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Fly Fishing The Natchaug River
The Natchaug River is one of Connecticut's better trout
streams. It is formed by the confluence of the Still River
and Bigelow Brook near Ashford. These are two fine
trout streams themselves.
The Bigelow Brook flows from the Natchaug State Forest
where an almost solid canopy of tree limbs help keep
the stream cool. Hiking is required to access any of its
water other than at road crossings. It's stocked and has
a good number of holdover trout.
The Natchaug River has many underground springs that
also helps keep its water cool and the water chemistry
excellent for trout. Along the way to Naubesatuck Lake,
the Natchaug River picks up flows from several smaller
tributary streams. One is Stonehouse Brook, one of the
best native brook trout streams in the state.
The Still River starts in North Ashford and flows through
more open areas and towns. It doesn't stay as cool as
Bigelow Brook. It's accessible from a road its entire
length and is stocked with rainbows and brown trout.
State highway #198 follows along close to most of the
better fishing on the Natchaug River. The State Forest
provides excellent access to the river. Between
Nickerson's Park and Peppertree Campground you will
find good access to the river. Several hiking trails
provide access. There are several access points at
bridges in this area.
Diana's Pool is one of the best known and most fished
areas of the river. The state owns the Diana's Pool
access to a series of plunge pools through a beautiful
area of bluffs. It's located where highway #198 swaps
sides of the river.
There are several other access points at bridges and
along the highways (state #198 and U.S. #6)
downstream of the Diana's Pool Access. The section of
the river just above Naubesatuck Lake is in a section of
the State Forest and hiking is required to reach its
waters. Fly fishing the Natchaug River is a wonderful
"wilderness-like" experience to be in such a highly
The fishing season is closed in March and the first part
Springtime is the best time for fly fishing the Natchaug
The Summer slows down the fishing in some areas.
Fall is a good time to catch a large brown trout
Trout can be caught on warm winter days but the fishing
is usually slow.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 ft., 5 or 6X Nymphing: 71/2 ft.,
3 or 4X, Streamers 1-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rod:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Loon Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
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