Pictured is an absolutely perfect brown trout caught this week by Any Lyons . Looks wild to me, and it's a big one. Caught outside of the TMA. A lot of fly fishermen only fish in the TMA/C&R section, and they miss out on a lot of great fishing outside of it. Crowding is generally much less of an issue outside the TMA too. The 2 fish/12" limit they instituted years ago does a good job keeping more fish in the catch & keep sections. In a normal year, my largest trout comes from outside the TMA, and I'm talking holdover/wild trout, not stocked breeders.
The Farmington is currently 360cfs and clear through the catch & release area (220cfs from dam in Riverton down to the Still River). This is a great level for fishing in all areas. Great reports of catches from anglers using Winter/Summer Caddis in the morning and Terrestrials including ants and beetles in the afternoon.
UpCountry has just received a huge closeout of Hardy Zenith and Hardy Proaxis X fly rods. As anyone who has been in earshot of me over the last few years knows, these are my absolutely favorite fly rods. These rods use Sintrix, a technology licensed from 3M which makes them stronger and nearly unbreakable under normal fishing conditions. You can find them in our flyshop or in our online store at a great discount. - Grady
Sulfurs #16-18 and Vitreus #16 have been on the water in the later afternoons and evening catching trout from Unionville through Peoples State Forest- hatch is working it's way further upstream every day. Blue Wing Olives #18-24 have also been out in good numbers, especially when it's cloudy. Caddis #14-18 in both olive/green body and Tan body colors have been strong. Winter/Summer Caddis #18-22 have been hatching well in early mornings in the Catch & Release area early morning to 11am, with adults on the water in the late afternoon and evening. March Browns/Grey Fox #10-14 are showing up from mid afternoon and on. Look for March Brown Spinners (sz 10-12) before dark.
Subsurface, Caddis Pupa & Larva in both olive/green & tan #14-18, Hare's Ear soft hackles #12-16, Golden Stoneflies #6-12, Pheasant Tails #14-20, March Brown/Gray Fox Nymphs #10-14, Fox Squirrel Nymph #10-14, Prince Nymph #12-18. We are starting to see Golden Stonefly nymph husks on the rocks in fast water, so they are active & hatching, and are an especially good nymph choice in the mornings (they crawl out to hatch/emerge at night and in the early to mid mornings) FYI big trout LOVE them. Streamers are working well in the early morning and again toward dark- look for either low light or murky water for best results during this time of the year on the Farmington. Mice, Rats and giant Streamers are working after dusk.
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