May - 2014

Newsletter of the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter
Trout Unlimited

Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski, Ernie Ludwig

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  

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

Pomperaug River Watershed Fish Surveys

Note: This was the only recent information available. Not all rivers and streams were sampled in recent years.
Resources: DEEP Inland Fisheries Division, Carol Haskins & Bob Gregorski

Electrofishing Data Summary - CT DEEP Survey on 7/5/13
#POMPERAUG RIVER - East Flat Hill Road, Southbury
White Sucker (24), Small Mouth Bass (13), Brown Trout, stocked (2), Brook Trout, stocked (1), Longnose Dace (4), Tesselated Darter (10), Creek Chub (2)Common Shiner (5), Blacknose Dace (10), Fall Fish (57), Large Mouth Bass (4), Rock Bass (9), Sculpin (15), Bluegill (31), Rainbow Trout, stocked (1), Common Carp (1), American Eel (3), Green Sunfish (5), Cutlips Minnow (5). Total Count 202

#TRANSYLVANIA BROOK - McMillan Park, Southbury -Survey on 7/5/13
Common Shiner (35), Fall Fish (33), Green Sunfish (1), White Sucker (55),Creek Chub (27), Blacknose Dace (44), Pumpkinseed (4), Tesselated Darter (35),Bluegill (2). Total Count 236

#NONNEWAUG RIVER - at USGS gauge / Rte 6, Woodbury- Survey on 7/5/13
Brown Trout, Wild, (36), Blacknose Dace (77), Longnose Dace (98), Creek Chub (12),White Sucker (41), American Eel (1), Yellow Perch (3), Pumpkinseed (3), Bluegill (9), Brown Bullhead 93), Common Shiner (1), Green Sunfish (1), Tesselated Darter (3). Total Count 288

#SURVEY DATE: 6/30/2011
Weekeepeemee River - Downstream Jack's Bridge Road at USGS Gage, Woodbury
Blacknose dace (97), Brown trout, stocked (7), Creek chub (19), Common shiner (23), Fallfish (6), Longnose dace (39), Largemouth Bass (1), Rainbow trout, stocked (4), Slimy sculpin (21), Tesselated darter (15), Brown trout, naturalized (35), White sucker (36),Yellow perch (2). Total Count: 305

Great Conservationists

Naugatuck River Banks and Greenway Cleaned-- Recently a hard working group of 23 Naugatuck High School, Air Force Junior ROTC cadets cleaned the east riverbank of the Naugatuck River and Greenway in Linden Park and west bank north of the Union City footbridge in Naugatuck. Master Sergeant Gary Morrone, USAF (ret) and Lieutenant Colonel Valerie Lofland, USAF (ret) led the cadets in this effort to improve the quality of life in the Naugatuck River Valley. This the ninth time this group has completed conservation projects along the Naugatuck River.

More than a dozen large bags of light debris, sofa, love seat, large metal pieces, swivel chair, and rusted metal debris were removed. The project was organized by Joe Savarese and Bob Gregorski of the Naugatuck River Watershed Association and sponsored by the Borough of Naugatuck including the Mayor's office, Public Works and Recreation Departments and subsidized by trout Unlimited Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter. Ron Tymula Manager of Student Transportation of America in Naugatuck donated the bus transportation.

Photo by Joe Savarese

AFJROTC Naugatuck High School River Clean Up at Linden Park/ 7 April 2014. Left-Right Chris Werner, Lt. Col Valerie Lofland USAF (ret), Joshua Robinson, Anthony Brill, Justin Carignan, Anthony Sandri, Allen Noss, Kevin Pimpinelli, Alex Tenbrink, Cheyanne Sandri, Jada Illa, Jared Sullivan, Aliyah Tripp, Jessica Rodriguez, Nick Hernandez, Jason Wargo, Enid Velez, Chris Farmassony, Patricia Carvalho, Alex Triscritti, Brian Moore, Leanne Blanc, Alex Ortiz, Joseph Taveras, and MSgt Gary Morrone USAF, (ret)

