Pictures from the Connetquot Trip (click here for pictures)
Hook: # 16-20 curved light wire
Connecticut River – An Excellent Recreational Resource
The Connecticut River offers almost unlimited recreational opportunities. The first 20 years of my life were spent in Enfield, Connecticut. I was born a few hundred yards from the Connecticut River and got to know it and several of its tributaries well. As a young lad, I shot at targets with slingshots and BB guns. I had a DAISY Red Ryder lever action and a DAISY pump action guns. My dad, brother Mitch, outdoor buddy Stash and I fished for carp, suckers, pike, shad, trout, eels, bullheads and panfish along the east bank of the river in several locations. The river and its riparian environs was an excellent recreational resource year-round.
When I was in my early teens, I did my target shooting and hunting with a .22 rifle and 410 shotgun. Dad, Mitch and I spent many hours hunting along Connecticut River canal in Suffield and Windsor Locks on the west side of the river. The areas had excellent habitat for ducks, geese, pheasants, rabbits, squirrels and grouse. The canal area was an excellent location to catch American shad during their spring migration. I fished mostly on the east banks of the river at/near the Enfield Dam.
In June, some of us young, ardent shad anglers would spend time wading
the river near the dam on the east side pulling up hundreds of lures
(beads, sinkers, spoons, flies and bare hooks) that were lodged beneath
rocks. At that time of year, the river ran low and clear. We wore old
sneakers to protect our feet from hooks, a shoulder pack to hold our
findings and a sharp knife with which to cut the “lures”
free. Occasionally, we would have a large sturgeon, carp or pike swim
between our legs and find fishing rods, reels and nets. Those were bonuses!
Now the river and its coves from Enfield to Old Saybrook have excellent
fisheries for carp, striped bass, pike, catfish (channels, whites and
bullheads), eels, sunfish, walleye, white perch, yellow perch, calico,
smallmouth and largemouth bass. The state record white catfish (12.75
lbs.) and American shad (9.33 lbs.) were caught in the river. The trophy
size fish that are caught each year include: striped bass over 25 pounds,
bluefish over 15 pounds, northern pike over 12 pounds, common carp over
10 pounds, channel catfish over 10 pounds and largemouth bass over 8
Boating, kayaking, canoeing and camping are popular spring, summer
and fall sports on the river. Bird watchers observe bald eagles from
December through March, osprey in the spring and summer, many species
of waterfowl year round. “The Connecticut River is an extraordinary
resource. It provides water for drinking, irrigation and industry. It
generates power and is a natural route of transportation. It provides
us with food and has potential for providing much more. And the river
offers almost unlimited recreational opportunities.” That is quoted
from the preface of The Complete Boating Guide to the Connecticut River.
The guide covers Connecticut in five sections starting at Enfield and
ending at Old Saybrook. Excellent information is given about Boating
Facilities and Services, places to see and references to detailed maps
and charts. “The Complete Boating Guide to the Connecticut River”
is an excellent resource the covers New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts
and Connecticut. The Connecticut Boater’s Guide 2008 is an excellent
boating resource. It’s free from the DEP.
Trout Unlimited's Philosophy
We believe that trout and salmon fishing isn't just fishing for trout and salmon. It's fishing for sport rather than for food, where the true enjoyment of the sport lies in the challenge, the lore and the battle of wits, not necessarily the full creel. It's the feeling of satisfaction that comes from limiting your kill instead of killing your limit. It’s communing with nature where the chief reward is a refreshed body and a contented soul, where a license is a permit to use--not abuse--to enjoy--not destroys our cold water fishery. It’s subscribing to the proposition that what's good for trout and salmon is good for the fishermen and that managing trout and salmon for themselves rather than the for the fishermen is fundamental to the solution of our trout and salmon problems. It's appreciating our fishery resource, respecting fellow anglers and giving serious thought to tomorrow.
submitted by Dom Falcone
Chapter “logo” hats are now available for $15.00
Choice of colors Forest green or Safari tan.
Can be purchased at monthly meeting
Connecticut Trout Unlimited Website
Our Connecticut Trout Unlimited council has launched a website aimed at helping bring our chapters together statewide. The web site has a large amount of information and links to each chapter in the state. Take a look, it is well worth it.