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23 Mar '16

Housatonic Lower TMA - 3/23/2016

Housatonic Lower TMA - 3/23/2016

Franks Report: I was able to hit the Lower Housy TMA with one of my good friends.  We managed a bunch of fish and some dropped ones as well, but action definitely picked up after 11 am when we started seeing stoneflies.  We nymphed mostly and one one fish came on a streamer, but golden stones and brown stone imitations brought fish to the net.  I was able to land a beautiful brown, that took me for a little bit of a ride.  The water temps were a little on the cold side starting out at 41, but rose to almost 43 before we left at 2.  

I hit the EB in the evening, and saw no surface activity.  The Blue Quills are still going during the early and mid afternoon. Brown and Black Stones are fluttering around as well.  I nymphed one nice little wild fish up on a hare and copper in some slower water after a pocket.  Look for the midges to really get going soon, and it should get the fish feeding on a more consistent basis throughout the day. 

The Upper Housy TMA was a bit warmer today starting out at 43, but no action till around 11 am.  I got into two small fish on a golden stone imitation, and I did get one to rise to a brown simulator that I was skating along the surface.  The stone fly activity was good, but the wind kept the fish down.  The temp when I left @ 3pm, was almost 45.  Fishing throughout the Housy right now is to all wild and holdover fish as it hasn't been stocked yet.  

Fish are still holding in the medium depth, slower water right after riffles.  If you can find a drop off just below the fast water hit the as well.  Fish are definitely moving into much slower water to feed on the surface.  Remember the magic number for temps is 50 in the early spring.  Once we hit that, the early black caddis will start and the fish will begin to move in the faster water to feed during hatches and low light hours.  Flies I would carry would be hare and coppers size 14-16, midge larve, small olive nymphs size 16-20, hendrickson nymphs in size 14, black czech nymphs size 16, black and golden stones in size 10-12, prince nymphs size 14-18, copper johns 16-18, and Blue Quill emergers and dries size 14-16.

Good Luck next week on Opening Day, take someone fishing and make it a memorable one!
20 Mar '16

East Branch Croton Fly Fishing Report 3/20/2016

Posted by Matthias Hackett

Flow 98 cfs, water temps 41-43 degrees
Hatch Blue Quills from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

Fish were very responsive today to the Parleps hatch.  Fish came on emergers and dries.  The bigger fish are feeding mostly below the surface and I missed a good one on a dropper off the dry.  Lost count of how many I got to the net. Fish are nice and aggressive and even the little guys I got fought well and hard.  We will see what this weather does to the bugs and water temps. Check back as we will be on the water alot this week.

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19 Mar '16

East Branch Croton Fly Fishing Report 3/19/2016

Posted by Matthias Hackett
Blue quills came off today around noon, they weren't heavy but enough for the fish to notice and rise and feed on emergers.  Fish have stayed in the slow water right after faster water, but there are a few in the riffles.  Water temps ranged from 41-45 degrees.  You have to find the warmer water to find some bugs.  I hope the weather cooperates, and we can keep improving on temps, the flow today was just above 100 cfs.  I did see a few midges, and I think some very small olives.  Fish today can on blue quill emergers size 14, and small olive emergers fished as a dropper size 18. The hare and copper once again took a fish in the faster water.
15 Mar '16

Housatonic River - Lower TMA - 3/15/2016

The lower trout management area (TMA - Below Bulls Bridge) on the Housatonic River has had the most early season bug activity in at least ten years.  Shop regular "Lucky Chucky" reported fishing the Lower Housatonic this past weekend.  He took a big brown in the fast water fishing a 4" articulated streamer.  He said he was suprised to find trout in the fast water but after covering a few slow pools, locked on after moving to the faster runs.  

About two weeks ago the ice on the Housatonic from Kent School to Bulls Bridge finally melted off.  Up until then the sun wasn't able to warm up the water that eventually feeds the lower TMA.  Since the melt off finished the lower TMA waters temps have been on the rise.  We got a temperature of almost 46 degrees.  This would explain the hatches of big stones, small caddis and even an early hendrickson. YES, a hendrickson has been spotted on the lower TMA! 

As long as the storms hold and the flows remain wadable, the fishing should be on fire earlier than normal.   

15 Mar '16

East Branch of the Croton - 3/13/2016

East Branch of the Croton - 3/13/2016

Flows have come down to 130 cfs, which is a great flow to fish.  This weekend started out with a Saturday morning trip in which I was able to nymph up two nice silver browns.  The hits were so light, if I wasn't czech nymphing I would have never felt the hits.  

Both fish came on hare and coppers, which will be available for purchase at the Anglers Den very soon.  I did have one hit on a small black stone, but no takers on anything else.  The water temperature is right at 43 degrees, which is about 5-7 degrees from what will get the bugs really going.  on 3/19/15, the temperature was 36 degrees!

I did see some Hendrickson nymphs in the drift, but they could have just gotten loose from the flows.  I did sample the drift Sunday morning, and there were very few bugs, some small green caddis, a couple of tiny olives and a Hendrickson nymph.   Sunday afternoon I did see a few tan caddis here and there.  I even saw two rise as I was leaving around 6:45 pm. The fish are still in the slower water.  I did manage a couple more, one brown and a bow.

I found some water that was a little warmer and much slower than what I got the other fish in.  This definitely increased the power of the takes, and the fight of the fish.  The fish hit the hare n copper and small olive nymphs.

East Branch Brown TroutLooks like some rain for Monday, but the temps should help warm the water,  I think things will be 2-3 weeks early, will we see Hendricksons by opening day????