Trout Management Area - located in Northeastern CT. The Cole Wilde TMA is located in Tolland and Willington on the Willimantic River. The TMA starts at the mouth of Roaring Brook off Route 32 and ends downstream at the bridge on Route 74. This section of water is designated as Fly Fishing only and is also a Catch and Release area meaning all fish caught must be released back into the river. Many of the TMAs throughout Connecticut are open year round and most are Catch and Release or in some cases limited harvest. This offers some good fishing opportunities to those willing to brave the cold water and weather throughout the winter. The majority of Trout waters are closed as of the end of February and open back up for opening Day on the third Saturday in April.
So with all my new found knowledge and having plenty of room to experiment with my fly fishing technique I decided to start out with a technique called nymphing. Nymphing is basically presenting flies that represent the nymph or larva stages of the bug in the lower part of the water column along the bottom of the stream. There are many different nymphing techniques so I won't get into much detail. I was using an indicator - some type of float that rides the surface of the water that is supposed to help you detect when the fish takes your nymph. Well for over an hour I worked a few small sections of water where I knew there was fish and as far as I could tell, I didn't get a single nibble. I started to see some adult stoneflys on the surface of the water and even watched a fish rise once or twice.
I did miss 3 fish, but what do expect from a long winter off.
CT DEP Fisheries - FAQ
CT Fly Fisherman's Association