Boy Scouts Complete Conservation Projects

Last Saturday was the OPENING DAY of the Trout Fishing Season in Connecticut. While thousands of youngsters were out fishing, playing soccer or baseball, some dedicated Boy Scouts and their leaders were improving the environment for fish and wildlife. The scouts of Troop 140 Oakville, CT completed four conservation projects as a Troop-Self-Stewardship commitment to protecting and improving the riparian habitat of the Naugatuck River. A commitment they have honored for the last 22 years.

The following April 19 projects were subsidized by the Naugatuck River Watershed Association, Friends of the Naugatuck River and Trout Unlimited Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter. During its Annual River Bank clean up project in Waterbury, the Troop cleaned the West Bank of the Naugatuck River of debris from the Huntingdon Avenue Bridge south for about one mile. About a ton of unsightly debris was removed. Note: The other four projects were completed in the same areas.

In the Second Project completed that day, 45 existing Bird Nesting Boxes were cleaned out or removed and 20 new ones were put up. Now there are 50 blue bird/tree swallow, one wood duck and one owl house along that stretch of the river. In the Third Project the Scouts inspected tree bases that are protected with wire fencing from beavers felling them. The elimination of trees that shade the river’s waters increases thermal pollution, which has a negative impact on aquatic life.

The Fourth Project the Scouts recorded wildlife sightings, tree growth of previous plantings and flora including invasive plants. The information collected will assist the Troop in planning its 2015 projects in that location. A Fifth Project was to enhance the beauty of the river in the area between Route 8 and the Naugatuck River. Scores of flowering plants, hundreds of flower seeds and dozens of ground cover tubers were planted. Three students from Waterbury Arts Magnet School (WAMS) in Waterbury and one of the dads did all the planting.

Troop 140 is commended for its untiring commitment to enhancing the quality of life for people, fish and wildlife in the Naugatuck Valley.

Naugatuck Pomperaug TU Chapter News
By E. Ludwig Vice President Chapter 281  

Fly Tying Season Wrap Up
On March 26th we held the last fly tying class for the season at Stop & Shop in Southbury with a great turn out of happy fly-tier’s. Thank you to all that attended and we hope to see all of you folks there next fly tying season. Your support for our chapter is greatly appreciated. A special Thanks goes out to Dave Peck for coordinating this effort again this year. Below are some pictures from the festivities.



Free Membership for Women
Expanding TU's Membership Base.

And speaking of new members, do you know any women who enjoy our sport, conservation or both? Well, TU is interested in attracting more women to the organization and for a limited time is offering women free memberships. feel free to share this information with any women anglers or conservationists you might now. Let's all work to expand our influence.


The highly invasive freshwater alga, Didymosphenia geminata, known as “didymo” or “rock snot”, is currently “blooming” (undergoing rapid growth) in the West Branch Farmington River between Route 20 and the confluence with the Still River (Riverton area). Monthly surveys have been on-going since the first documentation of didymo in March of 2011. Since that time, many other algae been observed blooming at different times of the year throughout the river, but expansion of didymo has not been noted.

Anyone recreating in the river and who comes in contact with didymo can potentially transport didymo to other waters. The microscopic cells can easily cling to fishing gear, waders (felt soles can be especially problematic), boots and boats, and remain viable for months under even slightly moist conditions. For more information including precautions that should be taken to prevent the spread of didymo to additional waters, visit

We would like to hear from you if you suspect you have found didymo outside of the Riverton area. Please remember that didymo is typically found in cold, shallow streams with rocky substrate. The microscopic didymo cell produces a stalk to attach to the substrate. Under ideal conditions, blooms of didymo can form thick mats of stalk material that feel like wet wool and are typically gray, white and/or brown, but never green in color. Please contact the Inland Fisheries Division at 860-424-Fish or email a photo and location of the observation to If you would like to participate in a citizen monitoring program for didymo observations please see detail on

DEEP 2014 Preseason Trout Stocking Underway

Opening Day of Trout Season is Saturday, April 19th

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced it expects to stock almost 390,000 trout in waters across the state in time for Opening Day of the 2014 trout fishing season April 19th – despite challenges posed by extended winter conditions this year.

