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Rep Your Water adds CT hats

RepYour Water, which supports Connecticut Trout Unlimited’s mission, has added new Connecticut-themed hats to its offerings.

One features a brook trout, the other a striped bass, both on hats emblazoned with Connecticut. Another hat features a Colonial era flag bearing a trout, embroidered with New England. Click here to see the entire Connecticut collection.

RepYourWater provides creative and unique designs on high-quality apparel and merchandise while making a difference for wildlife habitat around the country. By teaming up with Colorado Trout Unlimited early in its existence, RepYourWater has been able to contribute to the conservation of Colorado fisheries and set in motion what the company is today.

Rep. Your Water has now joined with conservation organizations across the United States, including the Connecticut Council of TU, as 1% partners. Rep Your Water distributes 10% of sales among those 1% partners, based on sales of designs to the Trout Unlimited chapters of Connecticut, Canada, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, the Southeastern Conservation Project and New Mexico; Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Chapters in Utah, Alaska and Montana; the Wild Steelhead Coalition and The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust to provide financial support for the protection of the natural world.

RepYourWater also donates 50% of the proceeds from the Bristol Bay, Native Fish Society and the WILD steelhead hats to the Renewable Resources Fund, Native Fish Society and Wild Steelhead Coalition respectively.  

The message to Connecticut anglers is, the more Connecticut merchandise you buy from Rep Your Water, the more money comes back for local conservation efforts.

For more information on Rep Your Water’s relationship with each non-profit, choose from the drop-down menu on its home page, repyourwater.com.

Exciting events open to all

Nutmeg TU President Rich Rosen

Fellow fishermen and conservationists:

Wow!  Our February board meeting just ended and I am excited!  Your Board really stepped up and put together a great agenda for the next five months.  I needed to share our plans with you so here goes!

Our speaker agenda will bring us new ideas and hints for local fishing.

  • February 20  Jimmy O is going to tell us about Winter striper fishing on the Housie.
  • March 20  Tim Barry from DEEP will enlighten us about stocking plans, DEEP’s new fish finding tech, and the new expanded TMA on the Mill River.  Plus much more!
  • April 17  Jeff Yale from Regional Water will talk about fishing Lake Saltonstall.  The lake is easily accessible (visible from Rt. 95) and loaded with a wide variety of fish, including Walleye, Bass, trout and much more.
  • May 15  Sonny Yu talks fly fishing for American Shad.  We’ll have a trip the Saturday after this meeting to fish for Shad on the Mill River in Fairfield (who knew?)

Kudos to John Kovach for creating such an exciting agenda. The meetings are always at Port 5 in Bridgeport and pizza and drinks are available. We also have some fun auction items available at every meeting to raise some funds to support our programs.

In March we start our fishing trips and hands on activities.  All of the trips will be led by one or more of our experienced fishing leaders from our Board and membership.

  • March 31 – Trout fishing the Saugatuck on Ford Road.
  • April 21 (World Fish Migration Day) –  This is a big one!

In cooperation with Beardsley Zoo we will have a Pequonnock River Day.

Activities to include:

    • River cleanup.
    • River walk and insect study.
    • Bird of Prey animal encounter.
    • Fly casting clinic (5 LL Bean donated rods will be available for use).
    • Tree planting.
    • And of course, we will cap the day off with some fishing on the Pequonnock.

             Get your hands dirty, learn to fish and catch some fish. Come for all or part of the day.

  • May 20 – Shad fishing on the Mill River in Fairfield.
  • May 23 – Trout fishing at the Limestone Club (fee charged, space limited – email me to register rhrosen@aol.com)
  • May 26 – Striper fishing on the Housatonic at the Audubon center in Milford.
  • June 24 – Trout fishing on the Farmington.

On the Conservation front we resume our work on the Mill River at Congress Street. Watch your emails for the date.  Many hands will be needed as we work to deepen the river by anchoring Christmas trees to channel the river.  Last year we planted hundreds of trees here.  This next important phase will insure the Mill river will continue to be a premiere fishing spot for years to come.  It can’t be done without member’s like you helping.

