This past Saturday, I met up with about 20-30 local anglers to take a whack at the Mill River in Connecticut. The outing was coordinated and arranged by the Mianus TU, which had us meet up at the commuter lot off of exit 41 of the Merritt Parkway and car pool to the river (a great forethought as, even though there is ample parking at the river, there wouldn’t have been enough if we had all brought our own ride). Once there, the majority of us fished a small section of the river, south of the Merritt Parkway, which had just recently been stocked. A few others headed out in separate directions, with some heading a little closer to the highway for some wild brown action. The river is very accessible, with parking close to the river and a great trail system along the way. There were also one or two good pools to work, also easily accessible. The only drawback is the fact that you run into a few unleashed dogs throughout the day, who can easily spook the fish, but it was definitely not as bad as the Mianus in that respect. Unfortunately, I don’t think many (if not, any), of us were able to catch any, although, I heard some folks who headed closer to the highway were able to catch a few small native browns. Other than a small stonefly here or there, I think it was a little too overcast and never really warmed up enough for any major hatch activity. But whatever. I still had a great time. I had never fished the Mill River before, so this was a great opportunity to expand my local repertoire (the river is less than 40 mins from my house in NY). Also, when driving back to the commuter lot at the end of the day, we passed over the Saugatuck, another river I want to try out soon. I never realized CT had such great rivers close to home and I’m stoked to try some more!
Unfortunately, I was so busy yapping and fishing that I didn’t think to take any pictures, so you’ll have to just trust me that the place was beautiful. For a great map and directions, click through to the Mianus TU website and check it out for yourself. Remember, only the trout management area is open at this time of year and it is catch and release only.