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Water Level Thursday 10/30/2014 918CFS
Water Temperature mid 40's
Water Clarity 2'
Release Schedule Natural Flow (constant/steady release, no flow manipulations)

We are soliciting doantions for our next HRO private stocking of rainbow trout (We also thank everybody that donated), please help out again if you can. These fish average 14-18", with a few topping 20". It's expensive, and every donation helps, be it large or small. Thanks in advance. The CT DEEP has documented them successfully reproducing in quite a few Housy tributaries (unlike most state stocked Rainbows, our fish are true Spring spawners). We increase fishing opportunities on the Housy by stocking these trout both below the TMA/C&R area, as well as in the upper section of the TMA where the state does not stock. OSI (Open Space Institute) manages our “Friends of the Housatonic” non-profit organization that all donations go into for stocking funds, and then they cut us a check when it’s time to stock. Please help improve the quality of the trout fishing on the Housatonic by donating, and remember this is a legitimate tax write-off due to our non-profit.































































































































































































































































Make sure you purchase 2014 CT fishing license before your trip, as we DO NOT have a license machine in our store. You can purchase online- we have a license link on our homepage (on left sidebar), or just Google "purchase CT fishing license". Also, Mondays thru Thursdays most (but not all) Town Halls in CT sell licenses.































































































































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Two newer books of interest to Connecticut fly fishermen are now both available for sale in our website store/shopping cart for those of you who won't be making a trip here- "Flyfisher's Guide to CT" by Ron Merly, and "Fly Fishing Fairfield County: Secrets of Suburban Trout Streams" by Jeff Yates. Both books are excellent, written by local experts.































































































































































































































































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_Kahtoola Micro Spikes- these SLIP-ON WADING SPIKES are 1/2 the weight of korkers and don't slide on rocks, THEY BITE ROCK !! Steelheading is here and these MICRO SPIKES would love the Salmon River ROCKS. I've used them in fresh and salt water and there is nothing slipperier then green saltwater breachway rocks. They just stick to these rocks! Tom































































































































































































































































-Brodin Phantom Nets- these are, hands down, some of the nicest landing nets on the market. And, the new "Phantom" series (with the Ghost bags) are much more economically priced than the Ghost series- only real difference is they use plantation raised hardwoods instead of exotics. The "Ghost" bags aren't a gimmick, they are super-durable, the flies don't tangle in them, and because they are clear the fish sometimes actually swim right into them! They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and everyone is trying to copy them, so I guess that says something. These are the best nets on the market, in a variety of sizes & shapes, I try to keep a decent selection on hand, but find my customers wiping me out of these all the time! Nuff said.































































































































































































































































-Cortland Competition Nymph Rods- they really hit a home-run with this series of 5 rods at an amazing price of $249.95 (includes rod/reel case). Models ranging from 9.5' #2 up to a 10.5' #4 to cover Euro style nymphing, with the 4 weights crossing over into indicator nymphing too. Joe Goodspeed from Cortland Line Co. did a great job overseeing/designing these rods, they have been bestsellers for us. I particularly like the 10.5' #3 as a specialized Euro nymphing rod, the action is perfect for taking big trout with it. Thin blanks with a matte finish & black guides help with stealth, softer tips play trout great & protect tippets, and the rods balance out beautifully right in your hand to minimize fatigue. If you want to fish wets, these rods are also superb for that, due to their extra length & softer tips. Two thumbs up, and a steal at $249.95, you cannot touch these rods at this price. Tom































































































































































































































































-Lamson Speedster reels- the latest offering from Lamson-Waterworks is a larger diamter, extra-large arbor, narrower reel that picks up line FAST. It features their unique, conical, silky-smooth drag, and a handle mounted a little closer to the reels' center to further speed up line retrieval. This reel should kick ass for fish that take out a lot of line- Steelhead, Tuna, Salmon, bigger trout, etc. Also great when you are moving from spot to spot frequently- it will save time reeling in your line. I've always leaned toward larger diameter reels for their superior line pick-up & more consistent drag performanc, and I've been a Lamson-Waterworks fan & user for a long time, so this one definitely gets a thumbs-up from me.































































































































































































































































