Flowing through beautiful Litchfield County in northwestern Connecticut the Housatonic River is one of the crown jewels of the Eastern US for trout fly fishing. Comparable in size to many Western US rivers, the “Housy”, as it is known locally, flows through deposits of limestone that supports prolific hatches of numerous species of Caddis and Mayflies from early Spring through late Fall. The Housatonic River is best known for the excellent brown trout and rainbow trout fishing in two Trout Management Areas (TMA) managed as a Catch and Release fisheries.
Housatonic River Fly Fishing Map
Click map icons to get directions to fishing spots, boat ramps and USGS stream flow data
Housatonic River Upper Trout Management Area
The upper Trout Management Area (TMA) of the Housatonic River includes 10.4 river miles extending from Falls Village, Connecticut down to the Rt 4 bridge in Cornwall, Connecticut. Shown on the map are river access locations to the legendary (named) pools in the upper TMA of the Housatonic River. The fly fishing only section extends the last 3 miles from the Dun Rollin Pool to the Rt 4 Cornwall Bridge.
Housatonic River Lower Trout Management Area
The lower Trout Management Area extends ~ 3 miles from Bulls Bridge down to Gaylordsville Bridge and is managed as catch-and-release only. Access to this area is limited to a few pull-offs on Route 7 (Kent Road).
Real-Time USGS Flow Data – Housatonic River Upper Trout Management Area
Real-Time USGS Flow Data – Housatonic River Lower Trout Management Area
Books, DVDs and Maps
Fishing the Housatonic River Trout Management Area Guide includes a detailed map of all the legendary holes in the Housatonic River Upper TMA.
For information on other quality trout streams in Connecticut visit our Connecticut Fly Fishing Guide.