How to excite a lugubrious trout

An early-season brook trout responded to a bushy fly. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

On Sunday morning, May 6, the Housatonic River, as measured by the United States Geological Service gauge at Falls Village, was humming away at a hearty 1,410 cubic feet per second.

In highly technical terms, this is a lot of water, moving at a good clip. It makes life difficult for the wading angler.

And, of course, it’s raining. Again.

The focus of my early-season fishing has been small streams that harbor brook trout. Two of them cannot be named in this space. (I found them, and so can you.)

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