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Good day on the Saugatuck

Ryan Welsh and David Ader, who netted the fish, display Ryan's first trout and first fish on the fly rod during a Nutmeg TU outing in the Doc Skerlick Area of the Saugatuck River on March 31.

Ryan Welsh and David Ader, who netted the fish, display Ryan’s first trout and first fish on the fly rod during a Nutmeg TU outing in the Doc Skerlick Area of the Saugatuck River on March 31.

 

Nutmeg TU recently hosted one of its fishing trips, held almost monthly, this time on the Saugatuck River in Westport.

David Ader and John Kovach of Nutmeg led the trip, and father and son due of Joe and Ryan Welsh of Shelton both had success in the fly-only area along Ford Road.

Joe Welsh caught this brown during a Nutmeg TU outing on the Saugatuck River March 31.

Joe Welsh caught this brown during a Nutmeg TU outing on the Saugatuck River March 31.

Nutmeg TU board meets May 1

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 rhrosen@aol.com for more information.

Board meetings are over by 9 p.m. and are held the first Tuesday of the month.

 

 

Casting clinic, cleanup, celebration Saturday

Whether you can volunteer for an hour, the day, or just want to check out the events, join Nutmeg TU at the Pequonnock River Fest at Beardsley Park in Bridgeport on World Fish Migration Day, Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. We just really want people to see the grounds, the fish ladder, the river and the environment we’re working on, and learn to cast and fish a little.

 

Nutmeg TU President Rich Rosen outlined events in a letter:

Hi all,

On Saturday April  21, Nutmeg Trout Unlimited and Beardsley Zoo are holding a Pequonnock River Festival in celebration of World Fish Migration Day.

Volunteers are needed to make this day a great success.

At 9:00 am we will meet at Beardsley Zoo’s Hanson Pavilion and fan out from there to start the cleanup. (Tree planters will be starting at 8:00). Hanson Pavilion is inside and to the right of Beardsley Zoo’s parking area.

Nutmeg TU activities include a Pequonnock River Cleanup, Nature Walk/Insect Discovery, Fly Casting Clinic and Fishing. The Zoo’s activities include Tree Planting, Fish Ladder Tours and a Birds of Prey Encounter.We need your help to volunteer. If we have enough volunteers we can add additional kid-friendly activities. If you can volunteer for the day, or part of it, please email me with your contact information and when you can volunteer.

Here is our World Fish Migration Day schedule of activities:

    • 8-10:30 a.m.: Tree Planting: Led by Zoo volunteers (CDC) & GroundWorks Bridgeport.
    • 9-10:30 a.m.: Pequonnock River clean-up: Led by Nutmeg TU
          • Beardsley Park (starting at the island and moving north).
    • 9:30 (or 10), 10:30, 11:30: Tours of Fish Ladder in small groups, led by the Zoo. 
    • 10:30-11:00 AM: Pequonnock River Nature Walk – led by TU
            • Includes Study of River Macroinvertebrates & how they relate to River Health & Fishing
            • (Macroinvertebrates are flatworms, crayfish, snails, clams and insects & more)
    • 11-11:15 AM: Birds of prey Animal Encounter – led by the Zoo.
    • 11:15-12 PM:
      • Fly Casting workshop (or straight to fishing for the experts) – led by TU.
      • Backyard Bass (CDC volunteers)
    • 12-1 PM: Fishing (fishing can continue after 1 but TU volunteers may leave) – led by TU.

 

 

If you are interested in volunteering please email me at rhrosen@aol.com and let me know which activity you want to help with.  We also need volunteers to tie some Wooly Buggers for the fishing session.  Wooly Buggers can be brought on the 21st or to our next chapter meeting on April 17th.

This is a day for fun and learning. Bring your spouses and kids and to celebrate and enjoy the Pequonnock River.

Regards,

Rich Rosen

President

Nutmeg Trout Unlimited

 

Learn Lake Saltonstall April 17

Jeff Yale of the Regional Water Authority will share the secrets of fishing Lake Saltonstall Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at Port 5, 69 Brewster St., Bridgeport. The meeting is hosted by Nutmeg Trout Unlimited.

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.