-Cortland Bi-Color Indicator Mono- If you like to Euro-Nymph or High-Stick/Tight-Line/Short-Line Nymph without a traditional floating indicator, you should check this stuff out to help you detect your strikes. It is comparable to the similar Jan Siman product, but at a much better price. The line is dyed in opaque, high-viz colors, and changes between a bright fluorescent yellow to fluorescent orange every 6-12" or so. You can incorporate this into your leader as a straight piece, or wrap around a dowel or pen and boil and then freeze to make a "Curly", aka coiled sighter, for a French-Style rig. This will be a very useful product for you nymphers.































































































































































































































































-Glo Brite Floss- Euro-style nymphs with hot-spots (small areas of bright fluorescent coloration) are catching on in the past few years, and with good reason- they are often deadly! This European-made floss give you the best possible hot-spot colors, both in terms of range of shades, and intensity of fluorescent color. Tie your flies with the usual drab threads, and then use a few wraps of the Glo Brite to create a hot-spot at the tail of the fly or up front behind a bead. You can also use for more normal floss applications on brightly colored bodies, or for tags on the butts of salmon flies. Great stuff, I have all the best colors in stock. Don't neglect to try on some of your Steelhead nymphs & flies, hint, hint.....































































































































































































































































-Hatch Finatic Reels- Wow, these newly re-designed reels are amazing, and we are CT's newest Hatch dealer. The heart of this real is the amazing, sealed, stacked-disk, butter-smooth, super-strong drag system that will hold up under the toughest conditions and not fail on you. Got myself a 7 Plus in the Fall of '11 to use on my switch rods (11' #7 TFO Deer Creek Switch & 11' 9" #7 Sage TCX Switch) for Great Lakes steelhead, that combo whipped up on a bunch of big fish and performed flawlessly, landing salmon to 30+ pounds. The new "Finatic" version of these reels has some beautiful, artistic machining & is lighter than the predecessor (but spools are interchangeable). These are reels that will take a beating, I'll put them up against anyone else's reels. Stop by the shop & check one out- the price tag ain't cheap, but the quality is superb. Two thumbs up. -Tom































































































































































































































































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-50 Best Tailwaters to Fly Fish, by Terry & Wendy Gunn- Cool new book that will give you the info you need to hit some of the top trout fisheries in the country, written by husband and wife team that run a fly shop & lodge on Lee's Ferry of the Colorado River, a top notch fishery that is also in the book. Tailwaters, the trout streams below bottom-release dams, are some of the best fishing around due to the cold water releases & stable conditions they create, and this book gives you the info you need to plan a trip to one of these places. There is a basic overview of each fishery, and then info on hatches, seasons, effective flies, suitable tackle, and a list of local fly shops, guides, eateries, lodging, etc. A nicely done guide to point you toward some of the best trout fishing.































































































































































































































































-12th Anniversary edition of Steelhead Dreams by Matt Supinski- when it comes to Great Lakes Steelhead, Matt is THE man, spending 300+ day on the water each season guding & fishing. This is a totally revised update of his original bible, and it is the current pentultimate book on the subject. Tons of new pictures, new text, updated information, and some new fly patterns. If you fish for GL Steelhead, you really should have this book, and if you have the original version, you need to get this updated one, lots of good new stuff in there. Two thumbs up.































































































































































































































































-"The Angler as Predator", by Gary Borger-" the 4th & latest book from my favorite author in his excellent "Fly Fishing, the Book Series". This one teaches you to use our predatory, hunting skills in our fishing approach. Clothing, wading, casting/line handling, mental aspects of fishing, approach, how fish function in their environment & detect predators, and much more is covered. Just like all of Gary's books, this one comes highly recommended.































































































































































































































































