How To Catch Trout Fly Fishing In Fall In Connecticut

Are you looking to learn how to catch trout fly fishing in fall in Connecticut? Fly fishing uses artificial lures that simulate different fly species that breed on lakes and rivers. Some artificial lures simulate terrestrials, insects and animals that live on land, like frogs, salamanders, crickets and grasshoppers. The key to being able to use the right fly is the fly hatch schedule. According to the fly hatch schedule for the Housatonic River, flies start hatching in April and stop in the early fall in October.  

You will need:

  • A map of Connecticut
  • A copy of fishing rules and regulations
  • Fly hatch chart
  • An assortment of flies
  • Boat or hip waders
  • Fly fishing rod and reel
  1. Find a river or lake in your area that has trout using a map. The Housatonic River and Candlewood Lake are good starts. The Housatonic River is the best trout river in New England and flows for 149 miles ending in the Long Island Sound. Candlewood Lake has over 6,000 acres of water and lies in the mid west section of the state.
  2. Check the area for any special regulations or license requirements. Special regulations might include barbless hooks or a catch and release order for the area.

  3. Research the fly hatches for the area you are fishing in using a hatch chart. The following includes hatches for fall on the Housatonic: BWO, Slate Drake, And Terrestrials.

  4. Determine the type of fly fishing you plan on doing; there is float fishing which requires a boat, or wading. Then, plan the wading area or the float portion if you have a boat. For boats, you need to know where the boat can be launched and where the boat comes out of the water. For wading, you need to know what areas of the river or lake has accessibility to wading.

  5. Look for deep pools to cast your line. Cast your line upstream of the pool and let the fly float down toward it. Beware of your surroundings and anything you could possibly snag your line on.


Inspect the area for poison oak and poison ivy. Also, beware of the wildlife and be prepared for mosquitoes.


Take food, extra clothing and plenty of water to prevent sun stroke and always let people know where you will be fishing.

Connecticut has numerous guide services that teach you how to catch trout fly fishing in fall in Connecticut. Guide services may provide bait, gear and instruction along with strategies and information about the different places to catch trout in Connecticut. Guides should be utilized when fishing for the first time in an area. They provide the vital information of where to fish. So if you are spending loads of money to travel to Connecticut to fish, you will not go home empty handed if you use a guide. Very few guide services let you go home without fish. Some guide services will provide you with packing and cleaning services for the fish you catch.  

Connecticut has numerous trout species that live in its fresh water lakes and rivers. The state has five main trout species available in Connecticut Rivers and lakes. They include the following: rainbow, brook, brown cutthroat, and lake trout.

The fall season is good starting in August with the Sulfur Duns and the Green Sedges. Also, the Cinnamon Caddis will continue to hatch up to the first part of September. Nymphs, as well as streamers, will be effective but do not neglect to have some terrestrials in your fly box.  

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