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Calendar of Events for June 2016

Stream Cleanup and Planting of new plants Meetup Saturday, June 4,2016,  8 AM on the Mill River, Congress St area.

Join the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited on Saturday, June 4 at 8 AM for the next phase in our Mill River restoration efforts.  Thanks to grants from Orvis and Patagonia, Nutmeg TU has the funds to proceed with the planting of indigenous plant species along the Congress Street section of the Mill River in Fairfield.  This is a culmination of 3 years of invasive species removal to prepare the site. 

Those who attend should dress appropriately — long sleeves, long pants, boots, work gloves, hats, insect repellent, etc. There is poison ivy, biting insects, and ticks on the site.  To ensure there enough tools, volunteers are also asked to bring their own shovels, mattocks, etc. if possible. (no axes or hatchets please).   The chapter will also provide some tools.

We plan to serve a basic grill lunch – hot dogs, water, etc. 

Everyone welcome – TU members, potential members, kids, scouts or anyone interested in helping restore one of our lower Fairfield County treasures – the Mill River. 

Planning to attend?  RSVP on Meetup.com.  Use this link:  Meetup.com RSVP.  Contact Ed Grzeda at eegrzeda@gmail.com for questions or info.  Parking is along Congress St. just west of Exit 46 on the Merritt Pkwy (Route 59 – Easton Tpke/Sport Hill Rd).  A map can be found here.

 Cleanup & Planting 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Stay as long or as little as you can.  Late arrivals are welcome.

 Please be careful while parking and walking on Congress Street.

 Fishing outing is planned for Saturday, June 11, 2016, on the Farmington River.  Kris Mancini will be our contact.  You may reach him for questions or RSVP at oldglorylandscpng@sbcglobal.net

Fly Tying at Chuck’s, Tues evening, June 14, 2016, 7 PM Trumbull.  Contact Chuck MacMath at cmacmath59@yahoo.com .  The fly tying group will meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 7-9 pm.  The cost is $2.00 per session to cover the cost of materials.  Email Chuck with questions or additional information.  All are welcome, beginners are encouraged to attend.  Vises, tools and materials are available if needed.

Fly Tying at Chuck’s, Tues evening, June 28, 2016, 7 PM Trumbull.  Contact Chuck MacMath at cmacmath59@yahoo.com .  The fly tying group will meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 7-9 pm.  The cost is $2.00 per session to cover the cost of materials.  Email Chuck with questions or additional information.  All are welcome, beginners are encouraged to attend.  Vises, tools and materials are available if needed.

Tuesday Meeting Features Tony Ritter from the Upper Delaware River Area

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On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, Nutmeg TU will hold its monthly meeting at 7PM.  We have a new location at Marissa’s Ristorante, 6540 Main St, Trumbull, CT, just South of where I-25 crosses Route 111.  Tony Ritter is going to share some history on the Upper Delaware River that contributed to the creation of the great tailwater fishery.  And he will tell us some of his tips, and techniques to improve our success for fishing this water.  Along the way we will learn some of the best locations and suggested flies that work well.

Tony has operated a driftboat fishing guide service on the Upper Delaware River and West Branch Delaware for twenty-two years. He specializes in wild trout on one of the best tailwater rivers in the United States located in the Catskill / Pocono Regions of New York and Pennsylvania.  He is licensed by the National Park Service, the NYS DEC and the Pennsylvania FBC.  Between his days on the river teaching new clients casting, and making their day one to remember, Tony is also an elected town councilman for the Town of Tusten in Narrowsburg, NY and has chaired the Upper Delaware Council’s Water Use Resource Management Committee since 2011.

The Upper Delaware River is one of the few rivers in the eastern United States that supports a wild trout fishery with both rainbows and browns. It also has an American Shad run in the spring since there are no dams on this river and is free flowing to the ocean for 270 miles. Besides wild trout and shad, Field and Stream magazine has stated that this river also has one of the five best smallmouth rivers in the United States as well as holding an ample supply of walleye.

The Delaware River is located in a beautiful valley located between the Catskills and Poconos and is two hours northwest of New York City.  Deer, turkey, bald eagles, bear, mink, red tail hawks, beavers, and osprey are not uncommon sights while fishing on a river charter throughout the season which runs from April through November.  There is no industry in the river valley thus the water is clean and well oxygenated, resulting in varied hatches of caddis, mayflies and stoneflies for trout to feed on, as well as many more insects and minnows.

His fly patterns, articles, blog and real time river data can be found at:

www.delawareriverfishing.com

www.catskillmountainflies.com

www.gonefishingguideservice.com

 

Calendar of Events April and May 2016

A Fishing and Stream Clean Meetup Saturday, April 30,2016, 9:30AM in Trumbull on the Pequonnock.  We will meet at Old Mine Park off Route 111, for the stream cleanup and then Chuck MacMath will lead the fishing after.  Wear boots and work gloves for the cleanup.  You will need your waders and fishing gear for stream fishing. Yes, bring your water, snacks, and dress appropriately… Kids and scouts are welcome to accompany us!  Contacts are cmacmath59@yahoo.com and cherylgroesbeck@gmail.com for questions or information.

