April - 2014

Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited

Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski, Steve Farnham

Upcoming Events

Monthly meetings are at 7:00 PM the first Wednesday of the month in the Community Room at the, ION Bank, (formerly the Naugatuck Savings Bank), 87 Church St., Naugatuck, CT.  For further information call Dom Falcone at 860-274-4103 or or visit  

Wet Flies 101: Steve Culton 
Author, Guide, Expert Fly Tier and Angler

During the past decade or more I'd like to think I've become competent in many of the techniques we use to catch fish on a fly. But there's one technique that I still have yet to master: wet flies. Fortunately we have an expert joining us in April 2nd to demystify the art of wet fly fishing.

Steve Culton SteelheadJoin us and bring a friend on Wednesday, April 2nd for our evening program with Steve Culton.  Steve is a Connecticut-based guide and author who I've had the pleasure to attend and listen to him talk. Steve's skill and effectiveness swinging a wet fly complements his talent in tying these flies. Steve's easy going and generous style never fails to impart some new piece of knowledge about the sport. I'm sure you'll pick up a few tips and this is a great spring primer for those of us that like wet fly fishing.

Event Info
Wednesday, April 2nd, 7p.m.
At ION Bank (formerly the Naugatuck Savings Bank) the center of Naugatuck, Community Room.

2014 New England Spey Clave III

On May 17 Fred and Jerry at Spey Casting Northeast will be hosting another event at Mathies Grove on the Farmington River.

This will be the third year that Fred and Jerry put this on. It's a great day and there are a bunch of rod companies and lots of people there to show you how to spey cast, they have reels and fly tying also. . . and free food!

This is held on the Farmington River so after spending some time casting you can fish as well.

Spey Clave III 2014

Date: May 17, 2014
Location: Mathies Grove on the Farmington River
No Fee,
Free Lunch provided by The Complete Angler, Darien, CT

For more information about the Spey Clave

Spey Casting North East

From the President's Desk

Subject: Annual Banquet 2014

Our annual banquet is being held on Friday, April 11, 2014 at The Crystal Room, 98 School Street, Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770 at 6:00 p.m.

The banquet will be a sit down dinner served family style and will consist of Roast Beef and Gravy, Baked Stuffed Alaskan Cod and Chicken Marsala. There will also be a cash bar.  A silent auction and raffles will take place.

This annual event is a great opportunity to get together with friends (fishing or otherwise) as it helps raise money for us to continue our education and conservation projects. This year your participation is needed more because the Chapter is embarking on expanding its activities such as river clean-up and restoration and introducing a program for educating youth in our community about fly fishing.

We have been able to maintain the same price as we have had in the past: $35.00 single, $65 per couple.
To make your reservations for the banquet there are two choices:  
1)  Respond to this e-mail or to
2) Call Ed Dearborn at (203) 263-6229

The OPENING DAY of the 2014 inland fishing season is April 19. If you haven’t started getting prepared for the first day, here are some suggestions. In the coming weeks, other tips will follow regarding fishing and boating/paddling equipment.

Fishing Reel Maintenance
Most anglers will not fish until Opening Day. A few fraternities, each of which targets a specific species, will be out before that day pursuing white perch, walleye, pike, striped bass, black bass, tautog, trout including sea-runs and yellow perch as weather and outdoor conditions allow. But most of the pleasant-weather anglers stopped angling last summer or fall. Their equipment perhaps in poor to fair condition remains where they left it. This particularly true if the equipment was used in marine waters. Fishing reels can be the most expensive piece of angling equipment that needs continual maintenance. The next several weeks are a good time to get those reels and lines out of storage and inspect them.

Most avid anglers who fish freshwater and saltwater may use a variety of equipment as I do (trolling, spin casting, fly casting and surf casting). Reels and lines get the most abused by the elements and anglers. Saltwater reels that are not washed and lubricated properly after use in marine waters can be ruined.

When you purchase a new reel, save the booklet that came with it. The manufacturer’s maintenance guidelines should be followed. This is particularly important with the drag system. Cleaning and/or lubricating a drag improperly may ruin it. The manufacturer of each reel supplies information about the care and maintenance of it. Follow the manufacture's recommendation.

