Pratt Center Tree Planting
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

Pratt Center Tree Planting

Please join the CVTU Board and Chapter members at the Pratt Center in New Milford for our Fall Tree Planting. We will meet at 9:00 am on Saturday October 19th at 163 Papermill Road in northern New Milford, off Route 202.

CVTU has actively engaged in cleanup and planting efforts at the Pratt Center in the past. We aim to continue these activities as part of our mission to protect, restore and reconnect our environment. After our cleanup efforts, please plan to stick around for a BBQ lunch. You can sign up for this event by email Mike Fatse at - shflyguy@gmail.com

The Pratt Nature Center is a 205-acre wildlife preserve and environmental education center in Litchfield County, CT. The land is diverse - with a mountain, meadows, woods, wildlife, gardens, farm animals, a stream, a pond, and wetlands, providing wonderful opportunities for outdoor fun, discovery and adventure! Pratt Nature Center offers hiking, bird-watching, community garden plots and nature education for all ages including programs tailor-made for the classroom or scout troop as well as for family or community enjoyment and learning.

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October Chapter Meeting - Reverie Brewery, Newtown
Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

October Chapter Meeting - Reverie Brewery, Newtown

Our October chapter meeting will feature member Dave Surowiecki, as he presents his approach to Euro Nymphing. “Euro Dave” is known throughout the chapter and in the Farmington and Housatonic valleys, as an expert on the technique, equipment and flies that “catch the big ones”. Many chapter members have adopted techniques shared by Dave, Dave Shaw and others, and have seen their catch counts rise as a result.

As mentioned Stony Hill Fire Department is unavailable this month, so our meeting will be held at Reverie Brewery at 57B Church Hill Road, Newtown, CT 06470 (north side of Church Hill Road just west of Newtown Pizza Palace). Reverie is Newtown’s newest craft brewery and offers an excellent alternative to the Fire House. We will bring in pizzas and soda, and water will be available. Reverie’s craft beer selection offers something for every palate. Check out their current selections here. Reverie founder Ryan Broderick sponsored our banquet last March with a craft beer gift basket and has promised to continue to sponsor our chapter in the future.

This month’s Fly Swap will feature the Blue Winged Olive, and important fly for the fall season. Check our “News” section for a video example of 3 different BWO patterns.

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Tree & Shrub Planting on the Pootatuck River
Oct
8
10:00 AM10:00

Tree & Shrub Planting on the Pootatuck River

Next Tuesday 10/8, the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) and the Newtown High School advanced placement Environmental Classes will be planting shrubs and trees to complete the PWA Pootatuck bank restoration root wad project. Timing will be from 10 until 2 although help may be needed earlier and perhaps later to finish up the work.

CVTU has been a partner in this project and will be funding the purchase of plants and trees from funds raised at the 2017 Chapter banquet and a grant received from First Light. 

The planting location is on the Pootatuck River immediately upstream of the mouth of Deep Brook in Newtown. Proceed past the Newtown Animal Control facility and Dog Park to the kiosk on Deep Brook and walk the Deep Brook trail to the site. HVA will have tools and gloves available. 

Although it is short notice, it would be great to have some of our members out to participate if at all possible. Call Joe Hovious 203-470-2952 with any questions.

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Penfield Reef Surf Trip for Striped Bass & Bluefish
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Penfield Reef Surf Trip for Striped Bass & Bluefish

Come join us after work on Friday September 20 to wade the mile-long Penfield Reef in search of stripers and bluefish. Penfield Reef is a narrow sandbar extending from the beach in Fairfield almost out to the Penfield Lighthouse.

Tidal currents wash over the bar providing excellent holding water for gamefish. When currents are moving well, anglers wade the top of the bar casting into the rip lines. When currents slow, fishing is usually good in the boulder fields at the extreme outer end of the reef. This time of year fishing is best in the evening and into the night. We will be fishing on a safe outgoing/falling tide.

Wading conditions range from just walking on a level sandy beach to wading waist-deep around slippery boulders. You can fish wherever you are comfortable. To make it out to the end of the reef requires about a 45 min. walk over sand/ gravel.

Time: Meet up at 6:00 PM at Veterans Park 909 Reef Rd, Fairfield CT 06824. We will provide an overview of the reef and how to fish it. We will then rearrange cars and head out as a group. Fish as little or as long as you like. Anglers who choose to venture to the end of the reef with us MUST begin the walk back in by 11:30 PM to avoid unsafe rising waters.

Respond to John Hildenbrand with any questions. Jhildenb73@gmail.com or 845-242-7730.

Tackle: 7-9 Wt rods with floating (preferred) or slow sink intermediate lines. 7 ft. leaders tapering to around 15 lb test. Feel free to bring light tackle spinning rods with plugs/ teasers, especially if the winds are strong. A correctly rigged spinning rod will usually outfish a fly rod here by alot.

Other Gear needed: Waders with wading belt, headlamp, pliers (needle nose with cutters work fine)

Optional but helpful gear: Wading staff, stripping basket, Boga grip, rain top.

Fly Selection: Typical patterns such as deceivers, Clousers, jiggys, epoxy flies from #1 - 2/0 all work. White and chartreuse work well during daylight hours and black is a great color at night. Crease flies and Gurglers at night can be deadly (or any other high floating pattern that can create a surface wake).

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September Chapter Meeting
Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

September Chapter Meeting

Our guest speaker for our first meeting this fall is Paul McCain of River Bay Outfitters in Baldwin, NY on Long Island. Paul has been an avid fly fisherman for 30 years. He has fished in South America, Montana and up and down the East Coast. Paul runs his family owned fly shop in Baldwin and provides guided trips and "Shop Trips" to a variety of locations on Long Island, upstate New York and even the Farmington in CT.

Paul has fished and organizes trips all over the tri-state area as well as in Montana and Alaska. He is skilled in catching trout, steelhead, and saltwater species. He is a past president of the Long Island Flyrodders and is a co-founder of the Long Island Fly Fishing Expo where all proceeds go to charity. At River Bay Outfitters he teaches numerous fly fishing/tying classes and is a New York State licensed guide. Paul dedicates much of his time helping beginners enjoy the sport of flyfishing and his energy is contagious.

At our meeting Paul will be sharing the secrets of fly fishing on Long Island. He has a wealth of experience as his is the only Fly Shop on Long Island that is dedicated to Fly Fishing and the art of Fly Tying.

We'll start up our monthly fly swap again as well, so look for details on what patterns we'll be swapping this fall.

Bring a friend to the meeting and show them what TU is all about and how our chapter works to bring TU's mission to life.

If you have any questions or issues, please reply to this email or send a note directly to Mark McBeth at grt4dead@hotmail.com.

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