Friday, July 3, 2015

Saturday 7/4/15 Report - Happy 4th of July!.... we are open today, conditions are great.

The Farmington is currently about 325cfs from the dam in Riverton, downstream to the confluence of the Still River. Downstream of Riverton and through the Catch & Release area, the river is 480cfs, clear and dropping. This is a medium, very fishable level. We weathered recent rain much better than other areas of the Northeast. Fished 6pm to dark in the TMA Thursday to a nice hatch of Blue Wing Olives #18, mixed with Isonychia #10-12, Sulphurs #16 & #18, Cream Cahill #14, and adult Tan Caddis #18. The trout were rising steadily throughout the evening and despite the mix of bugs continued to feed on the Blue Wing Olives (BWOs) until sundown with only one trout coming to net on a Sulphur and the rest on the BWOs. The DEEP stocked for the Fourth of July on Wednesday. Winter/Summer Caddis #18-22 have been hatching early morning to 11am, with adults on the water in the late afternoon and evening -Grady

Check out this BIG brown caught by Tommy Baranowski of CT Fish Guides.  What a beauty, caught this week on a streamer when the flow was up. Notice the perfect fins & great color, the pectorals on this fish are huge. Still plenty of big fish being caught on dries, nymphs, streamers & wets. Just have to match the correct technique to the moment/conditions.

Subsurface: Hot Spot Nymphs, Yellow Sparkle Prince #14-16, Caddis Pupa & Larva in both tan & olive/green #14-16, Pheasant Tails #14-20, Isonychia Nymphs #10-12, 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.  -Torrey

 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