TU Nutmeg Board Mtg on Tues, May 3, 2016, 7 PM at Fairfield Library.  Elections will be held for June 2016 – May 2017. All TU Nutmeg members are welcome.

Fly Tying at Chuck’s, Tues evening, May 10, 2016, 7 PM Trumbull.  Contact Chuck MacMath at cmacmath59@yahoo.com .  The fly tying group will meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 7-9 pm.  The cost is $2.00 per session to cover the cost of materials.  Email Chuck with questions or additional information.  All are welcome, beginners are encouraged to attend.  Vises, tools and materials are available if needed.

A Fishing and Stream Clean Meetup Saturday, May 14,2016, 9:30AM is changed to the Mill River.  Wear boots and work gloves for the cleanup.  You will need your waders and fishing gear for stream fishing after. Yes, bring your water, snacks, and dress appropriately.  Contact Ed Grzeda at eegrzeda@gmail.com for questions or information.  The meeting place will be announced.  Kids and scouts are welcome to accompany us!

TU Nutmeg meeting, Tues, May 17, 2016, 7 PM at Marissa’s Ristorante, 6540 Main St, Trumbull, CT.  The speaker is TBD.  More information available later.

Fishing outing by RSVP on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.  We are taking reservations for the 2nd annual Nutmeg Trout Unlimited trip to the Limestone Trout Club located in Canaan, Connecticut.  Reservations close at 6 PM on May 16.  This is a fly fishing only outing. You will be fishing primarily from shore, with a few boats available, so your waders are optional.  This is a rain or shine event so bring extra clothes and rain gear.  Please arrive between 8:30 and 9:00 AM (orientation will start at 8:45) and plan to stay as long as you want (until dusk).  The $30 fee includes lunch. All of the money is paid to the club by cash or a check payable to Nutmeg Chapter TU when you arrive.

http://limestonetroutclub.com/Limestone%20Trout%20Club/Limestone%20Trout%20Club.html

There are 3 deep (70+ feet) quarry ponds and 3 shallow ponds providing a variety of venues and conditions.  While most members practice catch and release, catch and kill is allowed.  Lessons learned from last year: bring some egg patterns, and bring bug spray for the ticks.

Please RSVP to Rich Rosen rhrosen@aol.com  for questions and to reserve your spot before 6 PM on May 16.  Only 15 spots remain.

Directions – Take route 8 north to Winsted and turn left onto rte. 44 west.

Drive through Norfolk and past the Blackberry River Inn and Freunds Farm Market in North Canaan.

After passing the marker for East Canaan turn right onto Casey Hill Rd. (there is a sign on the right at the corner, set back from the road for O’Connor Sand & Gravel).

Drive a short distance to a stop sign, where Casey Hill Rd. becomes Allyndale Rd.

Continue straight on Allyndale Rd. about 100 yards. The unmarked driveway is on the left, across from a driving range.

The clubhouse phone is 860 249 9996.

Fishing outing is planned for Saturday, May 21, 2016, on the Farmington River.  Kris Mancini and Dave Edgeworth to be our leaders.  More information will be announced.

Fly Tying at Chuck’s, Tues evening, May 24, 2016, 7 PM Trumbull.  Contact Chuck MacMath at cmacmath59@yahoo.com .  The fly tying group will meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 7-9 pm.  The cost is $2.00 per session to cover the cost of materials.  Email Chuck with questions or additional information.  All are welcome, beginners are encouraged to attend.  Vises, tools and materials are available if needed.

 

Fishing the Housatonic River with Rob Nicholas

November 12, 2015.  Nutmeg TU will hold its meeting at 7 PM on Tues, Nov 15, at Port 5.

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Since 1993, Rob Nicholas (owner / head guide) has been guiding and teaching the sport of fly fishing to all skill levels from beginner to expert on both the Housatonic and Farmington rivers, as well as some lesser known, smaller streams. Rob is a full time guide on the Housatonic and has over 30 years of fly fishing knowledge and experience here in the Northeast, western states, New Zealand, Chile, and Argentina.  Rob became a Federation of Fly Fishers certified casting instructor in 1993.  While usually the dry fly enthusiast, Rob is also well versed in nymphing and streamer techniques during non-hatch periods.  He has tied some of his own flies specifically designed for the fishing the Housatonic and Farmington Rivers.

Rob is going to share some of his knowledge about fishing the Housatonic at our general meeting at 7 PM on Tues, November 15, at Port Five, 69 Brewster St, Bridgeport, CT.