The Good ole' SUMMERTIME !
along with the requisite rye Manhattan (or 2)...who can beat that!!
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.
Many of our loyal fly fishing followers know that as of March 4, 2022, TROUT SEASON IS OPEN on all rivers, streams, lakes and ponds. As in 2021 this "soft" opening is scheduled to become a permanent yearly condition, pending some regulation work by CTDEEP.
Certainly this benefits smaller stream fly fishers; no trout massacre on the former traditional opening date; less crowded conditions in light of the ongoing COVID concerns. Other than adding a few weeks in March to our normal Spring fishing plans not much changes. Our freestones are largely done for the season around mid-June as flows drop and water heats up and insects disappear.
Certainly the biggest benefit, in our opinion is the end of the one-day onslaught with trash barrels full with stringers of discarded trout that the opening day crowd had no intention of keeping. Perhaps great sport for kids for one day but not for dedicated fly fishers who enjoy exploring the freestones.
With a season limited by water conditions anyway, fly fishers have more opportunity to find open space and willing trout during the peak insect hatches. All in all probably a good strategy by the folks at CTDEEP who do an admirable job in supporting our freestone trout fishery. Of course year round fly fishing continues on the Farmington with regulations that certainly benefit fly fishers.
Our TEAM7xer Steve is at it again! Neither cold air temps or freezing water could keep him from his recent quest to take a pike on the fly! Fishing a spot on the CT River, known for pike cruising close to shore, he scored!
Great Job Steve, we have now dubbed you the PIKE GURU!
See you on the water!
Hello everyone and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our loyal followers. It's been a while for an update and challenges to our wellbeing remain ahead. Please stay safe and careful until we can get on-water ASAP in the Spring!
Well, when most of us are shut down for the typical winter cold weather conditions, there are exceptions.
Our diehard TEAM7x member, Steve continues to subject himself to 30+ degree water in search of SALMON ON THE SHETUCKET. With the albie season behind him, Steve just can't put the rod away!
He's first to admit, a hour in the frigid water is about enough. Looks like that's all the time it takes.