Trees for Trout Collection 'Eco-Cycle' Your Christmas Tree
Saturdays Jan. 13 - From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Suggested Donation $10
Merwin Meadows Park, Wilton
The Each year, the Mianus Chapter 'eco-cycles' Christmas trees and turns them into important habitat for wild trout in the Norwalk and Mianus rivers.
Help support this effort by dropping off your tree on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Your tree will join hundreds of others in helping stabilize stream banks, reduce erosion and create refuge habitat for juvenile trout and other aquatic life. Trees will be anchored into the stream channel during the summer months in structures called 'conifer revetments' which, over time, capture sediment from the river and narrow the stream channel. This new, narrower channel helps create deeper pools in the stream, increase water velocity and maximize trout habitat in the river.
Volunteer will be needed this summer to help install the trees in the river - stay tuned!
Suggested donation of $10 per tree.
No synthetic trees or trees with tinsel or flocking please.
Veterans Fly Tying
Free Events for Veterans & Their Families
Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.
Halloween Yacht Club, Stamford
The Mianus Chapter is thrilled to be launching our second season of the growing Veterans Fly Tying community which we started last year!
We are seeking military veterans from across the region to join a fun, new community that brings to life the esprit de corps from your years of service. You'll meet veterans like you who live locally and enjoy the outdoors, and spend time in the company of mentors and expert instructors from the Mianus Chapter.
The free classes run the first Thursday of each month. No experience is necessary and beginners, kids and family members are more than welcome! Beyond fly tying, the program will include fishing trips, volunteer river restoration projects and more.
Volunteers are always needed and you don't have to be an expert fly tyer (or even know how to tie flies) to make our guests feel welcome and part of a community! Donations for the program, as well as donated fly tying equipment and materials are needed and gratefully accepted.
Don't miss out on our annual screening of the incredible Fly Fishing Film Tour - a perfect way to spend a cold winter night dreaming about the fishing season ahead!
This year you can choose from two different nights and locations, as we're bringing these great fishing films to Trumbull on Friday, Feb. 2 and to Stamford on Feb. 23.
If you've never been to an "F3T" showing, you're in for a treat. You will watch dozens of incredibly shot, exciting fishing and conservation films while enjoying a few cold drinks and fun raffles and door prizes.
The best part is that this great night supports the conservation and education programs of the Mianus, Candlewood and Nutmeg Chapters here in Fairfield County!
So be sure to buy your tickets now - ticket purchase links at left. (Tickets are $25 each online or $30 at the door.) While tickets may be available at the door the night of the screening, we can't guarantee a space as we've sold out the last three years!
Spend a great evening with friends and fellow members of the Mianus Chapter at our annual Fly Tying Clinic on Tuesday, January 9 at Waveny House in New Canaan starting at 7 p.m.
Our expert tyers will teach you how to tie their favorite local fresh and saltwater patterns. This meeting is perfect for kids and families, and we'll have all the gear and tools you'll need to get started - though you are free to bring your own vise and materials. Even if you've never tied a fly before, come for the camaraderie, some refreshments, great fishing talk and more.
The fly tying clinic is great for kids and entire families - kid-friendly patterns and instruction will be available.
Chapter events are a great way to meet new fishing buddies and to introduce new anglers to a community just for them. Guests and the public are welcome and our chapter's more experienced members are always willing to spend time sharing information on fishing spots and techniques with new anglers.
The meeting is held at Waveny House in New Canaan and begins at 7 p.m. with refreshments and mingling Tree drop-off is free.
No synthetic trees or trees with tinsel or flocking please.
New Years Day Fishing Trip
Monday, Jan. 1st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mianus River Park, Stamford
The Mianus Chapter's New Year's Day fishing trip is a fun tradition and a great way to break the cabin fever of winter and start 2018 off on the right foot!
Join us on Monday, January 1 at 10 a.m. at Mianus River Park in Stamford to spend a morning fishing the Mianus River with friends and fellow members. We'll have hot coffee and doughnuts ready and waiting - and it's sure to be a fun, festive gathering.
The river can fish surprisingly well in the winter, so you'll hopefully find some hungry trout in many of the deeper pools anxious to hit a big streamer or bright, bushy nymph pattern. Whether you are a beginner or expert angler, this chapter trip is a great way to learn how to fish our local streams in winter.
Mianus Chapter fishing trips are open to the public and members are encouraged to bring friends, family and new anglers. The chapter has rods, reels and other equipment to lend if you or your guests need to borrow them.
Annual Holiday Party
Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 - 7 p.m.
St. Lawrence Society - Cos Cob
Celebrate the season and the end of another great year of conservation at our annual Holiday Party - this year at a new location right on the banks of the Mianus River in Cos Cob!
