I wondered if they might like something a little darker in the stain, so I tied on a TeQueely. It’s 8:15pm. I moved downriver to reconnoiter some new water. We’re taking glacial. The trout had been seeing a lot of fishing pressure, and tasted a lot of artificial flies, and they would sense a mouthful of feathers quickly, and spit it out. So every once in a while I need to force myself to switch things up, get out of my comfort zone, and try something different. That’s how I found myself last night in what’s probably the most popular pool on the river. On the way home, I called Ken (Abrames) and we had a good chat about smallies, in particular fly patterns. — from 6pm to almost 9pm. One 6-incher on the TeQueely and done. Salmon River/Creeks Steelhead Report: Comedy is hard. OK, I was fishing on the wrong side of the river. – This goes without saying: put in your time. Connecticut Freshwater Record Fish. There’s a lot to like about it: substantial riffles that dump into a long pool, good current, ringed by both deep and shallow frog water. Since the fishing was awful, and — this is important — every year is different — I decided that I would embrace different. Alas, it was infested with dinks. So I fished that for a while, cleaned up, then switched over to a Gurgler. No white flies yet, but I made my own hatch at dark with a White Wulff, landed one, and ended on a high note. Actually, I did foul-hook a whitefish, which I believe looked at me with its sucker-like mouth and said something scornful and unprintable. The fish are plentiful, the anglers scarce, the water’s pleasantly warm, and there’s something magical about the feeding frenzy that occurs during the change of light on a hot summer evening. – Your chances of catching a big smallmouth bass increase exponentially as the day transitions into night. P G C X So why did I go dark? Some of the little guys may want to fight outside their weight class, but often can’t get the hook in their mouth. From bridge crossing at Routes 112 and 7 (Salisbury/Canaan) to bridge at Routes 4 and 7 (Cornwall/Sharon) Season: Open year-round except in areas within 100 feet of signs indicating such closure posted by DEEP at or near the mouths of tributaries that are closed to all fishing from June 15 to September 15. Marla Blair’s Fly Fishing Guide Service and Instruction Location: Ludlow, MA Waters: Deerfield River, Westfield River, Swift River, Farmington River I had a few doubles, but mostly the bass were keyed on one fly or the other. I don't get to the Housy often so it was a nice change of pace from the more local freestones which have much lower densities of those acrobatic brown bass. (C&R fans, note the water still dripping from my hands.). A handsome fish, this one. It’s the time of year when this question begins to flood my mailbox: “I’m catching a ton of little smallmouth bass. One late July night illustrates this last point. I got into more larger smallies this year than ever before. Housatonic River Outfitters Location: Cornwall Bridge, CT Waters: Housatonic River Fish: Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Pike, Carp Website. The lake is long and narrow, retaining a riverine nature. Someteen inches of bronze fury. These efforts will pay off handsomely in the future. Or is that old friends, with an emphasis on the plural? Lousy photo, but this slob measured in the low teens and was the best bass of the outing. Trout: Catch and Release Only. But the fish are asleep in the shade. This guy was patrolling in about a foot of frog water. There's no shortage of insect life. There are 1,007,400 acres encompassing the Housatonic River watershed. I ran into anglers in places where I’ve never seen a soul. Countermeasure. *No fishing allowed from June 15 to August 15 within 100 feet of Beartown Brook, Goose Pond Brook, and Hop Brook. I hadn’t fished this run in a few decades. Great event for beginners and kids as smallmouth are aggressive and fight hard for their size! A quick zip in/zip out (there have been a lot of those this summer) last night from 7:00pm-8:30. It works as well on eastern freestone river smallies as it does on English chalk stream browns. Housatonic Smallmouth Recap: lots of walking, low, slow, and not very big. Instead, I could easily pick out an occasional lonesome rise ring here and there. Finally, you’ll want to know about the white flies. It was pouring when I left the Jeep, but it was over by the time I was on the water. I like its long WF taper for mending. For a quality coldweather fishing experience, look no farther than the Housatonic River’s tidal estuary, where you can enjoy a thriving striped bass and Atlantic salmon fishery all winter long. Our base river is the beautiful Housatonic, home to Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Nothern Pike, Carp and more! See the