JANUARY - 2014

Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited

Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski

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

President's Notes

Seymour By-Pass

I have been requested by state DEEP to make sure none of our people are going into the construction area. If they wish to view it they can from across the river on the other side of the road, not in the construction area. If anyone enters the area the job project risks being shut down and the person is subject to arrest and all the fines and penalties of the law. I remind everyone this is a Federally funded project run by the State please stay out.

Thank you,

Glenn LaFreniere
General Manager
Park City Truck Equipment
1001 Wordin Ave.
Bridgeport, CT.06605
203-576-0560 or cell 203-509-9303

 New Year’s Reflections and Resolutions                              Bob Gregorski

Well it’s officially winter & a new year, so it’s that time again! New Year’s Reflections and Resolutions (NYRR). Let’s reflect back to what we did in outdoor theaters in 2013 including: camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, canoeing, kayaking, snowshoeing, sailing, crabbing, skiing, shell fishing, target shooting, trail biking, observing wildlife, improving the environment and other outdoor activities. Whichever ones pertains to you, REFLECT. Think about the good times and the joys you spent time outdoors and use that information to plan for next year.

The outdoor theaters I played in last year included: State and National Parks and recreation areas, rivers and lakes and marine waters in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Those who participated with me in various activities in a variety of locations included our four grand-teens ages 13-16, family members and friends. A lot of bonding took place. There were times when the grand-teens spent time outdoors with only their parents. See it works! Teach your children about the outdoors, and they will teach their children.

They all loved target shooting. It probably was inherited from my father who had a wall full of trophies and medals he won shooting competitively with rifles and pistols. Some of our grand-teens who had been shooting at targets with soft pellet rifles and pistols in previous years extended their shooting with BB guns.

We did less crabbing, clamming, kayaking and boating than the previous year. Teenagers have many more options with other venues. They still manage a fair amount of time: observing wildlife, walking and biking on carriage and greenway trails in New England.

My environmental work last year included working with Jr. ROTC cadets and their leaders from Naugatuck High School cleaning up the banks of the Naugatuck River, beautifying and protecting them from erosion by planting a variety of plants and erecting bird nesting houses to encourage song birds to breed in the Naugatuck River Valley.

This Year I’m looking forward to repeating most of the activities previously mentioned and a few added ones. My angling goals are to catch at least one trout and striped bass each month, catch a pike in Bantam Lake that exceeds 40 inches in length, fish in several lochs and rivers that I have never fished,

I look forward each winter to walking the beach at Rocky Neck State Park and observing seals out on the rocky islands in the Sound. If the air temperature is above 40 degrees, I hope to be at the park several times in January and February. I plan to: fish through the ice at: Bantam Lake, Mount Tom Pond, Coventry Lake and West Hill Pond, take our grand kids to at least one outdoor show; resume: shell fishing (steamers, quahogs and mussels), shoot targets with pistol and rifle, fish for walleyes, carp and channel cats, paddle waters that I have not paddled, hike trails that I have never hiked and fish waters I’ve never fished.

Winter is an opportune time to plan outdoor activities for spring, summer and fall. There are many sources in print and on the Internet. Here are a few titles from my own library to consider: CONNECTICUT WALK BOOK, SHORT WALKS in CONNECTICUT, Hikes and Walks in the BERKSHIRE HILLS, Canoeing: Trips in Connecticut, New England Seacoast Adventures, A Fisheries Guide to Lakes and Ponds of Connecticut and TROUT & SALMON LAKES OF CONNECTICUT. White Memorial, Harwinton and Burlington land trusts offer a variety of hiking opportunities close to home. The Farmington Valley Greenway Trails offer many miles of walking and biking opportunities. Detail information is available on-line.

Pictorial Guide to Freshwater Fishes in Connecticut is an interesting guide to read during the winter. It includes descriptions, range maps and more than 240 high resolution, full- color photos of all recently reported fishes in Connecticut (82) species). Which includes anadromous fishes and the most common saltwater visitors. The guide has up-to-date range maps, a taxonomic key, special sections on observing fish, snorkeling, how to catch fish and keeping fish in aquariums. This field guide was written to update and supplement Walter Whitworth’s “Freshwater Fishes of Connecticut”.

2014 License Purchase Reminder—Those who plan to hunt or fish this year are reminded to purchase a 2014 license.

Full moon-- The January full moons are called Old Moon and Wolf Moon. It will be brightest on January 9.

  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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