The smaller rivers and streams are only accessible by walking in and this give you a chance get a little exercise, take your time and sometimes hover over that very large rising fish without having to worry about moving downstream in the driftboat. For the trip we recommend thateach person bring: A fishing license for the river you will be fishing, please also review regulations for the river you plan to fish, A fleece jacket for cool evenings and mornings, River shoes that can get wet if you would like to wade, Any medications you may need on a regular basis or in an emergency (e.g. Call for availability. is one of the great assets of New England. Built of aspen, cherry, and sumac this fence was the culmination of an Eagle Scout project which began back in July. Call for availability. All reviews guide. Some of these pike remind us of the line in Jaws, "We're gonna need a bigger boat." Box 251, 1383 Pleasant Street Lee, MA 01260 413-394-9796 or mass@hvatoday.org HVA License and gratuities are not included. Its hard being the bearer of bad news, but it is bad out there! As to the lower Housatonic, which this page concerns itself with, a good starting point may be the Housatonic Estuary Guide pocket map which the Housatonic Valley Association (which the chapter supports) and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection have jointly issued. The smaller streams often offer wild trout, so keep this in mind when booking your trip, sometimes smaller is better. 83 towns, 8 major tributaries, 24 sub-watersheds, rugged mountains, rolling hills, tidal estuary, 100,000 recreational acres and 50 million years of history ready to explore. You will be able fish spots that are not always available for waders and when the river is higher, it really give you an advantage by being able to anchor up and cast to either side of the boat. Whether it's a guide trip for the afternoon or a 6 day management team-building seminar, Housatonic River Outfitters will help you arrange every detail of your trip. We also recommend wade trips for beginners, as it takes out the variables of the boat and allows you to just focus on casting, fishing and catching. Eagle Scouts Rebuild Wattle Fence at River Walk During your River Walk meander you may happen across a new wattle fence on the upstream section. You can do that by calling 203-248-8616. You can even sit back and relax while the guide drifts you down the river and watch the wildlife or listen to the guide's fish tales and knowledge of the river. The upper end of the ten and one-half mile long Trout Management Area has long, slow moving pools with soft Box 28, 150 Kent Road Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754 860-672-6678 or conn@hvatoday.org HVA Berkshire o ce P.O. For those seeking a bit of variety, the Naugatuck offers the opportunity to fly fish for Atlantic salmon. These guides have more than half a century of fishing and guiding Water temperature is the most critical factor in terms of trying to determine whether trout will be active or not. For the Farmington River we only offer wading trips. Contact The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection: (860) 424-3474 For those of you who get seasick, like to fish standing up or fish our treasure trove of smaller streams and rivers, wading is the way to go. You can call the store to make a reservation - 860-672-1010.I FORGOT TO ADD - ALL MY GRATUITIES AND TIPS WILL BE DONATED TO ST. JUDE'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL - SO PLEASE BRING A CHECK SO YOU CAN MAKE IT OUT DIRECTLY AND UTILIZE THE DEDUCTION - THIS IS ONLY FOR THE TRIPS I GUIDE - THANK YOU. Whether you choose to fish the Housatonic River, Farmington River, Upper Naugatuck or many of the smaller tributaries and lakes, you will find these guides to be an invaluable resource for learning more about fishing these premier waters. During the warmer months and sometimes the cooler one's, we focus on the warmwater species, with pike and carp in excess of 20 pounds and tons of smallmouth (sometimes more than 50 per day when the bite is of for the bass). epipen, inhaler, etc.). Drinks and snacks included on 1/2 day trips. We especially like driftboat trips for my streamer fishing as it allows us to cast from the middle and pound a streamer up against the bank, drawing out the big fish to my streamer the size of a small squirrel. Get breaking news, fun events, volunteer opportunities, and more, delivered straight to your inbox. three main branches of the Housatonic Riverthe East Branch, West Branch, and Southwest Branchthat combine to make up the main stem of the Housatonic River. HVA publishes the definitive paddling guides to the Housatonic River and its tributaries in two editions Massachusetts and Connecticut. Dean took this fish on a I have also been guided all over the world and I know want constitutes a great guide trip ITS NOT JUST ABOUT HOW MANY FISH YOU CATCH - AND IF THAT IS YOUR FOCUS - I AM NOT THE GUIDE FOR YOU. For the pike trips we only offer driftboat trips. Store personnel are very We offer driftboat trips for trout, bass, carp and pike. A Paddling Guide to the Housatonic River in Berkshire County Fourth Edi on, 2011 The Housatonic Valley Associa on P.O. Enjoy riverfront walks through forested hillsides, a quiet float along meandering flat water, or the heady rush of world class rapids. If you would like to wade and don't have waders, please let us know! They will meet you at the shop, get you outfitted with any equipment you need, help you with your casting or fishing techniques (if needed), supply you with a gourmet meal and then take you out for for your day of fishing. As a general rule, the trout on the Housatonic will be most active when the temps are between 55 & 70 degrees. The river shaped the growth of Connecticut during the industrial revolution by providing waterpower for mill towns like Shelton & Derby that sprang up along its banks. Due to releases of chemicals by the General Electric Company from the early 1930s From the larger Housatonic River, which is open twelve months a year, to the Farmington and their