article in its original context from. I will be heading to the vise shortly to hammer out some of our ideas. So is steelheading. Catching these strong fighters on poppers is a blast. You want all the good water. A look back at some of my favorite fly fishing moments from 2018. With the shorter leader and harder takes, I caught fish. I’m a creature of habit, and that includes fishing. What’s worse, what was rising was small. Hello, boys, I missed you! Pricked a few but only one to hand and he was small. I was intrigued that I would get several bass on the black — consecutively — then 2-3 bass on the white. A pretty fair Housy smallie that crushed a grey and chartreuse Gurgler a few strips after it splashed down. They didn’t get to be big by accident. Oct26 by Steve Culton. – Target shallows in low light, particularly shallows near deep water. And how. From 5:30-7:00pm, I explored some new water near some old familiar water. As a general rule, the trout on the Housatonic will be most active when the temps are between 55 & 70 degrees. Harvest Category (Weight) | Catch and Release (Length) The link within the common name column opens the state record photos page I fished new water. Farmington River Mini-Report 12/4/20: What streamer bite? Holmes quote, “There’s no tonic like the Housatonic.”. My money’s on “at the business end of a Countermeasure.”, Dusk can be a magic time, but the big fish bite window is sometimes frustratingly short.Â. Not a bruiser in the bunch. (weather, different location, nature of the beast). The river was 440cfs, still a bit over where I’d like it, but I’d rather have this than 100. A quick zip-in, zip-out smallie mission the other night to get reacquainted with an old friend. This was by far the worst outing of the year in terms of size and numbers. (water height, and the fish are feeding deeper than surface/film). No real size — biggest was 10″. HOUSATONIC RIVER TROUT MANAGEMENT AREA. At least the dragonflies had a good meal. During the summer months the small mouth bass fishing is excellent and it is not uncommon to catch 20-30 bass a day. TU Housatonic Smallmouth "Bass & Beer" Fishing Trip - Aug. 24 2019. So much for the cold front theory: three bass in the 10″ class on the first four casts. I drifted it through a deep run and caught a bass that had ambitions to be five inches long but hadn't fulfilled those ambitions yet. I believe you can get a copy at matchthehatch.com. I promised him not to print his name. Good to meet everyone last night, and thanks as always for sharing the water. You’ll find a little river history, a little reconnoiter, some trout and smallie basics, and a couple of my favorite Housy fly patterns. It is an impoundment dam between the cities of Shelton and Derby. Just stop when you like, or wedge yourself against a rock and drop a fly into the water. Why I went fishing. From sun up through early evening during the warm weather months on the rambling Housatonic River in Massachusetts and northwest Connecticut fishermen can be seen wetting a fly in search of a feisty brown trout or muscular smallmouth bass. First cast. It’s same line I’ve been using for several seasons, the Scientific Anglers Mastery Anadro. Caught some, but the fishing wasn’t anywhere near good enough to keep me in the river for too long. Fly Fishing on the Housatonic. There were two problems, he said. The Housatonic River, or "Housy" as she is known to her regulars, is a famous New England freestone trout river flowing through limestone deposits, and best known for heavy hatches and fat holdover trout. As I was wading several people on inner tubes floated by, one of them with a fly rod. I got into dozens of fish. “Some sections,” described Beauchesne, “in particularly the upper valley section from say, Claremont to Piermont, that section of the river is really good pike water. If you were a big smallmouth, where would you be? Last week as I was walking out of the river at 8:45pm, I nearly stepped on a monster smallie that was cruising in about a foot of water. When the rain let up and the fog started rolling in, I headed for the sound. It was, in a word, slow. There will come a point where the bite will shut down, which is usually about the time you can no longer see your fly. Part of it was the drought, which made for challenging conditions. You … And they don't get as much pressure from the ''River-Runs-Through-It'' crowd as those mouth-weary Montana browns. You’ll find a little river history, a little reconnoiter, some trout and smallie basics, and a couple of my favorite Housy fly patterns. