Thanks to solid rainstorms thru Memorial Day Weekend the rivers are full once again! The Natchaug and Shetucket, and others received a welcoming shot which along with cooler temps, should extend the season for a few more weeks. While the beachgoers were disappointed, we fly fishers rejoice!
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Hatches have been sparse on the Natchaug throughout the Spring but there's no shortage of trout willing to take an emerger. We saw very few Hendricksons; same with caddis and sulphurs...so far. March Browns...NO. The Shetucket is holding very nice size trout and a better hatch of caddis and sulphurs just this past week. An ant is always a good pattern when trout are visible but difficult to determine what they might be taking at or just under the surface.
Wading will be difficult for the next few days; Natchaug at 4.87 feet, Shetucket at 6.74 and raging. This is great news for the days ahead!
Team 7x'er Steve reports good hatches of sulphurs on the Salmon River a bit further West in CT. Finding space in the normally crowded fly fishing only area can be a challenge on this fine trout stream.
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TEAM7x will be off to the Catskills and the Dream Catcher Lodge later in June to fish the East and West branches of the Delaware, the Beaverkill and Willowemoc, with the birthplace of American fly fishing, the Neversink always a possibility!
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