As stubborn winter weather finally melted away last weekend, a fresh season of fly fishing in Westport waters floated into town.

The popular William "Doc" Skerlick Saugatuck River Trout Management Area along Ford Road attracted its first fishermen Saturday in search of the trout recently stocked in the river.

"Today's the perfect start to the season," said Mark Lyons of Stamford. "It's the perfect day. You couldn't ask for anything nicer."

"It's just absolutely clean water and just a tremendous," said Tom O'Donnell of Norwalk. "And it's very well maintained by the local Trout Unlimited chapter. They do a great job."

It's a catch-and-release spot, but most fishermen visit the sylvan setting for the fun of the sport, as well as the opportunity to enjoy of quiet beauty of the area.

Of course, sometimes when the fish aren't biting, some of the fun is harder to find as well.

"For the opening day, they should put some fish in it," one disappointed angler said. "If you can find one fish, let me know ... I'm going home."

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