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    Re: Northwest Corner, Conn. 2019 edition

    Weird evening fishing just below the kayak gates. Sulfurs everywhere. Warm water, wet wading with no problem. Didn't even see a smallie...but caught two browns, one was 17 inches or so. Boy are you...
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    Re: Northwest Corner, Conn. 2019 edition

    The thermal refuge regs kick in today, and a good thing too, as water temps have been in the mid 60s for a week.

    This is the fundamental problem of the Housatonic -- if the state didn't put trout...
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    Re: Tactical chest pack, anyone?

    I've been using this for a few months now and I like it for the most part. I've abandoned the fly patch thing that came with it though. It's still there but I kept knocking flies off it.

    Umpqua...
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    Re: Little tricks to share

    Put everything back and zip everything up.
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    Re: Best 5w reel choice for abuse?

    Old Orvis Madisons are pretty sturdy too.

    But the Medalist is the best for withstanding abuse, no question.
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    Re: Do you have a fly rod problem?

    Yes. But I don't consider it a problem.
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    Re: Northwest Corner, Conn. 2019 edition

    Spent a pleasant morning at falls annoying innumerable bluegill and occasional smallmouth. It's a nice way to spend a couple of hours when I have the neither time nor the energy to get all suited up...
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    Bread and butter nymph

    I've been using the Bread and Butter nymph as mentioned by Troutbitten and as offered by Big Y (flies, not the grocery chain).

    The results have been startling. Every freshwater fish I regularly go...
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    Re: Esopus - creek - 2019

    So I finally got over for three straight days, Friday, June 7 to this morning.

    Pleased to report that the anti-mouse measures taken in the fall were successful.

    My true home stream, Woodland...
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    Re: Best knot, tippet to fly

    Double Davy 80 percent of the time. Improved clinch for bigger flies. Once in a while a Turle knot, because that's the one my father taught me. I almost never break off a fish. Rocks, submerged...
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    Re: Northwest Corner, Conn. 2019 edition

    A smallie double and a drift boat in action at the Abutments.

    https://i.postimg.cc/VJpQMjXJ/june-13-pls-tangled-smallmouth-double.jpg
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    Re: Esopus - creek - 2019

    At last circumstances have arranged themselves for the first trip of the year to Phoenicia. Flows look good, even a little low but that's okay. The early iso hatch is on, at least down around...
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    Re: Why are you here?

    I came here after the Catskill Flies forum fizzled out.

    Connecticut being a small place, I have met other forum members in the wild and corresponded by email.

    Also there are some funny guys...
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    Re: Northwest Corner, Conn. 2019 edition

    Housatonic at 718 in spite of thunderstorms last night.

    Yesterday morning I was out bright and early at 7 a.m. on the dot. Since it takes me about two hours to wake up these days, I find this...
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    Re: Goture 18 footer

    I bought a couple more of these cheap rods, just for hell of it. ANother Red Fox, 11 feet and change, similar to the 18 foot model mentioned above, and a different line called Hard something, same...
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    Re: Northwest Corner, Conn. 2019 edition

    For the first time in months the Housatonic has dropped below 1000 cfs. There is a vigorous light Cahill hatch going on. Thunderstorms later but I don't think it will affect things very much. Grab it...
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    Re: Misplaced, Forgotten, Lost or stolen

    Yes indeedy
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    Re: Northwest Corner, Conn. 2019 edition

    So I interviewed an elderly lady the other day and afterwards she gave me her late husband's fishing gear, consisting of two older Orvis two-piece graphite rods (8 foot 4 weight and 8'3" 7 weight),...
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    Re: Northwest Corner, Conn. 2019 edition

    Excellent morning at the Abutments and Push Em Up. Bread and butter nymphs were the popular favorite. Also had some surface action on a stimulator. There are some stoneflies around. Browns and bows,...
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    Re: Organizing your fly box

    Trying to organize the boxes just makes it worse in my experience
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    Re: Northwest Corner, Conn. 2019 edition

    https://i.postimg.cc/F1KbmbWj/housatonic-may-2019-base-falls.jpg

    This is the pool at the base of the falls where I encountered the post-coital smallies and also caught a wandering brook trout --...
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    Re: Northwest Corner, Conn. 2019 edition

    Here are some photos of recent adventures on the Housatonic

    https://i.postimg.cc/phwSN0fJ/housatonic-may-2019-elms.jpg

    The flow finally got down to a dull roar. Here are two anglers working the...
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    Re: Slip and Slide

    No slip and slide here (from Housatonic River Outfitters' Facebook page)

    https://i.postimg.cc/brb6mHXX/no-slip.jpgfifth third bank atm locations
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    Re: Northwest Corner, Conn. 2019 edition

    Similar experience today. Fish are up higher in the water column than you'd think.

    Couple days ago took a buddy up to the top of the falls. He caught a brown. Big carp were again jumping at...
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    Re: To Tenkara, or not to Tenkara

    Two things --

    I think four years of playing around with Tenkara rods in all sorts of situations has made me a better fisherman. Because I can't compensate for my position with a longer cast or a...
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