Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Atlantic Salmon time on the Shetucket!


CTDEEP has completed preliminary stocking of some 200 fish in the 2 to 5 pound range in several locations on the Shetucket.  LARGER FISH TO BE STOCKED DECEMBER 1.

In order to be successful in hooking and landing these leapers, one must know the holding spots.  TEAM7x can put you in  the right spots, so consider booking us today for an opportunity for some great fall fishing!

Our guest Ken from Boston made the trip recently on a beautiful fall day and landed THREE salmon...an outstanding day since one fish is certainly a normal day!  All were released keeping within the regulations.

All were in the 5 lb. range and provided some great leaping and strong fighting action!

This outstanding opportunity for fall fly fishing continues throughout the next few months, weather and river flow dependent.  As you can see, the water level was perfect on this day...we put Ken in the right spots and he did the rest!  As a bonus he landed a nice rainbow as well.

In addition, the Natchaug River has received a healthy fall stocking of rainbows, although the water levels remain low, and it takes some searching to find 'em.

Email us or call at 401-216-8155 to book a day, we'll do our best to get you in the right spots for the only opportunity to land an Atlantic Salmon in eastern Connecticut.


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Tom & Everett

Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Natchaug River...Eastern Connecticut's finest!

The Natchaug River ... a TEAM7x favorite

Without much doubt the Natchaug River in the towns of Eastford and Chaplin CT is a premier freestone trout stream.  A trophy trout stream as designated by the CTDEEP, it is fishing very well this season compared to the past few.  Here is a comprehensive guide to the river.


This year's Hendrickson hatch was predictable, 2:30 PM for an hour or so, spinners at dark and rising trout. It lasted for about 3 weeks as we are now seeing a few March Browns and larger Sulphurs.  Caddis are always around but with less prevalence as we've seen in the past.  A well-respected river monitor and fly fisherman tells us that the increasing water temps, i.e. climate change in his opinion, is the cause. BWO's are always present and a small size 18 or 20 will bring trout to the surface.

Hendrickson...short but solid hatch
We've taken some solid trout, some of which appear to be holdovers from fall stockings. Emerger patterns, CDC, and soft hackles fished dry and into the film at the end of the drift have produced great days and evenings.  Rainbows are prevalent with the Browns holding in certain other areas of the long river stretch as it parallels Rt. 198 in Eastford and Chaplin.

The down side to this wonderful trout stream is that the season is limited; mid June brings lower water levels, higher water temps as the trout head for more inaccessible parts to survive.  The unanswered question is:  Do they make it through the long, usually dry and hot summer?  Jury seems to be out on that one.  If we get periodic rain without high air temps we've got an extended season.

Some easily accessed areas of the Natchaug get heavily fished; there is no fly fishing only section.  Other areas that we frequent are devoid of other anglers and regularly hold 12-18" trout.

Enjoy this beautiful river, its trout and surroundings while you can...if we can help give a shout.
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Friday, February 22, 2019


Omar "Banana" Martinez has guided us on the famed Rio Malleo and Rio Chimehuin in the Patagonia region of Argentina.  His passion for fly fishing and his knowledge are unmatched.
If you plan to take a trip to the world-class Patagonian rivers, Banana is your guy! He offers the ultimate experience for a once in a lifetime journey!

Banana Martinez

Banana grew up in the hey day of boca fishing on this home water the Rio Correntosso.  He watched the seemingly endless supply of monster fish start to dwindle during the eighties.  As a guide and a local fly shop owner the fish were his passion and his profession.  Instead of giving up on the river and its fish he rallied the tiny local community around the cause to save the fish.  With a local radio drive he raised money to create an artificial spawning facility and research station.  He also undertook the tough task of changing the tropy fishing culture to one of catch and release sustainability.  He started with the local school children making them a part of the fish's lifecyle.  Banana's efforts are some of the first of its kind in Argentina where his passion and intelligent approach are a role model for future efforts.  


Saturday, December 15, 2018

Seasons Greetings and Merry Christmas!

Atlantic Salmon fishing on Eastern CT's Shetucket River has been hit or miss with the rain and resulting heavy flows throughout November making it impossible to get to our favorite holding spots.

In response to questions we frequently are asked, Neal Hagstrom from CTDEEP offered some thoughts on the behavior of these fish.

Thanks as always Neal!!