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. And so we break the seal on summer smallies. Something was seriously wrong. Then at dusk, I tied on a Countermeasures and tossed it into the shallows…. My first trip to the Housatonic was quite interesting and a pretty good trip. Rivers are home to some of the best smallmouth bass fishing on the planet. I believe I fished more days this summer for smallmouth than I have since I started seriously pursuing them (in 2016). Join local chapters of Trout Unlimited for a fun day of smallmouth bass fishing, followed by a cold beer and lunch at Housatonic River Brewing! Dozens of quality bass bull-rushed my Gurgler as late afternoon transitioned into evening. Here are a few tips to help you catch the big one. This night in particular remains fresh in my memory. But we can take comfort in the hope and promise of 2021. From 1981 to the present, considerable research has been conducted by the Connecticut Inland That's a method I hadn't thought of -- bathing suit and inner tube. Based on the titanic hit he laid on the Countermeasures, I can only guess that if he were a football player, he’d be a linebacker.Â. And part of it was that in terms of size and especially numbers, this was by far the worst year I’ve had fishing smallmouth on that river. About the Housatonic River “There is no tonic like the Housatonic” – Oliver Wendell Holmes is supposed to have said. The bass liked the Gurgler, TeQueely, and of course the Countermeasure. Housatonic Smallmouth Recap: lots of walking, low, slow, and not very big, Housy Mini Report 8/19/19: Low, slow, and small, Secrets to Catching Bigger Smallmouth on the Housatonic, Housy Smallmouth Report: And so it begins, Housy Trout & Smallies in the March/April issue of Eastern Fly Fishing, Best of 2018 #10: Topwater smallmouth before the floods, Housy Smallmouth Report 8/1/18: No snow day, Housy Smallmouth Report 7/24/18: Feel the burn, Housy Smallmouth Report 8/9/17: No big deal. The Lake Lillinonah is an impoundment of the Housatonic River, created in 1955 by construction of the Shepaug dam. I believe I fished more days this summer for smallmouth than I have since I started seriously pursuing them (in 2016). They’re feeding with confidence under the cover of darkness. The Hous was stained and rising (450cfs+) and warm, the air was thick and damp, and the smallies were on the hunt. Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of fishing the Housatonic River for smallmouth bass with a friend of mine and Harry as our guide, To say Harry is both knowledgeable about the river and putting you in the best places to catch fish is an understatement! OUTDOORS; Smallmouth Bass Help In Ending a Brief Slump. The fly it chomped on was about three inches long. My timing was off. Hot off the presses: “Upper Housatonic River, CT — The Smallmouth River That Thinks It’s A Trout Stream.” You can read it in the March/April issue of Eastern Fly Fishing. We were fishing big nymphs on a 9-foot leader, with a smaller nymph on a dropper, casting 20 to 30 feet over currents of different speed. According to Beauchesne, the best pike fishing waters on the Connecticut River extend from Moore Reservoir all the way down to the Massachusetts border. Summertime Smallmouth on the Housatonic River. So I upped it to the 8-weight (260 grains). Sometimes a change in plans turns out to be better than expected – Sometimes. The trick, as with most nymph fishing, was to start to set the hook almost before you saw a bump on the strike indicator. Where we set out to prove the O.W. The tidal section of the Housatonic River is a 7-mile stretch of brackish water, which feeds into Long Island Sound along the shores of the towns of Stratford and Milford. Where do I go on the Housatonic to find the bigger fish?”. Picture them hanging out on the bottom of a deep hole during peak daylight. James Gorman Outdoors column discusses smallmouth bass fishing in Housatonic River (Conn) as means of alleviating frustration of midsummer slump; photo (M) He's trying so hard but he's all off balance, his weight is too far back, and it's like he's not seeing the ball.''). I’ll give it another shot, but perhaps I need to rethink in terms of a bigger rod. Mysteries as yet unsolved (but I have my theories): Why such lousy action on wets? ). – Cull the pipsqueaks with bigger flies. Covered Bridges & Bronzebacks (Fishing the HOUSATONIC River) Finding a parking spot was, at times, impossible. So, 2020 wasn’t the year we wanted it to be. Black Pearsall’s silk, peacock herl, black hen. There are often rich rewards awaiting those willing to walk. The fishing was OK — that is, I caught another bazillion fish, only this time there were a few more pipsqueaks in the mix. Housatonic River Trout Management Area. Regardless of whether the subject is the river (242cfs, 76 degrees, clear) or the smallmouth (many of them, mostly in the 8″-12″ class with a couple at a foot-plus), a splendid time was had. Fished from 7:30-9pm, down Kent way. Sure, there were a bunch in the 10-12″ class, but the big one eluded