Watch: Yankee Fisherman, Thursday, April 26

50 years of the American Museum Museum of Fly Fishing

The American Museum of Fly Fishing is marking its 50th anniversary, and Executive Director Sarah Foster will discuss the milestone with us on Yankee Fisherman, presented by The Dock Shop, Thursday at 1 p.m. at HAN.Network.

Watch the show below:

Sarah will talk about the history of the American Museum of Fly Fishing, it’s 50th anniversary celebration at the Racquet & Tennis Club in New York City May 3, and what the future holds for the Manchester, Vt., museum.

We’re also at the Sunnyside Boat Ramp in Shelton and at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport for cleanups and other activities celebrating Earth Day and World Fish Migration Day.

Take a Vet Fishing is partnering with the Quinnipiac River Watershed Association to take 15 to 17 veterans on an outing Saturday, June 2, and volunteers are needed. Most of the fishing is spinning, though the event is open to all volunteers interested in helping out. The group will gather at the QRWA, 540 Oregon Road, Meriden, for the event, scheduled to start at 9 a.m.

Take a Vet Fishing is also hosting a showing of the International Fly Fishing Film Festival at Stony Creek Brewery in Branford Thursday, May 16. Doors open at 5:30, the film begins at 6:30.  Search IF4 Branford on Facebook for more information, and several veterans groups benefit from the proceeds.

A Go Fund Me has been established for an angler, environmentalist and University of Connecticut student recently diagnosed with cancer. You can get more information at

Bobby J’s was broken into last weekend, but the high end items taken have been recovered thanks to Milford Police.

The Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition will hold a tree planting along an area of Anguilla Brook on Saturday, April 28. The Nature Conservancy and DEEP partnered with the landowners to have a dam removed on the property a few years back, revealing a beautiful streambed now in need of thermal protection. The planting is scheduled for 11 a.m., with a rain date of Sunday, April 29, and a deluge date of Saturday, May 5. The location is at the end of Lane Way in North Stonington which is right off of Route 1 and looks more like a driveway than a road. More than 100 plants and trees need to be planted; take shovels, pick axes, pitch bars and anything else that would be helpful in planting trees.

Nutmeg TU has spots open on its May 23 trip to the Limestone Club. Information at

Registration is open for the third Big Doug’s Memorial Saltwater Shootout, July 14-15 at Oak Leaf Marina in Old Saybrook; Mandatory Captains Meeting Friday, July 13, 7-9 p.m. at Comfort Cafe, 90 Essex Road, Old Saybrook. The saltwater catch and release tournament benefits the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. Information at

May 4-6, Mike at Fisherman’s Paradise, just over the Devon Bridge from Stratford, will host Hook Em on the Housy, a kayak and boat tournament from the mouth of the Housy to the Derby Dam. More information at

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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