If your a trout fisherman like me who’s perhaps looking to get on some stripers or smallmouth but find yourself a little too far away to keep good tabs on the fishing, this is a great resource for you. I was poking around this morning and stumbled upon this link with a lot of good solid info collected by the fishing community all across CT.
There was some solid hatch info for the Farmington for the fly angler who’s not all that familiar with the river. Here is a brief decription of the fishing reports process as described by CT. DEP.
The Weekly Fishing Report is a summary of fresh and saltwater fishing activity in Connecticut collected from tackle stores around the state. Phone calls to area tackle stores are made early in the week and the information is usually posted on the web site by the middle of the week. The reports run every week from Opening Day in April to the end of November and may also feature periodic reports of ice fishing activity during the winter months. The reports are available as pdf files. Here is the link: http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2696&q=322752&depNav_GID=1630
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Short Beach Striper Contest
Houstock Saturday April 23, 2011. A good amount of hearty fly anglers gathered at Short Beach in Stratford CT, under the Main Pavilion #1. They gathered there to celebrate fly fishing and all the wonderful camaraderie that goes along with it.
Though a newbie to fishing stripers on the fly, I expected problems when I left my house at 6am and it was snowing with a steady 25 mph headwind! When I arrived at Short Beach to start fishing at 8am the conditions had only worsened. I couldn’t believe the amount of guys there that I saw gearing up to brave the torrid winds and rain. “My hat goes off to these guys” is what I was thinking as my mental conviction for fishing already had my body in motion tugging my waders over my hips. Automatically my pace quickened as the rain pour down. After rigging my rod and seriously contemplating whether these were actually fishable conditions the mainstay of anglers headed off the headwall onto the beach. Lined up at the mouth of the river waist deep in water they appeared as only shadows as the fog settled around them. “Its definitely a lefties wind out here” , I heard someone say. Being a greenhorn I asked my friend Brian what in the heck that meant, exactly. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my being a left handed person was the reason that I was able to cast my line into the wind without taking a set of weighted clouser dumbbells to the skull! (*Important thing for a novice to know, pain being the main consequence for ignorance*)
As I peered around I notice that right handed anglers were actually having to turn around and cast, then on the last false cast fire their lines into the wind then turn around and start their retrieve. “How Ingenious!”, I thought as I truly recognized the skills these men who fish the salt as their daily beat have acquired. This point was merely solidified as I observed my next totally “Fishy” technique. A nearby fisherman cast his line and immediately tucked his rod under his arm. I thought he had to scratch his nose or something and then the magic appeared. With rod tucked firmly under arm his hands started a double stripping motion feeding the line into his stripping basket. I envisioned his fly flipping and darting along the bottom just as the resident baitfish must when being attacked by schools of striped bass. I noticed several times his hands instinctively change gears creating small differences in the timing of his retrieval. I talked with several anglers who stated that this double strip method can really make the difference in hooking up in the salt. The faster presentation and erratic action implied on the fly can really turn on stripers and other salt water species feeding on schools of baitfish.
After fishing for a while I joined a few anglers observing off to the side with their backs to the wind and hands snuggled warmly in pockets. Talking about everything from weather to politics made the harsh conditions a bit more tolerable. As noontime rolled around the fishermen mustered at the pavilion for some warming food and fellowship. Stories of fishing and travel flew across the table in all directions as fisherman exchanged tales and fishing knowledge as they enjoyed their lunch. Some great prizes were raffled off including rods, reels, flies, and a tying bench. The fishing itself at the event was poor at best with 40 anglers or so landing only 3 fish for the day, the biggest being around 21 inches. The quality of gentlemen attending this event made a miserable day memorable!
I would like to thank HFFA, CT/RI, & MIANUS/TU along with Paul Dinice for all their hard work setting this event up. I look forward to attending next year as well. Anyone interested in finding out more about HFFA, CT/RI, & MIANUS/TU can email Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sweet fish Bill!
“Last thanksgiving I got a chance to fish Chinook salmon run in the lower Sacramento River in Ca. north of my in-laws and locked onto this brute”, said Bill in his email. I open up this picture in the email named Packing and I definately knew who was packing after seeing that fish. Its me packing up and moving to Sacremento California! What a fish, I can only imagine that thing ran a time or two! Great catch and I saw it just in time as a primer for some Steelhead Flyfishing in Pulaski over the first of April. Look forward to seeing you soon on the river Bill. Tight Lines!
Listen up, get there if you can. Let your voice be heard.
Farmington River TMA ExpansionHearing
Wed., March 16th
… 6:30pm. DEP Hdqtrs
79 Elm St. Hartford.
Here is a pre formed letter for anyone aggreeing with the proposal to extend the TMA area along the Farmington River. You can take the preformed letter and copy and paste it into an email sent to Mr. Foreman of the DEP whose email is in the letter. Rich has thing Nailed with the barbless hook law as well. Barbless hooks are much easier on the angler as well. I took a Skalka in the thumb last year that I thank God was barbless making it much easier to extract! Ouch!
Thanks Rich for the heads up!
To: Bill Foreman
DEP Inland Fisheries Division
79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127
Dear Mr. Foreman, I am writing this letter to show my support for the proposed changes in the Farmington River Trout Management Area. The expansion of the Trout Management Area to the bridge abutments at the tail out of the Whittemore pool, and the changes to the other areas of the river down to the Route 177 Bridge in Unionville are well thought out, and long over due.
However, there is one change in the proposed regulations which I DO NOT support. All three sections of the new proposals relating to the Farmington River require that the fish be released “without avoidable injury”. And yet the regulations requiring the use of barbless hooks has been eliminated from the proposal. Barbless hooks allow for reduced handling and a faster release of the fish, thus reducing unwanted injury. To eliminate this requirement makes no sense. Barbless hooks in the Trout Management Area have been required since its inception, and to remove this provision at this time would be counter productive to releasing the fish without avoidable injury. Please consider reinstating the barbless hook requirement in the TMA, and if you wish to standardize the regulations, make barbless hooks required for the entire section of the river in the proposal. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.