Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited

Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski

Steven Farnham caught this in Hudson Canyon. It was a 295 lb Bigeye Tuna and it was sold and shipped to Japan


Upcoming Events

Monthly meetings are at 7:00 PM the first Wednesday of the month 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

We will be hosting a swap shop and social hour at the November meeting. All people attending can bring up to five items to sell or swap and we will have several videos available for viewing that night.   We will also be getting some pizza for those who attend.   If you want to bring tying equipment that will also be okay if enough room is available.
 The banquet has been postponed at this time while the board reviews locations and options.  It will be taking place in the spring with a time date and place to be announced soon. 

THANKSGIVING   2013                  By Bob Gregorski

Grateful Outdoorsman

Millions of people will be celebrating Thanksgiving in a variety of ways.  Most of us will eat and drink more than we should.  The majority will participate in a prayer of thanks that will last less than one minute.  An extremely small number of people will take at least several minutes to reflect and think about all the things for which they are thankful.  If outdoor aficionados took the time to look back, most would conclude there's a lot for which to be grateful -- big time! 

Each time I hook a fish, enjoy hiking, kayaking and canoeing, clamming and just being in outdoor theaters, I express my gratitude verbally to all who made it possible.  So if you see a white-haired man looking skyward verbalizing, you may be witnessing an act of Thanksgiving.

Fish and Wildlife Restoration Programs that began more than 70 years ago are a litany of success stories.  Having more species of fish and wildlife in the state can be attributed mostly to fish and wildlife restoration programs.  Early in the history of the United States, anglers and hunters initiated small to large-scale conservation programs.  Most of the programs have continued in one form of another to the present.  Hunters and fisherman have contributed more than 30 billion dollars and billions of hours of volunteer time to protect and enhance our woods and waters.  They know that well managed fish and wildlife programs are essential to the sports that they love.  Their involvement financially, politically and physically in these programs have made a significant contribution to the quantity and quality of outdoor theaters.

The state of our economy is bad, but the cost of enjoying many outdoor activities has not risen much. Hunting and fishing licenses are reasonable. Observing wildlife, paddling a canoe or kayak, sailing a boat, hiking a trail, walking a beach and biking are a few activities that have minimal costs.

Campers, canoeists, bird watchers, hikers, wildlife photographers, kayakers, mountain bikers, rappelers, spelunkers, hunters, anglers, shooters, picnickers, students and anyone else who enjoys the outdoors and wildlife benefit from wildlife restoration programs.  There is one program that has had a significant impact in Connecticut and most other states.  When President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed The Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act (TFAWRA) on September 2, 1937, it was the beginning of many years of successful wildlife restoration.  Many species of wildlife that had critically low populations prior to the start of (TFAWRA) have been restored to healthy numbers as a result of hunters' and shooters' contributions. 

Nationwide, the wild turkey population is at least 50 times greater, the pronghorn antelope 85 times greater and white-tailed deer, elk and black bear populations have increased significantly.  More than 5 million acres of wildlife habitat has been purchased and hunter education courses that have been implemented have greatly help reduce hunting accidents and fatalities.

In Connecticut, most people are aware of the restoration success of the whitetail deer and wild turkey. It is interesting to note -- at the turn of the century, less than 100 white-tail deer lived in Connecticut, and more than 175 years ago, wild turkeys did not exist in the state.  Today, the deer population is about 62,000 and there are more than 18,000 wild turkeys in our state.  These are two examples of excellent wildlife restoration, management and harvest programs.  Regulated hunting is the most effective and cost-efficient method for managing large deer populations that cause property damage and personal injury (motor vehicle accidents) to the public according to the D.E.E.P. Wildlife Division. 

In recent years, black bears, moose and coyotes have taken up residence in Connecticut. Each species moved to northern areas of the state from Massachusetts and/or New York.

The list of successful restorations and increased populations includes: bald eagle, peregrine falcon, osprey, bluebirds, least terns, piping plovers, great blue, tricolored and black-crowned herons.

The DEEP Fisheries Division has initiated successful fisheries for walleyes, northern pike, broodstock Atlantic salmon, Trophy Trout and Trophy Bass.  Some of the best saltwater fishing (striped bass, blue fish, hickory shad and porgy) in New England is only about are hour’s drive for most Connecticut residents. 

Hikers and mountain bikers should be thankful for vast number and good quality of trails available in the state.  Canoers and kayakers have many miles of flowing and quiet water on which to paddle.  Thousands of campers enjoy a variety of camping facilities.  The coastal and inland beaches provide people an opportunity to enjoy swimming, picnicking, walking, crabbing, sunbathing and beachcombing.  Power boaters and sailors have many miles of waters on which to navigate.  Hunters have the opportunity to hunt a variety of species in a diversity of settings.

The true worth of outdoor sports is the extensive and diverse enjoyment that millions of people of all ages and from all walks of life receive while spending time in outdoor theaters.  That’s a lot for which to be thankful.


Fly Tying Classes (Fall 2013) will be held at Stop & Shop, Southbury on the following

Wednesdays from 7pm-9pm
November 13, 20, 27, 2013
December 11, 18, 2013

KINNEYTOWN 2013 FISH COUNTS -- Tim Wildman of the DEEP Fisheries reported the Kinneytown Fish Passage data. Fishway Opened 4/19/2013 and Fishway Closed 7/2/2013. The passage way/ladder is located on the Naugatuck River in Seymour.
American Shad 14, Alewife 70, Blueback 0, Gizzard shad 68, Sea-run brown trout 2, Striped bass 2, Atlantic salmon 8, Sea lamprey 130, American eel 0, Brown trout 14, Brook trout 0, Rainbow trout 13, White sucker 463, Common carp 11, White catfish 0, Brown bullhead 0, Channel catfish 0, Redbreast 0, Pumpkinseed 0, Bluegill 0, Black crappie 0, Rock bass 0, Smallmouth 62, Largemouth 0, Yellow perch 0 and Walleye 0 --Total 857


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