Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Salmon on the Shetucket...CT Fall Stocking Update

Broodstock Atlantic Salmon have been stocked in the Shetucket as part of CTDEEP's fall stocking  In addition, trout have been stocked in the Shetucket and the Natchaug (just this week!)

This fall stocking provides some excellent late season action, especially on the Shetucket where we've had solid success over the past few years.

It's not too late to schedule an outing with us; water levels should remain perfect to chase these leapers!  We know the holding spots and access points

Email us at to work out some days/times.

Tom & Everett

Friday, March 10, 2017

Are Low Water Conditions Ahead....?

Just this week, Connecticut removed a severe drought condition from the state's northwestern area. (Farmington River)  These conditions should be of concern as we move toward Spring and look for ideal conditions on our freestone rivers and streams.

Eastern Connecticut, with it's abundance of freestones, is particularly vulnerable again this Spring.

We found a most interesting site which monitors these conditions for all states with lots of interesting data and forecasts.  Let's hope the next several weeks will bring needed moisture to our groundwaters and thus to our favorite rivers and streams.

Click on a state to see the latest conditions and projections.  Links can be found to other areas of the US as well.  CT has begun its pre-opening day stocking in the year round TMA's.

For inquiries, bookings, etc. our email is now:

Drag Free!

Tom & Everett

Monday, February 27, 2017

Early Season Stoneflies!

Small early season stoneflies along with winter caddis are bringing trout to the surface on the Farmington River. As the year-round streams in eastern CT, Yantic, Moosup, Willimantic rivers receive initial stockings we should see surface activity as well.  Check the latest at CTDEEP.

NOTE:  Our email is now for those of you that may have our older brochure.  Thanks to everyone that visited with us at the recent CFFA show in South Windsor, CT. Great to see new faces and old friends again.

Many of you have asked us about patterns and dry fly tactics on the rivers we fish, especially the Natchaug and Shetucket and several feeder streams.  This spring we will concentrate on helping you identify the naturals; early season stones, caddis and a bit later the quills, hendricksons, march browns and of course sulphurs.  One key to success is the right leader/tippet set up.  Many of our guests join us with leaders that are too short, not properly straightened or without proper tippet.  Secondly, tricky drifts can be a problem on all streams and rivers and we'll work with you on proper presentation, controlling drifts and recognizing rise patterns, especially important when the trout are concentrating on emergers 
We'll use some excellent techniques from the book "Fishing the Dry Fly as a Living Insect" by Leonard M. Wright, Jr., a great read if you can find a copy in print.

We'll be booking our "evenings" from the season opener onward and can accommodate your schedule for daytimes as well.  Let us know if you'd like to refine dry fly/emerger techniques this season in on-water outings.  Everett and I work one-on-one with all on-water guests and will continue our free land casting clinics in eastern CT after the opening weekend. 

If you're connected with a scout group, veteran's group, rec. department or any group activity with an interest in learning about fly fishing, let us know!

We'll use some excellent techniques from the book "Fishing the Dry Fly as a Living Insect" by Leonard M. Wright, Jr., a great read if you can find a copy in print.

DRAG FREE!  Opening Day in CT is April 8, 2017...don't forget your license!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Salmon on the Shetucket River!

Another nice fall day on the Shetucket River in eastern CT.  With the recent stocking of 250 excess broodstock Atlantic Salmon by the CTDEEP, they're spread out from the Scotland Dam downstream. The number of fish are down sharply from years past and it takes some work to find the best holding water.


A self photo while landing this one

We were able to take 3 nice 5 lb. class fish on this cool day.  A week earlier our guests Dave and Ralph teamed up to take another nice salmon from a perfect holding spot.

Everett with a nice one!

We had several follows and bumps on other salmon that showed themselves.  Mickey Finn streamers have been successful, but traditional small salmon flies, with a jungle cock eye and some yellow/blue resulted in both the above fish.