Always a festive affair, the holiday party is a great way to connect with friends old and new and meet other anglers like you who are committed to our mission and to making our local rivers better, healthier streams!
We are honored to have noted author, angler, fly tyer and speaker Henry Ramsay join us for the evening. Known for his Matching Major Eastern Hatches fly tying book, Henry is the recent collaborator on Keystone Fly Fishing, an impressive guide to Pennsylvania's major trout streams. With more than 86,000 miles of trout water in the Keystone state, this nearby angler's destination is well worth exploring. Henry will be selling and signing books.
A free event for Mianus chapter members, their family, friends and fishing buddies, the holiday party will feature passed hors d'oeuves, two drink tickets at the bar for beer or wine, followed by a cash bar for additional or mixed drinks. Coffee, tea and dessert will also be served.
Once again, we're partnering with the Candlewood Valley Chapter on this great trip fall steelhead trip that is open to experienced anglers and beginners alike!
We have rented four houses at the world-famous Douglaston Salmon Run which includes two nights of lodging right in the heart of Pulaski, NY! (Anglers wishing to fish on their incredible 2.5 miles of private water for fresh steelhead just in from the lake can purchase full day passes for $50 or half-day passes for $30.)
In years past, we have included these fishing passes in the package price of the trip, but often the bulk of steelhead may be further up river on public water - so this option provides the most flexibility.
If you've never gone for steelhead before, our chapter veterans are more than happy to help you make your first trip a success. Led by Dave Surowiecki and other knowledgeable hosts, we will provide you with all you need to know - from gear and fly selection to fishing tips and tactics - to give you your best shot at hooking into a powerful "chromer" that will have your reel singing!
Join us on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. as we learn from Rob Nicholas about the best fishing tactics and tips for the Housatonic River. Our region's best, large, freestone stream, the Housatonic River is only a short drive up Route 7, yet offers fishing on storied waters where you feel like you are a thousand miles away! Rob will share his secrets for success on the Housatonic and leave us all anxious to head to the water.
Rob is a full time guide on the Housatonic and Farmington rivers, located in the Northwest corner of Connecticut, and has been operating Housatonic Anglers since 1993. Rob’s knowledge of the sport comes from 25 years of guiding but he also continues to learn more about angling for trout through extensive travel to Chile, Argenitna, New Zealand, Labrador, Kamchatka, the UK, and the American West. All the guides he has fished with in these areas have helped him grow as an angler, caster and fly tyer. Rob conducts his guiding mostly from drift boats but wade trips are also offered. He likes to mix it up when guiding, switching between 10’ nymphing rigs, streamers with sink tips, wet flies, and, of course, his favorite, dry fly fishing. All of these methods require different skill sets and Rob helps teach his clients how become more effective at catching trout on a consistent basis given current conditions.
In addition to guiding, Rob runs a booking agency called Angling in the Andes which focuses on the best outfitters & lodges in Argentina and Chile. The lodges and outfitters that he recommends he knows personally because he has fished with them many times, so there are no surprises. Unlike other booking agents and even the lodges themselves that promote and “dress up” the fishing in their respective areas, Rob will give you the real skinny on what to expect if you travel to Patagonia. By selecting lodges and outfitters in a variety of very different locations, Rob can assist you in finding the place that best fits your fishing preferences and budget. Some of these trips are hosted by Rob and he also offers group discounts to clubs that put their own group together.
Over the years Rob and his clients have taken thousands of photographs and video of Chile and Argentina. To see these images and videos posted on YouTube have a look at Rob’s two websites. www.anglingintheandes.com and www.housatonicanglers.com
Chapter meetings are free and open to the public. Join us to learn about great fishing opportunities, volunteer events and more and meet fellow anglers and conservationists who share your passion for fishing and taking care of our rivers!
Each year the state stocks several hundred surplus broodstock Atlantic Salmon into the Naugatuck River. These fish range from two to 20 pounds and offer an incredible fight on a fly rod. Join us on Saturday, Nov. 18 for this fun trip - even just to see these magnificent salmon swimming in the river!
Bring your kids and new anglers who will be wowed by the size of these fish and have a great day with us on the water. Gear available if needed.
Making this trip even better is the chance to help clean up the Naugatuck. We will be picking up trash along the river from 8-9 a.m. and then taking to the water to fish. The barbecue fires up a little after noon for a 1 p.m. streamside meal.
Fall is a great time to get out on the water and there's no better way than to join the Mianus Chapter on one of our upcoming chapter fishing outings. We've got a great lineup in the next two months and hope to see you there.
Bring your family, friends and fishing buddies, as all chapter fishing trips are open to the public and we even have gear new anglers can borrow if needed!