September 2008

Editor: Brian Labowsky (Lumpy)
Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug
Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Pictures from the Connetquot Trip (click here for pictures)

 Caddis Looped Wing Emerger

Submitted by Mike Kaklamanos

Caddis Looped Wing Emerger

Hook: # 16-20 curved light wire
Wing: 2 CDC feathers tied loop style
Thread, hackle, and dubbing to match natural

September Meeting ,

September 3, 2008

Monthly Meeting

NEW MEETING PLACE Southbury Parks & Recreation/Senior Center
561 Main Street,
Southbury, CT..
7:00 PM



September 3rd

October 1st


October 10th

November 7th

Upcoming Events

Ron Merly will give a talk on sea run brown trout.

The speaker for the October meeting will be Frank Shildgen from the Northwest Chapter. He will be demonstrating and speaking on Knots essential to the Fly fisher.

Connetquot trip, October 10, 2008 $65.00 per person. 35 slots, reserve early! Send payment to: Domenic Falcone, 23 Augusta Street, Oakville, CT 06779.

Our banquet committee is happy to announce that the date and place have been reserved. Again this year our banquet will take place at J.J. Sullivan's Restaurant in Ansonia, CT. on November 7th.

Directions to Southbury Senior Center:
From 84 West take exit 14
-at bottom of ramp go right
-at light go right
-go through 2 lights and look for -the Laurel Diner on your left
-the senior center is directly -across the street
-enter through center door.

Fall Fishing
By Bob Gregorski

In Connecticut, September marks the beginning of the some hunting seasons, the fall trout stocking and peak saltwater fishing season for several species. Cooler weather means more hikers and mountain bikers on woodland trails. Many paddlers will continue to be on the waters in their kayaks and canoes all month. The Fall Turkey, Deer Bow hunting and gray squirrel seasons start for those hunters who wish to pursue these game animals. The Opening Day for most small game species is October 18. Hunters should refer to the 2008 Connecticut Hunting and Trapping Guide for season dates and bag limits.

On the fishing scenes, some lakes, ponds, rivers and streams will be stocked with trout or the first time since Memorial Day. Trout seekers should have good trout fishing for several weeks in the waters that have been stocked. Black bass, walleye and northern pike along with most species of fish begin to put on the feed bag in preparation for fall and winter.
Autumn begins on September 22 (Autumnal Equinox). The
number of hours of daylight has decreased since June 20 ( the first day of summer; Summer Solstice). The sunrise and sunset on that day were 4:16 am and 7:30 pm and on September 22 they will be around 5:38 am and 5:50 pm. So the outdoor sport opportunities in the woods and on the water for most people will continue to decrease daily until spring.

September is a great time to fish marine waters. On the saltwater scene, anglers can target: bluefish, stripers, false albacore, Atlantic bonito, porgy, fluke, black sea bass, tautog (split season) and hickory shad.

Two fish that some anglers seek from shore are snapper blues and hickory shad. Snappers are 6-8 inches long and feed heavily before migrating southward. Any light-weight fly or spinning outfit will do. Tiny flies, lures and bait fish (usually sold frozen) will catch snappers. The Snapper-Popper is one of the most popular lures used to catch these hard fighting small fish. As the Snapper-Popper is reeled in, snappers
will attack the plastic covered hook. Thousands of snapper are caught using this snapper device/lure each year.

The bag limit is ten blue fish per angler per day regardless of size. Anglers who harvest these small blues have said they are delicious. Unfortunately it takes six to ten to make a meal for one person. The down side is – every one that is harvested translates to one less 3 to 4 pound chopper next season.

Fall Fishing Contiuned

Popular snapper locations include the DEP piers in Old Lyme and Old Saybrook, lower sections of the Connecticut, Niantic, Thames and Housatonic rivers, jetties at Rocky Neck and Hammonasett State Parks and most coastal harbors, estuaries and beaches.

In the fall, some anglers target hickory shad for sport or to use them as bait for large stripers. I’ve caught hickories on a day that there were members of several age classes; they ranged from 10” to 17” however, most were 12”-15” long and weighed 1.0 to 1.5 pounds. The Connecticut record weighed 3.25 pounds. These “mini, tarpon-like fish” hit and fight hard,
breaking water many times. Anglers lose some shad due to them having tender mouths which do not hold a hook well.

Use light spin or fly tackle. Spinning line 4 or 6 pound test with willow leaf with split shot up ahead or small jig head (1/8-1/16 ounce) with plastic curly tails or bucktail jigs will catch lots of shad. Fly rodders use 5 wt. to 7 wt. outfits, 6-pound tippets
and small bucktails or streamers. White and chartreuse are favorable colors. Many anglers use freshwater outfits when fishing for hickory shad. Remember to wash all fishing gear with warm soapy freshwater after each saltwater excursion.

Technique; In waters that are moving, cast directly across and let the lure or fly drift or use a slow retrieve. In quiet water, cast and retrieve fast in warm water and more slowly in colder water.

Taking youngsters fishing for hickory shad is a lot more exciting for them than fishing for snapper blues. Both species fight hard, but the shad are much larger and do aerial displays, which every one likes to see, and the larger ones will make your reel drag sing.

Locations: In the fall, schools of hickory shad have been feeding in the lower sections of the Connecticut and Mystic Rivers and in the Niantic, Lieutenant, Black Hall, West (Guilford),Back, Pawcatuck, Saugatuck, Hammonaset, Mianus and Housatonic Rivers and various bays and estuaries. In Rhode Island, they may be present in the larger salt ponds, Narrow River and areas in Narragansett Bay.

Trout Unlimited's Philosophy

We believe that trout and salmon fishing isn't just fishing for trout and salmon. It's fishing for sport rather than for food, where the true enjoyment of the sport lies in the challenge, the lore and the battle of wits, not necessarily the full creel. It's the feeling of satisfaction that comes from limiting your kill instead of killing your limit. It’s communing with nature where the chief reward is a refreshed body and a contented soul, where a license is a permit to use--not abuse--to enjoy--not destroys our cold water fishery. It’s subscribing to the proposition that what's good for trout and salmon is good for the fishermen and that managing trout and salmon for themselves rather than the for the fishermen is fundamental to the solution of our trout and salmon problems. It's appreciating our fishery resource, respecting fellow anglers and giving serious thought to tomorrow.

submitted by Dom Falcone



Chapter “logo” hats are now available for $15.00

Choice of colors Forest green or Safari tan.

Can be purchased at monthly meeting

Connecticut Trout Unlimited Website

Our Connecticut Trout Unlimited council has launched a website aimed at helping bring our chapters together statewide. The web site has a large amount of information and links to each chapter in the state. Take a look, it is well worth it.

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 website.

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