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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Fishing Report January 5, 2012 Atlantic Herring push!


       Happy New Year! With the season over for most, I thought I'd throw in a quick report/outlook on recent fishing. Up until two days ago the weather has been very mild. Fish are swimming. Reports of good brown and rainbow action on the Saugatuck in the 12-18 '' range have came in. Small midges with a little flash are the ticket in the tailwater (make sure you use a very dry indicator with a couple split shot!) The Farmington River like the Saugatuck is producing, early afternoon is the ticket. I have not made it up to the Naugatuck in three weeks however, flows/conditions look okay, definitely worth prospecting. Winter caddis are being seen in the morning with bwo's and midge in the early afternoon. Fished the Mianus (down river of dam) for 45 min. two days ago with no luck, however did manage to shovel a dead brown trout (13''s) out of the water. Fish was plump and healthy looking, weird to see it dead as a doornail. Be sure to fish the deeper slower moving pools. The Thames, Housatonic and CT river have been producing some wintering striper action in the schoolie size.

       For the hardy angler there is action on the SALTWATER. Cod are being caught out East while the western sound is seeing monster schools of Atlantic Herring that appear to be feeding on tiny 2 1/2 '' sand eels. Wouldn't be surprised if there are some flounder tailing these fish. I'll tie up a nice eel pattern to mimic when I get the chance. Here are a few pictures of the Atlantic Herring going wild in a western sound harbor taking just moments ago!

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