March 20 - Spring is here - Bring in your used equipment books etc. we buy sell and trade

March 20th - - The Housatonic is flowing at 1350 CFS today and dropping - 3 foot plus visibility Great weather coming up this week river will drop like a stone as the trees begin to draw up the moisture for the spring - smaller TMA streams for today - some people got poured on other didn’t very funny storm - due to rain and some snow melt - - nice weather saturday and sunday - fish are hungry - its a heat wave Remember non TMA’s are closed until the 2nd Saturday of April - 1-2 foot visibility -- March is big fish month - March is the month when I have consistently caught big holdovers on the river - the water begins to warm - they have not been hammered and they are hungry - get up here and fish. Bought some great feathers - put them on Facebook and Instagram - tak a look - they had a cool dyed white turkey vulture feather that would have been superb on a pike or musky fly but there were 8 bucks per feather - maybe next time i will grab some and experiment - start looking for the winter/spring black stoneflies swarming on the banks and in the snow - if you get up here and fish use a stonefly as one of your nymphs on the tandem rig - we had much less snow than anticipated over night, and thankfully it is sunny today!- the tributaries are clear - just be careful of ice - spring is coming I promise - the fish are stacked up - so where you find one - you find many - If you go out fly fishing this time of year, you should plan to fish near the bottom of the water column, the fish will stack up in the deeper runs. Egg patterns, worm patterns, Mop flies, and heavy nymphs are the trick.

-Come on in and check out the new fly tying materials from Wapsi Fly. If you have a certain technique that you are having difficulty with; just bring in your fly tying vise and tools. - Then sit by the stove and we'll help you with any fly tying problems that you have.

For your eyes only ! We now have in stock - Cortland Line Co's Brand New TOP SECRET ULTRA PREMIUM FLOUROCARBON TIPPET MATERIAL !! - HRO TROUT FLY SALE!!! In the front section of the store we have a tremendous assortment of trout and bass flies on sale for ONLY $1.50 each !!! Refill your fly boxes with this is an amazing assortment of dry, wet & nymph fly patterns !!

Tune-up your fly vest by cleaning out the last year's leaders & tippet spools and replace them with fresh leaders & tippet spools for this year. Reorganize your flies into new boxes. Check your vest to see if you need more floatant, lead shot, strike indicators or tippet rings. If your fly line is becoming stiff or cracked it's time to change it. You can bring your fly reel into the shop and we can machine wind a new fly line with free backing !! If your favorite rod has broken guides, tip tops, missing hook keeper or needs new wraps.......Bring it down to the shop for repair.

We like the following patterns: Isoynychia Nymphs - Pheasant Tails - Prince Nymphs - Black and yellow Stoneflies Eggs, Sucker Spawn, Scuds and San Juan Worms. - Streamers: John's Lion Bugger, G's Catch'Em All, Circus Peanuts, Zonkers, Woolly Buggers, Pick Yur' Pocket - Soft Hackles: Spiders, Hares Ear or Pheasant Tails - Nymphs: Golden Stone (8-10) BH Hares Ear (12-16), BH Princes (10-16), BH Pheasant Tails (12-18), Rubber Legs (all colors), 20 Incher's (8-16) & Euro Bead Head Princes. Don't forget to try a Chartreuse or Yellow Stone Mop Fly, too. We recommend a drop rig for maximum effectiveness and use an indicator to make sure you don't miss any takes. Try the AirLock indicators if you haven't already. They are the best!

Don't forget we offer a FULL ROD REPAIR SERVICE Bamboo, Graphite and Glass. - Reel Seat Replacement, Cork Grip Repairs, Guide Replacement, Rod Wrapping and Rod Finishing. - Repair or refinish your old favorite rods and fish them as if they are new again!!

Our Guides are Ready to Take You Wade Fishing!!! - Book your spring guided fishing trips now! We look forward to providing you with a great fishing experience for 2018. A BIG THANK YOU from all of our guides!

Don't forget we buy, sell or trade used and antique fishing equipment rods, reels, lines, duck and fish decoys, fishing lures, books, artwork, collectibles and tying materials/tools. If you are looking to trade in, sell, or are just scaling down as they say, bring your items in or take pictures and email them to us and we will happily purchase or offer a trade up. I have been purchasing and selling used and collectible items for over 25 years and our fishing/hunting library in the store is the finest and largest probably in the country. We will happily show you the value of your items and then offer trade-in or purchase prices. So give us a call (860-672-1010) or send and email (hflyshop@aol.com). We also purchase estates and will gladly come over to your house to assess the value of your collection and purchase the entire collection.

Since you're reading our river report, please consider purchasing your gear from us. We are happy to have the opportunity to match any deals out there you may come upon. Give us a call first and let us have the first chance. Thanks