November 2009

Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited


Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Dom Falcone, John Ploski, Mike Kaklamanos

Monthly Meeting

Monthly Chapter meeting Wednesday, November 4th at 7:00 PM a the Naugatuck Savings Bank, 87 Church St., Naugatuck, CT.

Coming Events

Reminder to everyone the banquet is coming fast (Friday, November 6th) and Domenic needs meal orders and monies from those attending.


Once again the fly tying season is upon us. The Naugatuck/Pomperaug chapter of Trout Unlimited will be holding fly tying classes Wednesday evenings at the Southbury Stop & Shop from 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. on the following dates.
       November 11 and 18
       December 9, 16 and 30
       January 13, 20 and 27
       February10, 17 and 24
       March 10, 17, 24 and 31
Classes are free and open to the public. If you have your own gear bring it. If you don't have fly tying supplies, vise, hooks, hair and feathers, you can use ours. ...... Now is the time to fill your fly box for next season!!!! Stop & Shop is off exit 15 West/East on rt. 84.


Fly: Dennis Collier, Photograph: Hans Weilenmann

Hook: Daiichi 1150 or TMC 2488 – size 18
Thread: Yellow UTC 70
Rib: Gold Lagartun wire – X fine
Body: Yellow thread
Wing: Fluorescent white Antron – use ½ the amount desired for final wing and double back
Legs: 4 or 5 strands of ginger Antron


President's Letter


October 31, 2009                                                                                                        Chapter 281 news

Hello to all and my apologies for the delay in a newsletter and updates.

In September we elected a new slate of officers and I Glenn LaFreniere new President requested that all chairmen reply with their duties and weather or not they wished to continue in its capacity. I have heard from Al Concillio on the TIC program and he will remain our leader with that. I also heard from Bob Perrella Jr. about his part in our organization with responsibilities' as Vice President and look forward to working with him. Domenic Falcone and Marty Peterson advised me on the Banquet there is information and updates on it. The other person I have heard from is Mike K. and he has set a schedule for fly-tying and set a location, I have attached the schedule from Mike. Thank you to all for their response and for picking up the ball and running with these projects.

The first item I would like to make sure everyone is up on is the banquet.

The date for the banquet is Friday November 6th @ J.J. Sullivan's.
If anyone has any items they wish to donate or places they usually solicit for us please contact Domenic Falcone @ 860-274-4103 or if you wish to purchase tickets the final count is due on Monday for the food currently we have 40 people a little down from years in the past and we could use all the support we can get. I thank Marty and Domenic for chasing down items for the bucket raffle and silent auction. If you haven't attended in the past I recommend you try it the food is excellent and it's a nice night out, not to mention as President I would like to meet as many members as possible and this is a great chance to do so.

The next item is this months meeting will be held @ the Naugatuck Bank as mentioned in my quick note sent out last week. The date for this is the 4th of November; I have asked Domenic to bring a video or two for us to review. This also will be a good chance to meet some of our new officers and possibly pass on some information with regards to committees that you may serve on or are interested in. We will have a board meeting on Wednesday the 11th and that will be @ Hine Bros, Southbury upper office.

The last item to report on is the State Council meeting from October 28th. The people representing our chapter were Domenic Falcone and he was re-elected as a State council Board Member @ large. Steve Farnham our chapter treasure and myself Glenn LaFreniere, chapter president. There were several important items discussed with regards to the state and our chapter including the partnership with the US Army Corps in Naugatuck. The bylaws were submitted to the state council as well as to a guest from TU. The VP of Volunteer Operations Bryan K. Moore from VA was on hand and passed on many updates of things to come. TU national will be coming out with a master plan for bylaws sometime next September for voting at the National meeting. A special note on that the TU National annual meeting will be in New Hampshire next year and all are welcome to go and participate. It will include developmental meetings and fly-fishing time in the Waterville section of New Hampshire. We will be getting more information the date is in September from about the 14th to the 20th.

The council also had a guest speaker from NCRS which is part of the USDA. Todd Bobowick is a project specialist that can help with the design and stabilization of "privately held rivers and streams" it is a sharing/grant program they have and I have mentioned to the council I would like someone from our chapter to meet with him and the DEP on some projects or possible grant applications for our local water ways.

