A Morning Smallie Run to the Housatonic

September has started off unusually warm, offering us an extra week of summer-like conditions. While not entirely undesirable, the hot and rainless days have given us lower river flows and water temperatures that may not be safe for trout fishing.

With 6 wt in hand, I headed to the Housatonic for a morning smallie session.

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I found a 60′ run with good flow and depth, perfect for drifting and stripping streamers.  I stuck with a #8 Orange Blossom Special conehead, a western pattern that has proven to be reliable in recent weeks.

There were a number of fish landed. This was the first. He spooled off quite a bit of line and then shot out of the water like a torpedo.  I let him work against the current for a couple of minutes, then swung him to the slower water for netting.

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This was probably the biggest of the day. He ran for the rocks and kept a good bend in the rod for a few minutes. Even when I thought I had him heading to the net, he slid between my legs and tried to tangle the line. Almost succeeded.

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They weren’t all big. This one gets the award for ambition.

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While the water temperatures are keeping some of us away from the trout, take the opportunity to find some bass, panfish or other warmwater species.  They do a fine job of putting a bend in the rod. Enjoy!

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