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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.


Rich Rosen


Nutmeg Trout Unlimited


Pequonnock cleanup Sunday

What: Fishing and Pequonnock River Cleanup
The Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited has selected the Pequonnock River in Trumbull for its annual spring river cleanup.
When: Sunday April 9th from 9-12
Where: Quarry Road in Trumbull, Follow directions for the Bow Tie Theaters. When you are on Quarry Road there will be parking on your right. If you pass the movie theater, you have gone too far. From the parking lot we will split into groups to cover multiple areas along the river.
Timing: The cleanup will begin at 9:00 and end around  10:00 or 10:30. At which point we can go out and enjoy the river and catch some trout.
Trout Unlimited will provide trash bags and water. Please bring your own gloves and wear good shoes.
Click here if you plan to attend.
The fish and our community thank you in advance.

Pequonnock cleanup, fishing April 9

Start fishing season off by helping to clean up the Pequonnock before wetting some flies on Sunday, April 9.

First we will meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot at the start of Quarry Road in Trumbull with bags, gloves, and garbage claws (extendable grabbers) to pick up and bag the debris that has collected along the river.

We follow that with fishing with friends on an often overlooked stretch of the Pequonnock River that teems with fish.  The Pequonnock River alternately picks up speed and slows in pools and it makes it final run into Bunnells Pond in Beardsley Park and then on to the Sound.  Great fishing can be had on this stretch of the Pequonnock especially this early in the season.

f you choose later to fish Bunnells Pond (the pond at the bottom half of Beardsley Park across from the zoo) itself know that it drops off suddenly and has many hazardous underwater currents.  It is prohibited to wade or swim into Bunnells Pond itself.  Fishing from the shore of Bunnells Pond is allowed.

Dave Edgeworth will lead the outing.

Click here to RSVP.

Farmington River Fishing Cancelled, Join us on the Pequonnock.

Fly Tying at Chuck’s, Tues evening, June 9, 2015, 7 PM Trumbull.  Contact Chuck MacMath at cmacmath59@yahoo.com.  The fly tying group will meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 7-9 pm.  The cost is $2.00 per session to cover the cost of materials.  Email cmacmath59@yahoo.com with questions or additional information.  All are welcome, beginners are encouraged to attend.  Vises, tools and materials are available if needed.

Fishing Meetup Weekend, Fri-Sat-Sunday, for June12-14, 2015 is cancelled.  This event has been rescheduled to one day, June 13th.

Fishing Meetup Scheduled for Sat, June13, 2015 on the Pequonnock, 10AM to 3 PM.  Contact Chuck MacMath at cmacmath59@yahoo.com  or text to 203-260-1829 for details and to RSVP.  Bring your waders, gear, food and drinks; spin or fly fishing allowed. Meet near the river and Whitney Ave in Trumbull.

Chapter meeting, Tues, June 16, 2015, 6:00 – 9 PM, at Lake Mohegan Cascades for fishing and BBQ. The club will provide the hot dogs and you bring the chips, side dish, or dessert, and your beverages.  Contact Chuck MacMath at cmacmath59@yahoo.com  or text to 203-260-1829 for details or to RSVP.  Bring your fishing gear too! Reach the Cascades parking from Morehouse Hwy in Fairfield in the Lake Mohegan area.

Volunteers will be needed, all ages, on Sat, June 20th, to continue the knotweed eradication work near the Mill River.  Bring your work gloves and boots; the cutting tools and bottled water will be supplied for this work session. Meet at 9 AM at the footbridge on Congress St between Easton and Fairfield.  Contact Chuck Petrucelli at chuckp@optonline.net for details and RSVP.

Fly Tying at Chuck’s, Tues evening, June 23, 2015, 7 PM Trumbull.  Contact Chuck MacMath at cmacmath59@yahoo.com.

Fishing Meetup, July 11, 2015, 10 AM to 3 PM, Dave and Tristan Wilgan to lead group in a search for Smallmouth Bass

Fishing Meetup, Aug TBD, 2015, a weekday evening, Dave Edgeworth to lead in Shelton.  Bring your canoe or kayak.