April Meeting – Fly Fishing for Stripers on the Housatonic

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April 8, 2015 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Paul Dinice

Paul Danice – Fly Fishing for Stripers on the Housatonic

This was a fantastic presentation by a knowledgable guide who clearly loves the sport and the watersheds.  I lost count of how many times he reminded us to respect the waters, respect the fish and be in the moment.

 If you haven’t checked him out … you should…

If you are new to fishing for stripers or you want to add to your knowledge base….  email Paul at pdinice [at] snet [dot] net

Tight Lines – See you on the water  ~Kit



The Housatonic is a very unique and beautiful river.   Where else can you catch trophy trout at the foot of the Berkshires and then travel an hour south to the river mouth at Stratford/Milford and catch striped bass all in the same day. The slide show covers fishing locations on the “lower” Hous from the Ousatonic Dam in Derby to the ocean. It’s one of the premiere salt water fly fishing destinations on the east coast. It’s also one of a handful of locations which host winter-over striped bass. I’ll cover river access points, fishing gear, flies/bait fish imitations, fishing techniques, and an array of photos of successful fishermen.  I will also have a limited number of “A Guide to Stripers in the Housatonic”.


I’m 59 years old and have resided in Derby, CT all my life.   I began spin fishing and fly fishing at a very early age, all thanks to an uncle who took all the family kids fishing on his one day off a week. In 1980 my fishing focus turned exclusively to fly fishing. In 1985 I made my first foray into salt water fly fishing.   I live a stones throw from the Housatonic River and Naugatuck Rivers.   I’m a member of virtually every fly fishing club and organization in CT. I’m also very much involved in numerous environmentally based organizations such as Trout Unlimited, Connecticut Audubon Society, and the Coastal Conservation Association. I’ve made numerous written contributions to newspapers, local club newsletters, and periodicals. My “home” club/organization is the Housatonic Fly Fisherman’s Association. For the past 25 years I’ve written “Fly of the Month” section of the HFFA news letter and website. I also maintain the HFFA website which can be viewed at Recently I contributed to a book entitled “Over-Winter Striper Secrets” by Captain Al Anderson.   The contributions included photographs and writings which were incorporated in the section on fishing the Housatonic. Most recently my ‘closer crab” pattern appeared in the 2012 Winter edition Fly Tyer Magazine. I’ve also organized numerous small fly fishing expo’s here in CT. I’m a member of the Derby Inland Wetlands Commission and have been employed by the Town of Orange as the Zoning Administrator for the past 30 years.