News Published: Apr 23, 2013 - 6:40:02 AM

Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited offers free fly fishing clinic

By Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Event on Saturday, May 11 features instructors from Stamford

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Gustavo Castano of Stamford will be one of many fly fishing instructors at the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited's free fly fishing clinic on Saturday, May 11. (contributed photo)
Join the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited's fly fishing experts, including Gustavo Castano of Stamford for a free fly fishing clinic on Saturday, May 11 in Wilton.??

Perfect for families or to bring friends who are new to fly fishing, the free clinic runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Merwin Meadows Park in Wilton and is followed by a barbecue picnic compliments of the chapter. Angler's may bring their own rods, or borrow rods from the chapter.

May 11 is Free Fishing Day in Connecticut, when anglers won't need a license, so there is no cost for those who have never fished before, or have not fished in many years.

Much more than a fly casting clinic, the day includes several stations on the pond and on the Norwalk River which runs through the park where guest anglers will learn:

• Basic fly casting
• Advanced casts and techniques
• Knot tying
• Reading the water
• Mending line
• Aquatic insects

A special event at the clinic is a 9-hole Fly Fishing Golf Course where members and guests can compete through a series of challenging casting conditions.

Following the barbecue lunch, which starts at 2 p.m., everyone is invited to fish the Norwalk River where the local mayfly hatches should be in full swing.

While the event is free, registration is encouraged to help the chapter plan for food and fly fishing rod needs. Email to register or visit for details.

Founded in 1975, the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited is a grassroots conservation organization with more than 500 members in the towns of Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Wilton and Ridgefield. The chapter works to preserve, protect, restore and sustain local rivers and coldwater resources through active restoration projects, education initiatives and public advocacy.

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