Trout Unlimited

MARCH - 2016

Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski, Ernie Ludwig

Ernie Ludwig  | Vice President  |                            
203-560-2053 | |
Tungsten BH Czech Mate Nymph - Hare's Ear                                                                 

Meetings are held at ION's Community Center Building at 270 CHURCH Street, Naugatuck, CT. The ION Bank Community center building located next to the YMCA which is just up the street from where we originally held our last meeting in June. The building is to the left side when facing the YMCA. There is plenty of parking on the opposite side in the parking lot.

Hello Everyone,

We will be having a speaker Paul Dinice at our March 2nd chapter meeting doing a presentation on "Fly fishing for Stripers on the Housatonic". For those of you that fish in saltwater or have wondered if you would want to give it try this would be your opportunity to get some insight on what to do and where to go. Please don’t miss out on this fun and informative night.

See his BIO and presentation information below;

I have resided in Derby, CT all my life. I began spin fishing and fly fishing at a early age, all thanks to an uncle who took all the family kids fishing on his one day off a week. In 1980 my fishing focus turned exclusively to fly fishing. In 1985 I made my first foray into salt water fly fishing. I lived a stone’s throw from the Housatonic River and Naugatuck Rivers. I'm a member of virtually every fly fishing club and organization in CT. I'm also very much involved in numerous environmentally based organizations such as Trout Unlimited, Connecticut Audubon society, and the Coastal Conservation Association. I've made numerous written contributions to newspapers, local club newsletters, and periodicals. My "home" club/organization is the Housatonic fly Fisherman's Association. For the past 35 years I've written "Fly of the Month" section of the FFA newsletter and website. I contributed to a book entitled "Over-Winter Striper Secrets" by Captain Al Anderson. The contributions included photographs and writings which were incorporated in the section on fishing the Housatonic. My "closer crab" pattern appeared in the 2012 winter edition of Fly Tyer Magazine. I've also organized numerous small fly fishing expo's here in CT. I'm a member of the Derby Inland Wetlands Commission and have been employed by the Town f Orange as the Zoning Administrator for the past 36 years.

Presentation this month: Fly Fishing for Stripers on the Housatonic

The Housatonic is a very unique and beautiful river. Where else can you catch trophy trout at the foot of the Berkshires and then travel an hour south to the river mouth at Stratford/Milford and catch striped bass all in the same day? The slide show covers fishing locations on the "lower" Housatonic from the Housatonic Dam in Derby to the ocean. It's one of the premiere salt water fly fishing destinations on the East coast. It's also one of a handful of locations which host winter-over striped bass. I'll over river access points, fishing gear, flies/bait fish imitations, fishing techniques, and an array of photos of successful fishermen. At each presentation I will have a limited number of "A Guide to stripers on the Housatonic".

Ernest J Ludwig VP Naug/Pomp TU

Ph: 203-639-2643
Cell: 203-560-2053

FlyTying--The Naugatuck/Pomperaug Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be holding Fly Tying classes at Stop & Shop's Southbury location (I 84 West, Exit 15) located in the KMart Shopping Plaza. Classes are held in the store's Community Room on Wednesday (see dates) evenings from 7 pm - 9 pm, and they are free and open to the public. If you don't have your own equipment or materials, the Chapter will provide it for your use during class; everyone is welcome - young, old, beginner or experienced.

Class dates are as follows: March 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2016. Classes are not held on the first Wednesday of the month. For more information, please call Marty at 203-729-3854.

Reported by Bob Gregorski

Trout Stocking – SPRING TROUT STOCKING HAS BEGUN – DEEP Inland Fisheries staff began the 2016 spring trout stockings on February 22. Among the areas scheduled to be stocked sometime two weeks after are many of the state’s Trout Management Areas (TMA’s).

All sixteen of the state’s Trout Management Areas remain open year round (and all are catch-and-release fishing during the winter and early spring). Class I Wild Trout Management Areas (WTMA) are also open year-round for catch-and-release fishing. Note that early spring stockings are very dependent on weather and site conditions.

Here are the pre-season trout stocking numbers for the Naugatuck River from Tim Barry DEEP Inland Fisheries received by Bob Gregorski.

Upper River    (Torrington-Litchfield)  1,430
TMA    (Litchfield-Thomaston) 2,035
Mid  (Thomaston- Waterbury)  1,795
Lower  (Waterbury – Beacon Falls)

Note: This year the Fishing Season will open one week earlier than in the past.
OPENING DAY will be April 9, 2016.

March Angling Bob Gregorski

February 29 was the last day of the winter fishing season for most anglers. Many quiet waters were not ice free for the beginning of the Lakes and Ponds Trophy Trout onMarch 1. Starting March 1, most waters stocked with trout were closed to fishing and will open the second Saturday of April 9 or are Catch & Release. Marine and inland fishing is available from March 1 through April 9. The species of fish available include: trout, pike, walleye, stripers, winter flounder, black bass, sea-run trout and Atlantic salmon broodstock. The five types of waters available to anglers can be categorized as: Trophy Trout Lakes, No Closed Season Waters, Trout Management Areas, Private Ponds and Marine. Trophy trout lakes in CT are open to trout fishing in March. Each has its own set of regulations. Read the rules in the 2016 Connecticut Angler’s Guide (due to be published by April 1). An electronic version of the 2016 Guide continues to be available online at

There are 12 rivers/streams or portions thereof that have no closed season for a variety of fish, including trout and black bass. There are lakes and ponds that have no closed season for fishing. Pike, sea-run trout, stripers, catfish and white perch are hunted in the largest rivers in the state as conditions permit. Another option is fishing some of the TMA’s that always have trout; each has special regulations. Some private and club owned ponds may be open to fishing in March.

If you have the desire to fish during March, there's much available.

Riverbend Park 2/26/16

To: Bob Gregorski NRWA & TU, NRG Steering Committee , Interested Parties and Others
From: Rich Minnick

Attached are two (2) files of the proposed enhancements to the Beacon Falls Riverbend Park project. One is the proposed plan and the other is an view of the area.

Thanks to the efforts of the committee members, Mike Horbal, (surveyor) ,Ed Leavy (engineer) folks at DEEP & DOT and many others I am very pleased to say that the project is moving along.

Brief update.

Fallen and dead tress, under brush and invasive vines have been removed from most of the area. It really has opened it up. With plantings and mother nature's 's help, it will look better after one growing season upon completion.

The town has acquired the Harmon property to the west of the existing park. This will provide much need access to additional fishing area. BTW, I was informed that a fly fisherman landed a salmon in that area this am. The committee will be work with Mike Horbal & Ed Leavy and others to best incorporate this parcel into the plan with the minimum of disturbance and ease of maintenance in the future.

Thanks to the efforts of Margaret Kelly of DOT plans are proceeding to include the properties to the east and adjacent to Rt 42 into the plan. Eventually this will allow the park to be incorporated int the expansion of the existing NRG StreetScape.

As soon as weather is permitting and the water flows recedes in the river, Mike will have his crew complete the survey of the river bottom for the planned "J hook". This will allow Ed to complete the design in preparation for presentation to the towns' various land use boards, DEEP and the Army Corps. of Engineers as required.

Please share with those you may think are interested

This project would not be progressing with out everyone's help. Thank you.


Riverbend Park Concept Plan-Overall 11-19-15 1



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.

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