NEWSREEL

SEPTEMBER - 2010

Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited


Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Dom Falcone, Ed Albrecht and Bob Gregorski

Monthly Meeting

The next meeting will be the first Wednesday of October at 7:00 PM in the Community Room at the Naugatuck Savings Bank, 87 Church St., Naugatuck, CT. For further information call Dom Falcone at 860-274-4103 or dafalcone@snet.net or visit www.tunaugpomp.org.

Notes from the President:

Thanks to Ed Machowski from the CT DEP for his presentation on Northern Pike and habitat and development.

The banquet is coming up in November. Marty and Domenic could use help soliciting items for the bucket raffle. Ttickets will be available soon and another announcement will be coming.

We would like to form a group of people to meet with the Army corps and set up now a date and plans for the fishing derby next spring.

We will have a booth at the States Hunting Fishing Appreciation Day on September 25th and fly tiers are needed. Interested people should contact Marty or Domenic.

A Youngster Gets Hooked
by Bob Gregorski

"Papa! Can I fish with your fly rod", my ten-year-old grandson Ryan asked. "Sure", I replied. I bent the barb down on a small yellow wet fly then tied to the end of the fly tippet, demonstrated a few casts and retrieves then handed the 7-foot 3-weight rod Ryan. "Watch the fly. When the fish takes the fly in its mouth, pull on the fly line and lift the rod", I instructed.

On his third cast, Ryan excitedly announced -- "I got one!" That's how Ryan got hooked on fly-fishing after having a fly fishing outfit in his hands for about five minutes. In the next hour, he landed 7 more bluegills and a calico bass. At least a dozen other fish were pricked or dropped.

As we left the pond, I remarked, "I know what will be on your next gift list". Ryan just grinned and replied "Yeah".

Fishing for panfish is an effective fly to learn to fish with a fly outfit for people of any age. The fish are forgiving and almost any lightweight outfit will work. Most of the time all one has to do is be able to cast at least ten feet.

Most important - fish in an area that there is an ample supply of panfish. Sunfish/bluegills inhabit just about every lake and pond, so choose one that has good access to the water and room for making back casts.

For equipment, I suggest using a six to seven foot 2 to 4 rod, a weight forward floating line and short six-foot long leader of 3 or 4 pound-test. It's better to start with floating flies; I prefer foam beetles, ants or water crickets. It's much easier for a novice fly fisher to watch the floating offering and set the hook when there is a strike. Plus-there's more excitement when there is action on the surface.

Once the cast has been completed, point the rod tip down toward the fly, pulled in all the slack line. Let the fly sit motionless for several seconds. Then move it slightly by pulling in some line. Stop the fly. Wait for a few seconds. And repeat the process.

When a fish grabs the fly, tug on the line and lift the rod. If the fish has been hooked, pull in the line as you fight the fish. You may choose to use a landing net. Show the new angler how to remove the hooked fish in a safe manner and one that will minimize injury to it. IMPORTANT-Before you start fishing, bend down the barbs on all flies. Make then braless. It's a safety and makes Catch & Release a lot more effective.

Release the fish as soon as possible, unless it's going home to be eaten.

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CT Hunting & Fishing Day 9-25-10
From the DEP & Edited by Bob Gregorski
Note: Our Chapter needs a few more fly tiers. Contact Glenn or Marty.

Hosted by the DEP and the Friends of Sessions Woods

Fun activities for all ages are planned, along with educational programs and workshops about hunting and fishing. There also will be drawings and door prizes for a variety of hunting, fishing, and outdoor equipment. Best of all, the event is free to attend!

So, mark your calendar. Come practice your shooting and casting skills. Talk to DEP biologists about wildlife and fisheries. Learn some tips about getting that big buck or hooking that monster bass. Be sure to bring the kids and grandkids. Older children will be able to test their skills on the pellet gun and archery ranges and perhaps win some prizes. Younger children will be able to enjoy playing games, learning about wildlife, and making crafts. Food will be available for sale. But, if you want, bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy.

Why we're celebrating Hunters and anglers have been at the forefront of the conservation movement for over 100 years. They showed their support for conservation by requesting taxes and special fees on hunting and fishing equipment to help pay for wildlife and fish management, habitat restoration, and other conservation programs. It is important to recognize the outstanding contributions that hunters and anglers have made and continue to make towards wildlife conservation.

Special Thanks. We would like to give special thanks to the Main Street Community Foundation and the Clinton S. Roberts Foundation for providing financial support for this special event.

Guests and Cooperators

American Fly Fishers
. Congress of Rough Riders
. Connecticut Bass Federation Nation
. Connecticut Council of Trout Unlimited
. Connecticut Falconers Association
Connecticut Shooting Sportsman Association
. Connecticut Trappers Association
. Connecticut Waterfowlers Association
. Coverts & Forest Stewardship
. Ducks Unlimited
. Harwinton Rod & Gun Club
. High Rock Association
. Housatonic Fly Fisherman's Association
. Master Wildlife Conservationists
. Naugatuck/Pomperaug Trout Unlimited Chapter
. North American Hunting Dog Club
. Northwest Chapter Trout Unlimited
. Northwest CT Sportsman's Council
. Nutmeg Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society
. Old Newgate Coon Club
. Quinebaug Kennels
. Shoreline Retriever Club
. United Bowhunters of Connecticut
. Valley Shore Retrievers
. Women Gone Wild

