Saturday, September 19, 2015

Saturday 9/19/15 Report- Another beautiful weekend

The Farmington River Anglers Association, will be stocking 1,100 12-14" rainbow & brook trout this coming Wednesday September 23rd. We need a small group of volunteers to help out for about an hour and a half putting the trout in the water. If you are available that afternoon, call the store at 860-379-1952.

No major changes since Friday's report. Other than the upcoming stocking, the other good news is that the weather is finally cooling down to where early fall temps should be. Long Range highs are all in the 70's and even 60's, and most nights are in the 40's! This will be good both for the hatches & the fishing. The Farmington River is still at a moderately low flow, but within the normal range for this time of year- it's 133cfs in the permanent Catch & Release section this morning, with 120cfs coming from the dam in Riverton.  Use lighter tippets (6x-7x is typical for dries) for the next couple of weeks until October's rains deliver a higher flow. For nymphs I use mostly 5x or 5.5x fluoro for all but the biggest nymphs (no lighter than 6x for the smallest nymphs). We use fluorocarbon for better abrasion resistance & lower visibility. Longer leaders help keep your fly line further from the trout. I'd recommend 12', and you can go longer if you are a good caster. Lighter line weights help too, as they make less commotion when they hit the water. Wear drab clothing that blends into the backround.

Morning has been bringing Tricos #22-26, Needhamis #20-26, and Summer/Winter Caddis #20-24. The Midday has been best with Tan Caddis # 16-18. Lt Cahills #12-14, White Flies #12-14, and Summer Stenos #18-20 have been hatching just before dark. Flying Ants #20-24 have been on the water almost every day the past week. The cloudier days have seen afternoon/evening hatches of Blue Winged Olives in the #20-24 range. If you are nymphing, think in #16-22 (Isonichia & big Stoneflies would be the exception, with Isonichia running #12-14 and Stones #6-12). Iso's are active in later afternoon to evening, and Stoneflies crawl out at night and in early to mid mornings. When nymphing focus on the medium to fast choppy water, and don't skip knee-deep spots. Currently effective nymphs include: Yellow Sally nymphs #14-16, Hot Spot Nymphs #16-20, Tungsten Sunk Ant #16, #10 Tungsten Carotene Jig, Wade's Clinger Nymph #16, Olive nymphs #16-20, Yellow Sparkle Prince #16-18, Rainbow Warrior #16-18, Caddis Pupa & Larva in both tan & olive/green #10-18 (#14-18 on the pupa), Jig nymphs #10-16, Pheasant Tails #16-20, Isonychia Nymphs #10-14, Prince Nymph #10-18.

As you move into late summer/early fall, trout (especially bigger ones) turn to larger food items like minnows & crayfish, or in the case of this river also Salmon Parr. Look for snags, big rocks, fallen trees, undercut banks, drop-offs, current seams, shady  banks, etc.- anywhere you think a bigger than average trout might hide. Cover lots of water and change streamer color & presentations until the trout tell you what they want at that moment (it can change from day to day, and even during the same day as light conditions change). As far as streamer colors, olive and white are 2 of the more consistent colors on this river and are a great starting point, and tan is another excellent color. Try also black, brown, yellow, gray and other colors or combinations of 2 colors. Don't be afraid to go "Old School" and fish a traditional pattern like a Grey Ghost, Black Ghost, Mickey Fin, Hornberg, etc.- fish see less of the older streamers and may take them more readily - Torrey