Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thursday 6/25/15 Report

The Farmington is currently 500cfs and clear going through the Catch & Release area. The Farmington from the dam in Riverton, downstream to the confluence of the Still River is 315cfs. With good weather over the next couple of days it should be great on the river through Saturday. Sulphur hatch #16-18 are out throughout the afternoon and evening. Sulphur Spinners #16-18 are out in quantity from 8:30pm. Terrestrals such as ants & beetles have been producing good catches in the late morning and afternoon. Blue Wing Olives #20-24, Rusty Spinners #20-24 and Lt Cahill #12-14 on the water also along with some remaining March Browns. Isonychia are out in decent numbers downriver in the Canton through Unionville stretch, and a few are popping up here on the upper river. 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.

Another big brown, this one at 20.5" caught by Dave Surowiecki 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!

Subsurface: Hot Spot Nymphs, Yellow Sparkle Prince #14-16, Caddis Pupa & Larva in both tan & olive/green #14-16, Pheasant Tails #14-20, Fox Squirrel Nymph #10-14, Prince Nymph #10-16 are all working well. 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. 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.

 UpCountry 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 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