Friday, November 6, 2015

Friday 11/6/15 Report- doesn't feel like November

Pretty 19" Farmington brown by my buddy Alain Barthelemy this week. In case you were wondering what it was feeding on, this one had actual trout eggs in it's mouth!  Conditions for this weekend look very angler-friendly: total flow in permanent Catch & Release section is 213cfs total flow (125cfs from dam in Riverton). Going to be balmy 68 degrees today, feels more like September. Weekend will see more seasonable highs in the 50's, no rain at all. Both streamers & nymphs are top choices right now if you don't have rising fish. Fall trout get aggressive on  streamers, and with spawning time at hand trout are seeing eggs.

We have had some great afternoon hatches of Blue Wing Olives #22-24 this past week along with Rusty Spinners in matching sizes. Winter Caddis #20-24 have been a light hatch most mornings. In the afternoons look for Tan Caddis #16-18, October Caddis #10-14 and Isonychia #12-14. Effective nymphs include Yellow Stoneflies #8-16, Black Stoneflies 8-14, Fox Squirrel Nymph #12, Egg Flies #12-18 (yellow, pink, orange), Squirmy Worms #10-14 (red, tan, pink), Hot Spot Baetis #16-20, Blue Wing Olive #16-22, Rainbow Warrior #16-18, Tan Caddis Pupa #14-16, Green/Olive Caddis Larva #14-16, Pheasant Tails #16-22, Prince Nymph #12-14. Play with colors on your streamers, lately some of the better ones have been olive, yellow, and brown. Nothing lighter than 2-3x on your streamers, and go heavier if you are tossing big ones. 5x fluoro is a good average for your nymphs, and 5x-7x tippet for your dries (depending upon size). Long tippets help with both dries & nymphs: it will give you "S" curves to get a drag-free float with dries, and it will sink faster & with less weight when nymphing.

Don's Beginner Fly Tying Course on 11/14 & 11/21 is almost full, so sign up ASAP if you want in. Call 860-379-1952 to reserve a spot. From now until April 2016, we close at 5pm every day. Our rental apartment is now closed for the season, and will be available again starting in April 2015.