We had a large discussion on TIC and the positive development role it plays with TU. They state council through the National will be requesting 15 fly-fishing rods complete with carriers to run casting classes with and possibly some spinners that could be used for fishing derbies'.

The Town of Seymour had a meeting and vote about the Tingue Dam, two of our members were able to speak and help sell the need to fund the projects $40,000.00 cost to make it possible for upstream migration. Thanks, to our Secretary Bob N. and Mike K. for taking the added interest and selling it to the town's people.

The towns of Thomaston and Watertown will be holding an information night for interested people for the Greenways that will go on the Naugatuck River. This will be to start concept and usage discussions for access and such. The date is November 17th @ the Thomaston Town Hall, and all are welcome.

Again I would like to thank those who have replied to my notes and to discuss the possible opening's we have for membership chair and newsletter.

Tight Lines,

Glenn LaFreniere
Chapter President.

Report from 9/10/09 meeting with DEP's
"Fisheries Advisory Committee"

by Mike Piquette
Most discussion concerned the license fee increase (Fresh Water license = $40, Marine license = $30!). Studies have shown that If this increase stands, there will be a VERY large decrease in license sales and participation in the sport (especially by younger people). While the thought of empty streams might be attractive, losing our advocacy base would be a disaster. Bob Crook's take was that this will be taken up early next year by the legislature and the increase will be rolled back to 25% rather than the current 100+%, but there is a chance that the increase could be rolled back this week with something called an "implementer" bill. The advice from the council was to contact your state rep and senator and express your anger at the fee increase and ask that it be rolled back immediately.

Due to so many retirements in DEP, Bill Hyatt is now acting director of the Bureau of Nat'l Resources, while keeping his role as Director of Inland fisheries. Rick Jacobson is acting director of the Wildlife Division while keeping his fisheries responsibilities. The BNR Director and Wildlife director jobs will be filled, but DEP will lose the Assistant Inland fisheries director position.

Good news for hatchery truck chasers! Kensington Hatchery will be shut down and disinfected this fall. Remaining trout, some large, will be stocked out this fall, including many Atl Salmon in early October. There will be no subsequent stockings of Atl Salmon later in the fall, but the number of fish put in will be at least as much as in previous years - they're just going in earlier than usual. We were told that the diseased fish to be stocked out are "not an issue". The Seeforellen brood stock maintained there will be relocated and returned after disinfection. This will result in the loss of one year's class of Seeforellens.

A presentation on a project to restore anadromous fish passage in the Shetucket River system was given by Steve Gephardt. It's a very ambitious project, the main component being to obtain fish passage at dams on the Shetucket and Quinebaug via the FERC relicensing process, but it also involves fish passage at many other, smaller dams in the system that are not FERC licensed. Main goals are the restoration of river herring, shad and eels. Sea-run brown trout are included, but are a minor component of the plan.

Fisheries' budget is now a line item in the general fund. The conservation fund is gone and fisheries will be subject to the whims of the legislature and a quarterly allocation from them. A very nice, glossy DEP publication on the fresh water fishes of CT may survive the governor's prohibition on state publications due to a dedicated fund for the publication that somehow survived when all other dedicated funds were "swept" into the general fund (someone should explain to the politicians the meaning of "dedicated").

Housatonic projects funded from the PCB $ are going forward. $1.3M is "left over" and it's fate will be decided by the Trustees (DEP, NOAA and USFWS), perhaps by mid 2010. Frankly, I'd rather have the money in the hands of the trustees rather than have projects proposed from outside groups as in the first round - which is now being implemented. I believe that we're more likely to get projects like thermal refuge enhancement/habitat improvement in the Housatonic watershed instead of projects like pulling phragmites in Stratford and improved trails in parks in New Milford.

Coming November 14 & 15, 2009

The Third Annual Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum
Arts of the Angler Show -- "It's all about Fly Fishing"
Ethan Allen Inn, Danbury, CT
I-84, Exit 4

For updates and latest information, check out the Arts link at

THE SHOW -- not your ordinary fly show! Featuring seminars, clinics, classes and vendors all related to fly fishing, it is simply all about fly fishing and all proceeds benefit the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum. You will find everything related to fly fishing. It's all here in an intimate and elegant setting.

