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13 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????

 

24 Feb '16

2/24/2016 - Tenmile & Lower Housatonic

This past weekend mother nature offered up some warm temps almost touching 50 degrees both Saturday and Sunday.  With back to back warm days and a little extra juice in the river, we decided to freestone it.  The past month or so has been focused on the Farmington/Croton alike however it was nice to float/stand in some different water this weekend.  

Saturday - 2/20/2016
Tom Z took an early season float on the Tenmile this Saturday.  Around 2pm they reported size 12 black stones on the boat and sputtering around.  The water was about 40 degrees with a flow of 400cfs.  Tom noted that the river looked good considering abnormal winter.   
Sunday - 2/21/2016
On Sunday myself and guide Frank Degrazio brought out a group of guys new to the area.  We fished the Lower TMA on the Housatonic River which is open year round catch and release. 
Sundays weather was an overcast morning with the sun breaking around noon.  As soon at the sun popped and the temperature climbed, we saw the 2pm stoneflies Tom reported the day before.  
 
While walking into our location however, we noticed a handful of darters and a four inch smallmouth dead in a side braid.  As the flows rise and fall and the days get cold and warm, smaller fish get stuck in side channels.  The fish will occasionally get frozen into the ice.  
We tied on white whooley buggers with some flash to imitate the dead pale darters.  The action was slow overall however two anglers did hook up, with one providing a customer with a great fight.
Fun had by all, and the warm temps made for a great day on the Lower TMA.  
Fly On,
Matt
ps. check out this weekends forecast at the bottom of the pictures!
Housatonic River TMA Winter Stonefly - Anglers Den
Tenmile Housatonic Fly Fishing - Anglers Den
Tenmile River Fly Fishing - Anglers Den
10 DAY FORECAST - PAWLING NY