Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Catskills for Trout/Cape for Stripers
I've been using trout spey rods up on the Delaware system for about 2-3 years now, between hatches, but I occasionally go to the Housy or Farmington as well. I was on the latter about 3 weeks ago, ice freezing in my guides, but managed a handful of decent fish. I don't know it as well, but it seems to have tons of water suited to a small spey rod. The Housy also has tons of options, and I suspect there are some larger fish below the TMA, though it becomes predominantly smallies as you get down below Bull's Bridge. I look at the Naugatuck as I drive up Rt 8 and it looks fishy, but I've heard the fish are few and far between. If you're in CT, you should definitely run up to the Delaware as well, because there are just so many options up there (plus the Beaverkill and Willow, neither of which I've used the spey rod on, but both of which would certainly be worth it). I occasionally see someone with a two hander on the Delaware system, but it's very rare, and the moment you've got bugs and rising fish, most people (me included) get totally fixated on dries. One thing I have noticed on a regular basis up there is that I do better giving some kind of action to the flies, rather than a straight swing, though both methods have worked. I've been liking a small steamer trailed by a big soft hackle, and stripping a little during the swing seems to get better results for me, except in the fastest of runs. But I still have tons to learn, and it does open up stretches of the rivers that I'd otherwise ignore, since I'm usually hunting for bankfeeders and such.