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  • 04/19/2014

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    Saturday 4/19: It's Opening Day of CT fishing season!, Come to our free annual HRO Pancake Breakfast today from 7-10am, all are welcome, stop in & say hi. Only 2 spots left open in Aaron's Intro to Nymphing Clinic today, Sat 4/19, call 860-672-1010. Although Housy has too much water to fish at 3,150cfs, we are dropping fast now, 1,000cfs in past 24 hours, and Housy should be fishable by early/mid next week- but have no fear, there are plenty of other local options for this weekend. As of this weekend at 6am, ALL the local streams are once again open & will be in great shape- Furnace Brook, Blackberry River, Macedonica Brook, Mill Brook, East Aspetuck River, etc. Other than the wild trout streams, most of the smaller waters will be well stocked for the season opener. We DON'T have a license machine, so please purchase a 2014 CT one online in advance. Please "Like" us on Facebook We're your fly-fishing source in Connecticut, feel free to contact us!
  • 04/18/2014

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    Friday 4/18: It's Opening Day of CT fishing season tomorrow, Sat 4/19, come to our free annual HRO Pancake Breakfast from 7-10am, all are welcome, stop in & say hi. Only 2 spots left open in Aaron's Intro to Nymphing Clinic this Sat 4/19, call 860-672-1010. Housy should be fishable early/mid next week- but have no fear, there are plenty of other local options. As of this weekend at 6am, ALL the local streams are once again open & will be in great shape- Furnace Brook, Blackberry River, Macedonica Brook, Mill Brook, East Aspetuck River, etc. Other than the wild trout streams, most of the smaller waters will be well stocked for the season opener. We DON'T have a license machine, so please purchase a 2014 CT one online in advance. Please "Like" us on Facebook We're your fly-fishing source in Connecticut, feel free to contact us!
  • 04/17/2014

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    Thursday 4/17: Only 2 spots left open in Aaron's Intro to Nymphing Clinic (indicator nymphing) this Sat 4/19, call 860-672-1010. FREE HRO Opening Day Pancake Breakfast this Sat 4/19 7am-10am, all are welcome, stop in & say hi. Housy has peaked at 4,600+ cfs & will start dropping now, expect a small drop today, and then bigger drops for the next few days, should be fishable early/mid next week- there are plenty of other local options though, so have no fear. As of this Saturday 4/19, Opening Day, ALL the local streams are once again open & will be in great shape- Furnace Brook, Blackberry River, Macedonica Brook, Mill Brook, East Aspetuck River, etc. We DON'T have a license machine, so please purchase a 2014 CT one online in advance. Please "Like" us on Facebook We're your fly-fishing source in Connecticut, feel free to contact us!
  • 04/16/2014

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    Wednesday 4/16: We have our free annual Opening Day Pancake Breakfast this Sat 4/19 7am-10am, all are welcome, stop in & say hi. Well over 70 degrees Monday, and this morning there is snow on the ground, whassup with that? Substantial rain yesterday has Housy over 4,000cfs & rising, should peak this afternoon & start dropping tomorrow, but it will take at least several days to get down to a fishable level (under 2,000cfs for wading anglers). Weather goes back to normal starting tomorrow, sunshine & highs in the 50's thru the weekend, and even milder next week. For Opening Day 4/19, all the local streams will once again be legal to fish, and although the Housy will probably still have too much water, all the other local streams should be in nice shape. We DON'T have a license machine, so please purchase a 2014 CT one online in advance. Please "Like" us on Facebook We're your fly-fishing source in Connecticut, feel free to contact us!
  • 04/14/2014

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    Monday 4/14: Partly sunny, with a high near 72. Housy is doable by boat and clarity is about 3 feet, but flow ideally should get under 2,000cfs for wading (we are mid 2,000 range & dropping). Our $199 1/2 day float trip special ends Sun 4/20, call 860-672-1010 to do it. Best local options for wading anglers right now include the C&R section on Macedonia Brook in Kent, and the Campville C&R section on Naugatuck River (exit 41 off Rt 8)- it was stocked 4/10 with 700+ trout, including 10 large broodstock fish. We have our free annual Opening Day Pancake Breakfast next Sat 4/19 7am-10am. We DON'T have a license machine, so please purchase a 2014 CT one online in advance. Please "Like" us on Facebook We're your fly-fishing source in Connecticut, feel free to contact us!
  • 04/13/2014