Presentations
Introduction and Welcome: Amey Marrella, DEP Commissioner
. North American Conservation Model: presented by Dr. Min Huang, DEP Wildlife Biologist
. Research, Ecology ad Status of Black Bears in Connecticut: presented by Paul Rego, DEP Wildlife Biologist
. Trophy Freshwater Fish in Connecticut and Where to Find Them: presented by Ed Machowski and Tim Barry, DEP Fisheries Biologists
. Research, Ecology and Management of White-tailed Deer: presented by Dr. Howard Kilpatrick, DEP Wildlife Biologist
. Fishing for Striped Bass Techniques: presented by Blaine Anderson of Connecticut Outfitters
. Hunting Waterfowl In Connecticut: presented by David Proulx, Avid Waterfowl Hunter and CE/FS Instructor
. Hunting The Wild Turkey In Connecticut - Calls, Ammunition, Decoys and Techniques: presented by Gary Bennett, Avid Wild Turkey Hunter and CE/FS Instructor
. The Status of Moose in Connecticut: presented by Andy Labonte, DEP Wildlife Biologist
. Trolling for Trout - Rods/Reels/Tackle/Techniques: presented by the DEP CARE Program
Activities for All Ages
. Pellet Gun Range: Target Shooting, Instruction, and Competitions
. Archery Range: Target Shooting, Instruction, and Competitions
. 3-D Archery Course: Target Shooting, Instruction, and Competitions
. Laser Shot: Computer simulated small and big game hunting
. Antler Measuring: Learn how to measure and score white-tailed deer antlers
. Bait Casting: Instruction and skills challenge
. Fly Casting: Instruction and skills challenge
. Field Dog Demonstrations: See various breeds of hunting dogs and watch them in action.

Activities for Kids
. Model Magic Animal Tracks
. Wildlife Quiz
. Face Painting
. Make a Turkey Call
. Froggy Face Craft
. Scavenger Hunt
. Blindfold Ropes Course
. Animal Track Rubbing Plates

Where is Hunting and Fishing Appreciation Day being held?
Hunting and Fishing Appreciation Day is being held at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Burlington, CT. Map & Directions

What are the hours of operation?
Saturday, September 25th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where can I park?
On-site parking is available. If the parking lot fills up, off-site parking and a shuttle bus will be available. Parking and shuttle buses are free.

What does it cost?
Admission and all activities are free!

What should I wear?
Hunting and Fishing Appreciation Day is an indoor and outdoor event, so dress comfortably and wear walking shoes.

Can I bring food and drink or can I purchase it?
Food will be available for sale. But, if you want, bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy.

What else should I bring?
All equipment required for activities are provided. Bring your camera!

Can I bring my dog or pet?
For the safety of our visitors and wild animals on the grounds, do not bring your dog or other pets. The only exceptions are Seeing Eye dogs or other service animals.

What if I need special accommodations?
If you have a special need or accommodation (persons with disabilities) please contact Peter Good at 860-675-8130 or email at peter.good@ct.gov at least 10 days prior to the event.

Where can I get further information?
This website will be updated regularly as more information becomes available. If you have specific questions about the event, call 860-675-8130 for assistance.
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Temperature Critical For Aquatic Life and Anglers
by Bob Gregorski

All aquatic life reacts to the changes in water temperature and amount of sunlight penetrating through the water. All species of fish will seek water that is most comfortable for them, has sufficient oxygen, food and cover. Anglers need to adjust how, when and where to fish as water conditions change.

Experienced anglers know where to fish and at what depths when pursuing a particular game fish. During the summer, the top layer of lake water and shallows can be 75-80 degrees. The same is true for many rivers and streams. Trout are known to "stack up" at the mouths of tributaries to some large rivers because the water entering is cooler. So the DEP has the closed thermal refuges to fishing from June 15 through August 31. There was no fishing within 100 feet of the mouths of posted tributaries to these rivers during the closed period. Hooking and fighting trout during the summer in most Connecticut rivers could be harmful to the trout. Warm water holds less dissolved oxygen than cold water, so trout will get stressed more quickly. Often warm and low water conditions persist into September. Consider that the water temperatures may remain warm in many rivers, brooks and streams. Use good judgment before fishing them. Give the fish a break!

Fish have the freedom of moving to any level in a lake and will do so. I have studied temperatures at various depths during the summer in East Twin Lake and West Hill Pond. The water temperature was read as a temperature probe was lowered slowly on a downrigger. The first time I lowered the probe on West Hill Pond I was surprised to see the temperature change from 75 degrees at the surface to 46 degrees at the fifty-foot depth. The 30 to 40 foot-depth range is where there were a lot of readings on the fish finder where the temperature range was 55-65 degrees. They were probably perch, brown trout, rainbow trout and/or kokanee.

The following temperatures in Fahrenheit degrees are considered the "comfort range" and are applicable to most waters. Each species will seek out waters that are most comfortable for it. Fish will more out of their comfort range to seek food or safety. Temperatures each species seeks: 50-60 lake trout; 50-70 coho salmon, walleye; 55-65 smallmouth bass, brook trout;55-70 panfish, perch, whitefish; 55-75 crappie bass, northern pike; 60-70 striped bass, rainbow trout, muskellunge, largemouth bass, brown trout; 60-75 catfish.

The bottom line is - to catch fish; anglers must put their lures/bait close to where the fish are located. Using a fish finder and having knowledge of water temperature at various depths will increase an angler's success.

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