Yankee Fisherman, Thursday, May 18, 2017

Getting youths involved in fishing and conservation with Trout Unlimited

With school about to let out for summer recess, it might be a good time to get the kids outdoors. Trout Unlimited discussed the challenges at getting youths interested in angling and conservation, as well as ways the organization is working to get it done, during the recent Northeast Regional Rendezvous in New Jersey, and Yankee Fisherman was there.

Watch the show below:

Closer to home, the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited is reaching out to kids for its inaugural one fly and children’s fishing tournament on Saturday, May 27. The event, intended to get families fishing, will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend in Wilton. 

The event is designed to be a fun, family-friendly way to get anglers out enjoying spring fishing on the Norwalk River while supporting the conservation work of the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a local nonprofit that works to keep the Norwalk and other area streams clean and healthy.

Not just for professional anglers, this low-key and “on your honor” event is more about getting out to experience the fishing with friends and family and to celebrate one of our region’s best trout streams.

Fishing is followed by a BBQ celebration and awards ceremony at the Riverbrook Regional YMCA in Wilton. Participating anglers do not need to arrive at 6 a.m. to take part in the tournament, but must stop by the YMCA before they start fishing in order to pick up their official tournament tape measure and special event T-shirt.

The cost of the event is $25 per angler, or $50 per family, and includes entry into the tournament, a special event T-shirt — each family entry gets two T-shirts — and a ticket to the evening barbecue and awards ceremony.

There will be a “One Fly” tournament for fly fishing anglers, a  Kids Fishing Division open to all youth age 16 and younger, and an Adult All Tackle Division for ages 17 and older in which all artificial tackle (no bait) can be used on either fly or spin equipment. All lures must have a single hook — no treble hooks — and fishing is “catch-and-release,” meaning all trout caught must be measured quickly, then released back into the river.

There will be three winners declared in each division, with a special river rock plaque going to the anglers who catch the most fish, biggest fish and most total inches over the course of the day.

Full details and registration can be found at mianustu.org.

Mianus TU is holding a fishing trip and barbeque on the Housatonic Saturday, May 20. Information can be found at mianustu.org.

Candlewood Valley TU will meet at the Church Pool on the Farmington at 1 p.m. Saturday for an outing that will last till dusk. Information can be found at cvtu.org.

Southwestern Vermont Trout Unlimited will meet at the Orvis Flagship Store in Manchester on Saturday, May 20, at 8 a.m. for the annual Battenkill Green Up and Barbeque. Following a safetty talk, the cleanup will last till 11 a.m., followed by the free cookout and prizes.

Paul Dinice will be at Orvis in Darien, 432 Post Road, at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25, to give a presentation on Fly Fishing the Lower Housatonic for Stripers. Refreshments will be served. Those in attendance will receive a free Guide to Fly Fishing the Lower Housatonic. Orvis is trying to get a head count: register here.

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