the Pootatuck River in Sandy Hook lets you enjoy a less used waterway set in a gorgeous natural setting. Veterans and youth welcome. Take fly rods, waders and other gear. Anglers will meet for lunch after fishing.
David Ader will lead the trip.
Every angler has seen that trout that’s on the far side of water that’s just too deep to wade, and just out of reach of the longest cast.
Kayaks have brought those trout, usually big ones, into reach for anglers who choose to use them, and members of the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited will learn how at their next meeting Tuesday, April 18, at Port 5, 69 Brewster St., Bridgeport.
Guest speaker Jesse Roche will teach us how to get started in kayaking and how to use that to reach places we need to get to catch elusive trout.
Roche brings with him eight years of kayaking, as well as a lifetime on the water and outdoors. He comes from a nature -oriented family. From his grandfather, a forrester, and grandmother an Audubon Society member, to his parents, both always outdoors, and father, who worked for years in marine sciences. Instead of Disneyworld, Jesse’s family spent summers in the wilderness of the Minnesota, on boundary waters in an Old Town canoe, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He wouldn’t trade it for anything.
After 10 years as a radio personality on 97.7 WCTY FM, he now produces and hosts Fishing Today a weekly radio program on 1310 WICH AM in Norwich as well as a podcast on wich.com.
“It’s basically NPR for fishing,” Roche said. “I try to be information and news-oriented. It’s a lot of fun because both myself and the listener can learn new things about fishing every week.”
Jesse is also involved with the New England Fishery Management Council, serving his first term as a recreational fishing panelist. There he and other representatives from our New England states set up the framework for new fishery regulations.
“I am very conservation oriented. Preserving our fishery means a lot to me,” Roche said. “I look forward to spreading that philosophy as a member of the Black Hall Outfitters Fishing team”
The meeting will also feature a look at opening day weekend and Nutmeg’s Trumbull stream cleanup, and plans for an April 29 planting along the Mill River at the Fairfield-Easton border on Congress Street.
Start fishing season off by helping to clean up the Pequonnock before wetting some flies on Sunday, April 9.
First we will meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot at the start of Quarry Road in Trumbull with bags, gloves, and garbage claws (extendable grabbers) to pick up and bag the debris that has collected along the river.
We follow that with fishing with friends on an often overlooked stretch of the Pequonnock River that teems with fish. The Pequonnock River alternately picks up speed and slows in pools and it makes it final run into Bunnells Pond in Beardsley Park and then on to the Sound. Great fishing can be had on this stretch of the Pequonnock especially this early in the season.
f you choose later to fish Bunnells Pond (the pond at the bottom half of Beardsley Park across from the zoo) itself know that it drops off suddenly and has many hazardous underwater currents. It is prohibited to wade or swim into Bunnells Pond itself. Fishing from the shore of Bunnells Pond is allowed.
Dave Edgeworth will lead the outing.
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UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO MARCH 18
Learn how to fish small streams around Fairfield County on Saturday, March 11, when Charles Petruccelli, past president of Nutmeg Trout Unlimited Chapter 217 and a certified casting instructor, leads a small stream fishing clinic at Lake Mohegan in Fairfield.
Participants should gather in the main parking lot at Lake Mohegan, located at the intersection of Morehouse Highway and Tahmore Drive in Fairfield.
Petruccelli demonstrated how to tie small, hackle-less flies that can attract the trout early in the spring at the most recent Nutmeg TU meeting. Click here to watch that demonstration as it appeared on Yankee Fisherman on the HAN Network. A second fly tying demo is set for the March 9 Yankee Fisherman.