The Housatonic River, a top fly fishing destination that runs right through our hometown of Kent, CT, was recently designated as "Wild and Scenic." The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act is a federal law that protects rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational value in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. Being named a “Wild and Scenic” river is a significant distinction, and it provides additional protection for the river and its resources. The Housatonic joins another great CT fly tying destination - the Farmington River – which also carries the distinction.
The “Housy” is a popular destination for fly fishers. The river is home to rainbows, brown trout, bass and Atlantic salmon. Its diverse habitats provide a range of fishing opportunities for anglers of all skill levels. Known for its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities – in addition to fly fishing it is a major destination for world-class kayakers - the river is also important for its role in the history of the area. It was a major source of power for early industrial development. In Litchfield County where we live, the river runs through picturesque towns and scenic countryside, offering opportunities for outdoor recreation and enjoyment of the natural beauty of the area.
Congratulations to the Housatonic River Commission who spearheaded the effort to get the “Wild and Scenic” designation. Visit the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System to learn more and find other fly fishing destinations that carry the "Wild and Scenic" designation.