Monday, May 25, 2015

Monday 5/25/15 Memorial Day Report

We are open today, Monday 5/25, Memorial Day, from 8am until 5pm. Beautiful wild brown caught on a nymph by Andy Lyons yesterday. Plenty of good fishing reports from this weekend, with fish caught on dries, nymphs, wets & streamers. The Farmington is currently 240cfs through the Catch & Release area (204 from dam in Riverton, 36 from the Still River)- this is a medium-low flow, very fishable & easily wadeable. Also a nice level for dry fly fishing, there have been good numbers of fish rising when there are bugs on the water, which has been often. Caddis are the biggest story right now, so have #14-18 patterns in your boxes, both olive/green bodied ones as well as tan- the green/olive ones seem to be the predominate ones at the moment. There was a very good hatch of the green/olive Caddis Sunday about mid-afternoon on Sunday. March Browns/Gray Foxes are hatching well too, they are a sporadic hatch that typically trickles off during the afternoons & eves, they are a nice big bug too. Guide Bruce Marino has had several great days this past week on  green bodied caddis variations. The Winter/Summer Caddis #18-22 have been hatching well in early mornings in the Catch & Release area (TMA- Trout Management Area, normally early to mid mornings), with adults on the water in the afternoon and evening, and pupa very active subsurface in the mornings. Hendrickson Spinners #12-14 are still present in evenings in the Riverton area only (Hitchcock Chair right up to dam, this will be the last weekend for that), and we are getting reports of March Browns up there already (they have been hatching in the TMA for about a week now). Blue Wing Olives duns & emergers #18-24 have been on the river during the day this past week, as well with their spent form..... the Rusty Spinner #18-24 showing in the late afternoon and evening. March Browns/Grey Fox #10-14 are showing up in the late afternoons & eves, along with the start of the Vitreus #16-18 and the larger Sulphurs #16 (Invaria). The Sulfurs are in the TMA, they are not up in Riverton yet.

Trout are being caught on the surface using a combination of Tan & Olive/Green Caddis  #14-18, March Brown/Gray Fox #10-14, Winter Caddis #18-22, Blue Wing Olives #18-24, Mahogany Duns/Blue Quill #16-18, Rusty Spinners #12-24, and Sulfurs #16.

Subsurface, Caddis Pupa & Larva in both olive/green & tan #14-18, Hare's Ear soft hackles #12-16, Golden Stoneflies #8-12, Pheasant Tails #14-20, March Brown/Gray Fox Nymphs #10-14, Fox Squirrel Nymph #10-14, Prince Nymph #12-18. Streamers are working well in the early morning and again toward dark- look for low-light conditions for best results.

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