JANUARY - 2015

Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited


Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski, Ernie Ludwig

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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

Our Annual Chapter Banquet has been scheduled to be held on March 27th at the Crystal Room in Naugatuck, which is being held at the same restaurant as last year. Tickets will be able to be purchased online or by phone just like last year. We have managed to hold the price for tickets at $35.00 dollars each or $65.00 per couple which is the same amount as last year. More information on the times and menu will follow. Please contact Ed Dearborn at 203-263-6229 or email:, who will gladly accept cash or checks from anyone who would like to attend.

The seasonal fly tying has started on the second, third and fourth Wednesday every month at Stop & Shop in Southbury and continue out thru March of next year. December’s fly tying will be held on the first and second Wednesday of that month only due to the change in the schedule for our monthly meeting.   All are invited to attend and share in the fun. 

We have a Position for an assistant Events Chair to share arranging speakers and or activities for the monthly meetings during the year with Ernie Ludwig who can be reached at email: or 203-560-2053. This involves 4 hours total of someone's time per year and the meetings are held at his my house.  See schedule below for potential activity openings.  A list of potential speakers to contact will be available. Please consider supporting our need.

Meeting Dates:  Year 2015                                                                
January 7th                  Speaker needed (Call & Confirm)
February 4th                 Open
March 4th                    Speaker needed (Call & Confirm)
April 1st                       Open
May 6th                       Speaker needed (Call & Confirm)
June 3rd                       Open       

For Information Contact:

Cyndy Chanaca, (860) 424-3219

Mike  Beauchene, (860) 424-3474

December 19, 2014


P R E S S      R  E  L  E  A  S  E

400 Seeforellen strain Brown Trout to be stocked in time for the Holidays,
fish average 15 pounds each.

For the angler who enjoys winter fishing, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Inland Fisheries Division has begun stocking approximately 400 broodstock Seeforellen strain Brown Trout in selected waters throughout the state. These fish are some of the largest trout that DEEP has stocked, with fish averaging 15 pounds each and some weighing in at more than 20 pounds.

“We are excited for the angling community -- fish of this size and quality are extremely rare and for the anglers fortunate enough to catch one, they will certainly provide the thrill of a lifetime,” said Peter Aarrestad, Director of DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division. “With the exception of some broodstock Atlantic Salmon, these Seeforellen strain Brown Trout are the largest fish we stock, with some exceeding the current state record of 18 pounds, 5 ounces.”

These 400 Seeforellen strain Brown Trout are being stocked into eight lakes: Black Pond (Meriden/Middlefield), Cedar Lake (Chester), East Twin Lake (Salisbury), Highland Lake (Winchester), Long Pond (Ledyard/North Stonington), Mashapaug Pond (Union), Squantz Pond (New Fairfield) and West Hill Pond (Barkhamsted/New Hartford), with each lake receiving approximately 50 fish. Stockings began this week and are scheduled to be completed on Christmas Eve.

This group of broodstock are from the Kensington State Fish Hatchery, are five years old and have served their purpose well by producing millions of eggs and offspring to support stocking efforts during their time at the hatchery. The hatchery is not able to hold these fish over until the spring, thus this unique winter stocking.



Seasonal hatchery maintainer Glen Somogie with one of the 400 Seeforellen strain Brown Trout being stocked this December by DEEP. This fish was stocked into Highland Lake earlier this week.



DEEP advises that these exceptionally large fish may require a shift in fishing gear. “Anglers who are targeting these Seeforellens may want to upsize from traditional ultra-light trout gear, to gear robust enough to land one of these very large and powerful fish.” said Aarrestad.

Regulations vary on the waters being stocked with these fish. The DEEP advises anglers to check fishing regulations in the 2014 Connecticut Angler’s Guide, found online at Print versions of the guides are available from many Town Clerks and bait & tackle stores, or by contacting DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division (860-424-FISH). The 2015 Connecticut Angler’s Guides are expected to be available in late March, 2015.

Additional fishing and fisheries related information, including the Weekly Fishing Report, can be found on the DEEP Fisheries web pages at and on the Fisheries and Wildlife Facebook page at Anglers will find additional information and updates on DEEP’s December trout stockings on the Fisheries webpage and on the Fisheries and Wildlife Facebook page.

Anglers are also reminded that 2015 fishing and hunting licenses are now available and can be purchased directly online, or at one of the many participating town halls, tackle retailers and DEEP offices. Remember that 2015 Fishing, hunting and trapping licenses for 16 and 17 year olds will be ½ price (most hunting permits, stamps and tags will also be ½ price for 16 and 17 year olds). For a complete list of vendors, visit the DEEP website ( or call DEEP Licensing and Revenue (860-424-3105).

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