Nutmeg TU will hold its annual Holiday Party on Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Port 5, 69 Brewster St., in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport.
A silent auction will feature such items as fishing trips guided by Nutmeg TU members and a visit to the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum.
The party will again by a potluck dinner: Members with last names starting with A-K should prepare dinner, K-R dessert and S-Z an appetizer.
More details will be posted in the coming weeks.
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.
Trout will soon have a better home in the Mill River thanks to a conifer revetment project.
Volunteers from Nutmeg and Mianus TU joined others in the water to anchor last year’s Christmas trees, donated by the Town of Stratford, along the banks to reshape the river.
Click here to watch a video from the project.
Funds came through the Embrace A Stream program, a collaboration of Orvis and national TU, and local showings of the Fly Fishing Film Tour.
Work will continue, with continued removal of knotweed, planting of more native species, and another revetment with 2018 Christmas trees
Click here to read coverage of the project.