Wanna go fishing? Nutmeg TU leads trips to spots near and far all year long, where you can learn spots and tactics from members and friends.
- Oct. TBA – casting clinic
- Oct. 21, 11 a.m. — Stripers, Compo beach
- Nov. 17 – Naugatuck salmon, join up with Mianus TU to Campville
More details on additional trips will be posted soon.
Looking for a new (but old), simpler way to fly fish? Learn about Tenkara from Chuck MacMath when Nutmeg TU meets Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.
Tenkara is a method of fishing said to have originated in Japan about 400 years ago that only uses a rod, line and fly. The line is fixed and there is no reel. Rods are quite long to keep as much of the line off of the water as possible thus eliminating drag and creating a better presentation of the fly.
Chuck said he started about three years ago.
“It seemed intriguing, it was something different and no one I knew of was doing it,” MacMath said. “That’s the kind of stuff I like.
“I also like the simplicity of it,” Chuck added. “There is more of an emphasis on technique than gear. There is s saying in tenkara that the more you know the less you need.”
Chuck participates in every type of fishing available.
“I own a fleet of boats which includes a float tube, kayak and rowboat, all rigged for fishing, and a 17 1/2-foot Tracker bass boat,” Chuck said.
“Let’s not forget ice fishing also,” he added. “I’m a member of many local rod and gun clubs. I’m a certified CARE instructor for the Connecticut DEEP, and I tie my own flies and build my own rods.”
Nutmeg TU meets at Port 5, 69 Brewster St. in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, Pizza and beverage are available for purchase.
Future meetings feature John Jinishian of Alaska’s Wild River Guides on Tuesday, Nov. 20, and the annual holiday potluck party on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Want to help shape the present and future of Nutmeg TU? Come to the next Board of Directors meeting Tuesday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the Shared Space Study Room at the Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield.
The board plans the programs, speakers, cleanups, fishing trips and other activities of Nutmeg TU. Help is needed in all aspects of running the chapter, and on levels from volunteer to coordination to chairman.
Contact President Rich Rosen at email@example.com for more information.
Board meetings are over by 9 p.m. and are held the first Tuesday of the month.
You’ve probably wondered about fishing that body of water just beyond New Haven when you drive over it on I-95. Learn the secrets of accessing and fishing Lake Saltonstall from Jeff Yale, Program Specialist for the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, on Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at Port 5, 69 Brewster St., Bridgeport.
The talk, open to all, is hosted by the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited. All are welcome, free of charge; pizza and beverages can be purchased.
Yale will talk about how anglers can get into the property, which only hosts a limited number of fishermen at any one time, and what species can be caught there. Nutmeg TU is planning a trip there for April 23.
Jeffrey Yale is a graduate of UMaine, Orono with a BS degree in Wildlife Ecology. A lifelong Connecticut resident and avid hunter and fisherman in our state, he has been with the Regional Water Authority for 16 years.