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: Smallies REALLY stepping it up

Dble Haul
09-16-2002, 10:11 AM
On Sunday I went after some smallies on the CT River in northern Connecticut. Prior to leaving I checked the USGS website and saw that the water levels were below anything that I had ever seen around here for this waterway. I had a hunch that I'd be able to get out to some structure that was otherwise unreachable and unsafe at higher flows.

I was right. There were several cuts and dropoffs that I was able to negotiate my way out to and fish. With an overcast sky, occasional drizzle, and cooling water temps the fishing was nothing short of fantastic. I lost track of how many smallies I caught, but they were good quality fish and a blast on the 6 wt. I even lost one small hammer handle pike that bit me off at my feet.

If you're within reach of good smallmouth water in New England, get out there! The fall feedbags are being strapped on. :cool:

09-17-2002, 03:19 AM
Thats good to hear that the fish are cooperating. Gota love gatching a smallie on a fly rod. I have caught a few with the biggest one only being about 10". Hopefully I can get back on the susquahanna before Oct 1 to give it a whirl.

John Desjardins
09-17-2002, 08:36 AM
I guess I should have gone for the smallmouth rather than trout on sunday. The highlight of my day was catching a Dragonfly on an adams.

09-20-2002, 06:27 PM
Smallies are a blast! I'm going out on Lake Champlain tomorrow morning. This is a fantastic Smallmouth fishery. I'll let on what's going on. It's been said before, but darned if I don't agree that the smallmouth is the best pound-for-pound fighter that swims. Favorite smallie flies?

09-20-2002, 08:27 PM
In the spring and in the evening deer hair bugs are a blast. For deep fishing Bob Clouser's deep minnow was design for them. Leech patterns do well. Crayfish a favorite food of theirs, gotta be good.

09-21-2002, 08:42 AM
I can attest to the clouser. My personal favorite is an oversized black woolly bugger with a little flash and peacock herl instead of chenille, all wrapped with red wire. I think they take it for a leach, or a hellgramite, which they love.

Dble Haul
09-23-2002, 10:18 AM
I fished the river again on Sunday with nearly the same results. There wasn't a cloud in the sky, but the wind kept a decent ripple on the water which was still low. My best results came on a white foam popper worked very aggressively over weedbeds, and on a size 4 olive over yellow surf candy with copper flash.

Gotta love catching smallmouth on salt patterns. :)

09-23-2002, 09:33 PM
Aye, the salt flies do wonders on bass, and pike, too. My Champlain trip turned into a "texas-riggin'" expedition as high winds and being on my boss's boat combined to make fly-fishing inadvisable. Got one three-pounder that would've been a lot more fun to catch on a five-weight and wooly bugger. Beautiful day on the lake, beautiful fish.
Rock on, rock lovin' bronzebacks.