“Stocking nearly four hundred thousand fish prior to Opening Day is a monumental task in the best weather,” said Pete Aarrestad, Director of DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division. “We’ve had to postpone several days of stocking due to morning temperatures in the single digits, and a number of other scheduled stocking runs were shifted to sites with better winter access. However, we still plan to stock all of the usual water bodies that have historically been done for Opening Day.  Hatchery staff have endured and prevailed under prolonged winter conditions unseen in Connecticut in over 50 years.  It is a testament to their ‘can do’ attitude and dedication on behalf of recreational anglers.”

More than 200 truckloads of trout are scheduled to be released into 100 lakes and ponds and 194 rivers and streams in time for Opening Day. The following species & sizes will be stocked prior to Opening Day:


brook trout  

(10-11 inch) 


brown trout

(10-11 inch)


brown trout

(12 inch)


tiger trout

(10-12 inch brook/brown hybrid)


rainbow trout 

(10-12 inch) 


rainbow trout 

(12-14 inch) 


surplus broodstock

(3-10 pound trout – all species)

Trout anglers looking to test out their gear prior to the start of trout season can visit one of the state’s fifteen Trout Management Areas (TMA), all open for pre-season catch-and-release fishing. TMAs are located on the Farmington River, Hammonasset River, Hockanum River, Housatonic River (two TMA’s), Mianus River, Mill River (Fairfield), Mill River (Hamden), Moosup River, Pequabuck River (including Coppermine Brook), Naugatuck River, Salmon River, Saugatuck River, Willimantic River and Yantic River.

Typically, DEEP stocks nearly all these areas as soon as they are accessible by the hatchery trucks. This year, however, due to snow cover, frozen snow banks and shoreline ice cover, a number of the TMAs were inaccessible, thus stocking them had to be postponed. “Barring more winter weather, we plan on having most of the Trout Management Areas stocked by the end of next week,” said Aarrestad. 

Anglers can access up-to-date information about where and when trout are stocked on Facebook at

In addition to the TMAs, Class I Wild Trout Management Areas (WTMA) are also open year-round for catch-and-release fishing, and are located on Deep Brook, Eightmile River, Hawleys Brook, Beaver Brook/Merrick Brook, Macedonia Brook, Mill River (in Easton), Quinnipiac River, Tankerhoosen River, and Wachocastinook (Riga) Brook. Class I WMTA’s are typically not stocked. Additionally, downstream portions of six of the designated Sea-run Trout Streams (Eightmile River, Farm River, Hammonasset River, Latimer Brook, Saugatuck River, and Whitford Brook) are open year-round with a two trout per day creel limit and a fifteen-inch minimum length.

Anglers should consult the CT Angler’s Guide for detailed information on specific locations and angling regulations.  Printed versions of the 2014 Angler’s Guide are now available at more than 350 locations statewide, including town halls, bait & tackle shops and other vendors selling outdoor equipment, DEEP facilities, and commercial marinas and campgrounds. The electronic versions of the Guide can be found on the DEEP website at (

Additional fishing and fisheries related information can be found on the DEEP web site at The web site has a wealth of information including; trout stocking location maps, annual fish stocking summary report, the very popular Youth Fishing Passport Program, and when you catch the big one, criteria for Trophy Fish Awards. 

Save the last minute running around and purchase your 2014 fishing licenses directly online, or if you prefer, at one of the many participating town halls, tackle retailers and DEEP offices. For a complete list of vendors, visit the DEEP website ( or call DEEP Licensing and Revenue (860-424-3105).

  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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