Saturday, May 2, 2015

Saturday 5/2/15 River Report- fishing is heating up!

Pictured is a big holdover brown caught by customer Ruben,  nice job buddy! Fishing reports from the C&R section have been phenomenal the past few days, with trout caught via all methods: wets, dries, nymphs & streamers. Wet flies/Soft-Hackles have been very effective, and are a fun way to catch trout & cover the water efficiently & quickly. There have been a good number of trout rising in the TMA/C&R section if you want to fish dries. Although most of the catch has been comprised of recent stockers, some big holdovers have been mixing in, the competition from stocked trout seems to have them feeding better, plus the increase in water temps & increased bug activity. A "Perfect Storm" of sorts, in a good way. Water temps, flow, hatches & trout stocking have all lined up perfectly, finally! I've seen a lot of fish porn over the past 24 hours, with some big trout in the pictures, a mix of holdovers/wild trout, and large recently stocked Two Year Old browns.

The Farmington is currently 291cfs total flow  through the catch & release area (120cfs from the Still River). The MDC cut the flow back  on Friday, making wading even easier and increasing dry fly opportunities. The Farmington River Catch & Release area was stocked on this past Tuesday & Wednesday with thousands of trout trout, including 1,000 Two Year Old Survivor Strain brown trout which average over 16 inches and some of which are bigger and top out at 3 1/2 to 4 pounds- they put in some hefty trout this year. The Hendrickson hatch has started, and though it has been only a modest hatch so far, it it increasing daily and I expect that the hatch will only get heavier by this weekend- highs will near 70 for Saturday, and mid/upper 70's for Sunday, wow. Trout are being caught on the surface using a combination of Hendricksons (sz 12-14), Winter Caddis (sz 18-22), Tan Caddis (sz 16-18), Blue Wing Olives (sz 16-24), and Mahogany Duns/Blue Quill (sz 16-18).

Subsurface, try fishing Hendrickson nymphs, a bigger #12-14, Pheasant Tail can also work well. #16-18 Olive nymphs imitating Baetis Vagans are also a good choice now, they are active. Early Black & Early Brown Stoneflies (sz 12-16), Pheasant Tails (sz 12-18), olive/green caddis larva (sz 8-16), cased caddis larva (sz 8-16), midge larva/pupa (sz 16-20, especially in red), attractor nymphs (sz 12-18 in Red Headed Stepchild, Copper Johns, blue Lightning Bugs, Yellow Prince, Rainbow Warrior, and egg flies (sz 10-18) are still a good choice. Don't be afraid to fish some some gaudier/flashy/attractor-type nymphs, the trout sometimes show a preference for them, doubly true for recently stocked trout.

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