Join us on Thursday October 11th for an informative presentation on Euro/Tactical Nymphing for Steelhead.
Joe Goodspeed from Thomas & Thomas fly rods will be discussing how we can use technical nymphing tactics to hook more great lakes Steelhead. This presentation will highlight the new 10’8” 6wt Contact nymph rod from Thomas & Thomas, and how to achieve a range of presentation styles with that type of equipment. Joe has more than two decades experience targeting fall run Great Lakes Steelhead, and his understanding of these fish and how to effectively target them will benefit Steelhead anglers of all skill levels.
September Meeting Speaker Announced! Paul Dinice on Flyfishing for Smallies on the Housatonic River.
Our speaker this month will be Paul Dinice.
Paul has been gracious enough to provide this Bio and overview of his Presentation:
I’m 64 years old and have resided in Derby, CT all my life. I began spin fishing and fly fishing at a very 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 live a stones 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 HFFA news letter 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 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 of Orange as the Zoning Administrator for the past 38 years.
Fly Fishing for Small Mouth Bass on the Housatonic
This is an underappreciated fishery. Learn about the behavior of ‘smallies’ and how it can assist you in catching this great game fish. Many believe that pound for pound this is the strongest fresh water game fish available. I’ll cover fishing tactics and techniques, best times to fish for small mouth bass, and the flies to use. Fishing for this species is just a whole ‘lota’ fun and can assist you in improving your fly fishing skills and knowledge of the Housatonic River.
We hope that you will join us this month for this great presentation and fellowship with folks who have an interest in coldwater fisheries conservation. We will have pizza at 6:00, meeting will start at 7:00. BYOB or soft drink of your choice.
Just a quick reminder that regular monthly meetings of the HCTU start in September. We also have a Board of Directors meeting scheduled for August 27 starting at 6:30 PM in the Marion B. Newton Room of the United Churches of Durham at 228 Main St, Durham, CT 06422. Please let us know if you plan to attend the BOD meeting by sending a short email to Rick Huntley at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us for our annual picnic meeting on May 10th! We will again meet at QRWA Regional Education Center 540 Oregon Rd., South Meriden. Come and enjoy a hot dog and/or burger with picnic fare with us! Master fly tier, Bill Glueck will be demonstrating tying wet flies prior to the picnic. Bill plans to start tying at about 3 PM and may continue until the picnic starts. The picnic will start at 5PM. Come to fish earlier and stay for the tying demonstration, picnic and meeting!
Jack Smola, the Owner of Smola's Flyfishing Guide & Services, will be our speaker for the April regular monthly meeting. Jack is a well known Guide on many Connecticut and western Massachusetts rivers. He also guides on national and international destination fishing adventures. A well traveled humorous man who loves to tell stories of his travels and the flies he ties, Jack is always a treat to be around. His personality is one of a kind. He will be discussing what flies he likes to use for any given situation, his top flies, and his travels. Should be a fun evening. Please join us at 7:00 pm on Thursday, April 12th!
Just a quick confirmation that the meeting is on for this evening. Again, our speaker is Page Rogers. She will be speaking to us about Fly Fishing Martha’s Vineyard. Bring your appetite for the Dublin Coddle and Soda Bread. Feel free to bring a beer of your choice (Irish or otherwise) to go with this quintessential Irish sausage stew. Hope to see you this evening.