May - 2012

Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited

Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski, Glenn LaFreniere

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

River Race & Festival & Duck Race

The Naugatuck River and its banks in Naugatuck and Beacon Falls are much cleaner due to the efforts of members of: Naugatuck High School ROTC, Naugatuck Valley Outdoor Club, Naugatuck River Watershed Association and Naugatuck-Pomperaug TROUT Unlimited, Beacon Falls Lions Club, Beacon Falls Merchants Association and students from Woodland High School.

Paddlers racing down the river during the May 5th race, race observers and festival attendees will have an improved scenic view of the river and its riparian habitat.

The 2012 Naugatuck River Kayak and Canoe Race is one of the festivities of Saturday May 5th. Other events include the 14th Annual Beacon Falls Lions Club Duck Race, 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. The Beacon Hose Company will sponsor the beer concession featuring Long Trail Ale and many items will be given away.

Note: In the past Naugatuck-Pomperaug TROUT Unlimited had a table/display 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.

Eagle & Clean Up                                                                              by   Bob Gregorski

“Look at the eagle,” exclaimed Marty.  We looked high into the trees where he was pointing.  Ernie took a few photos with his phone/camera as we stood there with smiles on our faces. For Marty, Dom and Ernie it was the first time they had seen an eagle perched in a tree on the banks of the Naugatuck River.

I said, “See we are rewarded for cleaning up its habitat.”  Our reward was watching the majestic bird for several minutes perched on a branch about 50 feet away.

That occurred Saturday morning 4-14-12 in Naugatuck across the river from Linden Park.  Our TU CONSERVATION SQUAD included Marty Petersen, Dom Falcone, Ernie Ludwig and me.  Not sure where any of the other 285 members of our Chapter were that morning.  We cleaned a lot in 1.5 hours. Five large bags full of light, ugly debris were removed

Historically anglers and hunters were the first to start conservation work in the United States and since then have enhanced and protected fish and wildlife spending millions of dollars and volunteering millions of hours.  Wild creatures will not live, feed and breed in woods and waters that are not suitable.

Sportsmen are the stewards of our woods and waters. When asked over the years (1984-2012) why “WE” were cleaning up the Naugatuck and its riparian habitat, my answer has been—“If WE don’t, who will?’ I wish the “WE” included many more people who use the river for recreational purposes and observing wildlife.

From TU--
"Trout Unlimited Connecticut is a grassroots conservation organization dedicated to protect, reconnect, restore and sustain Connecticut's coldwater resources."

A location on the West bank of the Naugatuck River in Naugatuck (near eagle sighting) has broken window sashes & glass that need to be cleaned up.

April 19, 2012—For Immediate Release
Contact: Stephanie Elliott (860) 685-7723 or
Wesleyan University Press, 215 Long Lane, Middletown, CT 0645
Fly Fishing in Connecticut

Fly Fishing in Connecticut, by Kevin Murphy is the perfect guide to those new to the sport. Murphy covers what gear is necessary and gives advice on how to become equipped to fish without breaking the bank. He explains how to properly use fishing gear and gives an overview of Connecticut's varied and fertile trout streams and rivers, including parks designated for beginners and trout management areas throughout the state. The book has a glossary of terms for quick reference, a list of recommended lodges and campgrounds, and even a chapter with time-honored recipes for cooking your catch.

Anglers will learn everything they need to know about Connecticut’s world-class trout hatcheries and stocking programs, and how to distinguish between brook, brown, and rainbow trout. Novice anglers will appreciate the easy-to-follow instructions on the basics of fly fishing, including stream tactics, the habits and feeding preferences of trout, and casting techniques. The book also provides tips on stream conservation, fly fishing etiquette, state regulations, and safety, as well as an overview of the unique history of trout management in Connecticut.

If ever there was a book that a new fly fisherman cannot do without, this is it!

Kevin Murphy is an independent historian and writer who lives in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. He is the author of Water for Hartford and Crowbar Governor.

"Anyone fly fishing in Connecticut will profit by reading this book. It lists, in incredible detail, known and little known fishing places. Better still, there is a schedule of when to fish or avoid fishing certain streams and lakes. Murphy gives practical information about tackle and tactics. It’s a complete job."
-Lefty Kreh, fly fishing guide, author, and America’s best-loved casting instructor

"I’ve often waded into the ancient streams of Connecticut on a pristine summer or autumn day and thought, ‘This is trout heaven with a New England accent.’ Fly Fishing in Connecticut is the next best thing to landing a tiny mayfly on a promising riffle on one of the many promising streams of the Nutmeg State."
-Tom Brokaw, journalist

Fly Fishing in Connecticut: A Guide for Beginners
by Kevin Murphy
116 pp. 30 illus. 6 x 9"
$19.95, paperback, 978-0-8195-7283-7
$9.99, eBook, 978-0-8195-7284-4
Publication Date: April 2, 2012


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.

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)


  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 web site.

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To conserve, protect and restore North America's cold water fisheries and their watershed.