SATURDAY: 9 AM-5 PM, a special price fixe dinner at 5:30 and a live auction at 7:00 PM
SUNDAY: 9AM-4PM, Blind tying contest at high noon

VENDORS will be providing everything you can imagine: the latest and finest in rods, reels and accessories. classic and vintage tackle, equipment, books, fly tying materials, collectibles, destinations, and guide services. Visit over 50 tables, including the Classic Fly Fisherman, Jerry Girard, Whitewater Flies, The Variant, Badger Creek Flies, Richard Bradley Reels, Mike Longuil Fly Fishing Collectibles, Above and Below H2O, Kelly Baker Rods, Carlson Rod Company, MC Fly Fishing, and more.

30+ OF THE FINEST FLY TYERS providing non-stop demonstrations over the weekend: Ralph Graves, David Brandt, Jay 'Fishy' Fullum, Bob Mead, Jack Pangburn, Roger Plourde, Bruce Corwin, Bruce Marino, Leslie Wrixon, George Cherundolo, Greg Belcamino, Harold Williams, Bill Newcomb, William Hrinko, Peggy Brennan, Joe Soma and others...

SEMINARS AND CLINICS -- throughout each day: Fran Verdoliva telling you about the latest in catching Atlantic Salmon on New York's Lake Ontario tributaries. How to select and what to look for in used bamboo rods by Mike Longuil. How to make and understanding bamboo rods with master maker David Van Burgel and a little leader furling with Kathy Scott. Every hour a different fly tyer will provide an up close and personal roundtable fly tying clinic on the floor.

Check on updates and more at
Sign up now for limited seating classes never seen before...Call 845-439-4810 and ask for Erin or Shelly
All registrations will require a non-refundable deposit.
All tying classes require students to bring their own tying tools, materials will be provided.

SALTY FLIES -- Bob Lindquist, master tyer, saltwater fly fisherman, writer and author will present a two-hour class on tying the most productive salt-water patterns that will last. Saturday, November 14, from 1-3 PM. Course cost: $40

MAKE A MOSQUITO -- Join Bob Mead, the expert on realistic and imitative insect creations, to construct something you will want to slap. Be careful, this one hurts more. Saturday, November 14, from 10 AM- 1 PM. Course cost: $75

WOODDUCK WINGS -- Handling and making wood duck wings is not as hard as you may make it. Dave Brandt, Catskill Fly Tyer, will show you the tips and techniques to make wings that will make you smile. This one-hour mini course is just that. Saturday, November 14 from 3-4 PM. Course cost: a ten$pot

WET FLIES THAT WORK -- Ralph Graves will not only show you how to tie wet flies, but beautiful wet flies. He is the master. Patience will prevail, but when you are done, you will be proud. Learn the proper steps for proper presentation. You won't be disappointed. Sunday, November 15 from 9:30-1 1:30 AM. Cost 40 bucks

A VERY SPECIAL CLASS -- The Reel Deal- A Primer for Practical Reelsmithing by Michael Hackney In this one-hour seminar, Michael will show prospective reel smiths how they can build functional and attractive brass fly fishing reels using only hand tools and an electric hand drill! Attendees will get an overview of the materials and tools used, as well as Michael's proven reelsmithing techniques and reel design. Each attendee will leave armed with knowledge, materials and tools lists, and a full-scale set of reel drawings and templates. This program will be offered on Saturday, November 14 from 10-11 AM and Sunday, November l5 from 1 - 2 PM-. Course cost: $50

MOUNTING FLIES FOR FUN AND PROFIT with Ted Patlen. Do you have a favorite fly or flies that you always wanted mounted in a shadow box? Here is your opportunity to learn from Ted Patlen. Ted will take you though each step to professionally mounting and have you leave with all the necessary materials to DIY. Class includes mounting materials for 1-6 flies and class fee is based on how many flies you want to mount. This course is available on Sunday afternoon from 1:30 - 3 PM. Cost per fly: 1 fly $20, 2-3 flies $30, 4-6 flies $40.



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