Monday, June 1, 2015

Monday 6/1/15 Report

Beautiful wild brown caught by Andy Lyons last Friday. We also had a report of a 30" Bow caught & released on a streamer Sunday morning.

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 257cfs through the Catch & Release area (220 from dam in Riverton, 37 from the Still River) this morning- this is still a medium-low flow, very fishable & easily wadeable. We received about 1/4" last night, glad to finally see this drought break and put a little bit of water back in the tributaries, they were very low. We are fortunate to be a tailwater with a steady flow of cool water from a deep reservoir,  keeps conditions pretty stable most of the time. Overcast, wet days like today & Tuesday are great for fishing, and you have a better shot at catching a big brown. Low light conditions like we will have most of this week are perfect for fishing streamers too.

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. Sulphurs #16 have been on the water in the evenings and catching trout from Unionville through the  middle reaches of the Catch & Release area, at least as far up as Church Pool. 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.