Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Dom Falcone, Bob Gregorski, Glenn LaFreniere\\
THE FEBRUARY MEETING WAS CANCELED
DUE TO A SNOW STORM.
FRANK PLONA HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED
TO SPEAK AT NEXT MONTH'S MEETING.
February 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM in the Community Room at the Naugatuck
87 Church St., Naugatuck, CT. Frank Plona will present
"Is this the best trout stream in Southern New England?".
For further information call Dom Falcone at 860-274-4103 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.tunaugpomp.org.
THINGS TO DO WHEN FLIES WONT FLY
2-12-11 Catskill and Mid Hudson TU Flyfest and Ice Capades.
4-02-11 Rosce Chamber of Commerce is having a Season Opener at
Junction Pool .You can call the museum at 845-439-4810
ICE FISHING -- A Sport People Play By Bob Gregorski
It was a pleasant morning at Mount Tom Pond. Its ice surface wore
a three-inch blanket of snow; the sun was shining with 30-degree
air temperature and the best condition-NO WIND! A blizzard was predicted
for early evening, so Carpe diem! The fish should be active as the
storm front approached. Well! That's a hypothesis.
It was quiet for the first three hours. One pickerel came through
the ice and a few unproductive flags. Then-- "Flag", an
angler shouted aloud. All the anglers within hearing distance yards
on the ice scanned their tip-ups to see if a flag was waving in
the air. I looked up at my five tip-ups; none showed small piece
of red cloth waving above it. The tip-up with the waving flag belonged
to one of the anglers next to where my cousin Dave and I were jigging.
The ice angler to whom it belonged walked briskly across the snow-covered
ice to the tip-up. He removed his gloves, looked down into the hole,
saw the line moving away, lifted the tip-up out of the water, placed
it on the ice near the hole, grabbed hold of the moving line and
pulled it hard. A fish pulled back hard. A smile showed on his face
as he began a hand-over-hand retrieval of the line. Soon a fat Mount
Tom Pond brown trout weighing about three pounds was resting on
Note: A flag is a brightly colored piece of cloth or vinyl that
is connected to the top of the spring-metal that is released when
the tip-up reel moves. Most of the time the release is from a fish
pulling line off the reel. On windy days, strong winds could unhook
the spring-metal. This is called a wind-flag.
For more than 60 years, I have fished through the ice on frozen
surfaces ranging from small ponds to large lakes. I continue to
enjoy this winter sport, although much of the equipment used today
is improved. What is the same is standing outdoors on frozen water
during winter weather and conditions.
I no longer use a spud to chop holes, a hand-power or a gas-powered
auger. When I reached my senior years, enough was enough. I purchased
an electric powered auger that has a small, built-in battery when
fully charged will drill scores of holes. Its medium-weight, easy
to carry, is quiet and has no gas fumes. It fits perfectly in my
I retired the toboggan-ice fishing equipment carrier that I made
30 years ago. It was heavy with metal runners and needed too much
repair and. My new lightweight "sled" is made of polypropylene.
It's waterproof and possibly would float. Has lots of room inside
and easily fits in the back of my mini-van. I have pulled it easily
through and over snow and ice.
I replaced my homemade ice tip-ups, which had the reel above the
ice with ones that have the reel below the water. The line on the
newer model stays wet under water compared to the above model where
wet lines froze to the spool.
After the holes are cut and cleared and tip-ups ready, the hooks
are baited. Live shiners or other species of baitfish should be
lively. So, one needs a bait bucket. I still have the galvanized,
two-part one I used as a boy. The inner part has holes on its side.
There are a variety of bait buckets available today.
To get the bait out of the bucket one should a minnow dipping net.
Anglers should minimize handling live bait so not to injure them.
We rarely carried the bait bucket from hole to hole. In the early
years, we would place several shiners in a clean Crisco can to which
a handle was added. It was much lighter than the bucket filled with
water and bait. Now I use a small, flexible "plastic"
container. After all the tip-ups were set, only a couple of shiners
were kept in the can. When a flag went up, the anglers carried the
lightweight can to the hole.
Today, anglers fishing through the ice use all kinds
of equipment to make holes and clear them. There are a variety of
tip-ups and jigging rods available. Some anglers use LCD Fish Finders
to locate fish and a few use underwater video cameras. There are
many imitation baits and scores of lures that jiggers use. Portable
ice shelters are not popular in Connecticut, but each winter a few
more are seen on the ice. Fishing through the ice is a winter sport
that some people believe cures Cabin Fever.
Heres an example what equipment ice anglers
use--above and below water tip-ups, hand-auger, ice particle strainers,
jigging rod, bait bucket and minnow net.
Photo by Bob Gregorski
FLY TYING CLASSES
Free Fly Tying -- Its 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 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 years 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 sportsmens licenses and permits. This was followed in
June by legislation authorizing a credit to be applied against the
fee for any 2011 sportsmens 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.