Thursday, May 30, 2024

Evenings on the Natchaug have been GOOD!

We've had some solid afternoon and evenings up to now as the levels and flow remain solid with the sporadic rainfall.

Early on the Blue Quills were to go-to mayfly followed by some Hendricksons (not a prolific hatch by any means!) a few March Browns and the usual caddis.  The caddis were not as active as we've seen in past years and a few sulphur are beginning to show.

Blue Quills were the go-to early on

Takes some effort to find rising trout on some days,  but there are solid holdovers from the fall stocking in selected areas. We've taken a number of 14" to 16" browns that based on energy and size may very well be holdovers in some of the lightly pressured areas we fish.  Some BIG browns 18" and up are there and evenings are naturally the best time.  Spinner patterns can always be counted on!

Team7x's Steve took this nice brown on a soft hackle, a solid choice fished in the surface film.

Early June looks good as long as we get a normal dose of rain and no extreme temps.

Most all to the gear listed on our previous post has been sold on behalf of a long time Team7x member.   A Sage 8' DS2 5 wt., 2 piece  remains.
If anyone is interested in Renzetti or Dyna-King vises, let us know.  We also have a huge assortment of fly tying materials in a FishPond travel bag including a number of Whiting hackle.

Annual Catskills trip is just around the corner!


Tuesday, March 5, 2024


Following up on our previous FLY ROD we go with some beautiful offerings...

A rod we forgot to list is a Custom Wood River Special crafted by the late Angelo Mangilli.  This is a 6ft., 2 piece rod for 4/5 weight with tube. $175


LAMSON VELOCITY 3.5, 9 wt. with floating line and EXTRA SPOOL, intermediate line $325 w/ box  Beautiful!


LAMSON LS1.5 Litespeed w/ 4 wt. line case and box $245


LAMSON Lightspeed 3 Hard Alox II, 5 wt. w/ floating line case and box Not a mark, showroom condition! $250


AND...An Orvis Battenkill Disc 5/6 wt. w/ extra spool, Cortland floating and sinking lines and case ...made in ENGLAND $210


Same deal, drop an email with interest, We can arrange delivery, inspection if nearby CT., RI or MA. Cash, PayPal, VENMO.



Exclusive for TEAM7x followers..


A long time Team7x member is offering an outstanding collection of quality fly rods and reels for PRIVATE sale to our followers prior to listing on EBAY.

We are in the process of photographing each offering.

If you have interest in any of the offerings, drop an email to and we'll forward photos immediately.

There are some outstanding offerings here and each item has been carefully inspected. Lines on reels look good but without despooling, we can't vouch.  With lines in the $100 range today, you can't go wrong!

Here we go:

A SAGE XP, maybe the finest fast action SAGE ever are becoming rare.  This is an 8.5 ft. 486-4, 4 wt. with SAGE rod and reel case. Beautiful 4 piece rod, I own 2 and would never part with...$475  ($500-$600 on EBAY)


SAGE VXP fast action 9 ft., 5 wt. 590-4, 4 piece with rod/reel case...$325 ($375 0n EBAY)


SAGE DS2 great entry level rod 8', 5 wt 2 piece w/tube...$225 ($265 on EBAY)

THOMAS & THOMAS  HS906, 9 ft., 6 wt., 2 piece w/tube...$320 ($620 on EBAY, no tube)

THOMAS & THOMAS HE909S-4 (saltwater rod) 9 ft., 9 wt. 4 piece w/tube...$325 (few digs on cork, otherwise great shape) ( no EBAY comp.)  SOLD

THOMAS & THOMAS HE905, 9ft., 5 wt,, 2 piece no tube...$225

If you're in Eastern CT, RI or southern MA we can make arrangement for pick up, inspection and payment; cash, PayPal, VENMO or we can ship for cost.


Saturday, April 29, 2023

 The Natchaug River Eastern CT's Finest

Wonderful opportunities currently on the Natchaug for dry fly fishermen and women!

The CTDEEP has fully stocked the river with largely rainbow trout and some fall holdovers are in the mix.  They've done a great job in providing some large rainbows this year and of course the browns are still in the mix with an occasional tiger and brookies!

We've seen Blue quills/Mahogany duns, Hendricksons, and Stone flies earlier.  Hatches start typically around 1:00pm until 4 and again from 6 pm to dark.  LOTS of spinners present during these sure to have a size 14 spinner pattern in your arsenal!  Caddis show up through the day.  Emergers fished just below the surface as well have brought many trout to hand since late the CT trout season is now a year round opportunity.  Long leaders and tippet will be best in some of the tricker currents.

Recent rains and more forecasted have put water levels and flows in perfect shape.  As regulars know this great stream is totally dependent on rainfall to extend the season as long as possible.

