Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: John Ploski, Glenn LaFreniere, and Bob Gregorski
The April monthly meeting will be on Wednesday 4/7/10 from 7 pm
- 9 pm at the Naugatuck Savings Bank, 87 Church St., Naugatuck,
CT. 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.
A board meeting will be held at 6:30 PM before the regular meeting.
Glenn has met with Army Corps and the agreement between the Chapter
and Army Corps will be official by April 1, 2010.
Alaska Trip -The Opportunity of a Lifetime
There is an opening for a trip to the St. Marie Lodge in Alaska
this summer from July 9-18. We are getting a special deal because
of the bad economy. Normally the trip costs $6,000 per person. We
are going for one full week with everything included meals, lodging,
fly rods, flies etc.for only $1,900. If you are interested, take
a look at their website www.lakemarie.com. Then call Al Concilio
(203) 729-0846. Bob Nikituk is part of the group.
The breakwater near the Hole
In The Wall on Niantic Bay is a good place to fish in the
spring & fall. Photo by Bob Gregorski
Opening Day Preparation by Bob Gregorski
Opening Day is approaching fast. Some anglers do not check
their equipment before their first fishing experience of the
season. Big mistake! I've seen reels that did not work, nets
and bait buckets with holes in them, waders that leaked and
lines that were frayed and broke when the first fish was hooked
to name a few. Get ready before you fish and be sure to have
a 2010 license. Reminder-Seniors (65+) must renew their lifetime
Reels and lines get the most abused by the elements and anglers.
Saltwater reels can be ruined after fishing in marine waters
if they are not washed and lubricated properly. When I purchase
a new reel, I make a point to save the booklet that came with
it. The manufacturer's guidelines should be followed. Cleaning
and/or lubricating a drag improperly may ruin it.
The following are general guidelines for most reels. After
removing the line, wash the exterior surfaces. I use a mild
soap and warm water. Inspect the external parts for scrapes
on the finish, wear, loose or worn parts and damage. Line
rollers and guides should be smooth. Bail return springs,
drag knobs, level wind guides should operate smoothly. Clean,
Before taking a reel apart, I get a small box that the reel
will fit inside. That way all the parts remain in one location,
and it minimizes making a mess with grease and oil. Then get
the appropriate size Phillips or flat head screwdrivers and
nut drivers, a few cotton swabs, pipe cleaners, tiny stiff
paint brushes, clean cloths, paper towels, reel grease and
Disassemble the reel following the manufacturer's schematic.
If you don't have it, make notes about how it came apart.
Keep every part in the box. Trust me. This is particularly
important for drag washers. They have to be put back in the
proper order. Clean all the grime, sand and whatever from
the internal workings using cotton swabs, pipe cleaners or
tiny, paint brushes. I wipe off whatever I can, then spray
some silicon on the appropriate parts and then do a thorough
After all parts are spotless, lubricate according to the
manufacturer's instructions. Put the line on after all the
cleaning and lubricating has been done. I keep a record of
when the reel was cleaned and lubed and place a sticker with
the date and pound test; my fly reels are marked with date,
line type and weight.
A good practice for all reels is to wash and dry them after
each use and keep them in a reel case. If a reel is dropped
in sand/soil, it should be washed clean immediately. If a
reel gets dunked in saltwater, it should be rinsed in warm
freshwater ASAP. Keep your reels in real good shape and they
will last a long time. My Mitchell 300, which I bought second
hand in 1955, is still cranking.
Youngster Ties Flies
by Bob Gregorski
What do you like about tying flies, I asked nine-year-old
Andrew Hanley? He looked up from his fly tying vise momentarily
stopping with a half-hitch knot and said, I find it
fun. Its better than playing video games.
I love being outdoors hunting and fishing, he added.
The Oxford boy, the youngest member of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug
Chapter Trout Unlimited, has been learning to tie flies this
winter in a program sponsored by the Chapter. Hanley is the
only youth to take advantage of this enjoyable learning experience.
He may take after his outdoorsman grandfather Ray Hanley of
We adult members of the Chapter are delighted with Andrews
love of the outdoors and related activities. The general consensus
of members is its refreshing to see youngsters involved
in a life-long, outdoor sport. A few members have taken Hanley
under their tutelage. So hes learning different ways
to tie a variety of fly patterns. After a few years experience,
Andrew could end up being an excellent fly tier.
Note: FREE FLY TYING CLASSES --The Naugatuck-Pomperaug
Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be holding fly tying classes
at the Southbury Stop & Shop from 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
on the following dates: March 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 equipment or supplies, you may
use the Chapters. Now is the time to fill your fly box
for next season. Stop & Shop is off exit 15 West/East
on RT. 84 in Southbury. For more information call Dom Falcone
- 860-274-4103 or visit www.tunaugpomp.org.
Andrew Hanley ties another creative "dressed hook".
photo by Bob Gregorski
Pomperaug Watershed Fishes
With the Opening Day of the 2010 inland fishing season on
April 17 and before thousands of trout are stocked into the
Pomperaug River Watershed here is what fishes you may expect
to find before Opening Day.
Source of data: Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition. Data
was edited and reformatted by Bob Gregorski.
Pomperaug River - A total of 21 species were sampled in the
main stem of the river.
Note: Statistics were determined by species found only in
the locations sampled.
Cutlip Minnow (20%), White Sucker (19%), Blacknose Dace (18%),
Creek Chub (18%), Tessellated Darter (10%), Longnose Dace
(9%), Fallfish (2%). A Subtotal of 96%.
Each of the following species comprised less than 1%: Common
Largemouth Bass, Bluegill Sunfish, Rock Bass, Redbreast Sunfish,
Smallmouth Bass, Brook Trout, Pumpkinseed, American Eel, Redfin
Pickerel, Brown Trout, Yellow Perch, Rainbow Trout, Golden
Weekeepeemee and Nonnewaug rivers - A total of 21 species
were sampled in the Weekeepeemee and Nonnewaug rivers. Note:
Statistics were determined by species found only in the locations
sampled. Blacknose Dace (66%), White Sucker (11%), Longnose
Dace (7%), Brown Trout (5%), Creek Chub (5%), Brook Trout
(2%), Tessellated Darter (2%) for a Subtotal of 98%.
Each of the following species comprised less than 1%: Common
Shiner, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill Sunfish, Rock Bass, Redbreast
Sunfish, Smallmouth Bass, Pumpkinseed, American Eel, Redfin
Pickerel, Yellow Perch, Rainbow Trout, Golden Shiner, Cutlip
Minnow, Fall Fish.