Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday 7/17/15- Iso, Iso Baby...

Very nice trout getting caught daily- top pic is customer Matt Leach with a sweet brown he caught while working on his Euro Nymphing this week (caught on Wade's Hot Spot Biot Nymph). Lower pic is local guide Tommy Baranowski (of CT Fish Guides) with a beautiful wild brown caught Thursday on an Iso dry.

Thursday I saw plenty of  #10-12 Iso's (Isonychia) hatching, heaviest from about 4:30 to 7pm, and fish in the fast water everywhere were making explosive rises to them. This is probably my all-time favorite hatch, it fishes well with dries, nymphs & wets, and it gets big fish feeding on top in the daylight, often in fast, shallow water.   -Torrey

The River is 325cfs from the dam in Riverton, 388cfs through the Catch & Release area and dropping- this is an excellent, medium level. Water temps have been cool, enabling you to fish from the dam all the way down to at least Collinville/Unionville. Depending upon distance from dam, time of day and daily weather, water temps have been running high 40's to low 60's. Winter/Summer Caddis #18-22 have been a moderate hatch early morning to 11am, with adults on the water in the late afternoon and evening. Blue Wing Olives (BWOs) have been  a major hatch in the evenings, averaging a #18-20, with smaller ones on the water at moments too. Have a #18-20 rusty spinner ready to match the BWO spinners right before dark (unlike the olive duns, the spent adults change to a rusty color). Sulfurs are hatching well upriver, but getting lighter as you go downriver. Ants & Beetles are working well during the day. Underwater, try Caddis Pupa & Larva, big Stoneflies, Biot Nymphs, Jig patterns, Pheasant Tails, Iso's, and Prince Nymphs. Streamers are effective during low-light conditions (early & late or cloudy/rainy days), play with color, size & presentation for best results.  -Torrey

We will be adding lots of closeout, demo, and used rods to the website this week as time permits. Believe it or not, another tackle season is upon us and new products trickle in starting around the end of the month so we have to make room and clear out the old. All of the clearance items will begin appearing today on the Used Gear & Specials page.
Effective nymphs include: Hot Spot Nymphs #14-18, Wade's Clinger Nymph #14-16, Yellow Sparkle Prince #14-16, Sulfur Nymphs #16, Caddis Pupa & Larva in both tan & olive/green #14-16, Pheasant Tails #14-20, Isonychia Nymphs #10-12, Fox Squirrel Nymph #10-14, Prince Nymph #10-16 are all working well. 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. 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.  -Torrey