The Squannacook is an interesting river, as it goes through both urban and desolate areas. Parts of it move quickly, whereas other parts move slowly. There’s much there to explore.
My favorite section is the Peter Bertozzi wildlife area, about which I blogged here.
But, there are quite a few other spots worth hitting. Here are some:
BLACK ROCK (map coordinates)
This has incredible dry fly action if you hit it right. There’s a huge rock near which trout hang out, as there’s some deep water there. The river here is basically one large oxbow. There’s some walking required to get there, and so, it isn’t hit as hard as other parts of the river. I park at the Hawthorne Middle School in Townsend and hike in from there.
FARMERS’ EXCHANGE (map coordinates)
There is a very nice set of runs here for nymphing and streamers. You can work your way downstream and hit the quiet seams and the tailout areas of the runs. Really nice spot.
EDWARD ROAD (map coordinates)
There is a dirt lot here for parking, and if you head down the bank, you’ll see a very nice nymphing run on the near bank. Work that water thoroughly. I remember one autumn day when I landed about six fish in one spot. Then, you can go upstream, towards the South Street bridge. I’ve landed wild brookies in that stretch. If you head downstream from the dirt lot, you’ll run into some quiet water with some great feeding and sheltering lies that beg for a streamer. And, if you keep going, you’ll end up at the Bertozzi area.
Enjoy the Squannacook!