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Trout streams of southern New England : an angler's guide to the watersheds of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island
Fuller, Tom, 1948-
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First edition.
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Woodstock, VT : Backcountry Publications, [1999]

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240 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
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"A Backcountry guide."
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Within the confines of southern New England there are more trout streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds than any one angler can fully appreciate in a lifetime. The variety of waters in itself is quite astonishing, as is their fertility and ability to sustain trout year-round. This variety and fertility belies the conventional wisdom--namely, that southern New England contains only marginal trout waters, and that they are overcrowded and overfished. It is, in fact, a fly-fisher's delight, with well-protected watersheds, stocked rivers, and stretches of pristine, wild streams. No matter where you stand in southern New England, Tom Fuller can guarantee that you are within 15 miles of one of the exceptional trout waters described in his new book. He guides anglers to every recommended trout water--over 130 streams and rivers in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island--making this the most comprehensive guide available. In addition, you'll find thorough, expertly researched access directions and up-to-date information on regulations and stream conditions. Nineteen maps detail the major rivers; and Fuller also gives advice on patterns to match the hatches and a chart showing insect emergence dates. The only trout-fishing guide to this region, it covers 19 major watersheds with over 130 waters described.

Author Notes

Native New Englander Tom Fuller is The former New England editor for Field and Stream, he is now northeast editor for Outdoor Life.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 11
Part I. Massachusetts
1 West Slope of the Berkshire Hillsp. 19
Housatonic Riverp. 19
Konkapot Riverp. 24
Green River (Great Barrington)p. 24
Williams Riverp. 26
Southwest Branch of the Housatonicp. 26
East Branch of the Housatonicp. 26
Hoosic Riverp. 27
Green River (Williamstown)p. 29
Farmington Riverp. 30
Clam and Buck Riversp. 32
2 Major Connecticut River Tributaries from the Westp. 35
Westfield Riverp. 35
Main Stem of the Westfieldp. 37
West Branch of the Westfieldp. 38
Middle Branch of the Westfieldp. 39
East Branch of the Westfieldp. 40
Deerfield Riverp. 41
Lower Deerfieldp. 45
Upper Deerfieldp. 46
Green Riverp. 49
North Riverp. 49
Mill River--Deerfield, Whately, and Hatfieldp. 50
Mill River--Williamsburg and Northamptonp. 50
Manhan Riverp. 50
3 Major Connecticut River Tributaries from the Eastp. 53
Chicopee River Watershedp. 53
Ware Riverp. 53
Swift Riverp. 55
Jabish Brookp. 59
Quaboag Riverp. 59
Quabbin Reservoirp. 62
West Branch of the Swift Riverp. 63
East Branch of the Swift Riverp. 64
Millers Riverp. 64
Tully Riverp. 71
Fort Riverp. 72
Sawmill Riverp. 72
4 Central Massachusetts Waters: From North to Southp. 75
Nashua Riverp. 75
Nissitisset Riverp. 75
Squannacook Riverp. 77
Wachusett Reservoir and Its Feedersp. 81
Quinapoxet Riverp. 84
Trout Brookp. 87
Stillwater Riverp. 88
Seven Mile Riverp. 89
Quinebaug Riverp. 90
West Riverp. 91
5 The Northeast: From North to Southp. 93
Merrimack Riverp. 93
Shawsheen Riverp. 95
Sudbury Riverp. 97
Parker Riverp. 97
Ipswich Riverp. 99
Charles Riverp. 104
6 The Southeast: From West to Eastp. 109
Scorton Riverp. 112
Bridge Creekp. 112
Coonamessett Riverp. 114
Childs Riverp. 115
Quashnet Riverp. 115
Mashpee River and Santuit Riverp. 117
Grews Pondp. 119
Mares Pondp. 119
Johns Pondp. 120
Mashpee-Wakeby Pondp. 120
Hathaway Pondp. 121
Nickerson State Parkp. 122
Crystal Lakep. 123
Gull Pondp. 123
Great Pondp. 124
Part II. Connecticut
7 Trout Streams Flowing South to the Sea: From West to Eastp. 129
Mianus Riverp. 129
Norwalk Riverp. 131
Saugatuck Riverp. 132
Mill River (Fairfield)p. 137
Pequonnock Riverp. 138
Quinnipiac Riverp. 139
Mill River (Hamden)p. 139
Muddy Riverp. 141
Eightmile River (Southington)p. 142
Farm Riverp. 142
Branford Riverp. 143
Hammonasset Riverp. 143
Latimer Brookp. 144
Shunock Riverp. 146
8 Housatonic River Watershedp. 149
Housatonic Riverp. 149
East Aspetuck Riverp. 153
Shepaug River--Bantam Riverp. 153
Pomperaug Riverp. 154
Farmill Riverp. 154
Naugatuck Riverp. 155
Leadmine Brookp. 161
Spruce Brook (East Litchfield)p. 161
9 Connecticut River Watershedp. 163
Farmington Riverp. 163
Still River and Sandy Brookp. 168
Nepaug Riverp. 169
Pequabuck Riverp. 169
East and West Branches of Salmon Brookp. 170
Salmon Riverp. 170
Blackledge Riverp. 175
Jeremy Riverp. 176
Tankerhoosen and Hockanum Riversp. 177
Coginchaug Riverp. 177
Eight Mile Riverp. 177
10 The Thames River Watershedp. 179
Willimantic Riverp. 179
Roaring Brookp. 182
Hop Riverp. 183
Skungamaug Riverp. 183
Natchaug Riverp. 184
Bigelow Brookp. 188
Still Riverp. 189
Mount Hope Riverp. 189
Fenton Riverp. 190
Shetucket Riverp. 190
Little Riverp. 194
Quinebaug Riverp. 194
Moosup Riverp. 195
Yantic Riverp. 196
Part III. Rhode Island
11 Rhode Island Trout Waters: North to Southp. 203
Blackstone Riverp. 203
Clear Riverp. 208
Chepachet Riverp. 208
Ponaganset Riverp. 209
Pawtuxet Riverp. 209
Moosup Riverp. 210
Hunt Riverp. 212
Falls Riverp. 212
Flat Riverp. 213
Wood Riverp. 213
Beaver Riverp. 218
Pawcatuck Riverp. 218
Appendix 1 Southern New England Hatch Chartp. 222
Appendix 2 Fly Patterns of Southern New Englandp. 224
Indexp. 235