Yankee Fisherman, Thursday, March 9

Tying, tactics and tips for early spring angling

Despite the forecast, spring is in the air, and Yankee Fisherman continues to get fired up for early season trout fishing Thursday at 1 p.m. at HAN.Network.

Charles Petruccelli of the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited, based in the Fairfield area, will demonstrate a blue winged olive tied without hackle. He calls the BWO a “don’t leave home without it” fly, as there is always a hatch going on, regardless of season. Petruccelli will demonstrate small stream tactics Saturday, March 11, at 10 a.m. in the parking lot at Lake Mohegan in Fairfield. Watch the show below:

Have some of those flies at the ready, as the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has begun stocking trout management areas around the state. These sections are catch and release and are the only waters open to fishing until trout season in Connecticut opens on Saturday, April 8. With that in mind, we’ll review some proper catch and release tips recently shared by the Connecticut DEEP.

The DEEP is also asking those who enjoy outdoor recreation to fill out a survey. The Deerfield River Watershed Chapter of TU is also polling anglers, seeking to gauge the economic impact of fishing the Deerfield on the area.

Capt. Ian Devlin will demonstrate new fly tying techniques Saturday at Compleat Angler in Darien, and fishing organizations are preparing for the annual banquets that raise funds crucial to conservation and education programs that keep us all fishing.

Yankee Fisherman, presented by The Dock Shop, airs Thursdays at 1 p.m. on the HAN Network. Previous episodes can be watched on demand or listened to as a podcast.

Yankee Fisherman is hosted by John Kovach, editorial director, host and announcer for the HAN Network. A native of New Jersey, Kovach has fished since his father first took him out as a child. Kovach fishes fresh and salt water, ties flies, dabbles in lure making and promotes conservation, including a leadership role in the Connecticut Council of Trout Unlimited.

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