February - 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 Richard Diamond will be the guest speaker for the February 6th meeting. He will be speaking about the Healing Waters Projects. See attachments; PHWFFI Fact Sheet Jan 2013, Program Guide September 2012, 2011 PHW Revised MOA

Banquet/Game Dinner

The annual Northwestern CT Trout Unlimited Bangquet/Game Dinner will be held at The Elks Lodge, 70 Litchfield Street, Torrington, CT 06098 on Saturday, February 2, 2013. NO tickets will be sold at the door. For tickets call: Jim Fedorich – (860) 482-4544 or Evan Williams – (860) 567-2131.

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

Free TU Memberships for Women

Respected Professional Fly-Tier Passes           By Bob Gregorski

“The fly fisherman who knows nothing of his flies is as great an anachronism as the painter who knows nothing about his paints. “  -- J.W. Dunne. The late J.W. Dunne was a well-known British fly dresser who originated many May Fly patterns and is the author of “Sunshine and the Dry Fly.”

It took just one look to get hooked on FLY-TYING. When Bob Carreiro was 12 years old, a picture of the late, legendary fly fisherman Lee Wulff holding two huge Atlantic salmon mesmerized him. “When I saw that picture, I was determined to catch fish on a fly rod like he did,” Carreiro said. “I bought flies and took them apart to see how they were made. Then I tied ones like them. And I read every book and article that I could find on fly tying.”

On December 28, 2012, the 81 year-old moved to the Heavenly Kingdom to continue his passions of tying flies and fishing.  Most of his angling acquaintances called him Bob; some of his friends and family called him Robert. During his life, Carreiro tied hundreds of thousands of flies and read many books and articles on the subject. Most of his flies were sold or given away. Robert was Generous with his dressed hook creations, and those who received them appreciated their high quality and effectiveness hooking fish.

During his tying years, the Naugatuck fly-rodder caught Atlantic salmon, trout, black bass, bluefish, stripers, yellow fin tuna, panfish, bonito, false albacore and other species with his hand-tied flies.  I caught more than 35 broodstock Atlantic salmon on two fly patterns he created. I named them Elizabeth and Rachel after our grand daughters.

Whether a fly was a simple pattern that took three minutes to tie or a museum-quality classic Atlantic salmon fly, that Bob devoted three hours of painstaking, high-intensity concentration, each of Bob’s feather and fur creations was meticulously tied.  That was his trademark--high quality, hand-tied flies.  When I asked him what was the most satisfying aspect of his fly tying, Bob remarked “It’s having my flies come out better than anyone else’s.”  I have known many fly-tiers; Bob was the best.

Over the years, Bob and I fished several waters in Rhode Island and Connecticut having caught stripers, hickory shad, Atlantic salmon and trout using flies he, and/or I had tied.  Bob was an excellent fly-rodder and took excellent care of his equipment.

Now this well-respected fly-tier is working at his fly-tying bench in Heaven.

The Jock Scott –A Classic Atlantic Salmon fly tied by Bob Carreiro

16,000 Flies & More                       by Bob Gregorski
“The fly fisherman who knows nothing of his flies is as great an anachronism as a painter who knows nothing about his paints.” J.W. Dunne   Most fly fisherman who fish for trout own at least one fly publication, an Orvis and L.L. Bean catalog, a collection of magazine articles and a few fly-fishing videos. That’s a conservative statement! Those who have been tying for a long time probably have an extensive collection of research materials.

In the two centuries that anglers have been fly-fishing a few thousand fly-tiers created thousands of fly patterns.  There are at least 10,000 different trout flies, which attempt to replicate approximately 300 insects in the entomology listings for the trout food chain. The listing of Atlantic salmon flies exceeds 1600 patterns.  And, the relatively new sport of steelhead and Pacific salmon fishing has quickly accumulated a roster of around 700 different ‘ties’. Then there are the patterns of the other species of sport fish. The catalog of freshwater flies includes at least 16,000 different ‘dressed hooks.’ The litany of fly types for each fish species grows daily.

If you fly-fish for: trout, Atlantic salmon, Pacific salmon, steelhead, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, pike, sunfish, stripers, bluefish, albacore, bonito and shad as I do and don’t tie your own flies, consider starting.

The Novice Vise—If you are new to fly-fishing and fly-tying, then tie small floating flies and target catching sunfish.  That duo will provide you with an opportunity to tie simple patterns and catch lots of sunfish.

If you have some experience using a fly rod and are a beginner fly tier, start tying a few simple patterns of bucktails, nymphs and wet flies. Then proceed tying streamers and dry flies.  If you don’t tie, you are missing one of the most satisfying aspects of fly-fishing—catching fish on a fly, which you tied. 

Mavericks—For those who are experienced using a fly rod and tying flies, become a maverick tier, if you aren’t one already. Like some of you “hook dressers,” I have a history of being a maverick fly tier. I received my first tying instructions at an early age and modified the first pattern I had tied.  I replaced the Edson Dark Tiger tail with dyed, red duck feather. The new version has caught hundreds of trout. That first experience hooked me on modifying standard patterns and creating new ones for catching trout, shad and Atlantic salmon (wild and broodstock).  I can still see the expression on Phillip’s face when he removed my fly from the jaw of a 20 pound wild Atlantic salmon I caught in the Salmon River in Nova Scotia.  Phillip was my guide during a weeks fishing the Salmon and Saint Mary’s rivers.  I had tied an unconventional #10 streamer which I named –The Brewski.  The BREW was because I tied it the night before while drinking Indian Pale Ale. The SKI is after my Polish heritage. The Brewski was nothing like anything I had ever seen.  I had brought limited supply of fly tying materials and used what seemed to jump into my hands.  Caught a few more salmon with The Brewski.

Winter is an opportune time to tie flies.  Go do it!

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