Lots of inquiries of "are you fishable?", and the answer is yes. Flow only came up about 200cfs in the C&R/TMA section on Sunday (all from the Still River), peaked yesterday afternoon, and is steadily dropping. Upstream in Riverton, from the dam down to the junction of the Still River the flow is the same as it's been- clear & medium at 321cfs, and downstream in the Catch & Release/TMA area the total flow is 533cfs and going down. Clarity in TMA/C&R section is at least 3.5-4 feet and increasing as of 3:30pm Monday, fishable for sure. Good #16-18 Sulfurs again last night (best hatching activity in TMA was in last hour of daylight) along with lots of Blue Wing Olives (sz 20-24). Mornings are still bringing plenty of Winter Caddis, and the Mid-day is bringing Sulphurs on our colder upper stretches of the river. If you like tossing streamers, today would also be a good one to do that before the water goes totally clear.
Another big brown, this one at 20.5", deceived by my friend Dave Surowiecki. This was caught yesterday afternoon on a Sulfur dry. Look at the giant tail on that trout, I bet that was a great fight with a big motor like that. The clipped adipose fine and red dye mark behind the left eye show it to be a Two Year Old brown stocked in 2012, making it a 5 year old fish that held over for 3 seasons. Another Farmington River Survivor Strain success story- thanks CT DEEP fisheries!
Check out the cool new Green Weenies Don tied for us on Umpqua Competition jig hooks with tungsten beads- look deadly!
Sulfur hatches are cranking now, hatching in all areas, upstream all the way up to the dam in Riverton now,
and down through Unionville and even below that. Make sure to have
matching patterns in nymphs (Pheasant Tails
in #16-18 normally work great), emergers, duns & spinners. While it
is traditionally an evening hatch, we've seen them coming off as early a
1pm some days. The closer you get to the dam, the more "evening
hatches" tend to come off & end earlier in the day. Nature loves to
rules, and cold tailwaters such as this one can make traditional hatch
calendars wrong at moments. Evening Sulfur spinner falls can brings some
pigs to the surface. Still lots of Tan Caddis around too.
Isonychia are starting to appear
downriver in the Canton through Unionville stretch (a few, not a lot
yet), and even a few (not many yet) popping in the TMA/C&R section. It's not really a
full-blown hatch yet, but soon. In the C&R section, Winter/Summer
Caddis #18-22 have been
hatching well early morning to 11am, with
adults on the water in the late afternoon and evening. Sulfurs
#16-18 are on the water from late afternoon until dark.
Blue Wing Olives
#18-24 have also been out in good numbers at moments, especially when
Caddis #14-18 in both tan & olive/green body body colors have been
strong- the tan ones seem to be the dominant color now, but check
body color because it can be the difference between a great day and a
slow one. And FYI, they ALL look tan in the air until you catch one and
turn it upside down. Lt Cahills & March Browns #10-14 are showing up
from mid afternoon and on. March
Brown Spinners (sz 10-12), Rusty Spinners (18-20), and Sulpher Spinners
(sz 16-18) are on the water toward dark.
Caddis Pupa & Larva in both tan & olive/green #14-18, Hare's Ear
soft hackles #12-16, Golden Stoneflies #6-12, Pheasant Tails #14-20,
March Brown Nymphs #10-14, Fox Squirrel Nymph #10-14, Prince
Nymph #12-18. We are seeing 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, use matching nymphs in #6-10 right now, and focus on the
faster, rocky water where they live & emerge from. 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.
has just received a huge closeout of Hardy Zenith and Hardy Proaxis X
fly rods- these are literally flying out the door, so don't wait or they
will all be gone. As anyone who has been in earshot of me over the last
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