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Guide Service:

If you are new to the Housatonic or are just looking to fine-tune your technique with some expert advice, Tightline Adventures offers guided day and half-day trips at reasonable rates. Whether you are staying at Breadloaf Mountain Lodge or are visiting the NW corner of Connecticut for just a day, Tightline Adventures is happy to arrange all of your fishing needs. Our guiding service is Orvis-endorsed leaving no doubt that our knowledgeable, seasoned guides are, simply put, the best. Operating out of the Housatonic Meadows Fly Shop (which is located at Breadloaf Mountain Lodge), Tightline Adventures is uniquely situated to offer clients a complete fishing experience while they visit the Litchfield hills.

The Housatonic River, with its over 20 tributaries and feeder streams, is the perfect place to find solitude, natural beauty and, of course, plenty of wild trout. Tightline Adventures (along with the Housatonic Meadows Fly Shop) is the best team to help you make the most of your time on the river. Our guides are able to offer local insight as you explore the many riffles, runs, pools and pockets which are home to a wide variety of stream-bred trout. And with the extensive collection of hand-tied flies available at the Housatonic Meadows Fly Shop, you are certain to be properly equipped with all the right flies for that particular day.

Guide Service Rates

* Lunches are provided on full-day guide trips
* Drinks and snacks are provided on half-day guide trips
* Equipment Included: Rod, reel, and waders
* Licenses are available at the Housatonic Meadows Fly Shop (cash only)


Full day float trip for 1-2 Anglers $400: includes lunch, rod, reels and waders (flies and leaders not included)
½ day float trip 4 hours, 1-2 Anglers $325: includes rod, reels, waders and drinks/snacks (flies and leaders not included)
Full day wade 8 hours 1 person $225 and 2 people $275: includes rod, reels, waders and lunch (flies and leaders not included)
½ day wade 4 hours 1person $175 and 2 people $225: includes rod, reels, waders and drinks/snacks (flies and leaders not included)
Extra Angler is $50
Casting lesson $40/hour per person, one-hour minimum (group rates available)
"Match the Hatch" SPECIAL (weekdays ONLY) am or pm (2-3 hr.) 1 angler=$150

*Streamside Lunch provided for all full day trips.
Rods, reels and waders are included in full and half day trips.


Rod & reel=$25
Credit card required for all rentals.


Fly Casting Instruction (1-2 people ) $40 per hr.


CT. fishing licence(required) & Guide Gratuties.
License Info: Ct. Resident (driver licence required)=$20
Non Resident (season) $40 Non Resident (3- day )=$16


* Hat
* Sunblock
* Sunglasses
* Rain jackets
* Insect repellent
* Camera


We require a $100 deposit in order to confirm and hold your reservation. The balance is to be paid upon arrival at H.M.F.S. This deposit is non refundable, and there will be no exceptions. If you reserve a trip with us and prior to the reserved date, cancel, for any reason, you forfiet your deposit. We RESERVE the right to cancel your trip for Safety Reasons, as they may develop, i.e. (high water or inclement weather). We will allow you under said circumstances to re-schedule your trip for up to 12 months from the original date reserved.


CFS: What this means to me

CFS is cubic feet per second. This is the measurement system used to determine the river flows. These flows are gauged at the Falls Village Hydro-Electric Station. They maintain ph 888-417-4837 which provides a daily update at 7am regarding specific flows for the day and the river temperature.

 CFS Breakdown Chart

500-1,200 cfs

Ideal wading conditions with unlimited access


1,201-2,000 cfs

Requires more caution with restricted access

Check with us for prime access locations

2,001-up cfs

Not recommended for wade fishing

Can be dangerous to less experienced anglers. (Caution should be exercised)

Flows of at least 800 cfs are required for float trips.


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