Chasing Housatonic Smallmouth

This weekend I had a chance to get out on the Housatonic River and chase smallmouth with members of Mianus TU. They’re a great bunch of folks and their events are always fun and well attended.

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Overall the fishing was good.  I stuck to streamers, and brought fish to hand using an olive woolly bugger, as well as an autumn splendor.

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The fish held in deeper water where the current was strong.

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This time out I brought a 9′ 6 wt. and used 4 lb fluoro for a leader. The rod had some serious bends, and I’m happy to say the fluoro was tested but not broken.

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During my travels I came across this grafitti. I guess more than just anglers frequent these pools. Maybe next time they will add some fish art.

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This was an interesting building. I’m not sure if it was used as a home or a workshop, but it has a great view of the river.

We finished off the day by heading to the Old Heidelberg  restaurant in Bethel. Good food and great company.

Hope you’re able to spend some time on the water during these last few weeks of summer. Enjoy!

 

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Summertime Smallmouth on the Housatonic River

Smallmouth bass, dry fly,streamers, wooly bugger finfollower, river fishing, summer fishing, fishing with flies,Connecticut fly fishing, fly fishing stuff, fly fishing product, river fly fishing, fly fishing tools, fly fishing gear,

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Catskills Fly Fishing Center and Museum, Casting Competition, Summerfest 2015

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Nature Inn - Courtyard View

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Wild brown trout caught on a dry fly in a small stream in southern CT, June 2015 #finfollower, river fishing, small stream, dry fly, brown trout, wild trout, spring fishing, spring fishing

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Kayak fishing, pond fishing, poppers, bass, bream, bass on a fly, spring fishing, kayak fly fishing, finfollower

Most of us remember the UPS ad campaign "What can brown do for you?".  This morning brown was the popper color of choice, as I caught quite a few bream and bass at the local pond. It was a good day, with overcast skies and temps in the 60's.  This … [Continue reading]

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