October - 2014

Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited

Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski, Ernie Ludwig

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2014 Meeting schedule

Monthly meetings meetings are starting back up on the first Wednesday of the month in the Community Room at the, ION Bank, (formerly the Naugatuck Savings Bank), 87 Church St., Naugatuck, CT.  For further information call Dom Falcone at 860-274-4103 or or visit  

Event Info

A River Walk event to promote conservation practices sponsored by the Ansonia Nature Center is going to be held on September 27th from 11-3 in the afternoon. We have been asked we would participate by setting up a table to tie flies and talking about our chapter. Please consider volunteering a little time to help us out. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

October upcoming events for the Naugatuck/Pomperaug TU Chapter

Hello Everyone, this is a reminder that we will have a guest speaker for our meeting Wednesday, October 1, 7p.m. at the ION Bank, (formerly the Naugatuck Savings Bank), 87 Church St., Naugatuck, CT, so bring a friend or two because it's going to be good. Please see the information below and we will see you there.

THE EASTERN BROOK TROUT – New England’s Wild Native
The only trout that is native to most of the eastern U.S., the brook trout (technically a char) has inspired generations of anglers with its stunning colors, aggressive nature, and often lovely habitat. We’ll cover the basics of small stream wild brookie fishing, from tackle to presentations to where to look for these precious jewels.

Steve Culton is a Farmington River guide, professional fly tyer, and outdoor writer. His work has appeared in American Angler, The Drake, Fly fishing & Tying Journal, Eastern Fly Fishing, Fly Rod & Reel Online, and Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide. You can see more of Steve’s work on his website,

Eastern Brook trout presentation by Steve Culton 
Author, guide, expert Fly Tyer and Angler

Steve Culton SteelheadJoin us and bring a friend on Wednesday, October 1st for our evening program with Steve Culton.  Steve is a Connecticut-based guide and author who I've had the pleasure to attend and listen to him talk. Steve will give us a presentation on The Eastern Brook Trout, and it focuses on the fish, its environment and small stream tactics. Bring a friend along for an enjoyable evening.


Written by Bob Gregorski

“The woods were made for the hunter of dreams, The brooks for fishes of song.” Sam Walter Foss (1858-1911) American poet

NATIONAL HUNTING & FISHING DAY is an invitation to spend time outdoors and share some precious, leisure time with friends and family. Join in a nationwide celebration: Hunt. Shoot. Fish. Share the pride with about 40 million outdoors sports enthusiasts throughout the United States will celebrate national Hunting and Fishing Day on September 27. The purpose of this special day is to recognize people and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to fish and wildlife conservation. Anglers, hunters, target shooters, sportsman associations, shooting clubs and conservation organizations will celebrate this day by participating or observing a variety of outdoor events and open houses. You can visit to see if there are any fishing derbies, educational seminars, hatchery tours and other activities related to hunting and fishing in Connecticut.
Note: Last year the State of Connecticut organized and co-sponsored Connecticut Hunting and Fishing Day with a multitude of events. It is not doing so this year.

Nationally, the first National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) was celebrated on September 23, 1972 by more than 3,000 organizations and several million people. In subsequent years, the fourth Saturday of September has been the traditional NHFD, and the number of participants has increased significantly. Early in the history of the United States, anglers and hunters initiated small to large-scale conservation programs. And, most of the programs have continued in one form of another to the present. Hunters and fishermen have contributed more than 22 billion dollars and billions of hours of volunteer time to protect and enhance our woods and waters. They know that well managed fish and wildlife programs are essential to the sports that they love. Their involvement financially, politically and physically in these programs have made a significant contribution to the quantity and quality of outdoor theaters.

Federal Aid in wildlife restoration funds may be used for: research in problems affecting wildlife, improvements and acquisitions of wildlife habitat, wildlife population surveys, hunter education programs, reintroduction of wildlife species, technical assistance to land owners, management of wildlife areas, construction of shooting ranges, construction of facilities to enhance wildlife or public enjoyment and communicating results of research and management activities to the public. In Connecticut, sportsmen's hunting and fishing licenses permit fees and excise taxes on equipment contribute more than $6 million annually to the conservation and management of our fisheries and wildlife resources. Our state has populations of black bear, moose, bobcat, fisher, wild turkey, pike, walleye and trout to name a few species.

Some Wildlife Facts – In 1900, less than one million white-tailed deer remained in the nation. Today conservation programs have helped the deer population to grow to about 30 million. In 1901, there were only a few ducks. Now there are more than 31 million in the United States and Canada. The wild turkey population in the early 1900’s was around 100,000. Conservation programs have restored and increased the population to more than 7 million. And that’s only three examples of the great successes nationally.

Nationally: Sportsman contribute about $1.7 billion annually; hunters and shooters have paid more than four billion dollars in excise taxes since 1939; hunting in America generates more than one million jobs in the United States; for more than 80 years, sportsman have paid more than $7.8 billion for on-the-ground projects in every state that protects our natural environment and fish and wildlife. But the true worth of outdoor sports is not the money or jobs, its the extensive and diverse enjoyment that millions of people from all walks of life receive while spending time in outdoor theaters -- woods, fields and waters.

Note: In Western Connecticut, angling/conservation organizations have worked for many years to protect and enhance their home rivers and tributaries. They include: Trout Unlimited (Naugatuck River), Housatonic Fly Fisherman’s Association (Housatonic River) and Farmington River Anglers Association (Farmington River).

What have you done recently to protect and enhance your home rivers and their tributaries?

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Free Membership for Women
Expanding TU's Membership Base.

And speaking of new members, do you know any women who enjoy our sport, conservation or both? Well, TU is interested in attracting more women to the organization and for a limited time is offering women free memberships. feel free to share this information with any women anglers or conservationists you might now. Let's all work to expand our influence.

  Membership Renewals:
Recent changes have been made to TU's policy toward membership renewals. Individual chapters no longer receive a portion of each renewal. As such, please send renewals directly to TU national or renew on the web site.

Trout Unlimited's Mission

To conserve, protect and restore North America's cold water fisheries and their watershed.