Monday, January 25, 2016

Tuesday 1/26/16 Report- Great Week for Fishing.

A beautiful Farmington River brown from this past weekend, caught by Andy Lyons one of many caught & released in the afternoon, mostly on beadhead Midges.  This week sees air temperatures in the 40s, so its time to go fishing.

One spot left in Steve Culton's tying class on this Saturday January 30th "Wet Flies and Fuzzy Nymphs for the Farmington River", call the store to register at 860-379-1952. You can go to "Events" for a more detailed description.

The Farmington is currently 184cfs from the Goodwin Dam in Riverton, downstream to the confluence of the Still River, 70cfs from the Still River. Total flow in the permanent Catch & Release area is around 250cfs. This is a very nice winter level, water clarity is excellent. The Winter Caddis #20-24  hatch has improved and is providing some decent dry fly fishing for a few hours in the morning. Typically the hatch is an early to mid morning deal, but that can vary depending upon the day, with winged adults often on the water after the hatch in late morning/early afternoon. On warmer afternoons we are seeing Midges #22-32 with some trout feeding on the surface in the larger pools. Our hardcore nymphing crew has been doing well with Zebra Midges #16-20 (black, red), Green/Olive Caddis Larva #14-16, Cased Caddis #12-14, Quasimodo Pheasant Tails #14-18, small Egg Flies, Squirmy Worms, Rainbow Warriors #16-18, Hot Spot Nymphs #14-16 & Stoneflies #8-14 (brown, black, golden/yellow).

Most of our Farmington trout are in winter lies (slow to medium speed water with some depth). Skip the faster water and focus on pools, deeper pockets, moderate riffles, and deeper runs. Look for fish around current edges, drop-offs & structure; anywhere there is a break from the faster current combined with some depth. Trout are cold blooded so in the winter they don't have to eat as much and conserve energy by laying in slower water. They will often pod up this time of year, so where you find one, there may be a bunch more. Nymph slow & deep and expect strikes to be subtle. Get your streamers well down into the water column using weight or sinking lines and don't fast strip them, but rather swing, twitch, and slow retrieve them. Winter trout like their streamers slow, deep & easy to catch.

Rich Strolis' new book "Catching Shadows- Tying Flies for the Toughest Fish and Strategies for Fishing Them" has just arrived. It covers 20 of his best original fly patterns, the rationale for developing the fly and how/when to fish it. He will be doing a book signing at UpCountry on February 7th, noon to 3pm.

Aaron Jasper is doing a tying class on Saturday March 5th on "Tying Weighted Euro Anchor Flies", see "Events/Classes" page for more info.

Our apartment is now closed for the season, and will be available again starting April 1st.

We are stocked up on Squirmy Worms again, we had run out of red, perhaps the best worm color of all. Other colors all have their moments too, such as Pink and natural Worm Tan. Some customers swear by the Squirmies, some swear AT them.....haha.

Wade Schools tied up some very effective larva to match both the Winter Caddis & Black Caddis Larva. Both have yellow to orange bodies, despite the adults being totally different colors. I don't often stomach pump trout, but on more than one occasion I've found these small yellowish larva in them.