Had the chance to fish the Housatonic last week and had a great time with some brown trout and some rainbows taken on nymphs, streamers, and some light dry fly activity. Fish weren't consistently rising, they were very sporadic with the takes but managed to get a couple fish interested. Saw lots of bugs on the water some Caddis, March Browns, Blue Winged olives, Sulphurs, and Light Cahills. Local anglers have been reporting great success all through the Housatonic and fishing at the Ten Mile has been good too. Flies that have been working are Hares ears, Prince Nymphs, Caddis nymphs, Woolly Buggers, Spinners, cahills, and blue winged olives have all been catching fish when you find them consistently rising so make sure you've stocked those fly boxes. Housatonic at Falls Village is running at 763 CFS, Gaylordsville below Bulls Bridge is running at 1120 CFS, and the Ten Mile in Wingdale is running at 199 CFS. Flows are good all around so get yourselves out there and try catching some fish before it gets too hot!
Took a drive out to the Housatonic the last couple nights to have a look at the water and fish for an hour. The water is perfect, running at 944 CFS in Falls Village and 1370 CFS at Bulls Bridge in Gaylordsville this morning. The fish were not prevalent but we got into a few and managed to get a nice holdover on a Stonefly. The bugs were active, saw a few blue winged olives, black and brown Stoneflies, and a few Caddis were around. Took 20 minutes at dusk to sit and observe a flat look for some risers and spotted a handful. With the weather being so hot the last few days the river temp has shot up and was in the low 60s but now that we've got our snap into something a little more normal and have reasonable spring temperatures the river will be more active. Flies to use are scuds, Stoneflies, Pheasant tails, Prince nymphs, stripping a woolly bugger through slower moving water has been a very effective technique. We've been waiting for the water to hit under 1000 CFS so its safe to wade now that we have hit our requirements to time to get out there again!
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.
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!