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JT's Fly shop is a fly fishing business in Connecticut. Please view the pinpointed location for JT's Fly shop on the Google Map to the right. If you'd like directions to this destination, please click here for directions (provided via Google Maps). Jt's fly shop located in the heart of North East Connecticut's higlands with 8 quality trout waters within 20 minutes. We are a small shop and pride ourselves on our cutsomer service.we Will be running free tying classes thru the winter months. 1/17 begiining fly tying 1/31 intermediate tying Feb. advanced fresh & slatwater tying spring seminars match the hatch - march 09 begiining fly fishing -april 09 nymphing -may 09 full day guided trip wade fishing ( 2 people) $250 " ( 3 people) $325 1/2 day guided trip wade fishing 2 or 3 people $150 all equipment is provided as well as needed flies
Business type: Fly Shop
Business name: JT's Fly shop
Address: 664 Buckley Hwy
City: Union
State: Connecticut

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Steve Babbitt (Steve'O) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: My buddy Jeff and I decided that with the cold temps maybe the river would not be too crowded. We were kind of right. managed to get into one of my favorite spots. There were small dark caddis fly around but not surface activity. Had a report form a buddy the week before while he was setting up the camper at the campground just below this area of some quill gordons, knowing I caught a boat load Saturday 4/20/13 on the Willimantic river TMA with a quill gordon wet fly( i rarely fish a QG dry unless they are hatching in rain, they actually emerge on the bottom and swim to the surface at a fully emerged adult thus the wet fly), that is what I put on third drif thru I am into a nice brown trout. A few casts later I hook another fish this one a brown also. I checked it's throat to see wht it had been eating. It had a tone of these little grey caddis. So I got as low as my over weight body would let me and saw the slow rolling rises to the spent egg layers. Put in a dark colored spent caddis sz 16 and got 4 more fish all on top. My buddy switched and he was into fish as well. All of the fish being landed caused the crowd to slowly push out of the pool. so we moved on to another river. (04/25/13)
Steve Babbitt (Steve'O) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: got out for a few hours to do some pre season scouting for the upcoming season of guiding. I checked all the usual spots. Natchaug, Fenton, Still, Bigelow brook, Raoring brook, Moosup on the the way home figured I better check the Willi to see how water levels were. when I got there no cars in the pull off so I strung up the rod grabbed a couple of boxes and went down to the river. I got one quick rainbow a small stone fly nymph. I then noticed that there were trout rising on far bank. Knowing it was the egg laying stones I tied on a small dark spent stone fly and got three more rainbows on consecutive casts. had to go need to be back at the shop to teach tying class with 15 students over all nice early spring day. (04/25/13)
Steve Babbitt (Steve'O) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: This spring we have been very fortunate to have moderate temps and plenty of rain so the rivers here in North East Connecticut are in great shape. I had a few hours yesterday morning to get away before a few dad chores, a birthday party and a graduation celebration. So I was up before 5 am and in the fish mobile headed for the Willimantic River TMA by 5:30. I decided after reading a few old posts in my journals I would park at the rest area and work from that bank. In the last few years I have found that my journals, whichI have kept since the mid-80’s have become invaluable with the information they hold. When I started them it was more to remember the fish numbers and kinds,now I look back for river, weather and hatch conditions. I got to the rest area about 10 minutes later,put on my waders and put my rod together. I did not rig up as I wanted to see how the river looked like before I tied on a leader and flies. When I got totbhe river it was running fairly high for this time of year and just a bit stained. I decided I was going to do some Czech nymphing so I put on one of my custom tied leaders, it is 13’ long tapered from 25 pound test amnesia in either fluorescent red or green down to 6X. Today I used the green butt section because it shows up better in the low light. I tied on a size 14 caddis pupa in tan with the point fly being a size 10 Czech nymph with a tungsten bead head;it is a mix of golden brown SLF and tan antron. Looking at the flow I decided to drop in midway thru the pool and fish from there to the tail out. I made a few drift but did not feel the bottom so I tied a small dropper off the bend of my point fly and put a small split shot toadd just the needed weight to get