|An early fall day on the Housatonic River|
Fall always reminds me of some memorable late afternoons fishing one of our larger rivers, the Housatonic. I love fishing smaller water but there is something very enjoyable about fishing the Housatonic in the fall.
Most years, there is a good population of holdovers in the river but with this year's drought and high water temperatures, I wondered how many fish survived the summer. With cooler weather and overcast skies, I headed up to the river to find out. I fished an area that doesn't see a ton of attention and probably wasn't stocked recently. I was quite pleased to pick up a nice holdover brown on an iso comparadun after a couple of decent drifts. However, the iso was ignored for the rest of the afternoon.
I did see a few fish working during the afternoon but nothing really rising and nymphing proved unproductive so I stuck with dries. Later in the afternoon, there was more bug activity and I did manage another colorful brown and a handful of smallmouth bass on a larger cahill comparadun. I didn't have a banner afternoon numbers wise but you can't put a price on a quiet and peaceful afternoon of solitude!
|Some interesting markings on this brown|
|The largest of a handful of small mouth bass|