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    Sunday 4/13: Already got a report of a pair of 18" browns caught on big streamers this morning. Clouds and maybe a morning sprinkle will give way to a very mild afternoon with sun & clouds, high reaching almost 70! Housy is doable by boat and clarity is about 3 feet, but flow ideally should get under 2,000cfs for wading (we are mid 2,000 range & dropping). Our $199 1/2 day float trip special ends Sun 4/20, call 860-672-1010 to do it. Best local options for wading anglers right now include the C&R section on Macedonia Brook in Kent, and the Campville C&R section on Naugatuck River (exit 41 off Rt 8)- it was stocked 4/10 with 700+ trout, including 10 large broodstock fish. We have our free annual Opening Day Pancake Breakfast next Sat 4/19 7am-10am. We DON'T have a license machine, so please purchase a 2014 CT one online in advance. Please "Like" us on Facebook We're your fly-fishing source in Connecticut, feel free to contact us!
  • 04/12/2014

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    Saturday 4/12: Looks like a beautiful weekend, w/ sun & highs mid/upper 60's. A little on/off showers from yesterday/last night is bumping the flow a little, but shouldn't be much, and clarity is unchanged. Our $199 1/2 day float trip special ends Sunday 4/20, call 860-672-1010 to jump on that. Best local options for wading anglers this weekend include the C&R section on Macedonia Brook in Kent, and the Campville C&R section on Naugatuck River (exit 41 off Rt 8)- it was stocked 4/10 with 700+ trout, including 10 large broodstock fish. We have our free annual Opening Day Pancake Breakfast 4/19 7am-10am. We DON'T have a license machine, so please purchase a 2014 CT one online in advance. Please "Like" us on Facebook We're your fly-fishing source in Connecticut, feel free to contact us!
  • 04/11/2014

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    Friday 4/11: Housy is once again dropping nicely, needs to come down under 2,000cfs for you wading anglers, I'd say we should be there by Sunday. Under 2,500cfs we are fishable in our boats, book a trip- $199 1/2 day early season float trip promo, call 860-672-1010, ends Sunday 4/20. Best local options for today & Saturday for wading anglers would include the C&R section on Macedonia Brook in Kent, and the Campville C&R section on the Naugatuck River (exit 41 off Rt 8)- the Naugy was just stocked on 4/10 with 700+ trout, including 10 large broodstock fish. I (Torrey) am doing my free Housy Bull's Bridge Orientation at 9am this Sat 4/12. We have our free annual Opening Day Pancake Breakfast 4/19 7am-10am. We DON'T have a license machine, so please purchase a 2014 CT one online in advance. Please "Like" us on Facebook We're your fly-fishing source in Connecticut, feel free to contact us!
  • 04/10/2014

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    Thursday 4/9: $199 1/2 day early season float trip promo, call 860-672-1010, must be booked & TAKEN by Sun 4/20. Free Housy Bull's Bridge Orientation w/ Torrey 9am Sat 4/12. Free Opening Day Pancake Breakfast 4/19 7am-10am. Cool & sunny this AM, supposed to reach almost 60 today. Housy flow has been flat for the past 24 hours at 2,800+ cfs, 40-60% chances of on/off showers overnight through Friday night. Sat & Sun will see highs low/mid 60's, sun & clouds. We need flow to come down to 2,000 or less for wading anglers, but we can float it at higher levels in our boats. Locally, the C&R section on Macedonia Brook is your best bet for wading anglers (along Rt 341 meadow section in Kent), medium & clear flow. Use stealth there, as it's small & clear, the trout spook easily. We DON'T have a license machine, so please purchase a 2014 CT one online in advance. Please "Like" us on Facebook We're your fly-fishing source in Connecticut, feel free to contact us!
  • 04/10/2014

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    Thursday 4/9: $199 1/2 day early season float trip promo, call 860-672-1010, must be booked & TAKEN by Sun 4/20. Free Housy Bull's Bridge Orientation w/ Torrey 9am Sat 4/12. Free Opening Day Pancake Breakfast 4/19 7am-10am. Cool & sunny this AM, supposed to reach almost 60 today. Housy flow has been flat for the past 24 hours at 2,800+ cfs, 40-60% chances of on/off showers overnight through Friday night. Sat & Sun will see highs low/mid 60's, sun & clouds. We need flow to come down to 2,000 or less for wading anglers, but we can float it at higher levels in our boats. Locally, the C&R section on Macedonia Brook is your best bet for wading anglers (along Rt 341 meadow section in Kent), medium & clear flow. Use stealth there, as it's small & clear, the trout spook easily. We DON'T have a license machine, so please purchase a 2014 CT one online in advance. Please "Like" us on Facebook We're your fly-fishing source in Connecticut, feel free to contact us!

