Squannacook River Rainbow Trout
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing The Squannacook River
The Squannacook River is without question, one of the
state's better trout streams. It flows through miles of
public land with plenty of easy to access water and some
difficult to reach sections of water. It's a beautiful stream
with a large diversity of types of water ranging from fast
flowing freestone stream sections, meandering meadow-
like streams and slower moving areas with large deep
pools that offer the perfect habit for brown trout. It's
fertile water with lots of aquatic insects and full of brown,
rainbow and brook trout that survive throughout the
year. It has a huge stream-born population of brook
trout in its clear, cold waters.   

Fly fishing the Squannacook River is a pure pleasure in
its Black Rock area of the stream. There's a huge
overhanging boulder that identifies the area that is
fished only by those willing to take a lengthy hike to
reach its waters. There are trails leading to this section
that start from the elementary school in Townsend.

There are many other good areas to fish. The
headwaters can be reached from State Highway #119
west  from Townsend Center at the VFW parking lot.
This is where several small tributaries or headwater
brooks form the Squannacook River. You can access
the upper part at the bridge where the Turnpike Road
cross the Squannacook River. You can hike up or
downstream from that location. From the center of
Townsend Center you can reach the stream at various
locations from the trail system just mention that takes
you to the Black Rock area. You can also turn left on
Dudley Street just past the elementary school and then
hike through the State Forest. You can access the
stream from Townsend Harbor upstream to Townsend
from just off highway State Highway #119 on a
dead-end, unpaved road that ends at the river. You can
travel up or downstream from that point.

Fly fishing the Squannacook River tributaries for brook
trout can be very productive. It has several small
tributary streams that are also regularly stocked. The
five streams that form the river are Trapfall Brook,
Willard Brook, Locke Brook, Walker Brook and Mason
Brook. Each of these are stocked with brook trout and
also have holdovers and wild brook trout. Witch Brook
and Bixby Brook are two other tributaries that are
stocked with trout. There are several other tributaries
that hold trout but are not stocked.

As you may assume, the best sections of the river are
the ones that you have to go to the most trouble to
access. They are fished less and in general, hold more
and larger trout, especially the holdovers from previous
stockings. Most anglers try to follow the hatchery trucks
and fish at the easy to access points along the river. To
catch quality trout, you should seek the remote areas.

Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies
Type of Stream

Brown Trout (wild and stocked with
Rainbow (wild and stocked with
Brook Trout (native)

Medium to Large

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