Water flow: 2300 CFS
Visibility: 10 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 76 Degrees F
Water condition: Moderately Turbid
Best time of day to fish: 7am-10am & 6pm-9pm
Best stretch: From two miles above the Covered Bridge down to Housatonic State Park in Cornwall Bridge.
Best access point: Anywhere along Rte 7 from the dam in Falls Village to Gaylordsville close to New Milford
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
It is bass time. Match the crayfish hatch with large buggers in black, olive and brown. Try poppers also.
Fish species: Smalllouth bass, Pike and Carp.
Fishing season: All season
Nearest airport: BDL-Hartford Bradley International Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 7X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 4 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Streamer Stripper Sink Tip Fly Line
The Housatonic River or Housy as it is know by those that fish it regularly, is one of New Englands premier trout streams. The stretch that runs from the dam in Falls Village down to Housatonic State Park is of most interest to trout anglers; more specifically, the stretch that runs from Push em up down to the park. This section runs just over 5 miles and is the area that is stocked with browns and rainbows ...
twice per year. 9000 trout are stocked in the spring that average in size from 8 inches to 17 inches. In the Fall, another 9000 trout are stocked.
Years ago the Housy was a pond and release river where flows fluctuated everyday because of down stream releases from the dam in Falls Village. This is no longer the case and the Housy is now a natural flow river. This is great news for the trout and for the anglers that fish for them. Good fishing can continue all day long and the trout are no longer limited to the deeper pools and are well spread out throughout in the entire river system.
During the months of May, June, September, October and November the Housatonic produces some fantastic dry fly fishing with both Mayflies and Caddis flies. All the classic hatches are here! Hendricksons, Cahills, Sulfers, March browns, ISO’s, Blue winged olives, and blizzard caddis hatches. There are also hatches not present on other streams such as the Alder fly and Housatonic quill or White fly. At times you might find midges and stone flies as well.
The Housatonic has been called a Western river misplaced in the East and that is an accurate description. When flows are above 500 Cubic Feet per Second (CFS) the river is effectively floated in drift boats. Floating the river gives anglers and guides the opportunity to fish less pressured areas and areas that are unreachable on foot. The streamer fishing can be outrageous and nymphing is the most reliable way to take trout consistently.
A huge and often over looked feature of the Housy is its fantastic small mouth bass fishing. The bass fishing is excellent up in Mass and all the way down to New Milford, Connecticut. Fishing for the bass in a drift boat is a huge advantage simply because you can cover a lot more water. Despite the low flows of summer, there are sections that remain floatable, even when the water is down to 200 CFS. As an added bonus, there is a growing population of pike in the slower, deeper sections where downed trees line the banks. Pike up to 42 inches are caught on a regular basis for those that target them.
In short, there is great fishing to be had on the Housatonic at anytime of year.
Fish large streamers and poppers for bass. You might also try massive streamers (6-8 inches long) for pike in sections of the river where the current is slow. Best done from a boat.
Sunny today (Friday) with a chance of thunderstorms for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Rob Nicholas www.housatonicanglers.com