Standing in the icy water pretending it is spring

SOMEWHERE IN NORTHWEST CONNECTICUT — My fishing season officially began Saturday, Feb. 24, when a healthy 8-inch brook trout took a big rubber-legged stonefly nymph at the tailout of a deepish pool in the Stream That Shall Not Be Named.

“Wait a minute,” you say. “Trout season doesn’t start until the second Saturday in April.”

That’s true, for waters covered by general regulations.

But the Housatonic and Farmington Trout Management Areas are open year-round. 

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