Learn fishing and flyfishing skills, stock and catch trout in the river, discover the aquatic life beneath the surface of the Norwalk River and much more when the expert anglers from the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited host a free, fun, Family Fishing Clinic & Kids Trout Stocking this Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Merwin Meadows Park in Wilton.

The day is perfect for anglers of all ages and skill levels. There will also be a special Youth Fishing section with both fly rods and spinning rods to help children under 16 learn to fish at their own pace.

The state’s trout stocking truck will be arriving at 9:30 a.m. with hundreds of trout for kids to stock in the river, so bring your kids of all ages for a fun treat–and bring a 5-gallon bucket if you have it. Everyone is invited to go fishing for the trout after they’ve had an hour or two to acclimate to the river.

Whether you are a beginner, have never held a fly rod, or are an experienced angler, you’re sure to learn from our expert angling instructors. Along with casting lessons and knot tying instruction, there will be demonstrations and hands-on activities, including how to read and fish the Norwalk River and what bugs live in the river that trout feed on.

A free barbecue lunch will be provided at 12 p.m. and all guests are free to fish the river after lunch.

The suggested donation amount to participate is $10. Full details and registration can be found online.

Founded in 1975, the Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited is a grassroots conservation organization with more than 3,500 members and supporters in the towns of Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Wilton and Ridgefield. The chapter works to protect and restore local rivers resources through active restoration projects, education initiatives and public advocacy.