The following are general guidelines for most reels. After removing the line, wash the exterior surfaces. I use a mild soap and warm water. Inspect the external parts for scrapes on the finish, wear, loose or worn parts and damage. Line rollers and guides should be smooth. Bail return springs, drag knobs, level wind guides should operate smoothly. Clean, then lubricate.

Before taking a reel apart, I get a small box that has sides about 1-2 inches high that the reel will fit inside with room to spare. That way all the parts remain in one location, and it minimizes making a mess with grease and oil. Then get the appropriate size Phillips or flat head screwdrivers and nut drivers, a few cotton swabs, pipe cleaners, tiny stiff paint brushes, clean cloths, paper towels, reel grease and oil.

Disassemble the reel following the manufacturer's schematic. If you don't have it, make notes about how it came apart. Keep every part in the box. Trust me. This is particularly important for drag washers. They have to be put back in the proper order. Clean all the grime, sand and whatever from the internal workings using cotton swabs, pipe cleaners or tiny, paint brushes. I wipe off whatever I can, then spray some silicon on the appropriate parts and then do a thorough cleaning.

After all parts are spotless, lubricate according to the manufacturer's instructions. Put the line on only after it has been checked and after all the cleaning and lubricating has been done. Reel protectors/covers/bags are a good thing to use. I keep a record of when the reel was cleaned and lubed and place a sticker with the date and pound test; my fly reels are marked with date, line type and weight.

A good practice for all reels is to wash and dry them after each use and keep them in a reel case. If a reel is dropped in sand/soil, it should be washed clean immediately. If a reel gets dunked in saltwater, it should be rinsed in warm freshwater ASAP. Keep your reels in good shape, and they will last a long time. My Mitchell 300, which I bought second hand in 1955, is still cranking.

Bob Gregorski

Waterbury Republican-American March 9, 2014

Printed on the Front Page-OPINION OF THE DAY
“The Council of Governments of the Central Naugatuck Valley’s support of the TIGER grant proposal is enlightening and promising. Such grants provide river towns with opportunities to erase the stigma of a DEAD RIVER. Greenways will improve the quality of life for people and wildlife living in the Naugatuck River Valley.”
--Bob Gregorski, Middlebury

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR March 9, 2014 Waterbury Republican-American


In response to Ed Edelson’s March 1 letter, “Naugatuck River greenway would be a worthy addition,” here’s some pertinent, historical information regarding river restoration work completed in most Naugatuck River towns.

This year three non-profit conservation organizations, which have been working to protect, restore and enhance the Naugatuck River and its tributaries are celebrating anniversaries of those efforts: 30th-Naugatuck Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited, aka Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter, 22nd-Northwestern Chapter Trout Unlimited and Naugatuck River Watershed Association, Inc., 20th.

Collectively, they have sponsored more than 125 restoration projects in most river towns, which were completed by several thousand volunteer conservationists from all walks of life. In recent years other organizations joined in the restoration, enhancement and promotion of the river through greenways, riverside parks, river races, festivals, wildlife videos and a web site dedicated to the Naugatuck River System.

The Council of Governments of the Central Naugatuck Valley’s support of the TIGER grant proposal is enlightening and promising. Such grants provide river towns with opportunities to erase the stigma of a DEAD RIVER. Greenways will improve the quality of life for people and wildlife living in the Naugatuck River Valley.

On June 26, 2012, there was a formal celebration, which called attention to the restorative successes of the Naugatuck River. The City of Waterbury and the Arts and Culture Collaborative in the state's City Canvases Initiative unveiled the 30’X30’ mosaic mural which is located on the side of a building on 90 South Main Street in Waterbury. The colorful brace of brookies swimming in the cool, clear water depicted in this mural are the only trout native to the Naugatuck River System. They only thrive in cool, clean water.

Today the restoration results can be seen along the 40 miles of the Naugatuck River. Some evidences include eagles, osprey and herons feeding on some of the 42 species of fish living in Naugatuck River and its tributaries along with hundreds of mammals, amphibians and reptiles that reside and breed in its riparian environment. These wild creatures and the presence of brook trout are symbols of a healthy river and its riparian habitat. Riverside Greenways and Parks will entice people to visit and enjoy a rejuvenated river.

Bob Gregorski
A Founder of Naugatuck Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited and Naugatuck River Watershed Association, Inc.

Above sent to;
TU N-P, TU NW, NRWA Board, Sam & John, Jim & Evan

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