-Long Flies- Streamers, Bucktails & Other "Big Fish" Flies, by Gary Borger- I've been waiting for this book to come out, and it didn't disappoint. The 3rd installation in Gary's excellent Fly Fishing Book Series, this one covers streamers- history, various fishing/presentation techniques, rigging, tackle, leaders, and a wide variety of patterns (including many Borger originals) w/ color photos of them. Gary is just about my all-time favorite writer- his out of the box yet always practical thinking & approach has improved my fishing over the years, and his writing is always top-notch & interesting. He is a thinker, but he doesn't over-complicate things. Just like his other books, this one is full of relevant anecdotes that keep things entertaining. If you want to improve your streamer fishing & tying, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy. Two thumbs up. -Tom































































































































































































































































Fly Fishing Fairfield County- Secrets of Suburban Streams- author Jeff Yates is a part-time guide who has fished his local trout streams almost 30 years now. A fourth-generation Wilton resident, he thoroughly covers 20 trout streams from his home turf. Not only is there detailed access info, but he goes into depth on hatches, effective fly patterns, matching tackle to the often tight surroundings, where to catch wild trout, which streams hold bigger fish, etc. After you read this book you will be ready to tackle these fisheries, and hopefully find success in Fairfield County without having to make a long drive elsewhere. Jeff is very active in Trout Unlimited (currently president of his chapter), and he has an excellent & informative section on conservation issues/threats to the streams covered in his book (one of the best explanations I've ever read about the issues that apply to any stream remotely near civilization). He did a THOROUGH job, there is tons of useful info. Two thumbs up on this book Jeff!































































































































































































































































-The Flyfisher's Guide to Connecticut, by Ron Merly- Hot off the press- CT's own Ron Merly (award winning writer & Sea Run Brown Trout state record holder) authored this excellent, much needed book. The Flyfisher's Guide series of books has been consistently top-notch, and this is no exception. Primarly a where-to as opposed to how-two book, it is thorough in it's coverage. The 2 best trout streams in CT, the Housy & Farmingtion, both have hatch charts and received extra-detailed coverage. Ron is a common sight in our shop, a Housy regular, and he catches his share of big trout here. Information is provided on the state's Brood Stock Atlantic Salmon fishery. The book also details another passion of his, the Sea Run Brown Trout fishery in CT- his state record fish clocked in at 10# 8oz out of the Saugatuck River. Fly/Tackle shops, guides/outfitters, accommodations, restaurants, airports are all covered for each area. Finally, a book that covers all the fly fishing opportunities in CT- if you fish freshwater in this state, you really should have this book, it's the new Bible.































































































































































































































































-Dynamic Nymphing, by George Daniels- former captain of Fly Fishing Team USA, George is one of the more knowledgeable & accomplished nymphers in the world, and he has fished & competed all over it with some of the best anglers from many different countries. This is the best, most thorough book on nymphing I've seen yet. Covers all styles of nymphing from "suspension" (strike indicator & dry/dropper), to "Curly Q's", to the "tight line" methods (European- Czech/Polish/French/Spanish, and American High-Sticking/Short Line). It's all there, including a great section on his favorite 60+ fly patterns. Covers tactics for fishing under tough conditions- heavy fishing pressure/crowds, shallow water, cold weather/water, wind, etc. Also talks about fishing different water types- pocket water, riffles, runs, pools, as well as small streams. This is the current state-of-the-art book on the subject, I highly recommend it, it's in my collection. Great photos. I will have autographed copies in stock until they run out, then back to unsigned copies.































































































































































































































































































































































































-Common Nymphs of Eastern North America- written by 2 experts from Penn State University, this book covers the subsurface bugs in our backyard streams. Absolutely superb photos of the insects, with matching imitations given. Traditionally identification & hatch-matching is done with dry flies, but this book teaches you to identify, match & fish the proper nymphs to successfully catch your local trout. Well done & spiral bound for ease of use. Two thumbs up.































































































































































































































