Our guest Ralph with a nice Atlantic salmon on a shirtsleeve day!

Dave had several misses on the fish above and turned over his spot to Ralph while making a fly change.  Ralph on in relief, hooked up for a true TEAM EFFORT...nice job guys, we were happy to get you in the right spot after a slow morning.

It's never too late...we can help you get to the right holding spots with the right patterns...then it's up to you!


Saturday, September 24, 2016


AUTUMN ARRIVES with cooler air and water temps, but no noticeable improvement in flows on the eastern freestones. One exception is the Upper Delaware tailwaters in the lower Catskills of NY, about a 4 hour trip from CT/RI area.

We can recommend accommodations, etc., if you plan on making the trip. Click on the CATSKILL FLIES link for the latest updates.

TEAM7x spent a long weekend recently in the Catskills where the Willowemoc and Beaverkill flows were way below normal and unfishable for the most part.  The West Branch Delaware was subject to high flows until Sunday and remained a bit off color; little success in finding reliable hatches and rising trout!

HOWEVER, on the always reliable Upper East Branch Delaware, one of our favorites, we found a solid hatch of BWO's, Saturday evening and again from noon on Sunday.  There were a few Trico spinners and midge in the mix.  On one of our favorite EB secluded pools we hit the jackpot with trout rising and rolling throughout.  The BWO duns got a free ride, as the trout were clearly taking the emerger just under the surface.

The flashback emerger similar to above, size 20, dead-drifted just under the surface did the trick. 6 and 7x of course!  We took some beautifully colored solid wild browns from 12-18" throughout the afternoon before the 4 hour return trip.

The East Branch is much like the private spring creeks of the West for those familiar.  It remains a favorite of ours and requires long leaders, drag free drifts and a stealthy approach, exactly the scenario we love to explore!

Will keep you posted on the Atlantic Salmon/Shetucket program...hopefully.  Otherwise, even the Farmington is suffering from low flows, with some areas closed for thermal refuge for the trout.  Be sure to click on the UPCOUNTRY link for updated conditions.

After 10 years, Fly Fishing Benefactors is closing.  We were proud to be Pro Staff for FFB and wish Craig and his folks all the best.  We'll be announcing a new Pro Staff relationship shortly!

See the article from Scott Travers of RIDEM and our involvement with education in "CASTING IT FORWARD" here:

Tom & Everett

Monday, August 15, 2016


Senator Cathy Osten has responded as follows to our recent inquiry on the continuation of the Atlantic Salmon stocking program on the Shetucket River in eastern CT:

Dear Tom,
Thank you for your e-mail.
As co-chair of the legislature’s Sportsmen’s Caucus, I’m actively working with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on the Atlantic Salmon stocking and other programs.  While the department is planning to reduce the state’s trout stock, I understand that they do intend to maintain the Atlantic Salmon program.
I will keep you posted as I learn more.
Catherine A. Osten
State Senator, 19th District
Assistant President Pro Tempore
Proudly representing the residents of Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville, Norwich, and Sprague
Legislative Office Building, Room 2100
Hartford, CT  06106

Barring any changes, we'll have another great fall fishing opportunity!  We have access to some great runs on the Shetucket (see Jeff's 1st salmon above) and will be booking day trips once the program begins. Visit us on for latest news.

DRAG FREE, pray for rain!

Tom & Everett

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

New fly fisher men and women!

Our program at Exeter/West Greenwich High in RI was a great success.  Here are the great young folks who participated with their certificates in basic fly fishing presented by TEAM7x and RI DEM

The  presentation followed our final session on-water at Carolina trout pond in western RI.  Everyone caught fish on flies they tied and did a great job casting nice loops!

This volunteer effort is part of our "Casting It Forward" program which we're always ready to offer to schools, non-profits, scout groups and the like.  Hopefully we're creating lifelong, environmentally conscious, fly fishers!

DRAG FREE everyone…trout fishing on the freestones is SLOW…more updates shortly.