Trout Unlimited

MAY - 2016

Publisher: Cathy Unger
Contributors: Bob Gregorski, Ernie Ludwig

Ernie Ludwig  | Vice President  |                            
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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.

Chapter Meeting Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 - “MOVIE NIGHT”
“Turning Tail – The Atlantic Salmon’s Great New Leap”


Naugatuck-Pomperaug Trout Unlimited

Chapter Meeting Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 - “MOVIE NIGHT”
“Turning Tail – The Atlantic Salmon’s Great New Leap”
At our May Chapter Meeting we will be hosting a “Movie Night” - featuring the film “Turning Tail – The Atlantic Salmon’s Great New Leap” from Gray Ghost Productions LLC.  Given our chapters relationship with the Naugatuck River and our opportunity to fish for it’s Broodstock Atlantic Salmon, and evidence of the return of spawning salmon to the Connecticut River, this movie seemed like a terrific choice.  Turning Tail  tells the history of the Atlantic Salmon and Atlantic Salmon sport fishing in the Northeast United States and Canada, as well as the story of the decline of the fishery, and the most recent efforts to restore runs to rivers that where once replete with spawning fish.  They mention rivers from CT and Long Island- from the Housatonic northward, up the coast. The movie includes both the sport fishing history and contemporary film footage of fishing for what has been called “the King of Sport Fish“.  Interviews and fishing footage include noted author John Gierach, Maine guide Kevin McKay, and others.  We will show the film after our regular chapter business and our raffle.  We’ll also provide refreshments including Popcorn - a movie night favorite!  We’ll see you there!!
George Rein
Naugatuck-Pomperaug Trout Unlimited
Outreach Coordinator

More about the movie, Turning Tail – The Atlantic Salmon’s Great New Leap:
From the producers:
“Throughout the east coast of North America, from Long Island Sound to the northern most point of Labrador, if you look closely, you will find the chrome beauty known as Salmo Salar.  The Atlantic salmon is arguably the holy grail of freshwater angling, a cultural icon and a great indicator of the effect of man’s troubled history with his natural environment.  This journey explores the outer most reaches from the wilds of Labrador, the Gaspe` Bay Peninsula and New Brunswick to the inner workings of hatcheries and fish traps.  From the rich sporting heritage to the mystery while at sea, this film will take you on an exploration of a lifetime, well beyond the leap. “ …
From a review by Global Fly Fisher’s Martin Joergensen:

…“There's lots of contemporary fishing and lots of beautiful scenery and nice fish caught, but the cornerstone in the video is the long row of interviews with people from the area: anglers, guides, environmental workers and many more, who all know what they are talking about and can express both facts and feelings about the fish and the fishing … Altogether a very educating and entertaining DVD that manages to mix the documentary and environmental side with the fishing and natural scenery side in an excellent way … it very much runs with positive notes and has an optimistic tone. You will know quite a bit about why the Atlantic salmon is struggling, but also be left with a good feeling that something can be done and is (being) done by enthusiastic and knowledgeable people.”



Friday, May 6th, 8:30am
Black Rock State Park, Watertown, CT
Contact: Gary Zrelak

Saturday, May 14th, 9am-3pm,
Bethlehem Fair Grounds, 384 Main Street North,
Bethlehem, CT

N-P TU will give Fly Casting, Fly Tying & Knot Tying Demonstrations.  Please join other chapter members for a few hours and help spread the word of conservation to the next generation!
Contact: George Rein

Saturday, May 21st, 10am-4pm,
Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust
Woodbury, CT (at the intersection of Flanders and Church Hill Roads)
N-P TU will give Fly Casting, Fly Tying & Knot Tying Demonstrations.  Please join other chapter members for a few hours in the country and help spread the word of conservation to the next generation!
Contact: George Rein

