Nutmeg TU will hold pizza and movie night Tuesday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at Port 5, 69 Brewster St., Bridgeport.
The movie will be Once in a Blue Moon.
Once in a Blue Moon unravels the mystery of an event that occurs briefly once a decade. This strange and unreal journey takes us into some of the most remote and beautiful parts of New Zealand as we follow one angler on the fly fishing adventure of a lifetime and a quest to document and unravel a childhood mystery. As part of an unpredictable chain of events, a mass flowering of the ancient New Zealand Beech forest leads to an excess of seed production. Mice and rodents fuel on this abundance and reproduce in numbers reaching plague proportions. Incredible footage follows these rodents as they then embark on a strange migration, attempting to swim across the expanse of New Zealand’s rivers and lakes. There they fall prey to the largest predators in the lake – monster Brown trout. Gorging themselves on swimming mice, these fish become extremely aggressive and grow to epic proportions. For a fly fishing angler, this is the stuff dreams are made of. This bizarre phenomenon has remained a mystery…until now. Stunning cinematography, never before seen underwater footage, fantastic fly-fishing and amazing trout behavior will take you deep into the tale of the fabulous and mysterious “Mouse Year.”
Due to the third Tuesday of this month falling on St. Patrick’s Day, March’s membership meeting will move to the fourth Tuesday of the month, March 24, 2015. This change only affects this March’s meeting.
Mike Humphreys DEEP Inland Fisheries Biologist for the western district, our district, will speak. Of most interest to our chapter, he will present findings from his 5 year study of the effects on trout survival in the Housatonic TMAs from run of the river and different stocking programs, and changes in wild trout management areas, which will include planned changes to the regulations governing sections of the Mill River. Mike will also discuss the Farmington River.
This should be a most informative meeting. Please update your calendars with the change to March 24, 2015 for this meeting. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Port 5 in Bridgeport
Nutmeg TU’s speaker Tuesday, Jan 20, is Antoine Bissieux, “The French Flyfisherman.” Antoine is going to talk to us about the “Farmington River as He Sees It.”
The meeting will be held at Port 5 Naval Vetertans, 69 Brewster St., Bridgeport, from 7 to 9 p.m. Pizza will be sold and there will be a raffle.
A 2012 Orvis-endorsed guide, Bissieux leads fly fishing trips on the Farmington River in Connecticut, the Battenkill River in Vermont, and other places where you can cast at a fish.
After teaching thousands of beginner anglers and guiding at the Orvis fly fishing flagship school in Manchester, Vt., he now focuses on the Farmington, offering guided trips, classes, instruction, all catered to each fisherman’s expectations. All levels and abilities are welcome.
The French Fisherman can also be heard on National Public Radio.
More information can be found a bissieux.com.
Maine guide and author Lou Zambello will travel to Connecticut Tuesday, March 18, to discuss “Tactics to Successfully Fly Fish each of the Northern New England Seasons” at the next meeting of the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Port 5 Naval Veterans, 69 Brewster St., in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport. Like all Nutmeg TU meetings, Zambello’s talk is open to the public.
Zambello recently published a book, “Flyfishing Northern New England’s Seasons,” available at amazon.com.
Zambello has fly fished northern New England for more than 30 years and has been a registered Maine Guide for over 10 years, guiding primarily in the Rangeley area.
He worked at LL Bean for more than 14 years and got the opportunity to fish with and learn from a number of fly fishing legends, such as Dave Whitlock and Dick Talleur.
He has traveled throughout the United States and the world to pursue his passion including Labrador, Newfoundland, Russia, the Bahamas, the Southeast U.S., Southwest U.S., Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and other destinations.
Lou writes a monthly column for the Maine Sportsman magazine and will soon appear in other fly fishing magazines.
He has several other book projects in the works including a how-to catch trophy brook trout book.
Lou has been fortunate enough to catch a number of salmonids exceeding 8 pounds, including brook trout, Atlantic salmon, brown trout, steelhead and rainbow trout.
Lou’s wife, Lindsey, and their three children all fly fish.
More information about Lou Zambello can be found at http://www.mainelyflyfishing.com.
Information about Nutmeg TU Chapter 217 can be found at nutmegtrout.org.