River Flow 361 CFS - Visibility - Clear - Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Light northwest wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the morning. - AM Water Temp 72' - AM Air Temp 68' - Daytime Air High 87' - PM Air Temp Low 61'
Mornings best bet is Swinging Streamers or Nymphing with big Yellow Stones and Rubber Legs with a Caddis Pupae dropper. Towards late afternoon when the shadow line touches the river this is popper time !!
Trout Thermal Refuges for the tributaries of the Housatonic River are in effect starting 06/15/17 thru 09/15/17. Fishing is prohibited within 100 feet of the CT DEEP black & white posted signs near the tributary mouths.
On the outside table next to HRO's front door we have a tremendous assortment of trout and bass flies on sale and all specially marked at $1.50 each !!! Refill your fly boxes with this is an amazing assortment of dry, wet & nymph fly patterns !!
Now for the fishing conditions. The river is at 361 CFS, 72'F and clear. This is a perfect flow and water temp to wet wade for smallmouths on the Housy !! Start off swinging streamers or poppers to find aggressive smallmouths. During bright daytime sun light; Nymph or Swing Soft Hackles in all the riffles and pocket water. As the water temps go up the smallmouths will be in all the pools and riffles in the TMA. Trout will move into the Thermal Refuges where they are protected from fishing until 09/15/17. For streamers swing John's Lion Bugger, G's Catch'Em All, Circus Peanuts, Zonkers, Woolly Buggers, Pick Yur' Pocket, Conehead Muddlers. Swing soft hackles like; Spiders, Hares Ear or Pheasant Tails. For nymphs high stick big yellow stones with a caddis pupae dropper or fish with BH Hares Ears & BH Princes. Stop in the shop to Stock up on Streamers & Stone Fly Nymphs. Tune-up your fly vest by cleaning out the old leaders & tippet spools and replace them with fresh new leaders & tippet spools. Reorganize your flies into new boxes. Check to see how much floatant, lead shot, strike indicators, tippet rings are left over from last year or bring your gear into the shop and we can help you tune it up for the coming season. If your fly line is becoming stiff or cracked it's time to change it. You can bring your fly reel to 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: Poppers, Dry Flies: Caddis', Cahill's, Alders, Streamers: John's Lion Bugger, G's Gotcha, 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!
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!
Our Guides are Ready to Take You Trout Fishing!!! - 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 your old favorite rods and fish them again!!
Start thinking about summer and book your guided fishing trips now! July 4th weekend always fills up fast so don't wait! We look forward to providing you with a great fishing experience this summer. A BIG THANK YOU from all of our guides!
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