ill check for the link...yupp that day it was raining and i just absoluteley was hammering big brookies....i was casting a big mickey finn streamer out, letting it sink a few feet then stripping it in fast as i could with a few pauses and they were just crushing it.
i usually have great luck with foam dragon fly flies, and streamers, never had a huge amoutn of luck with poppers. i caught that fish at turtle pond on a blue foam dragonfly. have you ever fished hothole pond?....its a trout pond but the best bas fishing around haha...if u have a boat and go there and cast the shoreline using some type of surface fly, you can just hammmmer the bass. smallmouths are alot like trout in their feeding n habitats.
yupp i have, in fact we were just talking about that place today at work. ive hauled many a bass out of hothole, its great bassin there for sure. my ace in the hole up north is my sister n brother live in a private community with a man made lake, my sis is the commisioner, smallmouth heaven, 2 big open dams with plenty of back cast room, very lightly fished, no ice fishing or motorboats allowed. Ive caught so many smallies sometimes ive got sick of it haha. so u lived in east concord, do you know about the tiny little trout stocked pond right in east concord?....some dandy flyrodding for trout in the early spring")
hey ken, ive never ice fished along the conn. but i would suggest contacting one of the game wardens or the fish n game department im sure they could set you up. I usually fish more northerly. id also try google earth to scan down the river for setbacks, i do that for waterfowling. theres some huge pike in that river, huge fish of every species really. spring when the ice is firt going out is a good time to get some of the real big ole mossybacks moving in to spawn....i was fishing the early season one time, hammering huge yellow perch on a bobber with night crawlers, got a hit, missed the hok set, so i was reeling my bobber in to check the worm, it was gurgling and bouncing along, about 10 feet from shore there was an explosion, threw water on me, my boober n hook dissappeared for ever, almost gave me a heart attack, and gave me a huge back lash, when an alligator pike killed my bobber!
Have you heard of the Connecticut River Watershed Council? They've got a great book about the river, gives you all the access information on both sides of the river and points out a number of spots on the river that get overlooked. It's a fantastic resource. They also have a newsletter entitled "Currents & Eddies".
A good contact is a Vermont State Rep named David Deen who is the River Steward for the council. He's a great speaker who loves to talk about the Connecticut river and the fish in it.
Connecticut River Watershed Council P.O. Box 206 Saxtons River, VT 05154 David Deen/ River Steward PH: 802/869-CRWC E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.ctriver.org
Fly roddin er this weekend!...think im going to do my traditional first day at archery pond...then maybe give merril a little fish!........turkey shooting and trout on a flyrod.......YEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!