Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wednesday 6/24/15 Report - Lots of Sulphurs

Last night's brief rain has brought the river through the Catch & Release to 600cfs. It should be dropping quickly through the day today. The Farmington from the dam in Riverton, downstream to the confluence of the Still River is 325cfs. Great Sulphur hatch #16-18 last night again last night. I caught a half dozen trout in an hour on Sulphur Duns and Sulphur Comparaduns before the rain forced me off the water. The trout were taking a few live emergers but for imitations they only would take dries floated high and dry so I had to take time between drifts and trout to remove the water from my flies with a drying pad and powder.  A few Rusty Spinners #20 and Lt Cahill #12-14 on the water also.

Another big brown, this one at 20.5" caught by Dave Surowiecki on a Sulfur dry. Look at the giant tail on that trout, I bet that was a great fight with a big motor like that. The clipped adipose fine and red dye mark behind the left eye show it to be a Two Year Old brown stocked in 2012, making it a 5 year old fish that held over for 3 seasons. Another Farmington River Survivor Strain success story- thanks CT DEEP fisheries!

Sulfur hatches are cranking now, hatching in all areas, upstream all the way up to the dam in Riverton now, 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 & end 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 even a few (not many yet) popping in the TMA/C&R section. 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 from late afternoon until dark. Blue Wing Olives #18-24 have also been out in good numbers at moments, especially when it's cloudy. Caddis #14-18 in both tan & olive/green body body colors have been strong- the tan ones seem to be the dominant color 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 tan & olive/green #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, and focus on the faster, rocky water where they live & emerge from. 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.

 UpCountry has just received a huge closeout of Hardy Zenith and Hardy Proaxis X fly rods- these are literally flying out the door, so don't wait or they will all be gone. 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 conditions. You can find them in our flyshop or in our online store at a great discount. - Grady