Pretty 19" Farmington brown by my buddy Alain Barthelemy this week. In case you were wondering what it was feeding on, this one had actual trout eggs in it's mouth! Conditions for this weekend look very angler-friendly: total flow in permanent Catch & Release section is 213cfs total flow (125cfs from dam in Riverton). Going to be balmy 68 degrees today, feels more like September. Weekend will see more seasonable highs in the 50's, no rain at all. Both streamers & nymphs are top choices right now if you don't have rising fish. Fall trout get aggressive on streamers, and with spawning time at hand trout are seeing eggs.
have had some great
afternoon hatches of Blue Wing Olives #22-24 this past week along with
Rusty Spinners in matching sizes. Winter Caddis #20-24 have been a light
hatch most mornings. In the afternoons look for
Tan Caddis #16-18, October Caddis #10-14 and
Isonychia #12-14. Effective nymphs include Yellow Stoneflies
#8-16, Black Stoneflies 8-14, Fox Squirrel Nymph #12, Egg Flies #12-18 (yellow, pink, orange),
Squirmy Worms #10-14 (red, tan, pink), Hot Spot Baetis
#16-20, Blue Wing Olive #16-22, Rainbow Warrior #16-18,
Tan Caddis Pupa #14-16, Green/Olive Caddis Larva #14-16, Pheasant
Tails #16-22, Prince
Nymph #12-14. Play with colors on your streamers, lately some of the
better ones have been olive, yellow, and brown.
Nothing lighter than 2-3x on your streamers, and go heavier if you are
tossing big ones. 5x fluoro is a good average for your nymphs, and 5x-7x tippet for your dries (depending upon size). Long tippets help with both dries & nymphs: it will give you "S" curves to get a drag-free float with dries, and it will sink faster & with less weight when nymphing.
Don's Beginner Fly Tying Course on 11/14
& 11/21 is almost full, so sign up ASAP if you want in. Call
860-379-1952 to reserve a spot. From now until April 2016, we close at 5pm every day. Our
rental apartment is now closed for the season, and will be available
again starting in April 2015.