-Reading Waters, by Gary Borger- another great new book from my fly fishing hero Gary. While there are currently two other excellent books on this topic (by Tom Rosenbauer & Dave Hughes), in my opinion this is the best one yet. Not a dry read either, Gary put tons of anecdotes in to keep it interesting & relevant. Plenty of pictures and excellent diagrams (illustrated by his talented artist son Jason). Reading water is a skill many lack and one that separates great anglers from average ones. If you aren't putting your fly where the fish actually are, then the best equipment, flies & technique are all for naught. Two thumbs up, I now own a personal copy of this book.































































































































































































































































-Fishing the Film, by Gary Borger-































































































































For sure, Gary is one of my "fishing heroes", and anything he writes should be required reading for fishermen. In typical Borger form, it is packed full of useful information. If you like to catch fish on top, most of the time they are feeding on emergers, cripples, spinners, etc. floating in the FILM, not actually on top of the water. Plenty of great illustrations by his talented son Jason. Many great stories/anecdotes to keep it all interesting and relevant.































































































































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-The Orvis Guide to Prospecting for Trout, by Tom Rosenbauer- Recently revised & updated, this was already one of the best books in print on general trout fishing strategies, techniques, fly selection, and a personal favorite of mine, and now it's even better, with new info, flies & color photos. It even has an extensive chapter on the often neglected wet flies. Most of the time on most streams, trout aren't rising, and prospecting is a necessary strategy if you want to catch trout consistently- don't be stuck when there are no hatches. Great book, in my personal Top 10.































































































































































































































































































































































































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-The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide- this is the best beginner to intermediate guide out there, bar none. In fact, just about everyone should own this book as a reference regardless of ability level, it's that good. It was recently updated with the latest info, equipment, techniques, flies and pictures. Tells you enough to take the confusion out of things, but not so much that you are overwhelmed. Much of this was written by Tom Rosenbauer, one of the best writers & fishermen out there- rarely are outdoor writers excellent writers AND excellent fishermen, but Tom is both. This book pretty much covers all facets of fly fishing. Highly recommended by me.































































































































































































































































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We have the largest collection of fishing and sporting books in New England - we purchase book collections, used and collectible fishing equipment, offer trade-ins – just call the store for an appointment, or click here to send us an email!



We have the largest collection of fishing and sporting books in New England - we purchase book collections, used and collectible fishing equipment, offer trade-ins – just call the store for an appointment, or click here to send us an email!



Water Level 9/28/14- 184 cfs in TMA
Water Temperature 50's AM
Water Clarity Clear
Release Schedule Total flow of about 184cfs in TMA/C&R area- 232cfs from the dam in Riverton, Still River gauge is frozen

Nymphing is the go-to winter technique, look for softer/moderate water where the trout can hang out in the cold water without expending much energy- think mostly pools & deeper/slower runs. While you may see them move shallow to feed during bug activity, they will tend to favor somewhat deeper water most of the time in the winter- when water temps are in the 30's and the trout's metabolism is greatly reduced, security/comfort takes precedence over feeding. For nymphs, try bigger Stoneflies (#6-10), Pheasant Tails (#14-20), Caddis larva (both uncased & cased), Egg patterns, Winter Stoneflies (especially #18-20 black to imitate the Capnia), Polish-style Woven Nymphs (#8-12), Midge larva/pupa (#16-24), and generic/attractor nymphs (Lightning Bugs, Princes, red Copper Johns, etc.)- they all producing at moments. Some days the fishing has been very good, but with all the cold temps it's made the trout sluggish and many days you work your ass off for one or two fish, sometimes none! This usually correlates to water temps (and to weather it warmed or cooled, with rising water temps ideal in winter & early spring), and to fishing pressure, which at moments can be high on the Farmington, especially on milder days & weekends. Don't be afraid to venture outside the year 'round TMA/C&R area and into the newer long seasonal TMA/C&R section, there are trout throughout, but a lot less anglers. If your are fishing tiny dries/emergers on flat water, you may need to go pretty light on your tippet. I recommend lengthening your tippet to 4' or longer before going to ultralight tippets, going longer like that is like dropping down a couple of tippet sizes, it will enhance getting a drag-free float. For nymphing, I mostly use 5x fluoro, sometimes 4x on bigger flies like #8-10 Stonefly nymphs and bigger Polish Wovens, and maybe 6x on the really small stuff. No need to go lighter than 6x for even the tiniest nymphs, and I don't usually find it to be necessary, especially with fluorocarbon tippets. Dry fly fishing will sometimes require some pretty light tippets, especially for small flies fished on flat water, but I always try to use the biggest tippet practical for the situation, so I can play & release the trout quickly and not overly stress them. It's not sporting or ethical in my opinion to play a trout for 10-15 minutes on a ridiculously light tippet, as it can kill the trout.