many tributaries, there is almost always productive fishing. _ I guide like a fish - in a nice relaxed manner. Housatonic River: Fly Fishing Guide Paperback December 1, 1998 by Jeff Passante (Author) Visit Amazon's Jeff Passante Page. Once the river hits 70 degrees or more look for the bass fishing to improve. The Housatonic River. Deposits for canceled guide trips will be refunded in full with a 14 day or more notice. It's and excellent way to fish the river and really get a good feel for the river's true nature and subtle forces that shape and guide the river. Anglers can choose to wade or float via drift boat. (We offer a special guided trips where you will be targeting bass and pike. From its headwaters north of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, south to Kent, Connecticut. The reports are accurate and very useful. The Housatonic offers distinct fishing opportunities that are not common in most trout waters. Most anglers prefer rates of flow below 400 cfs. These guides have more than half a century of fishing and guiding experience between them. The Housatonic River starts from four sources in western Massachusetts in the Berkshire mountains near the city of Pittsfield. Rob has two boats: A ClackaCraft drift boat and an Aire Super The role of the Housatonic River in our future If you are looking for a sport fishing guide Housatonic River, contact Reel Cast Charters, a full-time Connecticut-based light tackle fishing guide and charter service. We work closely with many of the local inns, hotels, corporate education facilities, restaurants and recreation centers to guarantee your stay will be both active and stress free. It flows 149 miles southward through western Massachusetts, through the Berkshires and into western Connecticut, and empties into Long Island Sound. This tends to happen anytime between October and December, depending on the water temperatures. A Paddling Guide to the Housatonic River in Connec cut First Edi on, 2012 The Housatonic Valley Associa on P.O. Fly Fishing Guide to the Housatonic River Connecticut It is a good idea to check on the water releases before fishing the Housy. We offer wade trips for trout, bass and carp and limit the trip to 2 people per guide for either half or full days. Cancellations within 14 days will forfeit all deposit monies. Lunch is provided. The Naugatuck River. For nymphing, it is often easier to get a better drift as the river drifts down the current. Available for full days. Float down the scenic Housatonic River in a hardbody drift boat and experience access to many sections and pools not accessed from shore. The Housatonic Valley Association has just published a free Connecticut Paddling Guide of 9 navigable sections of the Housatonic River with 29 access sites starting from Ashley Falls, Massachusetts, and going Available for full and half days. Welcome to Housatonic Anglers, LLC Since 1993, Rob Nicholas (owner & head guide) has been guiding and teaching fly fishing to all skill levels from beginner to expert on both the Housatonic and Farmington rivers, as well as some lesser known, smaller streams . This tributary of the Housatonic follows along Route 8 for the most part, ultimately emptying into the Housy. There are a lot of aspects of the Housatonic that make it a great fishing river, says Rob Nicholas, a veteran guide and expert fisherman, who lives in Cornwall CT where be operates Housatonic Anglers. Additional flies, leaders, tippet, indicators, etc, license and gratuities are not included. Whether you choose to fish the Housatonic River, Farmington River, Upper Naugatuck or many of the smaller tributaries and lakes, you will find these guides to be an invaluable resource for learning more about fishing these premier waters. Trips cancelled by the guide or mutual guide/client decision due to unsafe weather or water conditions, state or federal closures, or other uncontrollable circumstances will have the entire deposit refunded. We do not sell fishing licenses at the store - please visit the link below to purchase the appropriate fishing license and include the trout stamp - not having the license and having to purchase by cell phone at the store will delay your trip by a half hour or more. All trips include drinks, flies, leaders, tippet material, and use of premium rods from Orvis, Sage, etc. We love the fishing for the big boys. The Boyscout that became an Eagle Scout was a youth named The Housatonic River flows south from Pittsfield into Connecticut. Housatonic River. Housatonic River Guide, Bert Ouellette offers western style drift boat fly fishing adventures on the Housatonic River. We strongly suggest trip insurance. Available for full and half days. Shown on the map are river access locations to the legendary (named) pools in the upper TMA of the For larger groups we will arrange your lodging, fishing and guide services, dinner reservations and additional activities such as canoeing, kayaking, hiking, antiquing, mountain biking and horseback riding. See search results for this author. https://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2696&q=322716&deepNav_GID=1630, Back in the Saddle Again - Once the Corona Virus is over and it is deemed safe to guide in driftboats - I am going to start guiding in my "Hog Island" Drifboat - Its big and like fishing out of your living room - on Fridays only - due to work Schedule and the like - I will have the ability to do this - one of the benefits of getting older - this will be the only day I have free - So if you want to spend a day in my boat - smoking great cigars - eating great food and snacks Iprepare ( I like good food) - good drink (I like a good drink) - telling stories - learning about the history of the area - I have had the luck to have fished all over the world - and have been rowing drifboats since i was a teenager - - And you might even catch a fish or two. At Housatonic River Outfitters, we have great, handpicked guides. Call for availability. HomeGuided TripsServicesRiver ReportAbout Us, Housatonic River Outfitters24 Kent RoadPO Box 238Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754860.672.1010. