Spring, Summer, Fall 2002

Litchfield, CT -- Contact: Janet L. Serra For Immediate Release lhcvbnwct@aol.com Fishing enthusiasts who want to be first on the river in the morning and share fish tales at night will find new reason this year to visit one of the prime trout fishing areas in the Northeast, the Housatonic River in Connecticut's Litchfield Hills. Two outfitters in Cornwall Bridge are now offering special overnight accommodations for their customers. If Dad is a fisherman (or would like to be), a fishing weekend makes a great surprise Father's Day gift. Housatonic River Outfitters (860-672-1010) has taken over management of the Inn at White Hollow Farm in Lime Rock, a 19th century farmhouse inn in a lovely rural setting. The inn offers four bedrooms with private baths. The Salmon Kill, one of the area's finest small trout streams flows through the property, and joins the Housatonic River, which also crosses the farm inn grounds. Housatonic Meadows Fly Shop (860-672-6064) operates a recently renovated historic lodge overlooking the wild and scenic Housatonic. The lodge has five guest rooms, three and a half baths, a fully equipped kitchen for guests, a dining room and a sociable living room. Both of these companies can provide lessons for both beginners and experienced anglers, and full or half day outings with guides who have fished the river for years and know all the best pools, pockets and hidden fishing spots to find rainbow and brook trout and small mouth bass. They are also equipped with everything for fishermen including quality fly-fishing equipment, an enormous selection of flies, tying materials, outerwear, books and camping supplies and a host of gift ideas. For a day outing, fishermen won't even need a license to be sure of catching trout at Paradise Valley Farm in Bethlehem (203-266-7800), where an on-site hatchery stocks the ponds on 23 quiet country acres. Both spin cast and fly rods can be used and pole rentals, bait, tackle and light refreshments are available. For more information on fishing and the many other attractions in the Litchfield Hills and a free copy of UNWIND, a 40-page color guide to lodging and dining, contact the Litchfield Hills Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (860) 567-4506 or visit the web site at www.litchfieldhills.com.