NAUGATUCK/POMPERAUG TROUT UNLIMITED CHAPTER
Wednesday April 1st
The speaker will be Tim Barry, DEP Fisheries Biologist. Barry will
give an overview of the state’s Inland fisheries programs including
pre-season trout stocking. The public is invited to attend free-of-charge.
|Fly Fishing Clinic
River Clean Up
Naugatuck River Race and Festival will be held Saturday May 9, 2009. The 6.5-mile race will start at Platts Mill Road in Waterbury and end at Depot Street in Beacon Falls and Registration will be 8-10 am on May 9 or at the sponsor locations. Race Meeting at 10:45. The fee is $14 per paddler by April 17th. The sponsors of the race & festival include: Connecticut Outdoors, LLC, American Vintage Furniture and Beacon Falls Pharmacy. Call 860-274-6213 or visit www.4ctoutdoors.com for more information.
Our chapter will have a table set up near the Beacon Falls Fire Department/Senior Center to promote its work and solicit members. The theme for the events is – Environmental Ecology.
CLEAN WATER Means GOOD FISHING
Sunset above a lower Connecticut River tributary.
Photo by Bob Gregorski
TYING FLIES -- A QUIET, GENTLE SPORT
Frank McDonald is casting for stripers with his
"The fly fisherman who knows nothing of his flies
is as great an anachronism as the painter who knows nothing about his
paints. More, he is a bad man in business.”
The late J.W. Dunne was a well known British fly dresser who originated many May fly patterns and is the author of Sunshine and The Dry Fly. Izaak Walton and his book THE COMPLEAT ANGLER that was first published in 1653 is better known to anglers. “More Directions how to fish for, and how to make for the Trout an Artificial Minnow and Flies, with some Merriment" is the title of Walton’s chapter V. Most fly fisherman own a copy of one of the many editions of The Compleat Angler, at least one fly publication, an Orvis and L.L. Bean catalog, a collection of magazine articles, and a fly fishing video. If you fly fish for any of the following species: trout, Atlantic salmon, Pacific salmon, steelhead, stripers, bluefish, false albacore, bonito, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, sunfish and pike, then you probably have a good supply of flies and an extensive collection of research materials.
In the two centuries that anglers have been flyfishing, a few thousand fly tiers created thousands of fly patterns. There are at least 10,000 different trout flies that attempt to replicate approximately 300 insects in the entomology listings for the trout food chain. The listing of Atlantic salmon flies exceeds 1600 patterns. And, the relatively new sports of steelhead and Pacific salmon fishing has quickly accumulated a roster of around 700 different "ties," then there are patterns for catching bass, sunfish, pike and many marine species including bluefish, striped bass, Atlantic bonito and false albacore. The catalog of freshwater flies includes at least 16,000 different "dressed hooks." The litany of fly- types for each fish species of grows daily. If you are a fly rodder and don't tie, you are missing one of the most satisfying aspects of fly fishing--catching a fish on a fly that you have tied. All "dressed-hook fishers" love to see a trout grab a floating fly; that's why some "wand wafters" become dry-fly purists.
Dry flies are meant to represent flies that float on or in the surface. Dries used for trout range in sizes 10 to 28. Here are most of the types of dries: fan winged, all-hackle, coffin, parachute, caddis, poppers, hoppers, Wulffs, irrestibles, elk wing, thorax, humpy, ants, midges, and gnats. There are too many dry flies to even suggest a starting list. You determine which dry flies should be in your fly box by the rivers and seasons you fish, and the fly sizes that are best for them. A novice fly-rodder should defer fishing dry flies until he/she has learned the rudiments of the sport.
Then there are a variety of wet flies; flies that do not float on the water’s surface. The types include: nymphs, wets (winged and hackle only), woolybuggers, bucktails, streamers, terrestrials and weighted flies. Novices can learn to fly fish more productively when using wet flies for any species or using tiny, foam floating flies for panfish.
There are flies that are used primarily in freshwater streams and rivers, lakes and ponds and in all types of saltwater environments. There are flies that are categorized by the species they are used to catch. They include: panfish, pike, black and calico bass, trout, striped bass, bluefish, bonito, false albacore, steelhead, Pacific salmon and Atlantic salmon.
Some forms of fly fishing are a form of art; a gentle sport with beauty in the casting. And, some forms of fly tying are a form of art with feathery beauty created on a hook. Tying classic Atlantic salmon flies is an art form. Men and women that are primarily fly fisherman and fly tiers are fascinated with classic salmon flies. Every classic salmon fly has its own history. The aesthetics fly materials and techniques are small works of art. Truly they were created originally by the old masters for fishing particular rivers and lochs. That began in the fifteenth century on a small scale. The evolution of the “classic salmon flies” grew more rapidly in the late 1700’s and has become a niche in the fly fish community worldwide. Hundreds of flies with names ranging alphabetically from The Barkworth to The Parson to The Rosy Dawn to The Wormald can be found in Classic Salmon Fly Books. They are strikingly beautiful.
Classic Atlantic Salmon Flies (CASF) are flies that were created and used initially to catch Atlantic salmon. Historically, CASF were anglers fishing Scottish rivers, Irish rivers and lochs, Welsh and English rivers tied flies. Note: The Gary of Loch Ness is a large salmon fly for the Loch Ness River.
Now these beautiful, meticulously tied flies are displayed in picture frames and under glass in domes. Most anglers admire the eye-pleasing composition of colors, not just fly fishers.
Three Rivers Park
Trout Unlimited VP’S Bob Perrella and Larry Wolff have been working to conserve fishing at Three Rivers Park in Woodbury,CT.
“The State of Connecticut has used fish-culture techniques to augment, enhance and/or restore populations of native and introduced fish species for over one hundred years. Currently, cultured salmonid species are brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout, “tiger” trout (a brown trout/brook trout hybrid), Atlantic salmon and kokanee salmon (a landlocked form of the anadromous Pacific sockeye salmon). The DEP has established, and is currently expanding popular fisheries for walleye and northern pike by stocking fingerlings. The DEP also began a channel catfish stocking program in 2007. Anadromous clupeids (American shad and alewife) are being transplanted in efforts to restore runs.”
By looking back at the DEP 2008 reports, one may project
what trout to expect in 2009 (with budgets pending).
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