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Quaint New Box 251, 1383 Pleasant Street Lee, MA 01260 Paddling Guides. See description below.). The Housatonic River Watershed The Housatonic River flows 149 miles from its four sources in western Massachusetts. Housatonic River Upper Trout Management Area The upper Trout Management Area (TMA) of the Housatonic River includes 10.4 river miles extending from Falls Village, Connecticut down to the Rt 4 bridge in Cornwall, Connecticut. Full and half day trips are offered as well as shorter evening trips to the Housatonic River, Farmington River, and several smaller streams. Our guide trips go out in all safe weather and water conditions, therefore inclement weather, water levels or undesirable fishing conditions are NOT acceptable reasons to cancel or receive a refund. The easiest way to fish for these bad boys is to utilize the driftboats to cover more water and hit the banks and structures from out in the river where your casting is more effective. Also included all trips are rods and reels, waders. Are you an author? Housatonic River Outfitters, Inc. is a full service fly shop, outfitter, lodging and guide service. Box 28, 150 Kent Road Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754 860-672-6678 or conn@hvatoday.org HVA Berkshire o ce P.O. The Housatonic Fly Fishermen's Association has produced a great guide on the pools with a little more detail on each pool. The Housy as locals call it, will have you feeling like you're in Montana or some other western As the fall run dwindles and the air and water temperatures drop, juvenile striped bass begin to make their way into the Housatonic. Always remember it's your day, so don't hesitate to tell us where you want to fish, what your quarry is (Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass and Pike) and any special diet requirements. If a trip is cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, the full price of the guide trip will be charged. Lunch is included on all full day trips. We specialize in group and corporate outings. Especially the stretch that runs from Falls Village to If we are able to re-book the guide, we will refund the deposit or apply it to a trip at a later date if it is available. We specialize in guided sport fishing on the Housatonic River and surrounding Connecticut waters of Long Island Sound. Following a south to southeasterly direction, the river passes through western portions of Massachusetts and Connecticut before reaching its destination at Long Island Sound at Milford Point. For More Information: Health Questions? Stretching 149 miles from its source in the Berkshires south to Long Island Sound, the Housatonic watershed encompasses the mainstem river itself, 2020 statement of basis for epa's proposed remedial action for the housatonic river "rest of river" (pdf) (40 pp, 6.6 mb, about pdf) fact sheet: epa seeks public input on proposed permit modifcation to enhance and speed up cleanup of housatonic river (pdf) (2 pp, 837 k, about pdf) additional information on the draft revised 2020 permit We definitely recommend it for anyone who plans to fish the Housatonic. Baltimore, Maryland 5 contributions. All trips include waders, boots, rod, reel, line, flies, leaders, tackle. On November 11, 2016, Governor Malloy of Connecticut applied for designation of the Housatonic River under Section 2(a)(ii) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Southwest Branch Assessment Report & Action Plan (2017), Green River Assessment: Report & Action Plan (2017), Swamp River Baseline Water Quality Assessment (updated 2013), Preliminary Water Quality Screening: The Aspetuck Watershed (2012), Lower Housatonic and Lower Naugatuck Rivers Assessment Report (2006), Tenmile River Assessment Shoreline Survey and Action Plan (2006), Water Quality Results East, West, and Southwest branches of the Housatonic River (2002), 2003 Water Quality Report The Housatonic River West and Southwest Branches (2003). Contact The Department of Health: (860) 509-7740 or toll-free at 1-(877)-458-FISH (3474) Fishing in CT Questions? Housatonic Valley Association, Inc. :: Privacy Policy. For over twenty years we have been your fly fishing resource, supplying you with the finest quality fly fishing equipment, tying materials, guide services, schools, exotic trips, used and consigned fishing equipment, technical Both copies include extensive maps with put-ins, take-outs, itineraries, parking info, wildlife and nature guides. At Housatonic River Outfitters, we have great, handpicked guides. (Maybe) I live here I fish here - get ready for a boat ride:) Full Day or Half Day - One or Two People $500 - Cash or Check - all is included - flies food cigars and drink - Bring your sense of humor. Visit our DIY Guide to Fly Fishing the Housatonic River for more information. If you have any gear that you like to use, feel free to bring it, otherwise, we will provide all the fly fishing gear except for flies and leaders - waders rod and reel is always included. Eels caught in the Housatonic River should not be eaten. Housatonic River Outfitters 24 Kent Road PO Box 238 Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754 860.672.1010 Wow! He requested that the river be managed and administered through the local Housatonic River Commission. Depending on flows, we will either float in a Clackacraft drift boat or Aire Super Puma raft with fishing frame. Come explore the special places of the Housatonic River with the official Paddle Guide. This video shows the diversity of the Housatonic for Trout, Bass, Pike & Carp. Take a guided boat tour down the river in one of our many driftboats. The angling opportunities are both spectacular and varied. Download a PDF below. Printed copies are available Housatonic River, Connecticut fishing report, rainbow trout fly fishing forecast, fishing season updates, fly shop and fishing guides, and fly-fishing weather. Unfortunately, this industrial heritage created pollution problems that limited its recreational value. 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