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Who is Ron Merly? Ron is a well-accomplished angler that has been fishing the trout streams of Connecticut for over 45-years. Fly-rod in hand at the age of five, Ron possesses an impressive knowledge for both the fly and spin angler to learn from. He is the author of Flyfisher’s Guide to Connecticut, an award-winning outdoor writer (On the Water, Eastern Fly fishing and American Angler magazines) and he holds the current Connecticut state-record sea-run brown trout (2006, 10lb 8oz). Ron has also served as President of the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited from 2009-12 and spent twelve years on their Board of Directors.

Ron is currently working with the Sea-Run Brook Trout Coalition in their efforts to restore salters to Northeastern coastal streams and is also a current member of the Fisheries Advisory Council for the State of Connecticut. Of his many accomplishments to benefit our trout and our waters he is credited with leading the charge to successfully remove dams from CT waterways and for the installation of many fish ladders and state-of-the-art river monitoring systems.

Merly Brown Trout


Get your very own copy of Ron’s Flyfishers Guide to Connecticut. This book includes comprehensive coverage of over 350 of the best fishing waters throughout Connecticut. Over 30 detailed maps are included, showing every access point, state park, state forest, boat ramp, campsite, access road and bridge. Also included are hatch charts, detailed driving directions, as well as fly and tackle shops, accommodations, restaurants, and air service, plus where to find Atlantic salmon and sea-run trout, as well as head-to-toe coverage of the Housatonic and Farmington Rivers.

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