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Holiday pot luck, Chopped tying Dec. 19

Fred Lord judges an entry from Tristan Wilgan (seated), winner of last year's Chopped fly tying contest at the Nutmeg TU Holiday Party. This year's contest will be held Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. at Port 5.

Celebrate the season, share food with us and if you want to answer the challenge compete in a fly tying contest when Nutmeg TU holds its annual holiday party Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. at Port 5, 69 Brewster St., in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport.

Dinner is pot luck. Your dish to share needs to feed 6 to 8 and last names beginning with A-H are asked to bring an Appetizer, I-P are asked to bring a main dish, Q-Z are asked to bring a dessert. Comment on this article to let us know how many people will attend and what you are bringing.

The Port 5 cash bar is available for beverages.

Jerry Goldstein will provide an update on Nutmeg TU activities and plans for 2018. The event will also raise funds for Nutmeg TU’s operating expenses.

A fly tying contest based on the Food Network show Chopped is open to all. Contestants will be given identical materials and a fixed amount of time to tie a fly. There will be eliminations after each of three rounds, and a prize for the winner.

Flies to be tied are a nymph in the first round, a streamer in the second and a dry fly in the third and final round. Contestants will need to bring their tools and thread. All the materials for each fly will be provided. When you RSVP, let us know if you want to enter the fly tie contest.

A silent auction will be held to raise funds to support conservation and education initiatives by Nutmeg TU. Fishing adventures, led by a Nutmeg TU member, up for bid include boat fishing on the Long Island Sound; fly fishing the Mill, Saugatuck and Farmington rivers; a trip to Michigan that can include room and breakfast; a trip to southwest Maine; a kayak fishing outing; smallmouth fishing on the Housatonic River; and a having a fishing outing video recorded and photographed.

Other items in the silent auction include a print by artist James Prosek; a tenkara rod, and a 9-foot Winston 5 weight rod.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to where it says leave a comment, then post a comment to RSVP and let us know what dish you will be bringing. Comments will not immediately appear but will as soon as they are approved.

Learn to find big stripers Sept. 19

Learn how and where to find big stripers on the Long Island Sound when Capt. Roger Gendron of Connecticut Island Outfitters visits the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited on Tuesday, Sept. 19,at Port 5 Naval Veterans, 69 Brewster St., in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport.

Captain Roger Gendron has been guiding on the Long Island Sound since 1989, and is one of the first guides in the area to specialize in shallow water, and near coastal fly fishing in salt water. More information about Westport-based Connecticut Island Outfitters can be found at ctislandoutfitters.com, as can local fishing reports.

The meeting will also include an update on Nutmeg TU’s Trout in the Classroom program, which introduces students to conservation and ties multiple subjects together as they raise trout from eggs to their release into local streams.

There is no cost to attend Nutmeg TU meetings; pizza and beverages are available for a fee. After a brief talk by a member, speakers commence at 7:45 p.m.

Information and links to RSVP for programs and fishing trips can be found at nutmegtrout.org.