WOODS ‘N’ WATER: Fine casting should soon be on the wing

WOODS ‘N’ WATER: Fine casting should soon be on the wing


For me, the first sign of spring is when the red-winged blackbirds make their appearance at Beaver Pond Park (a.k.a. Meriden Dog Park).

They are back and I know the weather has them a bit befuddled, but it gladdens my heart just to know that they are back.

If the weather gives us a break, it will also gladden the hearts of many fishermen who have been waiting anxiously for some warm weather to do some fishing.

Black Pond has been giving up some nice trout, according to local angler Marty Loos, who is a familiar figure fishing the shoreline at Black Pond.

I have also seen some anglers at Mirror Lake, and bass fishermen are starting to show up at Silver Lake.

With the change in opening day fishing regulations, many of your favorite trout streams may now be open. However, do be aware that many of the Trout Management Areas (TMAs) that allow hook and release fly fishing do not allow trout to be harvested until the second Saturday in April.

For those of you who still need an outdoor show to fire you up for the coming year, mark your calendar for March 25-27.

The Connecticut Fishiing & Outdoor Show will be featured at the Mohegan Sun Earth Expo & Convention Center in Uncasville on Friday, March 25 from 1-7 p.m.; Saturday, March 26 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fishing will be the highlight of the three-day show, though it will showcase a wide variety of outdoor activities, including kayaking, hiking, hunting, biking, fresh and saltwater fishing, paddle boards, safaris, hunting dog training and more.

The show is really a great place to bring the family and get everyone prepped up for the coming year of fishinig. The Connecticut Fishiing & Outdoor Show is designed for the long-time fishing and outdoor enthusiast as well as for just about anyone who might want to learn more about what is available for them in our great outdoors.

There will be over 125 booths sellinig the latest fishing, hunting and outdoor equipment, plus fishing boats. There will also bee some expert-led seminars and demonstrations.

On Saturday and Sunday only, attendees can discover successful fishing tactics from a roundtable of experts with over 150 combined years of experience. Alberto Knie (a.k.a. Crazy Alberto), Roy Leyva and my favorite, Al Gag, will cover numerous topics relating to lure building, lure design and how to catch the variety of species they were designed to attract.

Also on Saturday and Sunday only are cooking demonstrations by Matt Wettish of “Real Outdoors TV” and Connecticut Chef Van Hurd of TV’s “Hell’s Kitchen.”

On Saturday only there will be a fishing demonstration by D.J. Muller, an authority on catching striped bass from the surf.

Each day will also feature seminars and demonstrations by a host of experts on just about everything fishing-related, including charter captains and guides for both saltwater and freshwater.

Some of the demonstrations include fly casting by experts atop a 5,000-gallon Hawg Trough live fish tank, a kayak pond with kayak fishing lessons from Three Belles Outfitters and basics of training a hunting dog.

There will be fly tying by experts, including Fred Wildon, and how to use inflatable life jackets by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Hands-on activities include the BlackHawk virtual fishing fighting chair simulator and a Laser Shot Range from the CT Department of Energy Environmental & Protection.

These shows are a great way to introduce newcomers into our ourdoor world, especially now with the need for so many folks to get out and away from the crowds.

Admission to the show is $12. Kids under the age of 12 get in for free.

That’s it for today, gang, As the weather warms, get out and do something in our great outdoors. It has so much to offer.

See ya’ and God Bless America and watch over our troops, police, firefighters and first responders wherever they may be serving this great country of ours.