June - 2012

Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited

Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski, Glenn LaFreniere

The June meeting (June 6) will begin at 7:00 PM in the Community Room at the, Naugatuck Savings Bank, 87 Church St., Naugatuck. Neil Hagstrom of the DEEP will be guest speaker and his talk will focus on water temperatures. For further information call Dom Falcone at 860-274-4103 or or visit

Please note that normally we do not have a formal meeting in June, only an outing at Linden Park. However this speaker was booked two months ago not realizing there usually is no meeting at that time. It was decided at the May meeting that we go ahead with the June meeting and have our outing on the first Saturday in June at Riverbend Park. Details will be forthcoming.

Upcoming Events

CT DEEP celebrates its 75th anniversary in September.

Steele Brook Greenway --Our Chapter donated $200 for plant materials used at the new Steele Brook Greenway in Watertown. Friends of the Naugatuck River donated $500 for the same purpose. NRWA donated a wood duck nesting house & materials to erect it.

An educational experience--                           from Bob Gregorski

Learn about Fish & Wildlife in the Naugatuck River Watershed. See it on the NRWA website is

As an educational program for students, scouts & other ecology minded groups, start on the HOME Page in the following order. It would be great to show this on a large TV.

ABOUT US   --- Focus on photos showing, cleaning, planting & bird houses.

What is a Watershed? View photos & explanations.

Maps – The Army Corp shows the tributaries & watershed towns.

Knowing Rivers –Power Point presentation (nine “slides”) explains the ecology of rivers.

Clean Up the Environment – Explains the different types of pollution & how long it takes for debris to disintegrate.

River Clean-up Guidelines –Suggestions on a procedure for conducting river clean-ups.

WILDLIFE—Lists of all species in the Naugatuck River Watershed with some photos.
Vernal Pools/Ponds

Recent Wildlife Sightings—Photos (New photos added periodically.)

An Outdoorsman’s FATHER'S DAY 

As a youth I learned that fishing is a quiet, gentle sport. Dad made sure that I was one of the best-dressed and well-equipped anglers. When I was strong enough to wade a stream, I wore hip-high waders, canvas fishing trousers, a hand-made coat and wicker creel and a landing net were draped across my shoulders.  My fishing hat was adorned with flies. My fishing jacket had been crafted at the old, heavy duty Singer.  Dad spent hours designing and stitching that jacket. It was his personal touch, showing his love in addition to spending quality time outdoors with his sons
Dad taught me the principles of walking in moving water, how to read a stream, to find the most likely holding spots for trout, to cast and set the hook and play a fish.  Knot tying, equipment maintenance and repair, cleaning fish and tying flies were all part of my early angling education.  I inherited my love of fishing and the outdoors from my Dad. We spent many winter days on small ponds fishing through the ice for pickerel and perch.  In late March when the ice and snow melted, we would venture out to unstocked trout brooks that meandered through farms in pursuit of native brook trout. 

Opening Day of trout season was the most exciting day of the fishing season.  The anticipation of pursuing newly stocked brookies, browns and rainbows in our favorite Opening Day river - the Willimantic- kept me awake most of the night before the big day. In May, the shad migration was the next order of fishing business.  I can remember the long walk to the Enfield Dam from our home.  On the way, Dad would point out the beauty of the blossoms of the shadbushes and apple trees, the violets and the Red-wing Black birds.  They were Nature's way of saying that the shad had arrived at the dam.

Then summer came and it was bass fishing time in the Congamond Lakes. Casting flies or lures from shore or a wooden rowboat in pursuit of bucketmouths.  We spent many pleasant summer days exploring the three lakes. In the autumn, our fishing tackle would be stored and our shotguns would be readied for the hunting season.  We walked through the woods and fields in pursuit of rabbits, pheasants and grouse. Hickory nut and butternut trees would beacon us to gather their fruits to enjoy.  The aroma of fresh morning dew on fallen leaves in the woods and winter rye in open fields still lingers in my nostrils.  Those were enjoyable days when hunting meant much more than bringing food home that was gathered field.

I learned that Dad was an excellent pupil at the study of nature, and he shared his knowledge and love of the woods and water with me.  He taught me to be observant and appreciative of the beauty of aquatic life, flora and fauna.  And that fishing is much more than catching fish.  He was a sensitive, caring teacher.  Thanks Dad for teaching me about hunting, fishing and exposing me to the outdoors.  I'm sure the heavenly woods and waters are teeming with game and fish like they were when we hunted and fished together. 

Good luck on your Father's Day fishing foray.

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