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Small stream tactics taught April 22

Nutmeg TU will hold a clinic on tactics for small streams Saturday, April 22, at Lake Mohegan in Fairfield.

Participants should gather in the main parking lot at the beach at Lake Mohegan, located at the intersection of Morehouse Highway and Tahmore Drive in Fairfield.

Click here to RSVP.

Charles Petruccelli, past president of Nutmeg Trout Unlimited Chapter 217 and a certified casting instructor, will offers lessons in casts and tactics that can be used on smaller streams around Fairfield County and beyond.

Petruccelli demonstrated how to tie small, hackle-less flies that can attract the trout early in the spring at the March Nutmeg TU meeting. Click here to watch that demonstration as it appeared on Yankee Fisherman on the HAN Network. On the March 9 episode of Yankee Fisherman Petruccelli showed how to tie a blue winged olive, a tie he says you “don’t leave home without.”

Orvis to offer free Fly Fishing lessons

Orvis and Trout Unlimited are collaborating to offer Fly Fishing 101 and 201 classes this spring.

Free Fly Fishing 101 classes can introduce the family to the sport. All ages may attend, but those under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Fly Fishing 101 will be held April 20-21 and 27-28; May 4-5, 18-19 and 25-26; and June 8-9.

At some classes, the Orvis Fly Fishing 101 instructors will be assisted by certified fly casting instructors from the Federation of Fly Fishers. FFF instructors have been trained, tested and certified to be effective teachers of fly casting. This program has more than 1,500 certified instructors around the world.

Those who have taken Fly Fishing 101 are ready for the next step. Fly Fishing 201 includes a  short outing on local water. A fee for the outing may apply. Contact your local store for more information on the outing.

Fly Fishing 201 is scheduled for May 11-12, June 1-2 and June 15-16.

Upon completion of the courses, participants will receive special in-store offers valid toward purchase of Orvis products and a free Trout Unlimited membership a $35 value. Federation of Fly Fishers is offering a free 1-year electronic membership, value of $35.

Information is available at the Orvis store at 432 Boston Post Road in Darien. The store can be reached at 203-662-0844 and is online at orvis.com/darien.

Space is limited in classes. RSVP to Orvis to reserve space.