Whether you use a fly rod or spinning gear, join Nutmeg TU at Short Beach in Stratford Saturday, Oct. 21, when we fish the mouth of the Housatonic River.
High tide is 1 p.m., so we’ll start fishing at 2 p.m. on the outgoing tide.
Park near the water, straight ahead from the entrance to the Short Beach restaurant.
The Mouth of the Housatonic, between Stratford and Milford, offers multiple species an excellent estuary. Access is easy from Short Beach.
We recommend Waders, Wading Stick, and Wading Boots as we plan to wade into the river for the best fishing spots. The water will also be getting colder so you should plan to bring and wear layers.
Fly fishing should bring an 8- 9-weight rod. Intermediate sinking lines are ideal or floating lines for poppers. Standard flies include Clousers, Deceivers and other Saltwater baitfish patterns.
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Fishing Meetup, Sunday, Oct 23, 2016, 9 AM to 1 PM. Ed Grzeda will lead an outing on the Long Island Sound at Pennfield Reef in Fairfield. Sign up at Nutmeg’s Meetup.com page here. Meet at the beach at the base of the reef off Fairfield Beach Road to fish the outgoing and low tides. A map of Long Island Sound fishing spots can be found here. Click on the map markers in Fairfield (or in the left navigation bar) to find Pennfield Reef. Lighthouse Point is a small road and public access point off Fairfield Beach Road between beach homes that will take you straight to the reef. Street parking available on Reef Rd and Fairfield Beach Rd (east of Reef Rd). Stripers will be making their Fall run and the reef is an excellent spot for both Fly and Spin anglers. Last year we had 30”+ Bluefish crashing the Peanut Bunker as well. Waders make things easier but casting from shore or the reef as it is exposed by the outgoing tide is also possible. Fly anglers should bring an 8-10 weight rod. Intermediate sinking lines are ideal or floating lines for poppers. Standard flies include Clousers, Deceivers and other Saltwater baitfish patterns. Email Ed at email@example.com or contact at (224) 234-3381 with questions.
Paul Dinice will share his expertise on Fly Fishing for Stripers on the Housatonic at the next meeting of Nutmeg Trout Unlimited Chapter 217 on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m.
The meeting will be held at The Original Vazzy’s, 513 Broadbridge Road, Bridgeport, and is open to the public. Pizza and a cash bar are available.
Dinice, 62, is a lifelong Derby resident who began spin fishing and fly fishing at a very early age, thanks to an uncle who took all the family kids fishing on his one day off a week. In 1980 Dinice’s fishing focus turned exclusively to fly fishing. In 1985 he made his first foray into salt water fly fishing.
He is a member of virtually every fly fishing club and organization in Connecticut and involved in environmentally based organizations such as Trout Unlimited, Connecticut Audubon Society, and the Coastal Conservation Association. His home organization is the Housatonic Fly Fisherman’s Association, and for 35 years he has written the Fly of the Month for the HFFA newsletter and website. His closer crab” pattern appeared in the 2012 Winter edition Fly Tyer Magazine.
Dinice contributed photographs and writings about fishing the Housatonic to the book Over-Winter Striper Secrets by Capt. Al Anderson. He has also organized numerous small fly fishing expos in Connecticut. Dinice is a member of the Derby Inland Wetlands Commission and has been employed by the Town of Orange as the Zoning Administrator for the past 36 years.
The Oct. 18 presentation to Nutmeg TU will focus on the Housatonic River. Learn how an angler can catch trophy trout at the foot of the Berkshires, then travel an hour south to the river mouth between Stratford and Milford and catch striped bass the same day. The slide show covers fishing locations on the “lower” Housy from the Ousatonic Dam in Derby to the Long Island Sound. Dinice will cover river access points, fishing gear, flies/baitfish imitations, fishing techniques, and an array of photos of successful fishermen. He will have a limited number of A Guide to Stripers n the Housatonic.
Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited 217 encompasses Fairfield, Westport, Weston, Easton, Redding, Trumbull, Monroe, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford and Shelton. Its mission is to conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries and their watersheds, particularly in local rivers such as the Saugatuck, Mill, Aspetuck, Pequonnock and Farmill. More information can be found at nutmegtrout.org.
December 5, 2015
On December 15, 2015, Nutmeg TU will have a general meeting with speakers and the Annual Pot Luck dinner. Please RSVP to Jerry Goldstein so that he can reduce the duplicates, know how many tables to set up, and answer any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Your dish to share needs to feed 8 to 10 and last names beginning with A-J are asked to bring a side dish, K-Q are asked to bring a main dish, R-Z are asked to bring a dessert.
Spey casting has grown in popularity over the last 25 years to better target large fish over large rivers and salt water. The available equipment and gear have grown expansively. Our speakers, Lisa Weiner and Jerry Jahn of Spey Casting North East, www.speycastingnortheast.com, are going to share some of their knowledge on casting techniques and equipment.
Jerry Jahn and Fred Krowchenko are two of the old timers in the New England fly fishing community who began a joint venture about 6 years ago to teach Spey casting to others interested in the techniques. Their classes are limited to 4 students maximum, with two or three instructors. This gives time to work with each student and understand their needs as individuals. Their main objective is to pass on the fishing knowledge to younger people in the sport they have enjoyed for so many years.
Lisa is fairly new to SCNE and joined with Jerry and Fred this past year as one of their teachers after many lessons. She has been Spey casting for over 4 years and represents Mystic fly rods at Spey Nation and the Fly Fishing Show in NJ.
Jerry has been fishing for Atlantic Salmon for over 30 years and 25 of them have been with the two handed spey rod. He has fished the Penobscot River in Maine and the Miramichi River in New Brunswick. The rods were very long and slow in action in comparison to today’s equipment. Jerry is an excellent caster of single hand and two hand rods, his enthusiasm is infectious and very well received by all of their students. He is focused on getting the student to understand and to be successful in Spey casting techniques.
Fred enjoys the details of rod design and line tapers and will explore any new equipment on the market. He began experimenting with Spey rods over 20 years ago and really began to understand the casting in a 3-day class in 1998 with Jim Vincent and Simon Gawesworth of Rio Products. Simon and Fred have remained friends and Rio Products is one of the supporters of SCNE.
There is lots more information on their website, so check it out.