Fly Fishing the Beaches of Fairfield County

Jeff Yates, a fly fishing guide author and president of the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited, will bring his expertise to the Bruce Museum’s Seaside Center.

Jeff Yates, a fly fishing guide author and president of the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited, will bring his expertise to the Bruce Museum’s Seaside Center.

Learn all you need to know about fly fishing on March 2 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Bruce Museum Seaside Center in Greenwich Point Park.

Jeff Yates, a fly fishing guide author, president of the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited and a distinguished alumnus of Hersam Acorn Newspapers, will present Fly Fishing the Beaches of Fairfield County: Chasing Striped Bass and Bluefish in Long Island Sound.

This indoor talk is designed for current fly anglers as well as beginners and those of all ages interested in learning the sport.

Mr. Yates will cover where to go, how to fish the tides, and tips and tactics that are best for local fishing.

Weather permitting, he will also lead an outdoor tour of Greenwich Point to discuss the various locations to seek out striped bass with a fly rod as well as demonstrate casting, fly retrieval and other fly fishing techniques.

Mr. Yates’ presentation is part of the ongoing series First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center. This month is sponsored by Trout Unlimited, ORVIS, the Bruce Museum and Greenwich Shellfish Commission.

A fourth-generation Wilton resident who has been fly fishing local waters for more than 20 years, Mr. Yates has intimate knowledge of local fresh and saltwater fishing.

As program director of the Fund for the Environment at the Fairfield County Community Foundation, he is focused on building partnerships among local conservation nonprofits to improve water quality in Long Island Sound.

He is also the president of the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a local fishing and conservation organization and serves on the boards of Friends of Mianus River Park, the Wilton Historical Society, and the American Museum of Fly Fishing. When he’s not guiding or fishing, Mr. Yates leads river restoration projects or planning fishing and conservation events and clinics.

He is the author of the book Fly Fishing Fairfield County: Secrets of Suburban Streams, which will be available for purchase and signing at the event. $5 of the $30 cost of each copy sold, cash or check only, will be donated to the Greenwich Point Conservancy.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Cynthia Ehlinger the Bruce Museum’s science associate at [email protected] or 203-413-6757.

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