The Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited has received a grant of $8,500 through the Trout Unlimited national Embrace A Stream grant program for its Schenck’s Island Habitat Improvement Project. Volunteers from the chapter will use the funds to restore the Norwalk River in Wilton in order to enhance vital trout habitat.
The grant from Embrace A Stream will be matched by a $10,000 grant provided by Patagonia in Westport and another $2,500 through the Orvis retail store in Darien.
Along with the grants it has received, the Mianus Chapter will also be entered in the Embrace A Stream Challenge, a week-long online fundraising contest running Nov. 6-12 and sponsored by Orvis and Trout Unlimited to provide an additional $50,000 in cash prizes to these important conservation and education projects. To help the Mianus Chapter win additional funds for the Schenck’s Island Habitat Improvement Project visit www.embraceastream.org from Nov. 6-12 and make a donation of as little as $10 to help unlock prizes ranging from $250 to $5,000.
The Schenck’s Island Habitat Improvement Project will address issues of erosion and stream channel widening due to flood events along nearly a half-mile of the Norwalk River in Schenck’s Island. The project will also increase and improve in-stream habitat for trout and other aquatic life in the river through the creation of deep pools and natural stone and wood structures. Additionally, thousands of native trees and shrubs will be planted along the river in the park to improve the riparian buffer that helps stabilize the streambanks to prevent erosion, filters stormwater runoff from polluting the waters and creates shade and canopy to keep the river cool.
In addition to the crucial improvements to the stream, the chapter will also leverage the high public use at the park with informational and educational kiosk, angler and park user access points along the river and other features designed to enhance the park user experience and improve community awareness of the importance of protecting the Norwalk River.
Veterans Fly Tying
Free Events for Veterans & Their Families
First Thursdays Monthly 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.
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!