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Fly Fishing 101 & 201
Fly Fishing 101
Fly Fishing 201
A free Trout Unlimited Membership—a $35 value—is included for all FF101 and FF201 graduates. Upon completion of the course, you will receive special in-store offers, valid for the purchase of Orvis products.
Additional dates are available. Please see store associates or call for details.
Local Fly Fishing Information
Fishing Long Island Sound
Access to the Sound, though becoming more limited to some degree, is still quite prevalent. From Greenwich to Fairfield, the typical "beat" fished by a Mianus TU member, there are literally dozens of places an angler can get down to the water. It would be difficult to include all of the locations, but below are a few of the top choices. Your local fishing shop is well staffed to give you more specific pointers depending on where you live.
The best way to fish the Sound is by boat. If you don't have one, make friends with someone who does, and offer to pay for fuel for the day. In the deeper waters of the Sound, and also off the string of mid-Sound islands, referred to as the Norwalk Islands, fishing can be phenomenal throughout the season. Along with larger striped bass and blues, in the fall, anglers have a chance at tuna species such as false albacore and bonito which make quick runs through the Sound during their winter migration south. Along with the typical flats boat most common among fly anglers, fishing from a sea kayak can also be an effective and relatively cheap way to open access to all types of water. More…
Fishing the Mianus River
The Mianus River Park is the most popular place to fish and is where the Trout Management Area is located. The park is roughly 200 acres and owned jointly by the cities of Stamford and Greenwich. Though often crowded with other park users, including dog walkers, hikers and mountain bikers, a mid-week trip, or weekend or evening in the off-season, can often mean a day of fishing in relative solitude (under lower Fairfield County standards!)
The Trout Management Area is a limited harvest section of the stream, where from September 1 through the third Saturday in April fishing is restricted to catch and release using artificial lures and single hooks. From the third Saturday in April through August, anglers may also use bait, and are allowed to keep two trout a day, with none smaller than 9 inches. More…
Fishing the Norwalk River
The river is easy to get to as it parallels Route 7 for most of its length, with many easy parking areas. The best sections of the river runs from Wolfpit Road in Wilton north to Topstone Road near the Redding and Ridgefield town lines.
Despite the ease of access, the Norwalk is a challenging river for two main reasons. For much of its length, the river width is fairly narrow, ranging from 10 to 20 feet, and is well overgrown with trees, shrubs and other vegetation. This makes for ideal cover and protection for trout, but can be maddening for fly fishermen. Additionally, the river is heavily loaded with softball-size cobblestones, making wading a bit tricky. More…
Fishing the Saugatuck River
The Saugatuck ranges in size from a stream roughly 10-feet wide near the headwaters, to a much larger river as it draws closer to the Sound. Additionally, the Saugatuck is part of a drinking water supply reservoir system, with a large section of the reservoir which can be fished from shore, but is difficult to fish with a fly rod.
There are all types of water to be fished in the Saugatuck, including pocket water and riffles, deep gorge pools below the reservoir, and large expanses of calm water where dry fly fishing can be excellent.
The Saugatuck and its tributaries are stocked by the state, and in addition to the stocked fish, anglers in the river sections can often catch brown trout which have come down over the dam after gorging on baitfish and becoming quite large, and also, increasing numbers of searun brown trout which come up the river to spawn each fall. Walleye can also be caught just below the reservoir, and are typically washed over in high water conditions in the spring and fall. More…
Store Manager: Morgan Ewing
Fishing Manager: Josh Heinz
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