Andy Lyons nymphed up this very nice rainbow over the weekend, along with some hefty browns (one was pictured in 12/21 Report). 15 Day Forecast calls for highs in the 50's-60's this week (68 Thursday!), and mostly 40's next week. Total flow in permanent Catch & Release area is a medium-low and very fishable 191cfs (125cfs from dam in Riverton, 66cfs from the Still River), easy wading at this level. Showers in the long range forecast should help keep the flows from getting too low. Still getting plenty of good reports this month, especially from those who know how to nymph and are stealthy in their approach. Dries & streamers have also been very effective at moments- colder weather this past weekend had morning Winter Caddis hatch going pretty good. Change spots and/or techniques if you are not catching trout, experimentation and covering water are keys to success right now. Move around until you find some willing fish. Fish are still scattered all over the river and not all stacked up in the usual slower water winter lies they they migrate into when water temps are in the 30's. I'm finding trout in medium-slow to medium-fast water in pool heads, deeper riffles, deeper runs, and softer/deeper pockets. Daily water temps will vary depending upon distance from dam, sunshine, daily high, and daily low- they've been averaging in the low/mid 40's. Normally water temps would be in the 30's in an average December. Eventually when temps go into the 30's and stay there (probably not until sometime in January!), you will see most trout migrate into the slower/deeper pools & softer runs. Most browns are post-spawn right now and as such are feeding, but moving around too, so cover lots of water to find fish.
availability in our second & final Don Butler beginner tying class
this winter- it will be 2 day course, January 9th & 16th,
10am-3pm, cost is $125 per person. Call 860-379-1952 to sign up, class
size is limited. See Events/Classes for more details. If you want to
give as a Christmas gift, we can do as a gift certificate.
are rising in the
Winter Caddis #20-24, in the afternoons Midges #22-32 are hatching, and
there are still a few small Blue Wing Olives
#22-28 (light hatch. almost over) on milder days -Midges & Winter Caddis will hatch
straight through the winter. Ironically, when winter weather
normalizes and gets colder, the morning Winter Caddis hatches get heavier. If you are
nymphing in the early to mid mornings, try egg patterns, Squirmy Worms
& big stoneflies, and pair those up with a smaller nymph in the
Streamers are another good choice in the mornings, but fish them slow
& deep, don't
rip them in fast like you would in May or October as water temps are
colder now and trout are more lethargic, make it easy for them to
"catch" your fly. If your primary goal is numbers, go with medium sizes
(#6-8), or go bigger if you want a crack at the biggest trout, but are
willing to catch less and forgo some of the average fish. Assorted smaller nymphs in the #16-20 range are some of the more
consistent fish catchers right now- try Flashback WD-40's,
Zebra Midges (black, olive, red), and Pheasant Tails. Caddis Larva in
too, there are TONS in the river. Also try attractor nymphs in #12-18
(Prince, Rainbow Warrior, Yellow Sparkle Prince, Lightning Bug, etc.).
Other suggested flies include the following nymphs: Yellow Stoneflies
#8-16, Black Stoneflies 8-14, Fox Squirrel Nymph #12, Hot Spot Baetis
#16-20, Olive nymphs #16-22, Rainbow Warrior #16-18,
Tan Caddis Pupa #14-16, Green/Olive Caddis Larva #14-16, Pheasant
Tails #16-22, Prince
Nymph #12-18. Play with colors on your streamers, lately some of the
better ones have been white, olive, and brown.
Nothing lighter than 2-3x on your streamers (for average sizes streamers), and go heavier if you are
tossing big ones. 5x fluoro is a good average for your nymphs, and 6x-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
Our apartment is now closed for the season, and will be available
again starting in April 1, 2016.