events
  • 05/11/2014

    Davy Wotton Trophy Trout & Wet Fly/Soft-Hackle Clinic, Sat & Sun 5/10 & 5/11, 2014, 9AM-5PM
    Two day clinic- 1 of big trout techniques, and 1 of Wet Flies/Soft-hackles. Wotton is most famous for being the modern champion of Wet Fly fishing (he produced the best-selling "Wet Fly Ways" DVD), but he has caught thousands of big trout over 20" via various methods & flies. Many of these were wild browns, the hardest of all to catch, and he's landed them up to 25# plus! There are special techniques, times, places, rigs & flies that will up your odds on getting a trophy trout, and Davy will teach you about them. When it comes to Wet Flies/Soft-Hackles, Davy is the undisputed champion, the most knowledgeable living Wet Fly man in the world. The techniques he learned in Europe were developed over centuries of fishing for wild brown trout, so they work anywhere. It's also Davy's favorite way to catch trout. Expect to be entertained & educated, Davy is quite the character. He also has some unusual but very efficient ways of rigging & leader construction that he will teach you. Clinic is 2 days, 9AM-5PM, includes lunch. Call 860-672-1010 to book a spot, cost is $300, paid in full in advance, no refunds- clinic runs rain or shine.
  • 05/10/2014

    Davy Wotton Trophy Trout & Wet Fly/Soft-Hackle Clinic, Sat & Sun 5/10 & 5/11, 2014, 9AM-5PM
    Two day clinic- 1 of big trout techniques, and 1 of Wet Flies/Soft-hackles. Wotton is most famous for being the modern champion of Wet Fly fishing (he produced the best-selling "Wet Fly Ways" DVD), but he has caught thousands of big trout over 20" via various methods & flies. Many of these were wild browns, the hardest of all to catch, and he's landed them up to 25# plus! There are special techniques, times, places, rigs & flies that will up your odds on getting a trophy trout, and Davy will teach you about them. When it comes to Wet Flies/Soft-Hackles, Davy is the undisputed champion, the most knowledgeable living Wet Fly man in the world. The techniques he learned in Europe were developed over centuries of fishing for wild brown trout, so they work anywhere. It's also Davy's favorite way to catch trout. Expect to be entertained & educated, Davy is quite the character. He also has some unusual but very efficient ways of rigging & leader construction that he will teach you. Clinic is 2 days, 9AM-5PM, includes lunch. Call 860-672-1010 to book a spot, cost is $300, paid in full in advance, no refunds- clinic runs rain or shine.
  • 04/26/2014

    Aaaron Jasper Advanced/Master Nymphing Clinic, 9AM Saturday April 26th, 2014
    Nymphing has become more popular than ever, and as technology progresses & information improves, it has become even more productive. There are 2 basic styles: Indicator & European/Tight-Line. Aaron has 3 DVD’s on nymphing to his credit, plus numerous articles. He will show you how to improve your indicator fishing, and how to use the deadly Euro-style tight-line methods. Each technique has it’s moments, and Aaron will explain when, where & how. Clinic will include a PowerPoint, and he will cover adjusting to conditions, seasons, temps, reading water, fly selection, rigging, leader construction, weight, etc. You will learn how to make simple leaders for both styles of nymphing. Clinic will be both inside & on the water, bring your gear. This is a full-day 8 hour event, cost is $100, paid in advance, non-refundable, and we go out rain or shine. Call 860-672-1010 to sign up. Please have some experience nymphing, beginners should take his Intro Nymphing clinic on 4/19.
  • 04/19/2014

    Free HRO Opening Day Pancake Breakfast, Saturday April 19th, 2014, 7AM-10AM
    Will be holding our annual Free HRO Opening Day Pancake Breakfast on April 19th, from about 7AM to around 10AM, all are welcome. There will be plenty of pancakes, bacon, eggs, sausages, donuts, coffee & OJ.
  • 04/19/2014

