The Connecticut DEP stocks excess broodstock Atlantic salmon during the fall in two rivers; the Shetucket River in eastern CT and the Naugatuck River in the western part of the state. Team 7x, on a recent beautiful November day, fished the Shetucket in hopes of finding these strong fighters. The Shetucket is a trophy trout stream like the Natchaug but is a larger river with stronger flows originating from the Scotland dam. It can be subject to high levels but there are some good wading opportunities below the dam to the village of Baltic.
We fished streamers for the most part without success. The Atlantic's can be elusive with only between 350-500 fish stocked in the Shetucket. There are some large trout as well; spotted several large browns hugging the bottom but couldn't interest them on this day.
The Shetucket River is an excellent fall option to try for the Atlantic salmon, especially on a warmer day...not many left! Give us a shout if you'd like to spend an afternoon learning more about this river and we'll target these leapers!
We're planning our winter agenda for lessons, including fly tying. If you belong to a group or club at your workplace or elsewhere, let us tailor a once-a-week program for the winter months. No better time to learn fly tying and brush up on fly casting techniques and gather details on some of the underfished eastern CT and RI rivers and streams!