January - 2013

Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited

Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski, Glenn LaFreniere

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Upcoming Events

Monthly meetings are 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

Free Fly Tying Classes

Free Fly Tying ClassesThe Naugatuck/Pomperaug Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be holding free fly tying classes in the Community Room at the Southbury Stop & Shop, located in the K-Mart Plaza (exit 15 off I- 84). Classes will be held from 7 to 9 pm Wednesday evenings through March (NO CLASSES WILL BE HELD THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH). Classes are free and open to the public. If you don’t have material/equipment the chapter will provide it for you to use during class. Everyone is welcome, young, old, beginner or experienced. For more information contact Dom Falcone at 860-274-4103 or

Bob Gregorski

Outdoor Reflections 2012

As we close out 2012, I looked back through the year and reflected on the highs and lows of outdoor activities.  The highs for January were fishing from a boat in open inland lakes catching trout while trolling flies near the surface. That was the first opportunity to do so in my 60+ years of fishing. The low -- it was the first January in many years that I did no fishing through the ice and it was not safe to skate or iceboat on lake ice.  The first ice cover on many Connecticut lakes was around mid-January. There were some locations that had safe ice in February.  There was little snowfall, so for much of the winter there were little on-ice activities, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Winter hiking conditions were good most of the time.

Most of the lakes stocked with trout were closed in March. Conditions were favorable to fish waters open to fishing and hiking.  Traditionally, March is the month in Connecticut when there is the least fishing available. Spring began March 20.  At Rocky Neck Beach I was fortunate to view seals resting on Small Island near Giants Neck.

Fishing was productive from about April 21 through Memorial Day.  Caught lots of fish in marine and inland waters including hickory shad, striped bass, pike and trout. Hiking, crabbing and mountain biking were good all spring.

Summer Solstice was June 20.  The highlight during summer was spending a week in Charlestown Rhode Island with two of our daughters and our four grand-teenagers.  We did: boating, kayaking, fishing, clamming, crabbing, surf boarding, swimming, observing wildlife and hiking.  Pike fishing in Bantam Lake was good.

The autumn Equinox was September 22.  One of the highlights was boating and fishing the Congamond Lakes with life-long friend Howie. Brought back many memories of growing up in nearby Enfield.   The other was that excellent fishing resumed in the SSS River (stripers, snapper blues and hickory shad).

Trolling for trout with a fly rod was productive from Thanksgiving through Christmas.  Hiking was good through out the fall.

The Winter Solstice was December 21. Bad weather prohibited most of the fishing through December 31.

DEEP Inland Fishery 2012 and 2013 News
Farmington River Fishing Good for Business

his fall the DEEP Inland Fisheries Division completed the Farmington River Angler Survey on five river sections, from Goodwin Dam to RT 177 in Unionville. An estimated 13,000+ angler‐hours of fishing effort occurred during the period from Labor Day to the end of October. The majority of this was within the year‐round TMA (7,600 angler‐hrs, in Zone 2 and 3). Catch rates were around one fish/hour in most sections of the river. This survey gave us our first quantitative look at the prevalence of anglers using a guide service along the river. Over 160 interviewed anglers (7%) indicated they were fishing with a guide. An estimated 640 anglers stayed overnight at Farmington River area hotels, which generated approximately $26,000 of business

2012 fall broodstock Atlantic salmon update –DEEP completed its 2012 fall broodstock Atlantic salmon stockings this week by releasing over 200 fish into Beach Pond (106 salmon) and Mount Tom Pond (100 salmon). These stockings brought the total number of salmon stocked this fall to over 2,000 fish with Beach Pond (106 salmon), Crystal Lake (200 salmon) Mount Tom Pond (200 salmon), the upper Naugatuck River (403 salmon), lower Naugatuck River (403 salmon) and Shetucket River (713 salmon) all stocked. The fish stocked this fall ranged in size from 2 to 21 lbs each.

ICE FISHING -- The DEEP Inland Fisheries Division has scheduled 14 Family Ice Fishing classes for 2013 in the towns of Farmington (2), Litchfield, New Haven, Bristol, Burlington, Canton, Ansonia, Coventry, Essex, Glastonbury, Guilford, Milford, and Stratford. All students will be invited to participate in two family ice fishing events while CARE. Instructors will be on hand to assist: 1) CARE Family Ice Fishing Derby in Coventry on January 26, 2013 and 2) No Child Left Inside® Winter Festival at Burr Pond State Park on February 2, 2013.

  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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