We’ve added new content under the resources tab, that will be of special interest to fly-anglers, beginners to expert. You’ll also find detailed information on fishing rivers from the Hudson to the Farmington, essentially covering all of the Litchfield Hills, the southern section of the Berkshires (In NY and CT) and the Hudson Valley. Learn what fly to use, when, under which circumstances/weather conditions/seasons and how to cast/retrieve the fly.
All NWCTU meetings in 2019 except the December Christmas Season party happen at the Forman School Campus, at the new Arts building, pictured in the overhead (below). We have refreshments at all meetings (self-serve). Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month & begin at 7:30. There is no charge for attending meetings. Bring a friend to a meeting! Newcomers can join the chapter and receive an immediate 50% discount on membership!
The Forman School is located on CT-63, about 1/2 mile north of the CT-202 Intersection, just north of the residential area on CT-63.
From (Litchfield) the intersection of CT-202 and CT-63, travel north on CT-63 for a bit less than one-half mile then take the right turn onto Forman Henderson Rd. . Pass the Pass through the two white pillars at the gate then follow the drive to the right of the first building to the parking lot. (See overhead below). From (Goshen) at the intersection of CT-63 and CT-4 drive south on CT-63 for five and one-half miles, then take a left onto Forman Henderson Rd. Pass the Pass through the two white pillars then follow the drive to the right of the first building to the parking lot.
What’s Goin’ On?
Come to our meetings to see what’s going on in Litchfield County on the rivers in your area. Help us plan conservation projects, community education projects, fly-fishing classes, future events and parties.
Current Chapter News
Brian Eltz from Connecticut DEEP stopped by and gave a fisheries report at our May meeting. The Burlington Hatchery will be taking on volunteers this year so if you’d like to work at a trout and salmon hatchery, you can. We’ve submitted a grant application to TU’s “Embrace a Stream” program for the work we’re doing on Macedonia Brook, in Kent, CT, which is a cold water tributary and thermal refuge of the TMA on the Housatonic River. Grant approvals are handed out in the fall, and if we’re successful, we’ll have plenty of trees and bushes to protect Macedonia Brook.
Open Volunteer Positions
We’re looking to fill the following volunteer positions. Coordinator positions are usually appointed for a one-year period, however you find that you’re good at it, and enjoy it, you’ll probably get asked to serve again. (Our current TIC Coordinator) has been in that position for more than five consecutive years.)
Veterans Services Coordinator
Guest Speakers, Fly Swap’s and More
Please join us at meetings, and don’t forget to bring a fly for our fly swap, any stories of outstanding fish you’ve landed recently or released (LDA). Occasionally at meetings we bring a speaker in, usually from the state (DEEP), or one of the guides or instructors off the Housatonic or Farmington River watersheds. Our chapter also has a large and growing video collection we sometimes show at the conclusion of meetings.
(LDA – Long Distance Release – well, that fish got off 20 or 30 ft away, but must have been 25″ long!)
Future Meeting Dates
Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
Tuesday, February 4th, 2020
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020
Tuesday, April 7th, 2020
Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020
Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 (Board of Directors Meeting)
Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 (Agenda includes nominations for officers)
Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 (Agenda – Annual Elections)
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 (Holiday Party*) at Torrington Country Club
Blackberry River – Riverside Cleanup -We show up two to three hours before our Blackberry River gathering to complete a riverside cleanup (trash along Lower Rd).
Naugatuck River – Riverside/River Cleanup – In conjunction with the City of Torrington’s Earth Day, we feed volunteers and dispose of debris along and in the river – From Torrington to Campville.
Housatonic River – Riverside Cleanup – First Thursday in May (Trash Collection at all pull-offs on US-7 Between the Covered Bridge and the intersection of CT-4 and US-7)
We’re currently working with TU, The Kent School, and Kent Center School on a project on Macedonia Brook, a tributary of the Housatonic River, within the Bulls Bridge TMA. Thus-far, the State of Connecticut has cut a wedge into a two-hundred year old dam, allowing water from the brook to flow into the river. This will allow trout to swim upstream during spawning and thermal refuge times, and drain out excess water, so we can begin planting trees and shrubs along the riverbanks to shelter the brook. Our chapter has applied for an EAS Grant to purchase trees, bushes and other material to strengthen shorelines and lower the water temperature.
Would you like to be involved in planning or planting? Just let us know!
Northwestern Connecticut Trout Unlimited was founded in 1963, four years after TU itself was founded. It has been serving the community since. The Housatonic Watershed is our home, thus most ongoing projects take place in the Housatonic Watershed.
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