Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski, Glenn LaFreniere
The Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter Trout Unlimited will have Tim Barry of the DEEP Fisheries Division as its speaker for the February 1st meeting. Barry will present a power point presentation regarding fisheries programs in Connecticut. The public is invited free of charge.
The general meeting will begin at 7:00 PM in the Community Room at the, Naugatuck Savings Bank, 87 Church St., Naugatuck, For further information call Dom Falcone at 860-274-4103 or email@example.com or visit www.tunaugpomp.org.
FREE FLY TYING CLASSES
Once again it’s the 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 11, 18, 25 and February 8, 15, 22 and 29. 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 in Southbury.
For more information call Dom Falcone - 860-274-4103 or visit www.tunaugpomp.org.
These two-inch alewives came out of the mouth of a 22” inch brown, which was caught & released.
By Bob Gregorski
“Frank! This is a nice fish. Its olive color is vibrant and fins are healthy. Definitely a hold over.” I said to my fishing partner Frank McDonald as I hooked his fly a McD’sQQ from the 22-inch brown trout’s mouth. As I was removing the hook two alewives came along with the fly. I held the trout by its lower jaw and looked inside of its mouth. All I saw was a mouthful of alewives. They were all about 2 inches long. This female trout grabbed Frank’s two-inch long steamer fly with its mouth full of alewives. “She was really putting on the feed bag before the lake froze over”, I added.
That was the first of several trout that we caught and released fishing from 3:30 to 4:30 one afternoon last week while fishing out of Frank’s “Little Green Fishing Machine” (LGFM) while trolling flies. Yes! During the first week in January most lakes and ponds were open waters. I must admit that on that particular afternoon I used a long handle pointed shovel to beak away ice that was about an inch thick extended three feet from shore to get the LGFM into the loch. The air was about 36 degrees about the same as the water surface. I did see three fish make a commotion on the surface while we fished.
We fished in the productive areas for about an hour missed 4 strikes, dropped one and landed and released 4 trout measuring 14’ to 22”. Experience often helps anglers to catch fish. The light wind was from the northwest, so we fished the south shore of this particular loch. The wind created water surface motion to move to the southwest. Which means plankton near the surface would follow the wave motion and so would bait fish, which feed on the plankton. The water close to shore at this time of year is the warmest. So, fish shallow water close to shore. Trout cruise the shallow water near the shore looking for food. I believe the trout that gluttonous trout that Frank hooked and other members of its attack tribe trapped a school of alewives against the shore in shallow water and had feast.
Bluefish anglers—does that sound familiar? I’ve caught blues that had a mouthful of fish, but never saw a trout, which hit a lure or fly with a mouthful of baitfish.
On my way home I stopped to visit with Bob Zabit to share my story and have him take a photo of the alewives I had saved. Andrew Pape was there to witness the freshly caught alewives and my fish tale. We three avid anglers expressed our ideas about the Gluttonous Trout. That’s another story!
Note: Brown trout spawn in late fall/early winter. They rarely feed while spawning because egg sacks in the hens and milk sacs in the cock fish compress their digestive system. However after they spawn, their stomachs are on EMPTY and will feed heavily. Thus after spawn time is a good time to hook large trout.