With most rivers blown up and cold, I took a risk and went to the areas north of, and within, the Willimantic’s Cole Wilde TMA. I thought I’d explore one of the brooks around there with the theory that tributaries clear out faster than rivers. I ended up doing more walking and scouting in the
I first learned about the Willimantic by going through CT DEEP’s Angler Guide. As you may know, the state does a great job of classifying various waters. There are “trout parks” for easy catching, “Class 1” areas that feature wild fish and are not stocked, and various Trout Management Areas, or TMAs. New post up.
To access quickly info about the best flies and DIY river spots that have worked for me, links are below. Note that these are all amply-stocked waters that many already visit and about which much information already has been published. I’ve found that many rivers are sub-par. I track in my fishing journal what fly