Here's Steve with a fine rainbow, one of many we brought to hand on this recent day.

If you haven't experienced the Natchaug or are unfamiliar with the river and access points, we can plan and afternoon or evening with you.  Once you've experienced this wonderful early season gem, you'll be back!



Tuesday, January 10, 2023


Reports from the Shetucket River remain good for the Atlantic Salmon season.  Those braving the cold have been rewarded with some nice fish as CTDEEP has now fully stocked the river for the season.

Most recently the larger fish up to 20 lbs. completed the seasonal stocking. Anglers braving the cold and the ups and downs of the water levels are having success from Baltic upstream to Merrick Brook.

Don't forget the upcoming CFFA exhibition and banquet on February 4.  More info here:

This is a great annual event with lots of bargains, fly tying and demonstrations throughout the day...SEE YOU THERE!

Here are 3 tips from TU, especially for newcomers:


We teach the "thumb in your peripheral vision" as the first step in improving your cast and tightening your loop.  For most trout fishing scenarios the rod only needs to move a few feet from the side of your head forward with the thumb on top and in your vision both on the back and forward casts.

Mastering this simple rod movement is the beginning step for newcomers that tell us; "I tried fly fishing but it's too hard, etc."  Need help?  We simplify the process with you...LESS IS MORE.  Contact us for a Spring tuneup as the trout season gets fully underway.  All CT streams have been late fall stocked and the season is now open year round!

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

 The Good ole' SUMMERTIME !

GREAT for the beach, challenging for the trout fly fisher. A lack of rain has reservoirs at low levels and tail waters at some of the lowest levels in a very long time.  Case in point, the Farmington...lowest we've seen in some years, exposing rocks, boulders, runs and holes we are not used to seeing.

The cold water from the minimal releases are keeping the trout active, easier to locate rising fish, and the insects continuing to hatch.  X-caddis patterns worked on a recent visit, along with a sulphur here and there, as that hatch is now only in the uppermost stretches...Canal pool and above. Most all areas of the Farmington are now easily wadeable, so take notes for the future when normal conditions resume!  HINT:  You had better be on 7x if fishing to risers in the low and very clear conditions and if your leader/tippet is not pushing 14 feet...good luck!!

On an annual trip to the Catskills in mid June, conditions could't have been better on the East and West Branches of the Delaware.  The Beaverkill was a bit low and warm, but fishable.

Here's a 20" West Branch wild Brown that fell for a size 20 BWO one nice morning.

On the East Branch, conditions were much the same, nice flows and water temps in the 50's to low 60's.

Here's Matt, my fishing partner and chef (steak au poivre after a long day on the branches)   
along with the requisite rye Manhattan (or 2)...who can beat that!!

Daytime on the East Branch was an earlier morning deal and the beauty above took a sunken caddis in the AM.

We had a great 5 days lodged at the DREAMCATCHER on the banks of the WB.  Caught and released nice Browns during the WB "golden hour" 7-9pm rising to sulphurs, Iso's, BWO's.

Arguably the best in the East, the Upper Delaware, certainly for wild trout!

Stay safe everyone, temps will fall, waters will rise and Connecticut's fall Atlantic Salmon season will be here!


Team 7x

Sunday, May 22, 2022

 Sulphurs?  Pale Evening Duns? Vitreus?

Call them what you will...they are hatching on the Natchaug.  It's been a few years since we've seen a substantial hatch of these yellow beauties, and conditions this week were perfect for their appearance.

An emerger size 16, lightly greased,  did the job in a short window between 7:00 and 7:30 PM in one of our favored locations...2 -17" Rainbows and 2 smaller versions, 12" to 14".  Beautiful coloration and gill plates led us to believe they are fall holdovers. Healthy solid and full of energy, they just didn't seem like routine recent stockers.

Warm weather ahead with water temps pushing 70 degrees may limit the chances.  The flow is below 100 cfs and we sure could use some rain to extend the short season.

Enjoyed a nice evening with our guests, Tom and Kathy.  Tom took several nice rainbows on a caddis pattern and Kathy worked on improving her casting as a newcomer.  It was their first time on the Natchaug...and we visited a few different locations for their future reference.

Also ran into a long time ago guest, Ralph who travels from Mass a few times a year to fish the Natchaug. he and his crew are heading to the Dream Catcher Lodge on the WB Delaware shortly.

We'll be there in mid June, can't wait to search for those big Browns!

We had blue quills and caddis for the most part following the early stones.  NO Hendricksons or March Browns to speak of so the sulfurs are a welcome sight.  Most small size 16, although a few larger did appear sporadically during the evening. Not a lot of Browns around, but plenty of Rainbows!

Let's hope we can get a few more weeks on this fine trout stream.  The trout are there and so should you be!  If we can help, give us a shout.