American Fly Fishing

Legendary Limestone
By Tom Gilmore

Long Island Spring Creeks, NY

Native brookie from the Carmans River. PHOTO BY BOB LINDQUIST

For most fly anglers, Long Island conjures images of epic saltwater action—blitzing bluefish and false albacore, and acres of striped bass churning the water to froth as they feed on vast schools of bay anchovies, silversides, or peanut bunker. However, Long Island is also home to great trout fishing. The island is home to three exceptional limestone spring creeks filled with trout, all within an hour’s drive from New York City.

The Nissequogue, Connetquot, and Carmans Rivers were originally preserved by elite, private fishing clubs with well-heeled members and guests from New York City. Today, these three streams are publicly owned, managed by New York state or county parks, and almost as pristine as they were at the latter part of the 19th century.