Connetquot River so good, so close to many

Sea-run rainbow, brown and brook trout move into this Long Island watercourse.

Updated: February 13, 2006, 7:45 PM ET
By Ken Schultz | ESPNOutdoors.com Fishing editor

OAKDALE, N.Y. — It's a little after 7 a.m. and I'm standing on the bank of the Connetquot River preparing to tie a fly onto my tippet.

Already I have witnessed and photographed a fellow upstream catching a colorful, fat 16-inch rainbow trout, barely minutes after fishing on this well-managed state park waterway has opened to anglers.

On the opposite bank, there's a fallen tree angled downstream that is partly deflecting the flow. The river is no more than 25 feet wide at this ...

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Connetquot River so good, so close to many