Naugatuck River Restoration

“A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure”-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Municipal agencies in all eleven Naugatuck River towns, CT State and federal agencies have been working to restore the river since the Clean Water Act went into effect in 1977 and Water Quality Act of 1987. Here’s what the most active conservation groups have done and continue to do to Restore & Enhance the Naugatuck River’s fish and wildlife and promote its recreational and educational uses.
(Number of years) - conservation ‘groups’ have been working to restore the NAUGY
(32)- Naugatuck Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited, a.k.a. Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter,
(25)- Boy Scouts of America Troop 140,
(24)- Northwestern Chapter Trout Unlimited
(22) -the Naugatuck River Watershed Association, Inc.
(11) - Naugatuck Valley Outdoor Club
(07)- Naugatuck High School Jr. ROTC
(05)- Naugatuck River Revival Group (started on Nov 10, 2011)

This year four non-profit conservation organizations, which have been working to protect, restore and enhance the Naugatuck River, its tributaries and riparian habitat are celebrating anniversaries of those efforts: 32nd-Naugatuck Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited, a.k.a. Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter, 25th-Boy Scouts of America Troop 140, 24th-Northwestern Chapter Trout Unlimited and 22nd the Naugatuck River Watershed Association, Inc.

Collectively, those four groups have sponsored more than 160 restoration projects in most of the eleven Naugatuck River towns. Several thousand volunteer conservationists from all walks of life completed these projects. 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 sites dedicated to the Naugatuck River System.

At our recent Banquet, our Chapter president Steve Farnham presented a “CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION & CONSERVATION PROJECT GRANT OF $400.00 — For continuing conservation projects on the Naugatuck and Pomperaug rivers” to: Boy Scouts of America Troop 140, Naugatuck River Watershed Association, Inc, Naugatuck High School Jr. ROTC and Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition.
Note:The Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition is celebrating its 17th anniversary.

NHS Jr. ROTC April 25-2016 Linden Park

These Naugatuck High School Jr. ROTC Cadets and their leaders cleaned the Naugatuck River bank in Linden Park, the Park Greenway and Park on Monday April 25, 2016. The effort was in preparation for Naugatuck River Festival - April 30, 2016

The project was organized the Joe Savarese and Bob Gregorski of the Naugatuck River Watershed Association and subsidized by the Naugatuck-Pomperaug Chapter Trout Unlimited.

Photo by Bob Gregorski

Naugatuck/Pomperaug TU Conservation Grant

From: Anne Urkawich
Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition

Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition was awarded $400 grant from the Naugatuck-Pomperaug TU to purchase needed Thermal Monitoring and Water Sampling Equipment to continue its scientific data collection in the Pomperaug River Watershed Basin that informs protection and remediation planning locally and contributes water quality data to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to meet state and national needs. Water temperature can be inherently variable as it is influenced by factors including air temperature, riparian characteristics, and groundwater input. Water temperature monitoring and data collection helps further understanding about the impacts of stormwater runoff, impervious surfaces, climate change, and physical changes in and along the stream channel. Water temperature itself is an important variable in determining the biology of a particular stream segment. This data can be used to complement ongoing watershed efforts to protect and restore aquatic habitat by both understanding water temperature variability and to be able to characterize the type of water temperature habitat (cold, cool, or warm water) of the stream segment. Beyond the collection of important water quality data, the equipment will enable PRWC to further expand its capacity and develop more opportunities for volunteer engagement and hands-on educational activities that will lead to positive changes for the health of our aquifer, drinking water, and rivers.

The grant is appreciated.

Thank you.

Anne Urkawich

Naugatuck/Pomperaug Trout Unlimited 2016 Banquet

L-R Ernie Ludwig, Bill Fitzpatrick, Valerie Loftland, Ed Dearborn, Bob Gregorski,
Anne Urkawich, Steve Farnham

photo by Gilles Rousseau of the Gilles Rousseau Studio

Troop BSA 140 cleaning the West - Naugatuck River bank in Waterbury between Huntingdon Ave Bridge and West Main Street.

Bee Shelter installed & preparing to erect a tree swallow house.

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.



  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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To conserve, protect and restore North America's cold water fisheries and their watershed.