    Aaron Jasper Intro to Nymph Fishing Clinic, 10AM Saturday April 19th, 2014
    Nymphing is the deadliest way to put fish on the end of your line with a fly rod. If you are looking to get into the world of nymphing, look no further. Aaron has 3 DVD’s on nymphing to his credit, as well as numerous articles in the magazines. This clinic is approximately 4 hours, and will start with an indoor session that will cover theory, techniques, rigging, flies & fly selection, and a PowerPoint presentation. Then you will put your waders on and go into the water to put theory into practice on the water. Everyone will get some 1-on-1 time with Aaron and have plenty of opportunities to pick his brains. Clinic cost is $75, paid in advance, non-refundable, and we go out rain or shine so please bring a raincoat. You should come away from this clinic with an understanding of the basics of nymph fishing, and he will also show you how to build a simple but very effective nymphing leader.
  • 03/02/2014

    Free Streamer Tying Clinic w/ HRO guide Jim Plante, 10AM Sunday March 2nd, 2014
    HRO Guide Jim Plante is a well-traveled fisherman who loves to teach fly fishing & fly tying, and he is also a signature fly designer for Rainy’s Flies (a purveyor of arguably some of the highest quality flies in the business). Jim is a subsurface minded angler so he really loves nymphing, but even more so in recent years he finds himself chucking big meaty streamers. Jim has a variety of patterns (mostly original) he uses to catch trout on different waters; local and non local. He will share some of these with you during this half day clinic. This clinic will focus on tying articulated and non-articulated streamers in different sizes. Show up with your vise, basic tools, assorted threads, and Jim will provide the materials & hooks. Please have at least basic tying skills. You will have an opportunity to pick Jim’s brain about how he approaches the waters when fishing streamers.
  • 02/15/2014

    Free Small Nymph Tying Clinic w/ HRO guide Jim Plante, 10AM Sat. 2/15/14
    Aside from chucking streamers, nymphing is my favorite way to fish for trout. Nymphs come in all shapes and sizes but some of your most productive nymphs come in the tiniest of packages. Small mayfly, caddis, and especially midge nymphs can make your day on the river go from slow to wow! Some tiers shy away from tying flys in small sizes due to strictly the size when some of my best days fishing have been on nymphs size 18-22! In this clinic, learn the skills to tie up an assorted selection of small nymph patterns ranging in sizes 18-22 that for sure will put more fish in your net. Bring your vise, tools, and assorted threads. Materials and hooks will be provided. -Jim
  • 01/22/2014

    Matt Supinkski "Selectivity" Book Signing/Trout & Steelhead PowerPoints/Wine & Beer Tasting, 6PM Wedneday 2/22/14
    Matt Supinski is quite possibly the top Great Lakes Steelhead guide, spending 300+ days on the water each season, and he is also an expert on Salmon & Trout. His recent 12th Anniversary re-do of his book "Steelhead Dreams" is already THE Great Lakes Steelhead bible, and his new "Selectivity" book is his magnus opus, his life's work. It is a BIG book, with 600+ new fly patterns (includes pictures & dressings for all), and while focusing on trout, it will cover Salmon/Steelhead too. In 2010 he guided a client to the IGFA all-tackle world record Landlocked Salmon, and it was on a fly! He has two awesome PowerPoint presentations he will do that night on Trout/Salmon/Steelhead. And to give y'all further incentive, there will also be free wine & beer tasting with some of our local producers. This is going to be a super-fun & informative free event that will help cure cabin fever. Please contact us at 860-672-1010 or hflyshop@aol.com and let us know if you plan on coming. Matt contacted us wanting to do this evnet, and he is looking forward to seeing our shop and meeting everybody. Check out his website at www.graydrake.com. Also check out his "Czechmate" article on matching the hatch for Great Lakes Steelhead in the Feb/March 2014 issue of Fly Fisherman magazine.
  • 01/22/2014

