Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sunday 5/31/15- Big Brown Trout Redemption!

I won't bore you with the long version, but suffice it to say I went back and hooked & landed the big brown that busted me off in a snag on Thursday. It took about 200 casts and multiple fly changes, but I finally hooked him on a nymph, and this time I instantly pressured him hard and literally ran away from the snag, pulling him in tow with me. When I set the hook, there was a veritable explosion as my surprised trophy came to the surface and violently thrashed his head. As you can see it's a perfect specimen of a male brown, with great color, an intact adipose, no clips or dye marks, perfect & large fins, perfect tail, and an iridescent bluish gill plate - in my estimation this is probably a wild brown, love that. I guessed him Thursday in the low 20" range when I lost him, and sure enough he measured out over 20". It's nice when a plan comes together and you get a second chance.  -Torrey

UpCountry has just received a huge closeout of Hardy Zenith and Hardy Proaxis X fly rods. As anyone who has been in earshot of me over the last few years knows, these are my absolutely favorite fly rods. These rods use Sintrix, a technology licensed from 3M which makes them stronger and nearly unbreakable under normal fishing condtions. You can find them in our flyshop or in our online store at a great discount. - Grady

The Farmington is currently 252cfs through the Catch & Release area (220 from dam in Riverton, 32 from the Still River) this morning- this is a medium-low flow, very fishable & easily wadeable. Rain is in the forecast for this afternoon, and Monday/Tuesday also, this will likely up the flows over the next  couple of day. As I write this, it's mild & cloudy outside. Dry fly fishing has been excellent at moments, with trout rising throughout the day- make sure to move around if you are not doing well in one spot, don't be a stick-in-the-mud. #16 Sulphurs have been on the water in the evenings and catching trout from Unionville through the lower & middle reaches of the Catch & Release area. The further you go downriver, the better they are hatching, they will move upriver a bit each day. June is normally the peak month or Sulfurs on the Farmington. Caddis are strongest hatch on the river currently, so have #14-18 in your box, in both olive/green body and Tan body colors. Winter/Summer Caddis #18-22 have been hatching well in early mornings in the Catch & Release area (normally early to mid mornings), with adults on the water in the afternoon and evening, and pupa very active subsurface in the mornings. You may still see a few Hendrickson Spinners #12-14 in evenings in the Riverton area only,but that hatch is pretty much done. Blue Wing Olives duns & emergers #18-24 have been on the river during the day this past week, as well with their spent form- the Rusty Spinner #18-24 showing in the late afternoon and evening. March Browns/Grey Fox #10-14 are showing up in the late afternoon and evening. Look for March Brown/Grey Fox Spinners (sz 10-14) in the hour before dark.

Subsurface, Caddis Pupa & Larva in both olive/green & tan #14-18, Hare's Ear soft hackles #12-16, Golden Stoneflies #8-12, Pheasant Tails #14-20, March Brown/Gray Fox Nymphs #10-14, Fox Squirrel Nymph #10-14, Prince Nymph #12-18. Streamers are working well in the early morning and again toward dark- look for low-light conditions for best results.

UpCountry Sportfishing is always looking for good used fly fishing gear for cash and trade. This is how we get those great items we list on our website and you see on our racks. We buy fly rods, reels, quality classic bamboo, and fly tying equipment etc. Bring in your old items and we can help turn them into something new. Call ahead