Pictued is my buddy Big Fred Stengel with a measured 21" brown caught outside the TMA (C&R section) this past weekend on a nymph in some pocket water, tight to the bank. Take a close look at this fish, it's perfect- intact adipose, big tail, nice fins & great color. Just for scale, Fred is close to 6' 4" and 240-250 pounds with big hands. Damn nice trout buddy!
Grady & Ron Bucari did well last night in the Catch & Release area, catching some sizeable fish, including a big 14" colored-up male Brook Trout. They were nymphing at first, and then it was dry flies after 8pm, with the fastest surface action close to dark. They saw a smattering of different bugs with no one dominant/heavy hatch, including small Olives, a few Iso's, Tan Caddis, Summer Steno's, a few Sulfurs, and assorted spinners. Grady said he was able to bring trout up blind fishing a big #8 stonefly type dry, and then even after they started rising he left it on and they continued to eat it, haha. It's not always #24's on 7x tippet. Light colored Usuals in a mix of sizes (#12-18) are a great fly to carry for the end of the evening in August, imitates most of the lighter colored bugs you might see.
FYI last week the brand new Scott Meridian saltwater rods arrived at UpCountry (we have #7-10 in the rack), and to say they are impressive is an understatement. They won Best of Show in their category at the recent annual Fly Tackle Dealer/ICAST show. They are in the same vein as the popular Scott Radian series, in that they have tremendous power and are very castable, without being pool cues. They are exceptionally light in the hand, with blanks so thin in the butt section they look more like trout rods. Scott uses cutting edge technology to create a rod that has an incredibly fast recovery rate to generate line speed, as opposed to just making a stiffer rod that takes more effort to cast and has no feel. I was super impressed when I picked them up. Come by and cast one and tell us what you think.
We are finally into summer
mode now, meaning the best fishing will typically be early & late in
the day, especially if you want to fish to rising trout in the pools.
FYI if you
are nymphing with a 2 fly rig, make sure one of your nymphs is small, as
in #18-20. This time of year when flows are at normal summer levels (say 300cfs or
less), the trout really key into smaller nymphs, as that is what is
mainly available. The execeptions would be Isonychia & big
Stoneflies. Also, nymphing the broken, faster water will greatly
outproduce nymphing the softer, slower runs. Same is true if you are
prospecting/blind-fishing with dry flies during non-hatch periods,
target the broken riffly water. Don't skip the shallow bank water,
especially if it is in the shade. 6" of water can easily hold a 15-20"
trout in the summertime.
remains in optimal shape , with 290cfs (medium to medium-low, just
about perfect & very wadeable) through the Catch & Release
area and water temps are mid 50s to mid 60's, making it fishable at
least downstream as far as Collinsville currently. Temps are lowest near
the dam up in Riverton, and morning water temps are lowest of all.
averaging a #22-26 are on the water (a small brown mayfly) from 7am to
Needhami Spinners dropping from previous day's hatches come first, then
the duns in the later morning. There are still Winter/Summer Caddis
early/mid mornings with Tan
Caddis in #16-20 hatching
sporadically from mid/late morning through the day, and they are back on
the water egg-laying in the evening (they hatch best in riffled to
faster water). Isonychia are lighter than they were but still hatching
late afternoon thru mid evening, they are running
about #10-14 and
hatch in the faster, choppy water (pool heads, riffles, faster runs,
pocket water). Sulfurs averaging a #18 are on the water in the evening
with spinners at dusk- they are very sparse in the Catch & Release
section and are hatching best upriver (I've seen them hatching well into
August close to the dam) above the Still River up to the dam. Blue Wing
Olives #20-24 are hatching
the late afternoon through evening (as well with spinners at dusk). Ants
& beetles in various sizes are fooling fish in the daytime,
including Mini Chernobyls in #12-14.
nymphs include: Hot Spot Nymphs #14-20, #10 Tungsten Caroten Jig, Wade's Clinger Nymph #14-16,
Olive nymphs #16-20, Yellow Sparkle Prince #14-18, Sulfur Nymph #16, Rainbow Warrior #16,
Caddis Pupa & Larva in both tan & olive/green #10-18, Jig nymphs
Tails #16-20, Isonychia Nymphs #10-12, Fox Squirrel Nymph #10-14, Prince
Nymph #10-18, and Golden/Brown/Black Stoneflies #6-12 are all working
well at moments. Streamers are effective in the early AM 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 at night.