Rare moments of glory on the Housatonic River

A small-mouth bass double, above, came to the net on the Housatonic River last week. Drift boats and guides, left, were out with clients as the river came down — finally — to levels suitable for fishing. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

The other morning I was out on the Housatonic River (flowing at about 850 cubic feet per second) bright and early at 7 a.m. on the dot. Since it takes me about two hours to wake up these days, I find this incredibly impressive.

I went to the Elms on the River Road side, so the sun, if it came out at all, would be behind me. (This is worth remembering. I have seen anglers doing some serious squinting at 9 a.m. from the Route 7 side, with the sun blasting in right at them. River Road a.m., Route 7 p.m.)

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