    Matt Supinkski "Selectivity" Book Signing/Trout & Steelhead PowerPoints/Wine & Beer Tasting, 6PM Wedneday 2/22/14
    Matt Supinski is quite possibly the top Great Lakes Steelhead guide, spending 300+ days on the water each season, and he is also an expert on Salmon & Trout. His recent 12th Anniversary re-do of his book "Steelhead Dreams" is already THE Great Lakes Steelhead bible, and his new "Selectivity" book is his magnus opus, his life's work. It is a BIG book, with 600+ new fly patterns (includes pictures & dressings for all), and while focusing on trout, it will cover Salmon/Steelhead too. In 2010 he guided a client to the IGFA all-tackle world record Landlocked Salmon, and it was on a fly! He has two awesome PowerPoint presentations he will do that night on Trout/Salmon/Steelhead. And to give y'all further incentive, there will also be free wine & beer tasting with some of our local producers. This is going to be a super-fun & informative free event that will help cure cabin fever. Please contact us at 860-672-1010 or hflyshop@aol.com and let us know if you plan on coming. Matt contacted us wanting to do this evnet, and he is looking forward to seeing our shop and meeting everybody. Check out his website at www.graydrake.com. Also check out his "Czechmate" article on matching the hatch for Great Lakes Steelhead in the Feb/March 2014 issue of Fly Fisherman magazine.
  • 01/22/2014

    Matt Supinkski "Selectivity" Book Signing/Trout & Steelhead PowerPoints/Wine & Beer Tasting, 6PM Wedneday 2/22/14
    Matt Supinski is quite possibly the top Great Lakes Steelhead guide, spending 300+ days on the water each season, and he is also an expert on Trout & Salmon. His recent 12th Anniversary re-do of his book "Steelhead Dreams" is already THE Great Lakes Steelhead bible, and his new "Selectivity" book is his magnus opus, his life's work. It is a BIG book, with 600+ new fly patterns (includes pictures & dressings for all), and while focusing on trout, it will cover Salmon/Steelhead too. In 2010 he guided a client to the IGFA all-tackle world record Landlocked Salmon, and it was on a fly! He has two awesome PowerPoint presentations he will do that night on Trout/Salmon/Steelhead. And to give y'all further incentive, there will also be free wine & beer tasting with some of our local producers. This is going to be a super-fun & informative free event that will help cure cabin fever. Please contact us at 860-672-1010 or hflyshop@aol.com and let us know if you plan on coming. Matt contacted us wanting to do this evnet, and he is looking forward to seeing our shop and meeting everybody. Check out his website at www.graydrake.com. Also check out his "Czechmate" article on matching the hatch for Great Lakes Steelhead in the Feb/March 2014 issue of Fly Fisherman magazine.
  • 01/11/2014

    Free Streamer Tying Clinic w/ HRO guide Jim Plante, 10AM Sat 1/11/14
    I am a very subsurface minded angler. Aside from nymphing, I am a streamer fanatic! I can't get enough of catching trout on streamers and love chucking meat looking for big trout. In this clinic, learn how to tie up single and articulated streamers using natural and synthetic materials. Please bring your vise, tools, and assorted threads. I will bring hooks and materials. -Jim
  • 12/07/2013

    HRO Christmas Party, Saturday Dec. 7th, 12 noon 'till 5PM
    Our annual Christmas festivities will be the first Saturday in December, from noon until about 5PM, and everybody is welcome to attend. As usual, expect some great food & drink, we MAY even have Carol Bonci here doing her famous gourment pizza if she is available. We will have some specials going on for that one day only, that will make it worth your while to do some X-Mas shopping on that day. We usually get a pretty good turnout, stop in & say "hi", and eat & drink on us. We will have the wood stove fired up!
  • 11/02/2013

    Free Great Lakes Steelhead Clinic w/ Torrey Sat 11/2/13 at 9am
    All are welcome to attend this free seminar with Torrey, our resident HRO Steelhead fanatic. Clinic will run from approximately 9AM to noonish. Topics covered will include basic rigging (including constructing a simple dead-drift leader), weight usage, simple & proven fly patterns, basic dead-drift techniques, Fall/Winter/Spring fishing, proper tackle selection, and dressing for cold weather. Questions are encouraged. Torrey did a stint as a Great Lakes Steelhead, Salmon & Trout guide in the Salmon River area right after college, and he still regularly fishes there as often as he can. The info you will learn is also equally applicable to the big Lake Run Brown Trout that run up the tributaries with the Steelhead. Expect this to last about 3 hours, and it is recommended that yoo bring a pen & notepad.
  • 10/19/2013

