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.