DECEMBER 2008

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

Pictures from the Connetquot Trip (click here for pictures)

 Caddis Looped Wing Emerger

FLY OF THE MONTH:
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

December Meeting ,

December 3, 2008

Monthly Meeting

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

Directions

Date

December 3

Upcoming Events

The feature speaker will be Ed Albrecht. His topic will be the Trout In The Classroom program in Connecticut.

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.
Annual Banquet Raffle Winners:

1st prize-Orvis fly rod outfit-Peggy Nikituck
2nd prize-Templefork fly rod outfit- Mike Dembek
3rd prize-$200 gift certificate from Upcountry sports-Kathy (waitress at JJ Sullivan's)
4th prize-Patagonia fly fishing vest-Carmella DeStefano

Fishing in Bad Weather

By Bob Gregorski

As I stood on a floating dock moored on the Niantic River recently, the cold westerly wind pierced my heavy duty: undershirt, flannel shirt, hooded sweatshirt and flannel-lined pants. The dock swayed back and forth and up and down as waves plowed into it. I spread my legs apart to get a firm stance. I didn’t want to get dunked into the cold water. After a cast into the westerly wind, I turned my back to it and began reeling. I held the spin rod down close to the water to minimize the strong wind from making a large belly in the line above the water. After a few turns of the reel handle, I felt a hard tug on the line. I set the hook. The fish pulled to my right. As I cranked in some line, it went airborne. The beautiful hickory shad, that was about 16 inches long, put up a good fight breaking water two more times before I landed it. I took the white jig-head dressed with a white curly tail from its bottom lip, thanked it for the entertainment and returned it gently to the river.

During those few minutes, I forgot how uncomfortable I felt. My heart pumped double time creating more body heat. I tightened the drawstring cords on my hood and continued casting from west to east in a semi-circle. I was familiar with this spot and knew that shad, stripers and bluefish could be anywhere. I caught seven or eight more shad most of them on the silver and green willow leaf teaser (dropper) I had connected about 18 inches above the jighead.

The wind slowed a bit, so I went to my Sienna mini-van and set up my 7-weight fly rod. Tied on a green and white # 10 bucktail to the 6-pound leader and began casting. I had to work hard casting into and across the westerly wind. I was able to cast the #7, weight forward, floating fly line out to far enough. I hooked, landed and released several more hickories measuring 14” to 16”. My bare hands were cold and wet, my body was about to shiver and the strong cold winds continued rocking my casting platform, so I decided to have a sandwich and hot coffee in the warmth of my minivan. As I left the dock, I thanked my Fishing Angel for an exciting fishing foray.

I made one more stop at another tidal river on the way home. The cold wind was in my face and seemed to have intensified. I made about a twenty casts before calling it a day. I could not use my fly outfit at this spot, but managed to catch a schoolie striper about eighteen inches long.

Fish feed while weather conditions are uncomfortable for anglers. For the most part, my fishing experiences during terrible weather has been good to excellent. Here’s why I went fishing that day. Some areas in Connecticut had snow falling for the first time this year on Tuesday, October 27. Some towns in New York and Pennsylvania received snow depths from a few inches to more than a foot that evening. The thought of winter got me motivated to go fishing the next day. Water levels of inland rivers and streams were high, dirty and had lots of leaves and small branches floating in them. Not a good water conditions for fishing. Plus the weather prediction was for temperatures in the low forties with winds from 10 to 25 miles per hour. Fishing a few tidal rivers for shad, bluefish and stripers was a better option. I chose places where I would have some protection from the cold westerly wind. Remember, it had snowed to our west Tuesday night.

Most anglers do not fish when the weather and water conditions are unfavorable. Usually, there is some species available where the conditions for anglers are tolerable. The bottom line is -- being outdoors and not having to work are incentives to fish.

The following two scenarios illustrate two extreme weather conditions (extremely hot and extremely cold) during which I hooked big fish.

One extremely hot day, Red Cattey (Mr. Pike) and I started fishing Bantam Lake for pike early in the morning. By noon, we had not landed a pike. It was about 95 degrees with no breeze. We were about to quit at one o’clock when I hooked into a monster northern pike. After battling it for several minutes, its tail hit the anchor line and it leaped out of the water shaking its head side-to-side. The mini-alligator was between 44 and 48 inches long. My heart was pounding. When it hit the water head first, the lure came out. It was the largest pike I had ever hooked. And it may still be in the lake, only five pounds heavier.

On a cold note, my long-time fishing partner Frank McDonald and I have fished the Salmon River in Pulaski and Altmar, New York during the winter. The river is in the Snow Belt east of Lake Ontario. We have stood in the Salmon River’s near freezing water for most of the day while the air temperature was below freezing and the wind-chill factor was 10 to 20 degrees below zero. At times the “water” was slush and barely moved. We have fished in near blizzard conditions and trudged through two feet of snow to get to the river. You had to be a little crazy. But, over the years we caught large steelhead trout up to fourteen pounds. That was the attraction. Thankfully it was not a fatal one.

Fish feed while weather conditions are uncomfortable for anglers is an understatement.

For Sale
Orvis Battenkill Brogues
(Used only one time)
Size 12 --- Make an offer
Please contact –
Wilson Jordan (203-755-4078)

Orvis

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

hat

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
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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.

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