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NAUGATUCK/POMPERAUG CHAPTER 281 NEWSREEL

NOVEMBER - 2015

Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski, Ernie Ludwig

Ernie Ludwig  | Vice President  |                            
203-560-2053 | www.tunaugpomp.org | www.tu.org
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Hello all,

Please read the following information regarding our new location for meetings in Naugatuck;

The Naugatuck/Pomperaug TU Chapter 281 will no longer be meeting at ION Bank after Aug, 15 2015. Starting in September we scheduled to have our meetings at ION 's Community Center Building at 270 CHURCH Street, Naugatuck, CT. The ION Bank Community center building located next to the YMCA which is just up the street from where we originally held our last meeting in June. The building is to the left side when facing the YMCA. There is plenty of parking on the opposite side in the parking lot.

Hope to see you all there on Wednesday November 4th.

Ernest J Ludwig VP Naugatuck/Pomperaug Chapter TU

Ph: 203-639-2643
Cell: 203-560-2053


Reported by Bob Gregorski

ATLANTIC SALMON - Stocking Update.

DEEP stocked another 240 Atlantic salmon last week. The Naugatuck River was stocked with 120 broodstock Atlantic salmon on Thursday, 10/15 (60 fish in the upper broodstock area and 60 fish into the lower broodstock area) and 120 broodstock Atlantic salmon will be stocked into the Shetucket River on Friday, 10/16. 100 of the fish stocked into each river range in weight from 2-6 lbs each (averaging 3.5 lbs each) and 20 fish for each river are larger, averaging approximately 8 lbs each. This brings the total stocked this fall to 1,090 salmon. Some additional fish will be stocked later in November following spawning in the Kensington Hatchery.

TROUT- Stocking update.

DEEP’s fall trout stockings nearly complete. From early September through October, DEEP is releasing 29,000 “trophy” and “adult” sized trout into selected waters throughout the state. Approximately 5,000 are “trophy” size Brown Trout (all greater than 12 inches in length), 8,000 are “trophy” size Rainbow Trout, 1,000 are broodstock Brown and Brook Trout, and the remaining 15,000 “adults” are standard size (9-10 inch) Rainbow Trout. In addition to these fish, the Farmington River was stocked with 2,000 “trophy” size Brown Trout just before the Labor Day weekend. Note that stockings in a number of areas were delayed or postponed due to environmental conditions (primarily low to very low flows in many streams) and Several areas typically stocked in the fall, the Hammonasset River, Mianus River TMA, Mill River TMA (Fairfield) and Pomperaug River, were not stocked this fall due to low flows.

Lakes and ponds stocked this week: in eastern CT, Black Pond (Woodstock, 180 2-4 lb broodstock Brook Trout) and In western CT, Mohawk Pond (220 2-4 lb broodstock Brook Trout) and Tyler Pond (250 12” and longer Rainbow Trout).

Trout Parks stocked this week: The Chatfield Hollow (250 12” and longer Rainbow Trout), Day Pond (250 12” and longer Rainbow Trout), Mohegan Park Pond (250 12” and longer Rainbow Trout), and Valley Falls Park Pond (250 12” and longer Rainbow Trout) Trout Parks in eastern CT.


This information was supplied by George Rein

Just a big round of applause to George and Ed for seeing the jacks brook project to the end. And a big thanks to everyone who helped.

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Jack's Brook Planting: TU and Students Make an Impact

Members of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter,

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Great news! Last week we were joined by more than 15 students from Booth Free Elementary School in Roxbury and volunteers with the Roxbury Land Trust to plant more than 80 native trees and shrubs along Jack's Brook - an important trout spawning tributary of the Shepaug River.

This project, funded by the US Fish & Wildlife Service and supported by TU staff members Tracy Brown and Jeff Yates, is one of our first conservation projects in a number of years and we're hoping it's just the beginning of a whole new chapter for Naugatuck-Pomperaug TU.

A special thanks to Ben Wood, a local university student and TU member who helped plan the project and volunteered for the day.

We will continue to monitor the site to ensure our plantings do well and provide critical stabilization of the streambank. We will also likely do more plantings along Jack's Brook and other area streams in the future. Please consider joining us as a planting volunteer!

Chapter Meeting November 4: Meet New Fishing Friends

Come be part of the fun and join us at our next chapter meeting on Wednesday, November 4 at 7:00 PM in the ION 's Community Center Building at 270 Church Street in Naugatuck. The ION Bank Community center building is located next to the YMCA.

We're excited to be growing our chapter and hope you'll be a part of it.

Chapter meetings are a great way to meet fellow chapter members, learn where and how to fish local waters, find a fishing buddy or mentor, and learn from our guest speakers.

Saturday, Nov. 14 - Atlantic Salmon Fishing Trip on the Naugatuck

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A sure sign that fall has arrived is when the state begins stocking the broodstock Atlantic Salmon into the Naugatuck River! By mid-November, several hundred salmon between 2 and 20 pounds will have been released and awaiting your fly!

On Saturday, Nov. 14, spend the day on the water with us as we join our friends from the Mianus Chapter for a free fishing trip and barbecue on the Naugatuck River. There is nothing like seeing these big fish in waters they once thrived in and, if you're lucky, feeling the thrill of hooking into a silver bullet with the leaps and surging fights for which Atlantic Salmon are well known.

You can meet us on the river off Exit 41 for Campville Road off Route 8 at 10 a.m. For those anglers new to the river, we will give a quick tour and tutorial on how to fish for atlantics and then hit the water. Around noon, we'll fire up the grill for a free barbecue lunch.

The Mianus Chapter has a limited number of fly rods available to lend if you do not have the right gear for atlantics. Please RSVP to tony hill at thill@mianustu.org to help get an accurate count for food and fly rods.

Fly Tying Wednesdays: Join Us to Learn, Laugh and Hang Out

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Our chapter's weekly fly tying nights are held on the second, third and fourth Wednesdays of every month at 7:00 PM at the Southbury Stop & Shop Community room upstairs, in the K-Mart Plaza off Exit 15 of I-84.  

Led by our expert tyers, these open sessions are a great way to learn how to tie flies, share your patterns and skills with others and have a fun time talking flies and fishing. Be ready for a little fibbing from the veteran members on the size of the fish they've recently caught!

Bring your own equipment and materials, or use ours, if you don’t have any. We're here to help everyone learn to tie flies or tie better flies! These evenings are great for beginners and kids are welcome! These events are open to the public.

Thanks for being a member of the Naugatuck Pomperaug Chapter. I hope you join as at one of our coming events soon!

Feel free to reach out to me any time.

Tight Lines,

George Rein
Membership Chair

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