Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited

Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Marty Petersen , Dom Falcone, Bob Gregorski, Glenn LaFrenier.

Monthly Meeting

The next meeting will be the first Wednesday of November at 7:00 PM in the Community Room at the Naugatuck Savings Bank, 87 Church St., Naugatuck, CT. Marla Blair will be the Guest speaker. Her topic will be "The hatch and the body language of trout". For further information call Dom Falcone at 860-274-4103 or or visit

Fall is the spawning season for kokanee (a landlocked, sockeye Pacific salmon). Unlike Atlantic salmon, Pacific salmon die after spawning. Their coloration turns from bright silver to dull silver, light pink/red, to grey, then black. The top and bottom are about 14” cock fish with extended kype. The middle two are hens. The salmon were caught in West Hill Pond.

Photo by Bob Gregorski

Annual Banquet/Fund Raiser

The 2010 Annual Banquet/fund raiser will be held Friday November 5 at J.J. Sullivan’s restaurant in Ansonia (same place as last year.) Appetizers will be served at 6:00pm and dinner served at 7:30 pm. That evening the annual fundraisers for the Chapter are the Banquet Bucket Raffle and Silent Auction. There was no Main Raffle in 2009 or 2010. Save the date.

Fly Tying Classes

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 10, 17 & 24 and December 8, 15 & 22.

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.

Art of the Angler Show

On Sat.& Sun. Nov.6 &7 The Catskill Flyfishing Center & Museum’s annual Art of the Angler Show at the Ethan Allen in Danbury.

CT Broodstock Atlantic Salmon

Bob Gregorski

“That was a big salmon!” I said after seeing a large fish break water and hearing its return to the river. My heart rate increased. I was anticipating hooking my first salmon of this season as I waded out to the center of the Naugatuck River to get within casting distance. I worked a fly that has caught many salmon out to the where the salmon had risen. I made about 30 casts with no follows or hits, so I changed to an attractor fly. I’ll call it Popsicle. I’ve used it several times, but never hooked a salmon with it. My Fishing Angel suggested it, so who’s to argue with an angel.

After another 25-30 uneventful casts over the same water, I began working my way down river. I knew there was at least one large salmon in the one hundred yards of river I was fishing. That was enough motivation to continue.

About 15 minutes later and 20 yards downriver, there was a big swirl behind the Popsicle. Evidently I pulled the fly away from a large fish when it attempted to bite it. My heart renewed a quick beat and I hightened my alertness. That fish was only about 15 feet away. A few casts later, as the Popsicle swimming about three quarters across the current, a salmon grabbed it. A few seconds after I set the hook, Salmon salar-“the leaper”- was airborne with the popsicle hooked to its lower jaw. I had a close-up view. It was a hen about 34 inches long and 14 pounds heavy. She took off across river leaping a second, third and fourth time. I doubted I would land her on the barbless hook. She expended so much power and energy as she headed upriver. I was sure to play her with line on the reel making sure there was no slack fly line.

I wanted to land and release her as soon as possible before she got exhausted and could not be resuscitated. I waded back toward shore to put myself in an area of quiet water while keeping the line taught. She resisted my trying to steer her into quiet and shallow water by going airborne a fifth and sixth time. What a sight! And there was no other people to see the action. There’s always the possibility on the hook coming out when the angle on the line changes, but I took the chance in order to get her in a position where I could release her. As I changed the angle on the rod she let me know she wasn’t going to make it easy by going airborne about two feet and coming down broadside on the river surface with a resounding splash.

I was lucky the hook remained in her jaw until I was able to get her in some shallow, quiet water. I placed my rod on a boulder, reached down and lightly touched the fly and it came loose from her jaw. We looked at each other momentarily. I firmly grabbed her in front of her tail, lifted her out of the water long enough to point her upriver and held her so the current moved into her mouth and out her gills. She was exhausted! After a few minutes, I let her go. I saluteded her and thanked her for the entertainment. She responded, with one broad stroke of her tail she swam off into the faster water. I looked skyward and thanked my Fishing Angel.

That scenario took place recently on the Naugatuck River. Note: I do not use a landing net; my fly rod was a nine-foot, seven-weight with eight-pound test leader. My estimate of the salmon’s length and weight is accurate because I have my first steelhead trout that I caught mounted on a wall at home; she is thirty four inches long and weighed fourteen pounds. The salmon was a mirror image of my steelhead.

Recently the first of its annual stockings of surplus broodstock Atlantic salmon for 2010-2011 was completed. The Shetucket River received 100, Crystal Lake (Ellington) 45 and 45 for Mount Tom Pond (Morris-Litchfield-Washington) and 100 salmon into the Naugatuck River. Broodstock salmon at the Kensington State Fish Hatchery are spawned to provide eggs for the CT River Atlantic salmon Restoration Program. The surplus broodstock DEP is stocking in 2010 range in size from 4 to 20 lbs each. . Following spawning later this fall, the DEP expects an additional 700 salmon from the Kensington Hatchery will be available for stocking in November.

Anglers should be aware that the regulations for broodstock Atlantic salmon released into lakes and ponds are different from the regulations for salmon in the Naugatuck, Housatonic and Shetucket Rivers. In each lake, the regulations for methods, seasons and minimum lengths for salmon are the same as for trout in that specific water body but the daily creel limit is one salmon per day. As such, specific regulations for salmon fishing in Crystal Lake, Mount Tom Pond, Mashapaug Lake and Beach Pond can be found in the 2010 Connecticut Angler’s Guide and are provided at the conclusion of this news release.

Membership Renewals:
Recent changes have been made to TU's policy toward membership renewals. Individual chapters no longer receive a portion of each renewal. As such, please send renewals directly to TU national or renew on the website.

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