There is a holiday that non-fishermen know nothing about that happens to coincide with April Fools: Trout Day. Whether your state allows year-round trout fishing, or the season starts sometime in the spring, there is no doubt that the beginning of April has every trout angler excited to get on the water for browns, ‘bows and brookies.
Whether you’re soaking Powerbait for stockers in the local pond or waving dries in your favorite river, April is the official unofficial start to trout season. We came up with ten trout fishing trips you can take this spring to get on some of America’s best waters to celebrate this amazing month. If you don’t find a trip to you’re liking, don’t worry, we’ve got all your spring fishing covered.
- Why: Only a few hours outside of New York City lies some of New England’s best trout water. You can choose from the Connecticut, Farmington or a variety of other smaller streams and rivers, but there’s no denying that the small state has a big variety of promising trout water for those looking to escape the hustle and grind of city life.
Which Rivers to Fish: The Farmington has an especially strong supply of stocky brown trout that wake up in a big way when water temperatures begin to warm in April.
How to Fish: Connecticut angler Matt Wettish has perfected a system for Farmington browns that mixes fly-fishing with ultra-light spin fishing. He uses 2-pound-test fluorocarbon on a long (6-to-7-foot) light rod and drifts mealworms with a very light split shot, or no weight at all depending on current. He targets promising pools and eddies for the river’s biggest browns. A super-subtle approach and delicate feel for these fish is needed, and playing them carefully is a big part of the challenge and fun, but the reward is more than worth it. Set your drag light because the size of the fish in this river will surprise you. After a prolonged fight, be sure to release fish quickly and carefully.
Time to Travel: Late April, or whenever New England thaws out.
Caption: Wettish displays a 20-inch Farmington brown.
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