me on this night. Thermal refuges: Areas within one hundred feet of signs indicating such closure posted by DEEP at or near the mouths of Kent Falls Brook and Macedonia Brook are closed to all fishing from June 15 to September 15. The guide didn't hear it. Calling all Blockheads! It wasn’t for a lack of effort from your humble scribe. It wasn’t for a lack of effort from your humble scribe. I test drove a new line on my 5-weight 10′ Hardy Marksman2 — or should I say a new weight line. Despite contamination by PCB's, the Housatonic River supports important trout and Smallmouth Bass fisheries in its upper free-flowing reaches (Falls Village to New Milford). When the guide dropped me off at the fly shop, he couldn't face going inside. The lower sections also seem intriguing for as a potential summer smallmouth fishing location. They loved the flies on the dangle, rod tip raised, with a very slow or hand-twist retrieve. Didn’t like the looks of it, so I headed to my beat for the evening. I’d been licking my chops all year, waiting for the Housy smallmouth season. And it’s not just a matter of where. Fish alone. 20 bridge in Lee downstream to the Willow Mill Dam in Lee. It’s also when. The smallmouth bass are wide awake. But they are less picky. – Land your fly with a splat! (You may have heard this before, but droppers are the quickest way to find out what the fish want.). Hot off the presses: “Upper Housatonic River, CT — The Smallmouth River That Thinks It’s A Trout Stream.” You can read it in the March/April issue of Eastern Fly Fishing. Part of it was people — and anglers — everywhere. Some Housatonic Smallmouth A while back, my friend Rick, his grandson and I made an afternoon and evening trip to the Housatonic after smallmouth bass. Black Magic was featured in the color plates of Robert Smith’s book The North Country Fly. Little did I know that these July outings would be the crescendo. And anywhere. Smallies will move into shallows as dusk approaches, and that includes some of the bigger fish. I'm not saying smallmouth bass are lesser fish than trout. Lake Housatonic is located in the towns of Derby, Monroe, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton. I’ll certainly be back as I’m sure the river harbors some monster browns just begging for a well-placed streamer. Once the river hits 70 degrees or more look for the bass fishing to improve. (I could hear the announcer saying, ''You know, it's painful to watch. No pressure, I told myself, no pressure. I hit the White Fly hatch perfectly — in fact, I’d rate this as one of the top three blizzards I’ve ever experienced. BANG! He clobbered the bug as soon as it landed. The best part was a few some-teen inch slobs in the mix, all on the Countermeasure at dusk. Black caddis were out again. Oh. The trout, that is. It's summer and there won't be much water in the river. by John Torsiello. The upper reach extends from the Rte. Guides like Harry Desmond of Berkshire Rivers Fly Fishing, take clients downriver in a row boat, pointing out the best spots to lay down a cast and helping to land these toothy giants. Casting was easier, but it made the rod feel a little noodly. This includes learning how to read a river, understanding the influence of current on smallmouth location and being able to effectively fish flowing water. There’s no single, simple answer. Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media Show More Show Less 22 of 26 Glenn Lagoy, of Torrington, at the Sunnyside Park boat launch along the Housatonic River after a day of fishing … The more you fish, the more chances you’ll have to hook up with a big one. Even after it became difficult to see the fly, I was still hauling in pipsqueaks. I saw him later at the end of his run and he said that even though he had lost all his flies when they fell out of a pocket, an angler on the river had given him a fly and he had caught five or six bass. This guy was sipping on emergers in about a foot of water. The other problem -- my problem -- was that I just wasn't setting the hook. We will get you going! Do you know where your trophy Housy smallie is? Torrey Collins has guided and fished the Housatonic River for over 20 years. Paul at River Bay Outfitters in Oceanside said that this has been a good summer if you are into hot weather fishing. I started out fishing a weighted crayfish imitation, dead drift, just like a salmon fly, but on a short leader (five foot of braided, sinking leader, and a foot of 10-pound test salt water tippet, as suggested by the salesman at the fly shop). A forearm burner, this one. At 8pm I tied on a bug I’ve been prototyping and testing for three years now (I will release it very shortly, so stay tuned!) Shortly after stepping into the river I hooked my first fish, which escaped. August brought rain, and more rain, and