it down. Third cast I felt a bump and tightened up to feel a head shake. After a good fight I landed my first fish ofthe morning a solid rainbow of about 13” a few casts later a bit farther down the current seam, I hooked it’s identical twin. Over the next hour I hooked another 4 fish losing two and landing two. One was a rainbow the other was a thick brown about 14” that put on a real nice fight up on the surface with a couple of big runs. All of these fish came on the Czech nymph. > I decided to head down stream to try another run that hold fish well in this type of flow. I am not usually prone to walking away from fish that are feeding but it was a quiet morning and I had not seen another fly fisherman in the hour or so I was there. I moved down to the spot I wanted to try just as the fog started to burn off and itstarted to get brighter. I could start to see there was a bunch of fish feeding in the lower end of this run. I move into a good spot to fish to these active feeders, I made about 50 cast and did not even get so much as bump. I decided to try a bit different approach when I saw a few small tan caddis hatching. I took off the Czech nymph and the dropper and replaced them with a veiled caddis and a soft hackle. I cast this pair upstream at about 45 degrees so they sink and then dead drift them high sticking once they reached my position I lowered the rod tip and let them swing thru the lower section ofthe run. First cast a felt a good bump, next cast I was fast into another nice rainbow. A few casts later the flies stopped mid-way thru the dead drift I tightened up figuring to feel the bottom but instead I felt a strong headshake, I set the hook and the fish went crazy. After a real good fight with what I thought was a fish of about 17 or 18 inches I landed a beautiful 13” tiger trout. This was the second in a week to come from this part of the river. I hada guide client catch one last Saturday about a ¼ mile upstream from where I was fishing. I let him go and sat on the back retying my flies as the teeth on that bugger had frayed the 6x a bit too much. I made a few more casts and got one more cookie cutter rainbow. > I looked at my watch and decided to go back to my first spot and see what was happening before heading home. I left the same two flies on and dropped into the same spot I started in, first cast I hooked and lost a fish in the tail out. I stripped a bit of line off my reel to give myself some slack to play with and recast. Bam I was into another good fish this one turned out to be a bit larger rainbow about 16” and solid muscle from back to belly. Over the next half hour I hooked 5 more fish landing only two of them , I was a bit slow on the hook set today. All in all not a bad day 16 fished hooked with 10 landed and only a brook trout away from a slam. These are the kinds of days that I remember the clearest, conditions were good and fish cooperative. I could use a few more of these as they have been far and few between the last 5 years. The rest of the day was filled with family fun and celebration. Funny thing was mynephew who just started fly fishing knew even before I told him I had a good morning by the smile on my face.> > Steve > (06/25/11)
Steve Babbitt (Steve'O) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: last evening a couple of friends and I had a little while to steal away from their camp site so we went down to one of our favorite stretches of the river. We got on the water about 7:40 with two different size caddis hatching and another laying eggs. At about 8 the March brown spinners started to gather over the river. the fish were showing some splashy rises so as we were taking turns fishing Cory got fist shot at the fish. On about his 5th cast he hooked a nice 15" rainbow that made a good showing before coming to hand. at about 8:15 some Sulphurs started to hatch, then the larger E. Vitreus stated to hatch. I had a fish rise about 15 feet from me so I cast a grey winged yellow soft hackle at it wamo first drift crappy hook set it came off. Cory decided to head back to the camp fire, so i moved a bit down and his Brother Carl moved up. I had a couple refusal to my soft hackle so I cut it off and put on a Sulphur poly dun in sz 16 second drift over the riser it took. The brown came in kind of quick but as soon as it got to shallow water it shot back out into the current a couple of times. finally landed a nice 14" brown that looked a bit big in the body for it's head. all told we each caught 1 trout Carl got a nice 16" or 17" rainbow on a poly dun as well. the bugs were crazy the weather in CT this year has condensed many of the hatches on the free stones so that like last night there were 8 or 9 different species of bugs in the air and a couple of different stages of those. At one point at about 8:30 there were sz 12 march brown spinners, Pale evening duns E. Vitreus dun & spinners, sz 20 Blue winged olives, sz 16 Sulphurs, little green stone flies sz 18 laying eggs, tan caddis sz 14, green caddis sz 16 and a little grey caddis doing some egg laying. it was very cool to see. Most of the fish seemed to be taking either the emerging Sulphurs or the spinners of the March brown. Steve (06/05/11)
