Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thursday 06/18/15 Report

The Farmington River is 300cfs from the dam in Riverton, downstream to the confluence of the Still River. The Catch & Release area is running 448 cfs. Look for Sulphurs to be a strong throughout the evening tonight, following a potpourri of daytime hatches you can find in the report below.

Went out after work Sunday night with a friend, and the Sulfurs were already hatching heavy from the time we set foot in the water (about 6pm) until dark. I nymphed (of course), and he mostly fished dries. We both picked up fish, and as it got later the fishing picked up. I stuck a heavy brown in shallow water at the top of a riffle, and several minutes later just under 21" of brown trout graced my jumbo landing net. What a sweet trout, with perfect fins/tail, big red dots, awesome color, and a fat girth. At the very least a multi-year holdover, and more likely a wild brown in my opinion. During many hatches, some of the big trout stay down and chow on the nymphs exclusively. FYI I caught that trout way outside of the TMA. There truly are big trout all over the river, from the dam in Riverton down through Unionville, and even below that. Years ago a friend hooked & lost a 30" brown on a streamer right above the Tariffville Gorge. The Baranowski brothers were floating the river last night in high water, tossing big streamers at the banks, and they pummeled the big browns.

Sulfur hatches are cranking now, medium to heavy in almost all areas, upstream to Riverton at least as far as just below the Still River (extra-cold flow above the Still delays hatching in upper 2 miles), and down through Unionville and even below that. Make sure to have matching patterns in nymphs (Pheasant Tails in #16-18 normally work great), emergers, duns & spinners. While it is traditionally an evening hatch, we've seen them coming off as early a 1pm some days. The closer you get to the dam, the more "evening hatches" tend to come off earlier in the day. Nature loves to defy the rules, and cold tailwaters such as this one can make traditional hatch calendars wrong at moments. Evening Sulfur spinner falls can brings some pigs to the surface. Still lots of Tan Caddis around too.

Isonychia are starting to appear downriver in the Canton through Unionville stretch (a few, not a lot yet), and I saw a couple by our store Sunday night. It's not really a full-blown hatch yet, but soon. In the C&R section, Winter/Summer Caddis #18-22 have been hatching well early morning to 11am, with adults on the water in the late afternoon and evening. Sulfurs #16-18 are on the water in the late evening (sometimes afternoons). Blue Wing Olives #18-24 have also been out in good numbers at moments, especially when it's cloudy. Caddis #14-18 in both olive/green body and tan body colors have been strong- the tan ones seem to be the more dominant hatch now, but check body color because it can be the difference between a great day and a slow one. And FYI, they ALL look tan in the air until you catch one and turn it upside down. Lt Cahills & March Browns #10-14 are showing up from mid afternoon and on. March Brown Spinners (sz 10-12), Rusty Spinners (18-20), and Sulpher Spinners (sz 16-18) are on the water toward dark.

Subsurface, Caddis Pupa & Larva in both olive/green & tan #14-18, Hare's Ear soft hackles #12-16, Golden Stoneflies #6-12, Pheasant Tails #14-20, March Brown Nymphs #10-14, Fox Squirrel Nymph #10-14, Prince Nymph #12-18. We are seeing Golden Stonefly nymph husks on the rocks in fast water, so they are active & hatching, and are an especially good nymph choice in the mornings (they crawl out to hatch/emerge at night and in the early to mid mornings) FYI big trout LOVE them, use matching nymphs in #6-10 right now. Streamers are working well in the early morning and again toward dark- look for either low light or murky water for best results during this time of the year on the Farmington. Mice, Rats and giant Streamers are working after dusk.

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