Wednesday, March 28, 2018


This time of year in CT the only areas open to fishing are the specially designated trout management areas.  I am fortunate to have one close to where I live so that I can stop by after work and fish for a couple hours before dark.  This is a "put and take" stream that does see some significant fishing pressure before and shortly after the season opens.  Before the season opens it's strictly catch and release but by early summer there really aren't many fish holding over.  I typically fish it in the month of March, mostly because it is close and there aren't many other options.

On occasion, I've been surprised by something I've hooked in this area and a quick trip last evening was no different.  I had hooked a couple of stocked rainbows on flashy nymphs before I hooked into a heftier fish.  When I got my first look, I realized it was a good sized sucker than had taken a flashy caddis pupa off the bottom.  The funny thing is that I've caught a sucker of similar size in this same spot in march for the past couple of seasons.  I don't know for sure, but it might be the very same fish!  While I am not one of those people that enjoy targeting carp or suckers, they are strong fish and wild as far as I know.

It was good to get in a little pre-season nymphing practice but everyone now and then you see something encouraging like a little wild brown!  I'll take one of these over a net full of stockies.

The red rays on the tail and the edge of the adipose make me
think this one might be stream born


  1. Mark
    It is always nice to find an unexpected surprise on the of the line. Nice job!
    Good to see a wild fish in that river, which gets very low in summer time. Somehow they manage to survive.

    1. Pete - I am always excited to see little wild browns!

  2. Surprising only in that it took a fly. The trout streams throughout the Northeast and up into Canada are full of suckers. I would often see schools of suckers, in the shallows in the Hammonasset R. in midwinter, along with some sea lampreys.

    1. John - Agreed! For some reason they seem to take flies in the spring.