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Weather moves small stream clinic again

Another weekend, another forecast for foul weather, and another postponement for Nutmeg TU’s small stream tactics clinic.

The clinic is now scheduled for Saturday, April 22. The location remains Lake Mohegan in Fairfield. Participants should gather in the main parking lot at the beach at Lake Mohegan, located at the intersection of Morehouse Highway and Tahmore Drive in Fairfield.

Charles Petruccelli, past president of Nutmeg Trout Unlimited Chapter 217 and a certified casting instructor, will offers lessons in casts and tactics that can be used on smaller streams around Fairfield County and beyond.

Petruccelli demonstrated how to tie small, hackle-less flies that can attract the trout early in the spring at the most recent Nutmeg TU meeting. Click here to watch that demonstration as it appeared on Yankee Fisherman on the HAN Network. On the March 9 episode of Yankee Fisherman Petruccelli showed how to tie a blue winged olive, a tie he says you “don’t leave home without.”

 

Snow again moves small stream clinic

A forecast for snow and wind on Saturday, March 18, has postponed Nutmeg TU’s small stream tips event again. The next scheduled date is Saturday, March 25, at 10 a.m.

The location remains Lake Mohegan in Fairfield. Participants should gather in the main parking lot at the beach at Lake Mohegan, located at the intersection of Morehouse Highway and Tahmore Drive in Fairfield.

The event had been postponed to Saturday, March 18, due to forecasts for cold, windy weather on Saturday, March 11.

Charles Petruccelli, past president of Nutmeg Trout Unlimited Chapter 217 and a certified casting instructor, will offers lessons in casts and tactics that can be used on smaller streams around Fairfield County and beyond.

Petruccelli demonstrated how to tie small, hackle-less flies that can attract the trout early in the spring at the most recent Nutmeg TU meeting. Click here to watch that demonstration as it appeared on Yankee Fisherman on the HAN Network. On the March 9 episode of Yankee Fisherman Petruccelli showed how to tie a blue winged olive, a tie he says you “don’t leave home without.”

Learn to fish the Croton Watershed

Bob Wesolowski

Bob Wesolowski will discuss “Fishing the Croton Watershed at the next regular meeting of Trout Unlimited Nutmeg Chapter 217 Tuesday, May  15, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at the Fayerweather Yacht Club, 51 Brewster St. in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport

Compared with some members of his chapter, Bob is a relative newcomer to fly fishing. He only started 15 years ago. For the past 5 years he has been president of this 600+ member chapter. He’s now ending his third and final term.

As chapter president, Bob has seen Croton Watershed go through significant changes. The age of a typical board member has dropped from the low 70’s to the mid-50’s. Trout in the Classroom is now the largest program in New York with 24 schools. The Chapter’s fly fishing and fly tying schools have been updated. Every year 15-20 students graduate from the fly fishing school and 5-10 students graduate from the tying school. Bob runs the fly tying school.

Bob is often asked to do presentations. Over the past few years he has done the Croton presentation for the Candlewood Valley, Mid-Hudson and New York City chapters and for the new Orvis, Ridge Hill store. He is also a frequent presenter at the local fly shop, The Bedford Sportsman in Bedford Hills, N.Y.

Yates prepares anglers for opening day

Guide, author and Trout Unlimited leader Jeff Yates will lead a talk on “Fly Fishing on Opening Day” at the next regular meeting of the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

The meeting will be held at the Fayerweather Yacht Club, 51 Brewster St. in the Black Rock section of Bridgeport, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17,2012,  just four days before the start of trout season in Connecticut.

Yates has been fishing the waters of Fairfield County for 20 years. A fourth generation Wilton resident, his intimate knowledge of the Norwalk, Mianus, Saugatuck and Mill rivers in lower Fairfield County provide productive outings on local waters. He has also discovered the secret streams throughout the region for targeting native brook trout, and can guide clients to a successful day of fishing for these native New England gems.

His book, “Fly Fishing Fairfield County: Secrets of Suburban Streams,” contains 200 pages of photographs, detailed maps complete with local roads and parking directions, and descriptions of every trout stream in southwestern Connecticut.

Yates also leads trips to the Farmington River.

Summers spent fishing the streams of Vermont, hundreds of hours on the waters of Long Island Sound and years of angling for Atlantic Salmon in the Naugatuck River mean clients have a range of options to choose from.

A master guide and fly tyer, Yates said his goal is for clients to learn the access points and techniques that will make them successful anglers on their own future outings.

Guiding sessions are catch-and-release only and include lessons on insect entomology, stream flows and conditions, reading the water, improving casting skills and conservation and history.

President of the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited, board member of Friends of Mianus River Park, life member of Trout Unlimited and the Housatonic Fly Fishers Association, Jeff is also a member of the American Museum of Fly Fishing and the Catskills Fly Fishing Center and Museum. When he’s not guiding or fishing, Yates is leading river restoration projects or planning fishing and conservation events and clinics.

Information can be found at http://www.flyfishingct.com, or on Twitter and Facebook.