May 24th - Bring in your used equipment books etc. we buy sell and trade

May 24th -River Report - 05/24 - "Dare to fish the Housy" we missed the rain - river at 1330 cfs and dropping - and 4 foot visibility and it looks like finally a good weekend of weather and river conditions - lowest its been in 3 months on a weekend - bugs are moving around March Browns, BWO's stoneflies and caddis - the guide trips are pulling out lots of fish - and the fish are concentrated and easy - they have not seen fishermen for months - get up here and fish - woohoo - a 3 day weekend. better than I hoped for. - some clouds but perfect fishing day - fish rising to BWO’s in Sand Hole - things and fish are looking up - - and looking forward to nice weekend (so far) river is dropping and clearing seeing more and more bugs - seeing march browns BWO’s on the water and caddis - nymphing was the trick and each guide had a favorite fly that worked well - nice and sunny what a change - 68 degrees - 4 foot visibility slowly dropping - as a very good fisherman told me yesterday high flows are like low flows the fish are concentrated - these fish are congregating on the edges and seams where the flows are low and they can feed people who are catching tons of fish are fishing the edges and tight to the bank. Places to fish sand hole corner hole the elms the abutments pushed up and rainbow run there are so many fish in the river. Tribs Shepaug, - 2-3 foot visibility- woohoo - a couple of decent days ahead - looking forward to nice warm weekend - y getting some spring fishing the river is beginning to turn spring green seeing lots of bugs and birds working - there a ton of BWO’s on the river yesterday along with some caddis and hendricksons -- - the holdover as the stocked fish the river is full of trout - TAKE THE HOUSY CHALLENGE -(when the water drops) HOLDOVER TROUT IN A NATURALLY FLOWING RIVER -- I always like to explore the Shepaug River over near Washington Depot and Bee Brook - it is flowing well - nice and clear and this is a great time to be on the Shepaug - a truly beautiful river - also Macedonia and Furnace Brook are flowing at great levels - the Forsythia’s are in full bloom bright yellow - - Can’t sugar coat it anymore. It’s big - sometimes bad - but when it is on - it’s just on and with Natural Flows - unpredictable on a day to day basis - a truly challenging river - woohoo and the river will continue to drop - and with warm weather for the next few days - I sense some big fish being caught -- - and there are tons of bear sighting so spring is upon on us - we had a bear in our front yard last night - in like a lion out like a lamb - ticks are out so check yourselves make sure and fish the deeper runs - look to the smaller tmas for lower water - they should fish nicely - - so if you want to come up and fish a river that is running naturally as it should in the spring with big holdovers (which you may or not catch) bring your favorite cigar, sunscreen, waders - warm socks and sense of humor and fish a river like it should be “Natural” without people lined up like a picket fence this is is big fish month - - the tributaries are clear -- Hendrickson patterns, pats rubber legs - pheasant tails, prince nymphs. 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 ( 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