A river with a long and troubled history. Folks used to be able to tell the day of the week by looking at the color of the water. Then the Clean Water Act started the long healing process. (Recommended read: George Black’s “Trout Pool Paradox“.)
Today the “Naugy” is still abused, but large broodstock Atlantic salmon and brown trout prowl its waters. The river is considered a Trophy Trout Stream from the confluence of the East & West branches in Torrington to Rte. 118, and from the Thomaston Flood Control Dam to the Kinneytown Dam in Seymour, and there is a 2 fish creel limit. Also, areas within 100 feet of the mouths of tributaries as posted by DEEP are closed to all fishing June 15-August 31.
As to the broodstock Atlantic salmon fishery, please refer to the DEEP website for stocking dates and when fishing for them is/isn’t allowed.
Use only a single fly or artificial lure with a single free-swinging hook. Additional weight is not allowed, nor is snagging.
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