Steve Babbitt (Steve'O) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Decided to head out to one of my favorite local waters the Natchaug River today. I had a guide trip there two Fridays ago and then took my 3 girls there the following Sunday. the two guys I guided did very well as did my 3 daughters. Met my Buddy Carl at 10:30 head through the hollow over to Eastford, closer to the river we got the harder it rained. When we got to the spot we were going to fish it was raining like mad and thunder and lightning was close by. We put waders and rain gear on and the rain slowed enough and the T&L stopped so we rigged up and headed in to the first deep run, water was clear but there was a lot of leave litter and buds floating just under the surface. so my idea of a dry and dropper was out. I rigged up a couple of nymphs and started to drift the outside seam and let my bud fish the inside seam. it took all of 3 casts to hook a big rock and break off both nymphs. I had on 6x as this spot if one of the now infamous state of Connecticut trout parks, they stock once a week thru Memorial Day. It gets stocked on Wednesday or Thursday most weeks so by the weekend the fish have been pounded. It also has a decent amount of larger holdover fish but they seem to be a bit tippet shy. Well the next hour and a half was a repeat of this a few casts hung up on something pull it free half the time I would have to retie one or both flies on. I kept moving down the run but still the same thing. Then I noticed as I was lifting to make a roll cast a trout followed the nymphs right up to the surface. I switched places with Carl and started to swing a yellow caddis pupa and a sparkle pupa. on about my 4 or 5 swing I hooked a small rainbow and landed it. That was the only fish for almost two hours, so we moved a few pools down river to a deep pool with a side channel and a good back eddy with a back wash flowing into it. i fished the same tow flies for a while with not fish, then I noticed a flash about 20 feet across from be just above the tail out. Changed my bottom fly to a TH green rock worm, third cast line stops I set the hook into a good fish after a good showing I landed a beautiful holdover Bow of about 16" it's body width all but filled my hand. I release this fish and watched the spot again saw another flash a little farther upstream. Made bad cast but was able to throw a couple of big mends into it and hooked another Bow this one was only about 12" but it had tons of spots on it's back. I got one more small bow for this spot, but fish were still flashing so I put Carl in there as he only had a little while longer to fish. he tried for about 20 minutes and hooked tow but they came unbuttoned. He had to go so I decided to work my way into the next pool up. Saw some olives hatching but no fish rising so I put on a beatis biot emerger and a pheasant tail below it. I fished into the deeper most part of the pool and as it was starting to come up of the bottom a fish took. landed another bow about 12" over the next hour and a half I hooked another 7 fish landed 4 of them lost two with back hook sets and one took me into some brush. all of the trout were bows except the last one it was fat 13" brown trout. It started slow but ended up to be a good day, some fish and great company. Steve (05/15/11)
Steve Babbitt (Steve'O) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Had a wonderful day guiding a couple of newer fly fishermen. We started out the morning in the state forest area at about 8:30 am. They worked a real nice run with a small briaded current seam that held plenty of trout. One of them has only fly fished a handful of times so he was a bit slow on the hook set . His buddy has fished in Maine a few times so he had the timing just right. He took 6 fish out of this run on a small soft hackle pattern. we moved into a long deep pool with a decent current about the time we got into the spot I wanted them I noticed a few Hendrickson dry flies just taking flight. I gave the one guy a sz 12 hendrickson dun pattern and set him up just below were the first couple of fish started to rise. I took the other guy a little ways up stream and put on a hendrickson emerger pattern that has a small piece of hi viz foam on it third or fourth cast he hooks a pretty brown of about 14" and plays it just like a pro and got it to the net. we released this fish and waited a few minutes for the fish to again start. fish came up about 15 feet below and 10 feet to the side of us he cast the fly into the seam and i talked him thru putting slack in to the line and getting it out of the rod tip, first drift a nice rainbow came up and took the fly in a good sized boil. It was on for all of about 30 seconds then broke him off. He repeated this 2 more times before we decided to call it lunch. we had a nice lunch and sent back to fishing. a few caddis began to show so I set them up swinging a wet fly and they did great. I got my exercise for the week int hat one day going back and forth netting fish. By the time they got tired of fishing they had racked up a real nice day for themselves. I am glad they enjoyed themselves and they booked another full day in June. Steve'O (05/09/11)
