April - 2012

Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited

Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski, Glenn LaFreniere, Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition

Frank Plona will be our speaker for April 4, 2012 and his topic will be "How to catch big survivor trout in the Farmington River and other places"

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 or visit

Upcoming Events

April 14th Naugatuck River Clean Up

Clean up Day! The official Annual Pre-Race Naugatuck River Clean-up date is Saturday April 14th. Those who wish to help should meet at Linden Park in Naugatuck at 9:00 am that morning or contact Bob Gregorski 203-758-9166 before then. Bags & vinyl gloves will be provided.

May 5th Kayak Race & Festival

The 2012 Naugatuck River Kayak and Canoe Race is one of the festivities of Saturday May 5th. Other events included a Charity Duck Race and River Festival with Live Music by CT's own Route Six Band, Local Food Vendors participating in The Taste of Beacon Falls, Elock the Clown, A Bounce house, Sky Dancers, Float/ Sea Plane Rides (fee), Raffle Prizes, Crafts and Vendors, new this year "Beer" Vendor at the Finish Line River Festival and we will be giving away a bunch of stuff off of the stage.
Note: In the past TU Naugatuck/Pomperaug has had a display table set up at the festival.

May 17th Hop Brook Clean Up with the Girls Outdoor Club from Westover School.

CT DEEP celebrates its 75th anniversary in September.

NW TU Banquet

The Northwestern CT. Trout Unlimited Annual Banquet will be held on Saturday April 14, 2012 at the Elks Lodge in Torrington CT; this a sit down banquet/game dinner. For tickets call Jim Fedorich 860-482-4544 or Evan Williams 860-567- 213. No tickets will be sold at the door.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition's 6th Annual "River Bug" Survey

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These two-inch alewives came out of the mouth of a 22” inch brown, which was caught & released.

Naugatuck River System Fish Populations - by Bob Gregorski

Alewife (seasonal spring migratory; stocked broodstock), banded killifish, American eel, American shad (seasonal spring migratory; stocked broodstock), Atlantic salmon (seasonal fall; stocked broodstock), black crappie, blacknose dace, blueback herring (seasonal spring migratory; stocked broodstock), bluegill, brown bullhead, brook trout, brown trout, chain pickerel, channel catfish, common carp, common shiner, creek chub, creekchub sucker, cutlips minnow, fallfish, fathead minnow, gizzard shad (seasonal spring migratory), golden shiner, inland silverside, largemouth bass, longnose dace, pumpkinseed sunfish, rainbow trout, redbreast sunfish, rock bass, sea lamprey, sea-run brown trout (seasonal spring migratory, spottail shiner, striped bass (seasonal spring and fall migratory), tessellated darter, tiger trout, walleye (rarely seen; transient from Housatonic R.), white catfish, white perch, white sucker, yellow bullhead, yellow perch.

West Branch Naugatuck River

banded killifish, blacknose dace, bluegill, brook trout, brown bullhead, brown trout, common shiner, creek chub, cutlips minnow, fallfish, fathead minnow, golden shiner, largemouth bass, longnose dace, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, tessellated darter, tiger trout, white sucker.

East Branch Naugatuck River

American eel, blacknose dace, bluegill, brook trout, brown trout, creek chub, cutlips minnow, fallfish, fathead minnow, golden shiner, largemouth bass, longnose dace, pumpkinseed sunfish, rainbow trout, rock bass, tessellated darter, white sucker, yellow perch.

Prepare for OPENING DAY - by Bob Gregorski

The OPENING DAY of the 2012 inland fishing season is April 21. If you haven’t started getting prepared for the first day, here are some suggestions. In the coming weeks, other tips will follow regarding fishing and boating/paddling equipment.

Fishing Reel Maintenance

Most anglers will not fish until Opening Day. A few fraternities, each of which targets a specific species, will be out before that day pursuing white perch, walleye, pike, striped bass, black bass, tautog, trout including sea-runs and yellow perch as weather and outdoor conditions allow. But most of the pleasant-weather anglers stopped angling last summer or fall. Their equipment perhaps in poor to fair condition remains where they left it. That is if they can remember where it is. Fishing reels and lines take the greatest abuse during the fishing seasons and while in storage. This particularly true if the equipment was used in marine waters. Fishing reels can be the most expensive piece of angling equipment that needs continual maintenance. The next several weeks are a good time to get those reels and lines out of storage and inspect them.