then it rained again and again and there went the summer smallmouth season. When I came back from Montana, I thought I needed some time in the minors -- a rehab assignment. (see above). Four inches is a good cutoff point. It is also a superb but underrated smallmouth bass fishery in the warmer months when the trout fishing … If it isn't obvious already, I should say that I have a big soft spot for smallmouths. – Fish near deep(er) water access. The surface should have been boiling with frantic rises — dozens per second. And why not? The secret to consistently catching smallmouth from rivers is being comfortable fishing in current. I had every intention of going home, but I got sucked into the dolomieu vortex and I stopped at a favorite hole. The guide told me my casting was adequate, that I was mending line well enough to get a decent drift as evidenced by the few hits I had. 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. All of the bigger fish blitzed the fly moments after it hit the water. The fish I caught weren't big, but several were 10 inches or longer, so they were fun to catch, since smallies fight as if they have no idea of their size. Finding the answer to that question is half the fun. You may have noticed this year that there weren’t many Housatonic River smallmouth reports on these pages. Dusk. This pool is upriver from where I’ve been fishing, so I can’t make an intelligent scientific comparison other than to say it sucked. After the previous night’s blizzard, why only a few white flies? Hysterical topwater action ensued. Good stuff. and the smallies attacked it with extreme prejudice, sometimes moments after it hit the water. The heat is up, the water is down and the trout are holding in cooler areas where feeder streams enter the river. One was that the section of river we floated was maybe a day or two past its peak, so the fish were full instead of crazily voracious. Paul spent another day on the Housatonic River fishing for those hard fighting smallmouth bass. I went to the Hous earlier in July than usual with the thought that I was going to find some new honey holes. I had to do a bit of walking — a mile hike in waders in 90% humidity will get you lathered up proper — but man, did my efforts pay off. On the river, we offer drift boat trips … Like many predators, big bass will move onto flats as twilight builds. I prowled the warm river, in places ankle deep, looking for runs and holes, drifting the crayfish somewhere near the bottom. The mysteries of smallies on the Hous continue, as I have fished these marks in past years at the same height (200cfs) at the same time of year and same time frame and done gangbusters. After a nice aerial display by the bass (that bastard judge from East Germany only scored it a 5.4) we had this Kodak — er, GoPro — moment. Bathtub temperatures (in the mid-70's) make them feel peckish and it is Article 1 of the smallmouth creed that all things great and small are food, and that no fish ever grew big by limiting its carnivorous ambitions to creatures that fit into its mouth. I also hooked several trout that got away and had a fair number of hits, but not one trout came into the boat. I went on a float trip down the Madison River during the salmon fly hatch and did not catch a fish. If you're not in the mood, just let your hand drift in the water and splash yourself when you get hot. They call them smallies, but their hearts and appetites are huge. Last night was textbook: increased activity once the sun went behind the mountains, a feeding spike from 7:30pm-8:30pm, then shutdown at dark. Enough has been written about the Litchfield County section’s trout and smallmouth bass fishery, and plenty can be found online. The pipsqueak factor was very low, with this bass being typical of the evening’s take. Started out with a white cone head Woolly Bugger, and its production level was uninspiring. And indeed, there wasn't. The caddis flies, in particular, are bouncing around everywhere. In fact, I went smallmouth fishing partly because I've been in a bit of a slump lately. (Read all about it. It’s fishy as hell. They do like to slam the living daylights out of flies. Why the lack of visible surface action? A short outing last night, from 7pm-9pm, below the TMA. This reservoir was created in 1955 by the Connecticut Light and Power Co. by building the Shepaug Dam across a section of the Housatonic River. I admit that smallmouth bass are often easier to catch than trout. I hit bottom in Montana in June. On the positive end, I did boffo pre-hatch business with a Black Magic North Country spider dropper and a white fly soft hackle on point. I can always tell it’s a good fish when my forearm starts to burn mid fight. It's midsummer on the Housatonic in Connecticut. 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