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: Housatonic TMA 3 19 05

03-20-2005, 10:03 AM
It was just one of those days when you had to get out and shake off some winter dust :smokin:


I got to the river about 10:30, picked up my '05 licence and headed down to corner hole in the TMA. Of course, the smart anglers were all on the "sunny" side of the river - but I did have the cold side to myself :roll: There were a few midges in the air and stonefiles crawling out of the water onto the ice. I fished for about an hour without a hit or bump but it felt really great to be out on the water.

It might have been worth persevering but I had to get back.

03-20-2005, 07:41 PM
I was in Norwich for other reasons yesterday and took a drive along the Sheetucket, all I could think of was What a day to fish! I think I might go back to my roots and spend some time fishing drys in the rivers again this year.
PS Real nice pic!

John Desjardins
03-20-2005, 08:22 PM
Adrian I'm glad to hear your getting out. Its been tough the last couple of days to stick to the honey do list.

03-22-2005, 07:02 PM

It looks like a beautiful spot. With the winter we have just experienced, it must have felt great to get out on the river.



03-22-2005, 08:30 PM
Hi Frank

The TMA stretch of the river along Route 7 between Cornwall Bridge and West Cornwall 7 miles upstream is stunning. The river takes on a "green" hue during the winter months like the pristine streams that come down off the Alpine glaciers. To me the area is a bit reminiscent of the Austrian Tyrol.


It's hard to imagine that, just a few miles further North, the river valley becomes very industrialized.

It was great to see you at Wilmington. Hope we meet up on the water this season. :smokin:

03-23-2005, 08:29 AM
Thanks for the photos. It was my childhood water; we moved to Idaho when I was @ 17. I also used to fish a trib. the Shepaug. It was the begining of my evoloution as a fly caster.
Great to see these pic.

03-23-2005, 08:44 AM

How are the hatches on that stretch of the Housy? I've been told that the river flows over some limestone beds somehwere below the MA border, greatly enhancing the insect life.

Does the Housy support a wild population of fish?

I have only fished it in MA. Even up there it is a pretty river and holds some big browns.


03-23-2005, 01:50 PM

Hatches starting with the Hendricksons next month through to the insane whitefly at the end of August are very consistent and can be heavy at times. I'm really no expert and rely on Jeff Passante's Housatonic River Fly Fishing guide.

I've often wondered about the presence of wild trout. I think they must be in some of the feeder streams. Holdovers do quite well and some real lunkers come out during the early part of the season.

Since the "Run of River" ruling last year, things can only get better both for improved hatches and summer survival now that we have consistent water levels and the elimination of the "thermal pollution" that used to occur when the gates at the Falls Village dam were opened.

03-24-2005, 07:52 PM
Adrian I like the looks of that river ,do you spey cast that river?Can you wade it in the spring or do you have to wait for the spring flow to subside?

Fred Krow
03-24-2005, 09:58 PM
I have use a two handed rod on the Housatonic and will devote most of this coming season to spey casting. The run of river flows will change the river drastically with respect to the well established pools and holding areas. We will not have very low water for prime fishing and wading and then high water levels with poor fishing. Many new holding areas will be established and many will not be easily waded as in the past.

The river will be very interesting and a challenge to understand in the coming years. Longer casting and presentations will be required to cover the water in mid-river or on the far banks. The common wisdom of casting 20-25 ft maximum or wade closer will restrict the water covered by the average trout FF. I believe the well known pools will change with the new water flows and higher average CFS.

The river is a limestone rich environment and has very heathy large trout, fantastic smallmouth in the hot summer months, chubs (Housatonic Tarpon) up to 20", suckers, carp, small numbers of Northern Pike, bluegills and other sunfish family.

Fred Krow

03-24-2005, 11:26 PM
Thanks for that peak of home waters. It's been a long time and it only makes me look more forward to my trip back this fall. Great pics, man!

03-27-2005, 05:17 PM

Thanks for the pictures. I also hope we get to fish together this season. Maybe at the spring clave.