NEWSREEL

JANUARY - 2011

Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited


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

MONTHLY MEETING

January 5, 2011 (Swap, Tie & Eat) 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.



CT DEP INLAND FISHERIES DIVISION QUARTERLY ACTIVITY UPDATE


The following reports are part of Fishing Advisory Council Report (September-November 2010). Completed fall electro-fishing sampling of selected TMA’s. During the West Branch Farmington River sampling, 110 large broodstock were taken back to the Burlington hatchery for production of Survivor strain brown trout. Completed fall redd survey in the 3.8-mile section of the West Branch Farmington River below Goodwin Dam. Three teams of IFD personnel and volunteer anglers conducted the survey. Only nine trout redds (nests) were identified in this stretch. Previous surveys have identified four major spawning areas or trout both inside and outside of the TMA and these areas contained many redds this fall. All major spawning areas are located in lateral braids. Most of the main river channel has substrate material that is too large, has too much sediment, or is too heavily embedded to support much spawning.

Assessed the Shepaug River Flow Agreement that has recently been implemented. Data from eight sample sites documented two strong year classes of wild brown trout that were produced in 2009 (age 1) and 2010 (age 0). These strong year classes may reflect higher flows during the last two years. In 2009 natural flows were high due to the rainy summer, and due to the initiation of the Flow Agreement in 2010 (a summer drought year). Wild brown trout up to 20 inches were sampled, demonstrating the potential for rapid trout growth and the stream’s ability to produce trophy-size trout naturally. No trout were sampled in the warmer lower-most site. Data were provided to the Shepaug River Watershed Steering Committee.

LICENSE FEE CREDITS NOW AVAILABLE


A reminder to purchase 2011 licenses for hunting, fishing and trapping.
The following was received from the DEP. During the 2010 session of the General Assembly, legislation was approved and signed into law in April reducing many of the fees for sportsmen’s licenses and permits. This was followed in June by legislation authorizing a credit to be applied against the fee for any 2011 sportsmen’s license, permit or tag when purchase of a license, permit or tag had been made at the higher prices in place between October 1, 2009 and April 14, 2010. The credit amount will be the difference between the higher amount paid during that time period and the amount set by the new fee structure established April 14, 2010. For information about these credits, please visit the DEP website license fees and credits page: www.ct.gov/dep/sportsmensfeereduction.

The free resident “lifetime” inland fishing, hunting and trapping licenses for individuals age 65 and older became annual licenses effective October 1, 2009. All “age 65 and older” free inland fishing, hunting and trapping licenses obtained since October 1, 2009 must be renewed annually. Additionally, all “age 65 and older” free marine fishing licenses must be renewed annually.
Holders of age 65 and older “lifetime” Connecticut inland fishing licenses obtained prior to October 1, 2009 are not required to reregister, however, should one misplace this “lifetime” license, they will need to obtain a free replacement by registering through the Automated Licensing System (from their home computer or at a participating vendor).

All individuals with “lifetime” hunting or combination hunting and fishing licenses will need to register themselves in the. Automated Licensing System to obtain the appropriate permits and tags along with their unique Conservation ID#. For assistance, contact DEP Licensing and Revenue (860-424-3105).

The publication/distribution of the 2011 fishing guides will not be available until around April 1, 2011 in order to have more up-to-date Marine regulations included. There will be online versions available beginning in early January. Note that there are no new Inland regulations to begin the year.


FLY TYING CLASSES

Free Fly Tying -- It’s fly tying season. 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. January 12, 19 and 26 and February 9, 16 and 23.

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, they will be provided. Now is the time to fill your fly box for this year’s fishing seasons. Stop & Shop is off exit 15 West/East on RT. 84.

For more information contact Dom Falcone at 860-274-4103.


SPECIAL NOTICE TO ANGLERS AND HUNTERS:

During the 2010 session of the General Assembly, legislation was approved and signed into law in April reducing many of the fees for sportsmen’s licenses and permits. This was followed in June by legislation authorizing a credit to be applied against the fee for any 2011 sportsmen’s license, permit or tag when purchase of a license, permit or tag had been made at the higher prices in place between October 1, 2009 and April 14, 2010. The credit amount will be the difference between the higher amount paid during that time period and the amount set by the new fee structure established April 14, 2010. For information about these credits, please visit the DEP website license fees and credits page: www.ct.gov/dep/sportsmensfeereduction.



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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