    Aaron Jasper Advanced/Master Nymphing Clinic, 9AM Sat Oct 19, 2013
    Nymphing has become more popular than ever, and as technology progresses & information improves, it has become even more productive. There are 2 basic styles: Indicator & European/Tight-Line. Aaron has 3 DVD’s on nymphing to his credit, plus numerous articles. He will show you how to improve your indicator fishing, and how to use the deadly Euro-style tight-line methods. Each technique has it’s moments, and Aaron will explain when, where & how. Clinic will include a PowerPoint, and he will cover adjusting to conditions, seasons, temps, reading water, fly selection, rigging, leader construction, weight, etc. You will learn how to make simple leaders for both styles of nymphing. Clinic will be both inside & on the water, bring your gear. This is a full-day event, cost is $100, paid in advance, non-refundable, and we go out rain or shine. Call 860-672-1010 to sign up. Please have some experience nymphing, beginners should take his Intro Nymphing clinic on 10/12.
  • 10/12/2013

    Aaron Jasper Intro to Nymph Fishing Clinic, 10AM Sat Oct 12, 2013
    Nymphing is the deadliest way to put fish on the end of your line with a fly rod. If you are looking to get into the world of nymphing, look no further. Aaron has 3 DVD’s on nymphing to his credit, as well as numerous articles in the magazines. This clinic is approximately 4 hours, and will start with an indoor session that will cover theory, techniques, rigging, flies & fly selection, and a PowerPoint presentation. Then you will put your waders on and go into the water to put theory into practice on the water. Everyone will get some 1-on-1 time with Aaron and have plenty of opportunities to pick his brains. Clinic cost is $75, paid in advance, non-refundable, and we go out rain or shine so please bring a raincoat. You should come away from this clinic with an understanding of the basics of nymph fishing, and he will also show you how to build a simple but very effective nymphing leader.

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I put up several free tying clinics for the next few Saturdays, see "Events" for details (the Davy Wotton Midge & Wet Fly/Soft-Hackle Clinic in May is full up). We are settled in after the recent big snow dump- probably got around a foot at the shop, which is a lot less than many parts of CT received (I had an easy 2 feet in Torrington). Housy is once again fishable & slush-free as I write this. Milder temps are creating some windows of opportunity here & there, so dress warmly and get out if you want to prick a few Housy trout. Mild, sunny days will give you the best shot at catching trout & having fishable conditions. Thinigs look great right now for snowhoeing & skiing, so have at it while the gettin' is good (we rent & sell snowshoes). There are multiple trails nearby that you can snowshoe on, something for all ability levels. If you are so inclined, there are many lakes and ponds in the area you can ice fish when suitable ice exists (like now!). FYI, if you venture out fishing, make sure you have a 2013 CT fishing licesne. We DO NOT have a license machine, so please purchase in advance online or at a Town Hall.

Scuds and Egg flies have been hot nymphs, but also try Stoneflies, Princes, Caddis Larva, and Midge Larva/Pupa. Water temps mostly in the 30's means you should focus on the softer, slow to medium speed pools and deeper runs. Colder days combined with very cold nights can slush up the river and make it unfishable (especially in the mornings), but sunshine and/or milder daytime temps can melt it by lunchtime. Nymphing is usually the most productive method, but swung and slowly stripped streamers may produce less but bigger fish. Use patterns with lots of built-in motion from materials such as marabou and rabbit strips- Buggers, Zonkers, Leeches, etc. can all produce. Play with colors too, I would start with white and blacks colors first, then try browns & olives, then go to attractor colors such as yellow or chartreuse. Sometimes it really makes a big difference. Also make sure to get them down near (but not on) the bottom, trout won't move very far in cold water.

About 400 or so broodstock Atlantic Salmon have been stocked this Fall into the Campville section of the Naugatuck River near us (exit 41 off Rt 8). They range in size from a couple of pounds to up 20# plus, so use a heavy tippet- I like 0x fluorocarbon. #6-8 weight rods are appropriate, and I find medium to large streamers to be the best flies. My favorite colors are black, white, and yellow, but of course other colors work too. Buggers & streamers with rabbits strips in them (Zonkers, leeches, etc.) are very effective. Large Grey Ghosts and Mickey Finns are also favorites of some anglers. The best presentation is a broadside swing across the current, although stripping the fly in is a close second. I have some of my best success fishing the relatively shallow tailouts of the pools, often sight fishing to them. If you haven't tried it, give it a whirl, it can be a blast. Be aware that it is Catch and Release only right now, and you are only allowed to use one fly, with no weight added to your line (weighted flies and/or sink tips/sinking lines/sinking leaders are all allowed). You don't need to dredge bottom, Atlantics will often come near the surface if they want your fly. I typically use weighted flies or a short sinking leader or sink-tip. These salmon are a moody fish, so be patient and try different flies and presentations.


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