May 2019 Club Meeting: Brook Trout with Matt Sell, Maryland DNR

By Larry Forte

I am looking forward to our May Monthly Meeting because this time, snow will not force us to cancel Matt Sell’s presentation on Brook Trout!

Do you like catching Brook Trout? I love targeting Brook Trout in the small mountain streams of Garrett County, Maryland (MD), so I’m eager to learn more about them. Please join us on Tuesday, May 14th at 7:00 PM as we welcome Matt Sell, Brook Trout Specialist for the MD Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Freshwater Fisheries Program. Matt has been studying Brook Trout for years. A great example is his 2012 study where he studied the movement of Brook Trout on the Savage River when he inserted small transmitters into the bellies of 16 Brook Trout and studied their movements on the stream.

As part of Matt’s presentation, he will focus on some Brook Trout basics… what they are, where they come from, what they need, etc. Plus, he will discuss some of the cool and interesting work that the MD DNR has done to better understand Brook Trout here in MD – specifically the results of two large-scale tagging studies.

Also, Matt will touch on some of the better Brook Trout fisheries regionally (where to fish) and discuss some of the tactics that he uses to target and (sometimes) catch large(r) Brook Trout.

Finally, as a special addition to the Meeting, Club member Mike Barancewicz will share some of his fly fishing pictures from his trip to Poland last fall.

If you signed up for the Fly Swap don’t forget to bring your dozen flies to our May 14th Meeting. At the end of the Meeting, you will go home with a dozen different flies tied by your fellow Club members. If you would like to be a part of the Fly Swap, please contact us.

It promises to be a fun evening. I hope to see you on the 14th!