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Fly Fishing The Saugatuck River
The Saugatuck River flows from above West Redding to
the Long Island Sound. It starts from a small lake and
flows through several small dams into the Saugatuck
Reservoir. It's a diverse river providing completely
different types of water from its upper section to its
tailwater section below Saugatuck Reservoir.
You can access the small uppermost section of the
stream above West Redding via the West Redding Road
to Sugar Hollow Pond where the stream begins. State
highway #53 follows the stream from West Redding
downstream to the lake.
To access the water below Samuel Senior Dam, follow
state highway #53 to the lake and take Valley Forge
Road which crosses the Saugatuck River just below the
dam. There's about a mile of access at this point.
Farther downstream at the Davis Hill Road Bridge you
can access the river and fish up or downstream. Lyons
Plain Road provides additional access farther
downstream along the river below the point Valley Forge
Road changes to Lyons Plain Road. Another bridge
located at Cambridge Road farther downstream
provides up and downstream access.
There's also good access at the town of Weston at
Keene's Park. Downstream of Weston on River road you
will find another bridge access. On Weston Road, still
farther downstream, there are two more bridges that
provides access. This is called the Twin Bridge access
which is near the upper boundary of the fly fishing only
section of the Saugatuck River. It's off of Ford Road
below the twin bridges. The fly fishing only section starts
just below the Dorr's Milo Dam. This section of the river
has been greatly improved by the local TU chapter. The
area extends for less than a mile downstream to the
Merritt Parkway Bridge. Dams along the river in this area
provide small still water ponds that are also stocked with
There's two tributary streams that are also stocked.
Aspetuck River and the West Branch of the Saugatuck
River both provide additional trout fishing.
The season runs most of the year - see season on left
Springtime is probably the best season for fly fishing the
Saugatuck River because of the hatches.
The water stays cool most of the Summer and the
fishing is generally good.
Fall is an excellent time to fish. There is less pressure
from anglers and good fishing for large brown trout that
spawn in the Fall.
The water stay ice free below the dam and can be fished
during the winter.
Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies - River
Saugatuck River Connecticut
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 ft., 5 or 6X Nymphing: 71/2 ft.,
3 or 4X, Streamers 1-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rod:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Loon Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
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