January 2009

Editor: Brian Labowsky (Lumpy)
Contributors: Mike Machniak & Bob Gregorski
Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug
Chapter of Trout Unlimited


January Meeting

January 7, 2009

Monthly Meeting


Southbury Parks & Recreation/Senior Center
561 Main Street S
Southbury, CT
7:00 PM



January 7

January 21 & 28

February 11


Upcoming Events

The speaker for the January 7 monthly meeting is John Larkin. Larkin is the lobbyist for the TU council hired to push effective and appropriate legislative conservation issues.

Free Fly Tying Lessons
The Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter Trout Unlimited offers free, fly tying lessons. They will be held Wednesdays, January 21 and 28 and February 11 from 7:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. in the meeting room on the 2nd floor at the Stop & Shop, exit 15 off I-84, in Southbury. Everyone, young or old, beginner or expert is welcome to come. Bring your vise and materials, or you can come to watch and learn. Members will let you use their gear, if you wish to tie. It’s a great opportunity to learn. There is no cost.

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.

Connecticut Trout Unlimited Website

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

The President's Message

2008 Chapter Banquet-- Remarks by
President Mike Machniak

Thank you all for coming this evening and a special thanks to our former President Bob Perrella who worked tirelessly in his tenure as our leader

A very special thanks needs to go out to Marty Peterson and Dom Falcone for the tremendous job that they have done year after year in pulling together this banquet. This year they tell me that this is the biggest banquet we have ever had, so I offer them my congratulations.

Marty helped me build my first rod last spring. He is 78; more than twice my age and has been fishing and tying flies for longer than my Dad has been alive!!!!

I’m 38 years old. Which is about 15 years or more, younger than the mean age of my fellow TU Chapter members.

I started Fly Fishing when I was 31. Unlike most of my friends in the sport, I haven’t been at it for twenty years. I just started tying flies this past spring. Despite my youth, I’m hooked on Fly Fishing (pun most certainly intended).

Fly Fishing is all I read about, it is my only hobby, it is all I like to talk about and now, I stand in front of you speaking about it.

I can still see well to tie my knots. I do not use a magnifying glass to tie flies. I don’t typically need a wading stick to cross a river. But it is comforting to know that when the softball leagues shun me, when young folks rush past me, and the luck runs out in the singles bars I will still have a place among the fly fishers.

If it is any consolation, I am losing my hair.

Marty, I SAID I AM LOSING MY HAIR!!!! (Actually Marty has better hearing and is in better shape than most of us here young and old)

So, we should just agree that newcomers to the sport aren’t all bad – ok?

In fact, if anything, I would like that to be a “platform” of my tenure as president of this organization. We need to become young and active.

Our new motto should be “Being Active will keep you Young and Being Young will make you Active.” This is true in so many aspects of life and quite appropriate to TU.

To that point, it is a stated goal of Trout Unlimited nationally, regionally and now, in this chapter that we are going to make a concerted effort to attract new members and to attract younger members.

Our outreach and education needs to be dramatically increased so that all fishermen and women, young and old, can learn to value Catch and Release, clean water and all aspects of Conservation and to respect all forms and techniques of fishing.

Consider the following:
Outdoors Enjoyed Indoors and Holiday Gifts
By Bob Gregorski Outdoors Indoors

“Look at the bear Papa. And there’s a rhino! “ exclaimed Brian and Rachel (two of our grandkids ages eight and nine respectively). My wife and I took them to Cabela’s recently. It was our first trip to the “World’s Foremost Outfitter” newest store in East Hartford.

They were excited before we entered the store. Two professional wood carvers using small chainsaw equipment were busy at work creating totem poles on the east side of the building. About a dozen of their works of art were on display, which included: a wolf, bear, mountain lion, octopus man, totem poles and eagles. A racecar was parked in front of the building and parked on the west side was a truck engine, which demonstrated the latest technology. The first thing we saw on entering the building was a mini-mountain with water cascading over falls that fed a stream and trout pond. Trout swam in the cool clear water. Conservation Mountain is the store’s two-story centerpiece replicating a mountain. On the mountain were game trophies in their habitats from the western prairie, Alaskan tundra and northern woodlands. The mounted animals were up close so visitors could study them. Beneath the mountain is a 16,000-gallon walk-through aquarium filled with many species of fish indigenous to the area. There are interactive touch-screen displays, which identify each species. We watched the many fish swim about. The kids asked about some fish, which they had never seen before.

The next stop was the 2,800 square foot Wildlife Museum. It had an extensive collection of mounted animals ranging in size from a chipmunk to an elephant. These museum-quality dioramas re-created more than 400 animals in action in their native habitat. We found the museum to be an interesting place to spend time.

We then browsed the remainder of the first floor looking at kayaks, boats, fishing, camping and boating equipment and made stops at the general store, bargain cave and fly shop.

The highlight for us was the indoor shooting range located on the second floor. One dollar bought 20 shots each for Brian and Rachel. The small rifles fired laser beams. There were about twenty, six-inch diameter targets spaced about the range in front of various larger “targets”. For example, when the one in front of a bush was hit, a bear came out growling from behind the bush. When the one next to the skunk was hit, it raised its tail. The kids had a blast! They each shot several rounds of twenty. Rachel and Brian’s best rounds were 18 and 17 hits respectively.

The target shooting made everyone hungry, so we dined in the restaurant & deli. There were many sandwiches and grill selections from which to choose. In addition to traditional food items there were elk, bison and wild boar sandwiches and grilled bison and venison bratwurst. Traditional kids meals were available. The food was good and reasonably priced. We enjoyed our Cabela’s lunch.

During the remaining tour of the second floor, the kids explored the tents and marveled at the variety of tree stands used by hunters. We didn’t have time to explore the archery range, gun library or the guns for sale. I will do that during my next trip.

When we asked the kids if they would like to come back, they enthusiastically said, “Yes.”










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Broodstock Atlantic salmon stocking update – The DEP has completed its 2008 broodstock salmon stockings for this year according to Bob Orciari of the DEP Fisheries Inland Fisheries Division. The total number of broodstock salmon stocked is 1,181. Here are the numbers by water body: Naugatuck River: 504, Shetucket River: 439, Crystal Lake: 119 and Mashapaug Lake: 119 salmon. The two lakes were stocked experimentally this fall. Naugatuck River anglers are reminded that DEP did not stock salmon upstream of the Route 8 Bridge in Campville this fall due to a DOT bridge repair project limiting access. Additionally, in the Beacon Falls area, DEP will no longer be stocking the area along the RR tracks in Naugatuck State Forest due to safety concerns.

Crystal Lake is producing some catches (fish up to 10 lbs) as the fish have settled down from the recent stocking. Mashapaug Lake has been slow. The Shetucket River and the Naugatuck River (numerous catches including a 20 lb male) have been producing some very good action. Salmon should be available through the winter in the waters that have been stocked.

Trout Unlimited's Mission

To conserve, protect and restore North America's trout and salmon fisheries and their watershed.

Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter Trout Unlimited