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08 Oct '22

Housatonic River Report UPDATE - FALL 2022

Posted by Jack Wilkinson

The Housatonic River is back and fishing well!

(Falls Village to Gaylordsville, Connecticut)

Lower temperatures & the recent rain has flipped a switch. The hold over trout along with the Recent DEEP state stocked trout are happy.  Dry fly activity has been slow while nymphs and streamers are primarily the way to go. 

The flows on the Housatonic have bumped with the rainfall the last couple days, at Gaylordsville (Below Bulls Bridge) the river is running at 1100 CFS and dropping. Falls Village is currently running at 950 CFS and dropping. Increased flow changes always create great conditions for streamers. Streamers are a good option to imitate any dislodged baitfish and great for high water conditions and moving larger stubborn fish. Smallmouth fishing has still been good but the trout are becoming more of the primary target again.

Bugs on the water are Blue Winged Olives, Caddis, Isonychia, and flying ants. Fish have been found sporatically eating dries agai If your having trouble with nymphs try try switiching to a Dry Dropper. Blind cast a larger Isonychia or Caddis pattern with a nymph dropped below it. This may trigger and unexpected rise.

Overall fishing on the Housatonic is good and its time to start getting out there! The foliage is phenomenal right now. Perfect mix of good fishing / wading conditions and fall foliage before the leaves falls and create the "Leaf Hatch."

We just got a new order of some of our favorite fall streamer patterns & nymphs. Stop by and we will set you up.

If you have never been to the Housatonic we will get you pointed in the right direction and fishing with confidence.


27 Sep '22

Housatonic River Fly-Fishing Update : 9-27-2022

Posted by Jack Wilkinson

Housatonic River Fly-Fishing Update :  9-27-2022

The Housatonic River at Falls Village / Cornwall is currently stabilizing around 350 CFS from a recent high flow of almost 1000 CFS on September 23rd , Gaylordsville is running around 480 CFS. (Very Good Safe Wading Conditions)

The water is clear and very fishy! The lowering day and evening temperatures have helped return the river to safe temperatures for trout fishing and will only get better for the next few weeks to come. The water is still in the mid to high 60s with the average being 68 from Cornwall down to Gaylordsville.

The smallmouth fishing has been steady and consistent though, anglers with good reports have been saying white, red, brown, black and green baitfish patterns being the most successful.

The Fall Pike fishing will start to be fun alternative as temperatures dropping below 72 pike fishing is becoming a realistic option for us and the recent rain has bumped the flows and stirred up to food and the big girls will be looking to fill up.

Bugs to watch out for are  Blue Winged Olives, Iso's, Caddis & flying ants are most prevalent on the water so when conditions are better for trout fishing make sure to have them in your box.

I was down on the Housatonic on Wednesday doing some casting and the amount of BWO's  flying around and on the water were immpressive so stay tuned!


11 Sep '22

Housatonic River Fishing Report (Litchfield Co. CT)

Posted by Jack Wilkinson

Housatonic River Fishing Report (Litchfield Co. CT)

We got some rain, the Housatonic is flowing again! The flow is around 350 cfs (Falls Village) at the moment in comparison to most of the summer where it's been around a 100 cfs. With the rain the water temperature is finally breaking which is a great sign for the fall trout fishing. Let's hope for more percipitation. I've been hearing lots of reports from the Housatonic about the smallmouth bass fishing and shown pictures of some lovely 2-3lb fish. Streamers and the top water popper bite has been moving smallmouth. Trout fishing should be getting started again in a couple weeks with a decrease in the water temperatures. At the moment most of the daytime water temp is around 70 degrees and high 60's in the early morning. So very shortly we should be in business. Bug activity is currently flying ants, blue winged olives, and isonychia have been present on the water so when temperatures are better make sure to have them ready in your fly box.