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Nutmeg visits Limestone Club

Nutmeg TU held its annual trip to the Limestone Club in Canaan, Conn., Wednesday, May 23.

Nutmeg TU held its annual trip to the Limestone Club in Canaan, Conn., Wednesday, May 23.

Thanks to Limestone Trout Club for hosting Nutmeg Trout Unlimted’s annual day of fishing the Limestone ponds. A great time was had by everyone.

Special thanks to our Limestone host Dean Keister, who also put on a fish feeding demonstration to show us how they keep the trout at Limestone healthy and fed in still water ponds.

Tristan Wilgan is hooked up during Nutmeg TU's annual visit to the Limestone Club Wednesday, May 23.

Tristan Wilgan is hooked up during Nutmeg TU’s annual visit to the Limestone Club Wednesday, May 23.

Also thanks to our lunchtime chef, Ken Sabol, both of Limestone and a member of Nutmeg Trout Unlimited, for a great meal.

The annual Limestone Trout Club trip is always well attended and highly anticipated and enjoyed. Limestone Trout Club is a great bargain to join for those looking to fish big trout. For more information and to check out their new and massively informative website go to www.LimestoneTroutClub.com.

If you missed Nutmeg member Ed Grzeda’s expert angling techniques at Limestone yesterday you can get another chance to learn from him this Saturday. Ed will be leading our fishing for stripers on the Housatonic this Saturday at 11 a.m. off the Audubon Center at Milford Point. For more information on joining this trip, and to sign up, go to http://www.nutmegtrout.org/fish-lower-housy-saturday/.

Limestone Club trip May 6

Nutmeg TU has reserved the Limestone Trout Club in Canaan for Wednesday, May 6; maximum of 30 people. The fee will be $20.

There are still about a dozen spaces open. RSVP to Rich Rosen at rhrosen@aol.com.

Those wanting to car pool will meet at the Park and Ride near Rt. 8 and Hawley Lane;  be there before 7 a.m. to carpool. Bring your gear, lunch,  and beverages.

This event is rain or shine.

Ponds to Challenge All Levels

Limestone Trout Club offers six ponds from which anglers may choose. Two man-made ponds, Home Pools, are located near the clubhouse providing easy access well suited for the novice fly fisher. Another man-made pond, Spruce Pond, also located near the clubhouse, provides exciting dry-fly fishing when the trout are rising.

Three other large ponds were once limestone quarries. They are spring fed and quite deep, providing trout with yearlong refuge and fly fishers with sport throughout the season, both on top and sub-surface. Two of the ponds, Birch and Pine, may be fished from rowboats provided by the club. Cedar pond, the most challenging, has a number of ideal casting sites that add an exciting dimension to the Limestone experience.

The ponds are regularly stocked with rainbow, brown, and brook trout. An occasional stocking of tiger trout may surprise the angler with an unexpected fierce strike. Golden trout also may contribute to an environment unique to Limestone.

Guest anglers (and other visitors) can arrive at the club from 8 a.m. The gate will be unlocked so they should drive up to the Clubhouse. A club member will greet Nutmeg anglers.

• The insurance carrier requires all guests to sign a waiver which will be available at sign-in.

• Their will be a still water orientation about 8:30 or 9:00.

• Fly Fishing only.

• Most of the fishing is from the shore. There are two lakes each with two row boats. No other watercraft are allowed. You cannot use your personal watercraft. You do not need waders but I suggest sturdy, preferably water proof shoes because of some marshy areas and the early morning dew.

• They have 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. We can cover the details at the briefing.

• They have a stove, refrigerator, and microwave in the Clubhouse. Also, grills with both propane and charcoal for your use (we have the fuel).

The $20 would apply only to Anglers. If others attend but do not fish, there are plenty of trails to walk, a comfortable club house to sit and read, and some antique stores within driving distance.