A Day on the Salmon River
I’ve mentioned this small trout stream several times over the years. Fun spot. Now there are a zillion Salmon Rivers in the USA, so allow me to zero in. I’m referring to the Salmon River in Colchester, Connecticut. Its springs from the union of the Blackledge River and the Jeremy River. And then runs a few miles to the Connecticut River, through a forested landscape.
Recently I did a day on the Salmon River. The water level was low due to the lack of snow.
When I was a kid, Connecticut averaged about 48″ of snow each winter. These days the average is 37″ inches, and this winter I figure we got upwards of a whopping 10″. Quite a drop!
The trout fishing is mainly found upstream of the Comstock Covered Bridge. The state had stocked the Salmon River very well with some chunky trout. I saw several landed that were 15″ or larger and one angler reported releasing a 24″ trout the prior week. You gotta lover that. I did see a caddis hatch in the morning, but the best way to fish the river is subsurface. If the river is up with snow melt, streamers are effective. When it is low, like it is now, small nymphs rule. Hope to see you on the water.