Saturday, July 18, 2015

Saturday 7/18/15- BIG brown

And yet another big fish- this trophy brown was caught Friday afternoon by Jason Miano on a nymph. Not measured, I'd estimate it somewhere in the mid 20" range, a fish that would be better measured in pounds- I'd have to guess it at close to 5 pounds, give or take, could be heavier than that. He also landed a 19 incher. People are literally bringing me big fish pix faster than I can post them! Good problem to have. While nymphers catch more than their share of  big fish, a lot of hefty trout have been getting landed on dries lately, especially Isonychia patterns. Today will be cloudy with a 20% chance of rain later, this will make it a good one to toss some medium to large streamers in search of big carnivore trout. Overcast is also great for Blue Wing Olive hatches & Iso's. Good fishing day, the big fish should be out of hiding & feeding.

Thursday I saw plenty of  #10-12 Iso's (Isonychia) hatching, heaviest from about 4:30 to 7pm, and fish in the fast water everywhere were making explosive rises to them. This is probably my all-time favorite hatch, it fishes well with dries, nymphs & wets, and it gets big fish feeding on top in the daylight, often in fast, shallow water.

We just put out a bunch of closeout Hardy & Scientific Angler fly lines on the sale table, check 'em out.

The river is 321cfs from the dam in Riverton, 372cfs through the Catch & Release area and dropping- this is an excellent, medium level. Water temps have been cool, enabling you to fish from the dam all the way down to at least Unionville. Depending upon distance from dam, time of day and daily weather, water temps have been running high 40's to low 60's. Winter/Summer Caddis #18-22 have been a moderate hatch early morning to 11am, with adults on the water in the late afternoon and evening. Blue Wing Olives (BWOs) have been  a major hatch in the evenings, averaging a #18-20, with smaller ones on the water at moments too. Have a #18-20 rusty spinner ready to match the BWO spinners right before dark (unlike the olive duns, the spent adults change to a rusty color). Sulfurs are hatching well upriver, but getting lighter as you go downriver. Ants & Beetles are working well during the day. Streamers are effective during low-light conditions (early & late or cloudy/rainy days), play with color, size & presentation for best results. You can also try pounding shady banks with them in the daytime- look for cut banks, downed trees, overhanging limbs, big rocks, etc.     -Torrey

We will be adding lots of closeout, demo, and used rods to the website this week as time permits. Believe it or not, another tackle season is upon us and new products trickle in starting around the end of the month so we have to make room and clear out the old. All of the clearance items will begin appearing today on the Used Gear & Specials page.

Effective nymphs include: Hot Spot Nymphs #14-18, Wade's Clinger Nymph #14-16, Yellow Sparkle Prince #14-18, Sulfur Nymph #16, Caddis Pupa & Larva in both tan & olive/green #12-18, Jig nymphs #10-16, Pheasant Tails #16-20, Isonychia Nymphs #10-12, Fox Squirrel Nymph #10-14, Prince Nymph #10-18 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 (they emerge at night and in the early to mid morning). 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