Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday 8/16/15 Report- Tricos in C&R section

Tricos are now upstream at least as far as the lower/middle Catch & Release section (through Church Pool, and quite possibly further up by now but I'm not positive)- they've been hatching down in Collinsville for a week and a half. This is a very early morning hatch- be in place no later than 6am, and it's usually done by mid-morning. They average a #24. The Farmington is 283cfs and clear through the Catch & Release area (TMA)- this is a very angler friendly water level. I fished Wednesday from about mid afternoon until dark with Mandy. We started in the C&R/TMA section, and picked up fish in the faster water on smaller nymphs (#16-18). I started seeing some Isonychia trickling off in late afternoon, so I chopped off my pair of weighted nymphs and tied on a big Iso emerger. The result was this perfect specimen of a female brown trout- big/perfect fins, no clipped adipose, colorful, fat & healthy. Caught in calf-deep riffle water. I thought I was throwing to a 12" fish when I saw her rise, so she was a nice surprise. We ended the day in Riverton, and picked up some more trout on nymphs in the riffled water. Water temps in Riverton at the day's end was 58 degrees. C&R section temps have been peaking in the 60's of late.  -Torrey

Currently, the most rising activity will typically come from before daybreak to noon & after 5pm. Afternoons will see the least bug activity, but you can catch trout on midges, beetles & ants if you move around and look for rising fish- don't neglect banks and shadelines. You can also blind fish the riffled water. Morning hatches (Needhami & Summer/Winter Caddis) are still good. Tricos are finally hatching in early to mid AM, and they are going in the Catch & Release ad through Peoples State Forest. Isonychia are coming off in the C&R section, generally best after 5pm- look for them to hatch in the faster, broken water, NOT in the smooth pool water. Blue Wing Olives #20-24 and cream colored Summer Stenos #20 are hatching in the from late afternoon through later evening. Tan Caddis #16-20 (mostly toward the smaller sizes) are hatching sporadically, especially mid/late mornings, and in the evening. They are most active in riffled water, not so much the slow/flat stuff. And don't forget about #22-28 Midges, they hatch 12 months a year and often responsible for those midday sippers that are so difficult to catch. A pupa pattern dropped 1 foot off a visible/buoyant dry will sometimes fool them, try also the classic Griffith's Gnat.

Many of you ask were the big trout are.... the answer is everywhere and where you are not. The best trout have grown big by avoiding the easy places to be caught. In general they will be on the bank away from a major access to the river. and in areas that are hard to get to but provide protection. A spot where a big trout will reside usually has a big trout there year after year so if you catch one there.... it or its brother will be there in the future. If you are nymphing with a 2 fly rig, make sure one of your nymphs is small, as in #18-20 (#16 can be small enough if tied on a shorter shank scud style hook). This time of year when flows are at normal summer levels (say 150-350cfs ), the trout really key into smaller nymphs, as that is what is mainly available. The exceptions would be Isonychia & Stoneflies, they are both bigger bugs. Also, nymphing the broken, faster water will greatly outproduce nymphing the softer, slower runs. Focus on medium to fast choppy water, and don't neglect the calf to knee-deep sections. Currently effective nymphs include: Hot Spot Nymphs #14-20, #10 Tungsten Carotene Jig, Wade's Clinger Nymph #14-16, Olive nymphs #16-20, Yellow Sparkle Prince #14-18, Sulfur Nymph #16-18, Rainbow Warrior #16-18, Caddis Pupa & Larva in both tan & olive/green #10-18 (#14-18 on the pupa), Jig nymphs #10-16, Pheasant Tails #16-20, Isonychia Nymphs #10-12, Fox Squirrel Nymph #10-14, Prince Nymph #10-18.

The brand new Scott Meridian saltwater rods arrived at UpCountry (we have #7-10 in the rack), and to say they are impressive is an understatement. They won Best of Show in their category at the recent annual Fly Tackle Dealer/ICAST show. They are in the same vein as the popular Scott Radian series, in that they have tremendous power and are very castable, without being pool cues. They are exceptionally light in the hand, with blanks so thin in the butt section they look more like trout rods. Scott uses cutting edge technology to create a rod that has an incredibly fast recovery rate to generate line speed, as opposed to just making a stiffer rod that takes more effort to cast and has no feel. I was super impressed when I picked them up. Come by and cast one and tell us what you think.