November 18th - Bring in your used equipment books etc. we buy sell and trade

November 18th - 2750 CFS - 2-3 foot visibility - Turkey Day is coming - woohoo - - and the store is beginning to fill with great Holiday Gifts - cloudy day today - got the woodstove going and going to watch the Bears Vikings game - GO BEARS - great day to fish the tributaries around the area A lot of nice fish caught in the tributaries recently. We have some tying classes on the near horizon, our first being Saturday November 24th with Mina - it’s $75 per person and you need to reserve your spot before hand. She will be covering tying techniques for euro anchor and dropper flies. Please bring your own vice and tools, all other materials will be provided - We have some snow expected this afternoon and over night - 6000 trout were put in recently - so between the stocking and the holdovers - there are lots and lots of fish in the river - Use those mop flies - streamers - and start swinging wet flies - big streamers in the morning and pat’s rubber legs are hammering fish - people have been catching trout and bass which is always nice - streamers and nymphs seem to be the key - with the water clearing start incorporating smaller nymphs onto your tandem rigs - there are tons of bwo nymphs in the water and the fish are feeding on them - - the smaller streams are back in action - fish Macedonia, The Shepaug and Furnace Brook - plus they are beautiful to walk the streams. Had a report that our locally tied Sexy Walts Worm fly landed a 14 inch rainbow at Doctors Hole, and the streamer bight was on for fall aggressive browns up near push em up! - - use those wooly buggers and pat’s rubber legs - fall is big streamer time for those fall aggressive browns - anything the size of a small squirrel - look for the flying ants after all this precipitation - it loosens up the soil so the adults can burrow up out of the ground mate and come back - zillions die over the river and fish love them ! - I am expecting lots of big holdovers - the state will stock soon and we will put in our private rainbows - maybe christmas will come early - lots of big fish. - Iso’s late season sulphurs and the beginning of the BWO hatch that actually is the heaviest starting after labor days to thanksgiving depending on weather and water temps- - streamers work best in the mornings and yellow and white become the hot colors - listing on ebay a collection of over 200 fishing/hunting titles - some real classics - check out our ebay store - - river is perfect for holding over trout and should bode well for our fall stocking of big rainbows - please donate so we can put a large amount of fish in - woohoo - The tribs are running well - bodes good for a fall of big holdovers -
- With fall here - don't forget to get your reels serviced or any fly rods repaired!.

-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 ( 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