When we arrived at the Housatonic State Park
in western Connecticut
last night it looked like this week’s heavy rains in the
northeast had taken
its toll on this world-class river.
is not limited to one legitimate trophy trout fishery to choose from. Just 40 minutes to the
east is a tailwater
river known as the Farmington
that would be clear and with the heavy rains the flows would be ideal
drift float. Ironically,
ago I was literally at the point of tossing a coin to figure out how to
between these two rivers. This
the choice was easy.
Our guide, Rob Nicholas of
Housatonic Anglers was more than happy to vector over to the Farmington
as he knew this was an awesome river as well – for fishing
and for history as
the Farmington is
one of the six National Wild
& Scenic Riverways in New
On our drive to the Farmington Rob
thought he would take the route that used the famous Cornwall
covered bridge. I
always wanted to see this famous covered
bridge. I just
didn’t want to get stuck
inside of it. Why
do I say this? As Taylor was
fetching the camera I yelled back to Taylor
“How high is our RV?”
The sign at the
bridge’s entrance read 10’ 11”. Taylor yelled
10’ 11”. Hmmm
– a dilemma. Long
story short, we made it, just barely –
even backed up some traffic in the process.
For those who might be worried we were very
careful as Taylor
shimmied up the ladder to make sure
there was no danger. For
historically minded people, I truly was more concerned for the bridge
We launched Rob’s drift boat
around 8:30am and were quickly off on a six mile float.
Let’s cut to the chase. Taylor
beat me 27 to 13 and closed the gap significantly.
He is now only 17 fish behind me and has won
7 straight States in a row with only 6 States remaining.
Dad (343 fish); Taylor (326 fish)
with a Grand Total of 668 fish to date.
Before today our two biggest trout
on a river was 19” and 19.5”, both from the Madison
River in Montana. Taylor
not only beat that record by catching a beautiful 20” Brown
trout – he caught
two of them that size. He
also caught a
17” just for good measure.
He was on
fire today. In
total we caught 20
Browns, 5 Rainbows, and 15 Atlantic Salmon for the four hour outing. WOW!!
is on the map as far as I’m
concerned and can stand toe-to-toe with nearly any trout river in America.
By 1pm we were back in our RV and
headed for Rhode
where a storm is brewing. Tonight
to get 2” of rain – tomorrow could be dicey.