The Saugatuck River contains some of the purest water in southwestern Connecticut. Its watershed, especially in Redding and Weston, is densely forested.
The Nutmeg chapter of Trout Unlimited, other organizations and local municipalities’ conservation commissioners deserve much praise for their hard work.
Nevertheless, trout reproduction in the wild is extremely rare due to the innumerable small dams that block passage and warm up water as well as aquifer water withdrawals that lower the water bed.
The DEEP stocks 6,000 trout in the river, plus another 1,500 in the fly fishing area.
Saugatuck Reservoir fishing is allowed with an Aquarion Water Company fishing permit; open space and trail maps are available:
Further downstream is the William “Doc” Skerlick TMA, a fly-fishing only area (see map) which is lovingly maintained by the chapter.
The tidal area downstream of the Wood Dam in Westport is a year-round “Seeforelle” Sea Run Trout Stream. A few anglers passionately pursue the elusive sea-run brown trout and are very secretive about their preferred fishing locations and methods. It’s best to fish for sea-run trout at low tide during the winter. Some anglers find the information provided by the European Global Fly Fisher website quite valuable.
Hawley’s Brook is a very small tributary to the “Saugy” and it is located in the large Trout Brook Valley nature preserve. It is a Class 1 Wild Trout Management Area: not stocked; all trout must be promptly released; single barb-less hooks only may be used with lures or flies. Fishing for these wild native brook trout is often very challenging.
Trout Unlimited is America’s leading coldwater conservation organization. Our hope is that clean, cold, fishable water exists for generations to come, but we can’t do it without the support of committed anglers and conservationists like you.
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