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Nutmeg TU has fly tying group

Tying flies for Casting for Recovery

The Nutmeg TU fly tying group will meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 7-9 pm with our host Chuck McMath.  

The cost is $2 per session to cover the cost of materials.  

A link to RSVP for host’s email & meetup location can be found on each fly tying date on the calendar at nutmegtrout.org.  You must RSVP to each tying meetup through the link for that night’s event.

All are welcome, beginners are encouraged to attend.  

Vises, tools and materials are available if needed.

 

Salmon fishing in Connecticut

Ben Bilello with a salmon he caught

With two salmon fishing trips slated for the fall, guide, fly tyer and salmon fishing expert Ben Bilello will speak to Nutmeg TU on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Port 5. The meeting will also feature an update on conservation projects under way in the Nutmeg TU area.

Click here to RSVP.

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.

Fall trip for salmon planned

Ben Bilello with a salmon he caught

The Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited is organizing a fall fishing outing for salmon on the Naugatuck River with Ben Bilello, a local fishing guide.

The trip is limited to four people. The cost is $100 per person, including tip. This is a fun, convenient trip located just 40 minutes from our territory.

Click here to RSVP. Once we have four reservations we’ll ask you to mail in your fee. All proceeds will be going to the guide.

The fall broodstock Atlantic salmon fishing season is a freshwater fly angler’s chance at catching his or her largest freshwater fish of the season. While most salmon caught are in the 3- to 6-pound range, fish exceeding 20 pounds are always a possibility.

On the surface, salmon and trout fishing have a lot in common. Knowing the subtle differences between the two will help an angler achieve consistent results while salmon fishing. This group trip will focus on identifying likely holding lies at various water levels, salmon behavior, fly selection, various methods of presentation, and effective fish fighting techniques.  

What to bring: Rods and reel (6-8 wt), floating line, waders, boots, warm clothes, rain gear, wading staff, streamer and/or Atlantic salmon flies (sizes 2-12), drinks, and lunch. Please make sure you have a valid Connecticut fishing license.

For any questions, contact Ben at ben@benbilello.com. You can also purchase salmon flies from Ben, just email him what you are looking for. You can also visit his website, http://www.benbilello.com/salmonflies/Home.html.