Greetings Compleat Anglers! Despite the chilly weather and occasional rain, trout fishing has been very good! All Connecticut and New York Catskill rivers are down and wadeable with good clarity. Generally there have been good bugs and the fish are on them.
In the Catskills, the Delaware Riversystem has been good, although a bit tempermental at times. There are still flushes of Hendricksons and rusty spinners on all three branches, along with Olives, occasional Cornutas, Blue Quills and Caddis, and the fish are on them. On Monday we even found some early March Browns (#12) hatching as well with fish slashing at them in the riffs. Despite the chilly 40 degree temps and gusty 20 mph wind that had us layered-up to the gills, there were banks sippers on the Main Stem and as you can see in the above picture, Jonny King stuck this beautiful 21″ Brown on Ben Rinker’s Hendrickson Wonderbug.
On the Housatonic, Sal Renzuella reports epic rising and continuous action on Hendricksons, Blue Quills, Caddis and Olives. The river is stocked to the gills with some beautiful fish, so if you were waiting for the perfect time, it is now! The Housatonic is running 770 cfs at Falls Village, so wading is good.
The Farmington Riveris low – running 218 cfs through the TMA so easily wadeable. There are still a few Hendricksons and rusty spinners left, with larger flushes of Blue Quills (#18) and Bob Reichert reports that this past week the fish were keyed-in on the Blue Quills. There are also Olives, Caddis, and black stoneflies to be seen as well.
In the salt, Fishing in LI Soundis heating up! There is ample bait around, and there have been reports of good bass taken both along the beaches in Fairfield County and up through the Housatonic. So dust off those 8-weights and check it out.
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River Flows are as Follows:
Housatonic River at Falls Village: 770 cfs
West Branch Farmington at Riverton: 145 cfs
Still River at Falls Village: 73 cfs
WB Farmington through the TMA: 218 cfs
WB Delaware at hale Eddy: 547 cfs @ 44 degrees
EB Delaware at Fishes Eddy: 574 cfs @ 51 degrees
Main Stem Delaware at Lordville: 1380 cfs @ 51 degrees
Beaverkill at Cooks Falls: 287 cfs