Steve Babbitt (Steve'O) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: fished for a couple hours, lots of fish rising. managed a few on a rusty spinners sz 12 & 14. The water temp seems a bit low for this time of year so the river may fish longer into July this year. All fish I got were rainbows biggest was a beautiful 15" jumper. (06/09/09)
Steve Babbitt (Steve'O) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: fished the natchaug yesterday morning and did well on top. Mix of March browns and caddis. great morning! (06/09/09)
Steve Babbitt (Steve'O) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: the green caddis have started (05/23/09)
Steve Babbitt (Steve'O) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: a group of us fished from 11/6-11/9 and had a blast this is the 8th year we do this. 08 was bt far the best yet. with well over 50 hook up on steelhead between the 6 of us with about 16-18 landed (11/13/08)
Steve Babbitt (Steve'O) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: This is looking to be the best fall fishing in a number of years. (09/22/08)
Steve Babbitt (Steve'O) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: water was down but temps are excellent. fished from 6:30 am to 11:00 am landed few on size 20 midge pupa (09/02/08)
Steve Babbitt (Steve'O) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Guided 2 sports 8/24/08 had a great afternoon /evening. Best condition for this time of year in 10 years or so. Good flows, temps and lots of bugs (09/02/08)
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Steve Babbitt (Steve'O) wrote - bigalow brook with in natchaug state forest (08/04/15)
Steve Babbitt (Steve'O) wrote - bigalow brook with in natchaug state forest (08/04/15)
Steve Babbitt (Steve'O) wrote - Still River runs from the woodstock/Union Line to Eastford were is meets Bigelow brook to form the Natchaug. It is a small,clear frestone that flows thru a mix of wooded and open terrain. There are section that are on public land and others that are private. there are a number of pull offs along Rt. 198 that get fished fairly heavy but places you can walk away from the road are good. It is stocked with Brown and Rianbow trout. (12/29/08)
Steve Babbitt (Steve'O) wrote - Bigelow brook runs from the out flow of Bigelow pond in Union about 12 or 14 miles until if meets the Still river at Charlie Brown Campground to form the Natchaug river. It is a small stream almost it's entire length except for the last 1/2 mile or so that wides to about 20 feet wide. It flows thru Yale and Natchaug state forest and access is good for most of it. You will have to have a 4x4 or hike for some of the better spots. It has a mix of stocked browns and rainbows and wild brook trout. It is short rod, hip boot fishing at it's best. Mid-april to late June and October -November are the best times to fish it. (08/04/15)
Steve Babbitt (Steve'O) wrote - The Willimantic Begins in Stafford springs as a series of old mill ponds. It the moves down the channel to meet up with the Middle river and heads south along state route 32 which follows the river almost all the way to it's junction with the Natchaug to form the Shetucket. The upper secitons from Stafford to Eagleville lake are trout water with classic riffle-run-pool set up. The 3.5 miles from the Junction with Roaring brook to the state route 74 bridge are a Trout Managment Area- fly fishing only, C&R open all year. The TMA recieves an small annual stocking but the big draw are the hold overs. The river outside of the TMA fishes just as well and receives a generous amount of stocked stocked trout. below eagleville it becomes slower/deeper and holds smallmouth bass along with trout. There are several good hatches begining with Hendircksons in April, followed by a small gray caddis end of April it is a bit slow thru May until the Cinnamon caddis and sz 18 BWO hatch the first couple of weeks of June. From mid June to early July evenings rule with sulphur duns and spinners. Summer can be slow but ants and beetles will bring the odd trout up. Fall is sz. 20 BWO time any day it is a bit over cast they will be out in good numbers. If there are no bugs hatching try green rock worms, Phesant tails, black & olive GRHE,and wooley buggers. An 8' or 8'6" 5wt. is the perfect rod for this river. (09/23/08)
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