Nutmeg Trout Unlimited hosts fly tying contest

Chopped-style competition part of Dec. 20 holiday party

Fly tyers will be able to compete against one another in a contest modeled after the Food Network Show Chopped when the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited holds its annual holiday meeting Tuesday, Dec. 20.

The gathering will take place at Port 5, 69 Brewster Street, Bridgeport, from 7 to 9 p.m. There is no charge for admission. There will be raffles and a silent auction.

There will be a potluck dinner prepared by members of the chapter, which covers Fairfield, Westport, Weston, Easton,  Redding, Trumbull, Monroe, Bridgeport, Stratford, Milford, and Shelton.

Competitors in the contest, which is open to all, will tie a nymph in the first round, a streamer in the second round and a dry fly in the third and final round. Each round will last 10 minutes. There will be elimination at the end of each round. Prizes will be awarded for each round, and the overall winner will receive a $25 gift card.

Contestants must provide their own tools and thread. Materials for the mystery flies will be provided. One need not be a Nutmeg TU member to enter the tying contest.

Extra fly tying tools will be available for those who wish to learn how to tie. The chapter holds regular tying nights, open to all, and holds meetings the third Tuesday of each month at Port 5.

Information about the chapter, its fishing outings, and its efforts to conserve, protect and restore coldwater fisheries and their watersheds, particularly in local rivers such as the Saugatuck, Mill, Aspetuck, Pequonnock, and Farmill, may be found at nutmegtrout.org.

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