Saltwater/Tidal River Report
The lower Housatonic River is off to a slow start but the ice is finally gone and there are plenty of holdover resident striped bass available. The herring run is just starting but due to the extreme cold temps it will be late as well. Typically we have fish at the mouth of the river already by now but most fish are still way up river in the deeper channels, and they will remain there until we get a significant warming trend. Best bet for now is deep and slow using grain lines and smaller flies in white and chartreuse. Spin fisherman will have their best shot using half ounce jig heads and 6" white sluggos and hoagies in similar lengths. Once we get a week of 50+ degree weather the fish will spread out to the mud flats and the fun really begins...ah be patient :-)
Freshwater Report -
Opening Day is around the corner and trout fisherman are getting amped up for some open water fishing! As always the farmington river will be the most heavily stocked, and combine that with the highest rate of wild and holdover trout it is no wonder why so many people will be fishing it! Smaller stream flows should be excellent and not too high as we fortunately have had a very slow meltdown of all the snow. The hendrickson hatch on the local rivers should kick into gear by the middle of this month so make sure your fly box is stacked!
A 20" survivor strain Farmington River brown trout hooked on a size 12 parachute Hendrickson dry fly!
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Sweet....my daughter and I found these beautiful wild brook trout right on our property in a tiny trickle where they continue to survive through floods and drought conditions.
Another late September father and son team fish in the 30lb. range.
These 3 boys had the time of their life catching Gorilla blues near shore on a very sporty day of seas!
CJ Elser, with a personal best 50+ pound striper!
July - Curt Gowdy, Jr., above, with a sweet 25 lb. striper taken near mid day on July 6th. He also landed many 10+ lb. bluefish using grain lines and a 10 wt. fly rod...great fishing to end the day today Curt!
May - This was an epic day on the western LI Sound folks...we had 8 fish over 30lbs. in less than 3 hours live lining bunker in the Bridgeport area. The fish in the photo was by far not the largest but did not survive so I had a nice photo op before making dinner for 8 from her fillets! The largest fish was 48 inches and well over 40lbs. and I did not see a fish under 30....VERY memorable for this neck of the woods my friends.
Heather above with a 52.5 inch striper taken on a red tube and gulp imitation sandworm trolled up on light tackle with a Lamiglas Tri-Flex conventional and Avet MXL reel!
My son CJ with a fat 44lb. striper taken on July 18, 2009...we had about 10 this size in less than 3 hours!
Heather Elser shows off a sweet 43 inch striper taken in shallow water the first week of September, there were many more keepers and big bluefish as well and all within a stone's throw from shore!
July 23 - Heather with another 40+ lb. striper.
May 8, 2012 – A healthy 16" holdover rainbow trout taken on a pheasant tail nymph in a headwater riffle.
"IP" Gregory with a fine wild brown trout he caught on our outing near my home in Southbury, CT...what a great day of catching and catching up!
July 28, I actually took the liberty to land one myself on that epic day...but we had over 30 bass between 35-62lbs. in 5 days!!
October 24, 2011- A 2nd 30lb. b'day cow...wtg Shane
September 25, 2011- Shane with a 10 lb. false albacore off of Milford, CT.
This false albacore was 6 oz. from being a state record at just over 14lbs. and was caught on Sept. 29, 2009 near Milford, CT. It was my personal best fat albert! Let's hope they stack in tight again!
Bonito can be expected in August, it was an epic year in 2009.
October 24, 2011- Shane treated himself to a cow hunt for his birthday and succeeded witha fat 44" bass at 30+ lbs. taken at spot X near Stratford!
My big fly rod fish above was taken July of 2009 on a 15 inch all black spun deer hair pattern tied by Peter Viviano, Jr. - check out all of his selection at www.fishflyes.co
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