From what I can tell there are two ways the salmon go in the spring.  One smaller group just hangs out in the river. There are a couple of deep cool seeps were a dozen or so large fish hang out. NO I won't tell you where this is. That is part of the game.  The second group (the majority of fish) move downstream with the spring freshet. This is usually the first heavy rains in march.  We get reports of fish washing up on the grates at the dams at Taftville and Greenville.  The fish seem to be pinned between the brackish water and the dam. They will go down to Norwich harbor if the flows are high and the harbor fresh, or if the flow are low they stay closer to the Dam. The will ride the fish lift back and up and come down again.  This goes on through early April.  At that point I don't know for sure. From what I have been told these fish cannot smolt so they cannot survive the salt. There is too high and energy demand.  IT is likely that they slowly die.   There has been a consistent group of anglers who work the Greenville area each spring.

As to the food, again speculation on my part.  The October fish are not likely to spawn so many of them continue to feed, on whatever they can find.  The fish forage base is not big and the bugs are not efficient.  We do find a few fish moving into tributaries probably looking for food, but these streams have only so much food.  Generally speaking we are putting  a large predatory load into a system that doesn't have the food to support them.  That is why we have the 1 fish limit after Dec. 1st.

The fish stocked later (Nov-Dec) are post spawn and may or may not be feeding.  It is unknown how many of these fish will get back to active feeding.  Given the scarcity of food it may not be very many.

Not sure I have answered your question completely, but there are a lot of unknowns with these fish once they hit the river.


Our best to all for a fishy 2019 and as always...


Friday, September 28, 2018

Atlantic Salmon on the Shetucket River

GOOD NEWS!  Stocking will take place soon on the Shetucket.

Here is the latest release from CTDEEP:

TROUT and Salmon Stocking Update- Fall stocking in Rivers and Streams is on hold- too much water!Look for more widespread stocking in lakes and ponds and trout parks coming next week. Also, the first round of Atlantic Salmon Stocking is coming soon to the Naugatuck and Shetucket River Broodstock Areas- but it will depend on flows moderating.

If you haven't fished the Shetucket, we have and we know the likely spots!  See our contact info at the bottom of the page.  As water levels lessen, hopefully in the next few weeks, CTDEEP will begin stocking for this popular fall fly fishing opportunity.



Sunday, May 13, 2018

Natchaug River Action

The Blue Quills/Mahogany Duns and Hendricksons, both duns and spinners at dusk are present on the Natchaug providing some opportunities for fishing to risers.  With the water clarity and current levels, sight fishing to trout holding down in the water column will usually bring them to the surface.

If all else fails, float an emerger, then swing and sink it under just in front of the target.  many times you will get a chase and a take when insects are hatching but not on the water in quantity.


Not much caddis activity but noticed a few yellow sallies, a stonefly, around just recently.

A nice brown taken on a Hendrickson pattern...

The fish are there, some very nice browns, possibly fall holdovers, be patient, fish where others don't, 5 or 6x
nothing larger and...


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

CT Opening Day, April 14!

A sad note to begin...Bernard V. Kreh, known as  "Lefty" to the worldwide fly fishing community has passed on at age 93. A renowned author, instructor, story teller and fly fisherman, Lefty was admired by all who had an opportunity to be in his presence.  I had that opportunity a few years ago in a lesson with Lefty...

I'll treasure his perfectly scribed autograph and the memory of a man who was a giant in our sport.


A few weeks now and the CT Trout season will be in full swing.  DON'T FORGET...a trout stamp from CTDEEP is required for a $5 fee, available on-line at the CTDEEP SITE and of course, a 2018 fishing license!

Stocking has begun with reports available at the above link.  Usually by this time, we've had an opportunity to get to the Moosup and Yantic rivers for some pre-opener action.  The weather has not cooperated although the stream levels and flows are currently in good shape. The Salmon River is also open year round and has received an initial stocking as has the Willimantic River TMA. The Farmington as usual fishes well year-round.  Stop in and see Grady at Upcountry Sports in New Hartford...if he doesn't have it, you don't need it!

Early season stones should be around on warmer days and shortly thereafter we should see the quills.
Hopefully our great eastern CT freestones will hold up with the proper rain and water temps. 2017 was an unusual year for hatches...sulphurs and caddis were not in their usual abundance on the Natchaug, although we did see a decent hatch of Hendricksons in late April/May.

Soft hackles and CDC emergers fished in the film are great early season producers on the Natchaug and Shetucket rivers.  Everett has a new "killer wasp" pattern which is always a winner as the season progresses.

Everett's CDC emerger and "killer wasp"

He's working on an ISBO pattern...(IT SHOULD BE OUTLAWED) photo coming soon!

Organize those fly boxes (for the 1000th time!), tie on a new butt section, leader and tippet and stand by; bring on Spring, warm days, cool nights, solid hatches and hungry trout.


Tom & Everett