I started my annual reel maintenance last week. Most avid anglers who fish freshwater and saltwater may use a variety of equipment as I do (trolling, spin casting, fly casting and surf casting). Reels and lines get the most abused by the elements and anglers. If saltwater reels are not washed and lubricated properly after use in marine waters they can be ruined.

When I purchase a new reel, I make a point to save the booklet that came with it. The manufacturer’s maintenance guidelines should be followed. This is particularly important with the drag system. Cleaning and/or lubricating a drag improperly may ruin it. The manufacturer of each reel supplies information about the care and maintenance of it. Follow the manufacture's recommendation.

The following are general guidelines for most reels. After removing the line, wash the exterior surfaces. I use a mild soap and warm water. Inspect the external parts for scrapes on the finish, wear, loose or worn parts and damage. Line rollers and guides should be smooth. Bail return springs, drag knobs, level wind guides should operate smoothly. Clean, then lubricate.

Before taking a reel apart, I get a small box that has sides about 1-2 inches high that the reel will fit inside with room to spare. That way all the parts remain in one location, and it minimizes making a mess with grease and oil. Then get the appropriate size Phillips or flat head screwdrivers and nut drivers, a few cotton swabs, pipe cleaners, tiny stiff paint brushes, clean cloths, paper towels, reel grease and oil.

Disassemble the reel following the manufacturer's schematic. If you don't have it, make notes about how it came apart. Keep every part in the box. Trust me. This is particularly important for drag washers. They have to be put back in the proper order. Clean all the grime, sand and whatever from the internal workings using cotton swabs, pipe cleaners or tiny, paint brushes. I wipe off whatever I can, then spray some silicon on the appropriate parts and then do a thorough cleaning. I no longer use kerosene to remove old grease. It’s flammable and smells. Never use gasoline.

After all parts are spotless, lubricate according to the manufacturer's instructions. Put the line on only after it has been checked and after all the cleaning and lubricating has been done. Some anglers spray the entire reel with WD-40 or silicon to give it a protective coating. It may not be a wise thing to do if the ingredients may damage the line. Reel protectors/covers are a good thing to use. An old sock can do the job. I keep a record of when the reel was cleaned and lubed and place a sticker with the date and pound test; my fly reels are marked with date, line type and weight.

A good practice for all reels is to wash and dry them after each use and keep them in a reel case. If a reel is dropped in sand/soil, it should be washed clean immediately. If a reel gets dunked in saltwater, it should be rinsed in warm freshwater ASAP. Keep your reels in good shape and they will last a long time. My Mitchell 300, which I bought second hand in 1955, is still cranking.

Regulation & Name Changes - by Bob Gregorski

2012 CT ANGLER’S GUIDES - The full print version 2012 CT Angler’s Guide will be published and distributed in late March/early April. An electronic version of the 2012 Guide is available online at

FISHING SEASONS- All sixteen of the state’s Trout Management Areas remain open year round (and all are catch-and-release fishing during the winter and early spring). Class I Wild Trout Management Areas (WTMA) are open year-round for catch-and-release fishing,

NEW REGULATIONS- A number of changes to Inland Fisheries regulations have recently become effective. These include: New regulations for the West Branch Farmington River and Farmington River (Goodwin Dam to Unionville) became effective on January 1, 2012. The existing West Branch Farmington River TMA is expanded approximately 1.4 miles upstream and remains “catch-and-release only” year-round with use of “barbless hooks only.” The rest of the West Branch Farmington River and the Farmington River down to the Route 177 bridge in Unionville will be managed as a “seasonal” TMA, open year-round with a 2 trout/day, 12 inch minimum length from 6 am Opening Day through August 31st and “catch-and-release only” from September 1st to 6 am Opening Day.

Trout Management Lakes - “Trophy Trout Lakes” are renamed as “Trout Management Lakes.” The creel limit during the March first through March-thirty first period at Crystal Lake and Highland Lake is reduced to one fish per day (from five fish)


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