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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.

Fish the Saugatuck with Nutmeg TU March 31

The Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited will lead a fishing outing in the fly fishing only area of the Saugatuck River on Saturday, March 31, at 8 a.m.

The Doc Skerlick Fly Fishing Area is located not far from the Merritt Parkway, along Ford Road in Westport. Click here for directions. Parking is available along the road.

The fly fishing only area is easily accessible and a great place for new anglers to learn and practice skills. As a Trout Management Area it is open, catch and release, year round.

You will need waders, Connecticut fishing License and trout stamp (a new requirement for fishing in Trout Management Areas and for harvesting trout), and fly rod and gear. Members of Nutmeg TU will be on hand to help.

If you plan to attend, click here to RSVP.

 

Local rivers stocked with trout

UPDATE: The Mill River, the Saugatuck River fly fishing area and the Mianus River TMA have all been stocked with trout, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection reported on Nov. 1.

ORIGINAL POST: The Mill River in Fairfield and Saugatuck River in Westport should soon be stocked, according to the Connecticut Department of Fish & Wildlife. Most of the trout stocked will be rainbows, not browns as pictured.

Cooler weather has allowed the fall stocking program to get into full swing, according to the latest weekly fishing report. Click here to read it.

Stay up to date with daily stocking posts on Facebook, the DEEP’s interactive trout stocking map, and its stocking report.

Volunteers clean the Saugatuck

Local volunteers cleaned the Saugatuck River Saturday, Sept. 16 as part of Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup.

Participants in the cleanup, sponsored by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), met at Patagonia in Westport (a supporter of Nutmeg TU’s activities) for a pep rally and safety instructions before making the short walk to the river to begin their cleanup.

During the hour of combing the banks of the Saugatuck River, 115 volunteers picked up more than 100 pounds of marine debris. Using the “Clean Swell” app to track the type and amount of debris collected, the volunteers logged more than 500 cigarette butts and 300 pieces of plastic as well as paper, food, food wrappers, cans, and an old street sign.

The husband-and-wife team of Richard and Margaret Hyman of Weston led a group of local high school students.

Click here to read coverage in The Weston Forum.