The next spot I went to was in the lower catch-and-release area upstream from Great Barrington proper. This section looked much more like classic trout water with higher gradient and faster flows, larger boulders, pocket water and the like. Again though I was bombarded with smallmouth bass, fallfish, and a few rock bass. The scenery was impressive.
The final spot I visited on Saturday at the Housatonic was upstream in the upper catch-and-release area. I parked and waded up through a long stretch of ankle deep flat water before finding a really nice bend pool. Here I got into several brown trout along with the mixed species assemblage I was catching prior. The browns seemed particularly aggressive smashing my streamer hard and fighting with abandon. Nothing huge but overall some solid fish came to my net. I’m still searching for the real big ones but those don’t often come easy so I’ll be patient and time on the water will eventually lead to good things.
My first trip to the Housatonic was quite interesting and a pretty good trip. I’ll certainly be back as I’m sure the river harbors some monster browns just begging for a well-placed streamer. The lower sections also seem intriguing for as a potential summer smallmouth fishing location. It also looks like like a sweet river to float for ducks later in the season!
Anyone else have much experience on this river? How is the fall fishing season going for everyone out there?