This week starts off grey and cooler. The water levels are average for this time of the year. The AM water temp is down below 70°F this morning. Unlike last summer, this summer has seen rain in the river system every few days, cool nights and some overcast days. All these conditions have taken a lot of stress off the trout. The riffles in the TMA are holding a lot of nice smallmouths. WHITE FLY HATCH HAS STARTED! White Flies have begun coming off in the ELMS around 8PM. We are looking for signs of the hatch in other pools in the TMA.
River Flow 337 CFS - Visibility clear. AM Water Temp 68°F. - Rain, mainly after 2pm. High near 67°F. Light southwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Tonight you can expect rain up until 4AM and a low temp of 59°F. 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. As mentioned before we would recommend staying clear of the TMA at this time of the year.
Summer, Good Water Flow, Smallmouths & Wet Wading on the Housy. Who has better fishing days then this?! Start off swinging streamers to find aggressive smallmouths. During bright daytime sun light; Nymph or Swing Streamers in all the riffles and pocket water. Towards late afternoon when the shadow line touches the river then it's popper time!
WHITE FLY: Parachutes, Spinners, Wulff's (10-14); Bass Poppers: All Colors; Streamers: John's Lion Bugger, G's Catch'Em All, Circus Peanuts, Zonkers, Woolly Buggers, Pick Yur' Pocket, Conehead Muddlers; Dry Flies: Caddis' (12-16), Cahill's (12-16), Iso's (10-12), BWOs (18-22); Soft Hackles: Spiders, Hares Ear or Pheasant Tails; Nymphs: Golden Stone (8-10), Caddis Pupae (12-14), 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!
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