In the permanent 5 mile TMA especially, the fish see lots of pressure and can be VERY picky when you are targetting flat water risers in the more popular pools (Church, Greenwoods, Ovation, etc.), so make sure your presentations are top shelf- accurate & drag-free (use a long leader, with an extra-long & relatively light tippet), and change your flies frequently. Under normal flows, nymphers should play around with some smaller flies on fluorocarbon tippets, although Stonefly nymphs & Rubber Legs are exceptions to the small nymphs. Caddis larva in olives to greens in the #12-18 range are very effective at moments too, and don't forget about Cased Caddis, there are a TON of them in the Farmington. The takes on nymphs can be VERY subtle, so stay laser-focused or you won't even detect many of the hits. Set the hook on ANYTHING even remotely suspicious, or you will miss many subtle takes. Dry fly guys will find that CDC patterns, emergers, cripples, and pupal patterns can sometimes work magic on tough fish in flat water.



New regs in place now- from dam in Riverton down to bottom of lower TMA (21 total miles) is now ALL C&R from Sept 1 thru 6AM on 3rd Saturday in April, and the Upper Year 'Round TMA in Pleasant Valley/New Hartford has now been permanently extended (as in not a seasonal TMA) upstream for about 1.5 miles right up to the bridge abutment at the tail of Whitemore (this includes the entire Campground). So the upper TMA is C&R 12 months a year all the way up to the tail of Whitemore, and all the water above that to the dam, and below the upper TMA all the way down to below the lower TMA (Collinsville) is a SEASONAL TMA (Sept 1st thru 3rd Sat in April) that reverts to Trophy Trout (2 fish, 12") from Opening Day thru the end of August. This means that in March & April, inistead of being stuck in the two modest sized TMA's, you will have 21 miles of river to fish, and the upper TMA has been permanently increased by almost 50%. Excellent move CT DEEP, thank you!!!



We are soliciting doantions for our next HRO private stocking of rainbow trout (We also thank everybody that donated), please help out again if you can. These fish average 14-18", with a few topping 20". It's expensive, and every donation helps, be it large or small. Thanks in advance. The CT DEEP has documented them successfully reproducing in quite a few Housy tributaries (unlike most state stocked Rainbows, our fish are true Spring spawners). We increase fishing opportunities on the Housy by stocking these trout both below the TMA/C&R area, as well as in the upper section of the TMA where the state does not stock. OSI (Open Space Institute) manages our “Friends of the Housatonic” non-profit organization that all donations go into for stocking funds, and then they cut us a check when it’s time to stock. Please help improve the quality of the trout fishing on the Housatonic by donating, and remember this is a legitimate tax write-off due to our non-profit.



Make sure you purchase 2014 CT fishing license before your trip, as we DO NOT have a license machine in our store. You can purchase online- we have a license link on our homepage (on left sidebar), or just Google "purchase CT fishing license". Also, Mondays thru Thursdays most (but not all) Town Halls in CT sell licenses.

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