I hope you agree that we have some great stuff lined up and member participation is key. All of the meetings and trips are free (except for the Limestone outing) and the public is welcome.

Rich Rosen

Nutmeg Chapter President

A message from Nutmeg’s president

Hello TU Nutmegers:

Welcome to 2018.  Your Board of Directors is working to make programming and participation even better. Today we have over 350 dues paying members in the Nutmeg chapter and together we can take care of our rivers, learn and have fun.

Each of us belongs to TU for different reasons. As a chapter we try to offer diverse programs and activities to meet everyone’s interests.  Like most, my active involvement in TU started slowly.  My only regret is that I did not get more active in TU sooner.

What does Trout Unlimited mean to you?

As a board we wonder what motivates members to join and stay connected: events, meetings, outings, conservation ….   So we ask:

  • What speakers do you want to see at our meetings?
  • Do you want to learn about fishing local waters or destination fishing?
  • What will make your Nutmeg TU Chapter better?
    • Opportunities to fish with friends
    • Meeting fishing buddies
    • Learning new skills and fishing spots
    • Improving stream quality, or
    • Just being part of a national organization that advocates clean fresh water fisheries

More opportunities to volunteer in 2018.

  • I would like to see our conservation efforts expand to include micro invertebrate monitoring
  • We should do more with youth and engage our veterans
  • We will continue to improve the Mill River habitat – watch for updates as we will soon use the Embrace a Stream funds to deepen the Mill River’s Congress Street section by channeling the river with recycled Christmas trees
  • Join the board, lead a fishing outing, participate in a river cleanup, do water sampling, work with TIC …

If you are a Nutmeg TU member and simply want to support a national advocacy group for clean water, we thank you for your participation, numbers are important. However, on the local level, none of the annual membership fees go to the local chapter.  It all stays with TU national. Our funding comes from grants, donations and the raffles we run at the meetings. It costs money and takes volunteers to run our meetings, support the 15 Trout in The Classroom (TIC) local schools and do our conservation work. Your financial support is appreciated, and every dollar goes a long way because the Nutmeg chapter of TU is a 100% volunteer organization.

As we begin the new year I want to take this time to thank my fellow Board Members John Kovach, Dave Edgeworth, Jerry Goldstein, David Ader, Ed Grzeda, Cheryl Groesbeck, Phil Jacques, Chuck Petruccelli and Gian Morresi, for their wisdom at our monthly board meetings; volunteering to lead fishing trips, river cleanups/conservation work, sharing the load; and for the pleasure of fishing together in and around our lovely part of Connecticut.

On behalf of the Board of Directors I want to thank you for your continued support.  Our goal is to have fun while doing good in our community.  We hope you find the chapter welcoming and choose to participate in this valuable organization.

Happy New Year to all and I look forward to seeing you in 2018.

Rich Rosen

President TU Nutmeg Chapter

Tickets still available for Fly Fishing Film Tour

UPDATE: Some tickets are still available for tonight’s showing of the Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Trumbull Marquis & BTX Theater.

Tickets can be purchased online for $25 (a $5 discount) until 2 p.m. by clicking here.

Tickets MAY also be available at the door, if any remain, at a cost of $30.

Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

ORIGINAL POST: The Candlewood, Mianus and Nutmeg chapters of Trout Unlimited wii host two showings of the Fly Fishing Film Tour in the coming week, with proceeds supporting conservation projects and environmental education in Fairfield County.

The first showing will be held Friday, Feb. 2, at the Trumbull Marquis & BTX Theater. The the second will be Friday, Feb. 23, at the Stamford Majestic Theater. Doors open at 7 p.m. for each show. Tickets are $25 each online or $30 at the door.

Click here to buy tickets to the Feb. 2 showing in Trumbull.

Click here to buy tickets to the Feb. 23 showing in Stamford.

Last year’s F3T in Trumbull sold out faster than organizers expected. In addition to fly angling movies on the big screen, the events include drinks, raffles and door prizes.

While tickets may be available at the door the night of the screening, we can’t guarantee anything. Last year organizers had to turn away dozens of people.

Some films include graphic language and situations which may be inappropriate for younger viewers.

Trailers can be viewed at flyflimtour.com.