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.
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
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
Tails #14-18, small Egg Flies, Squirmy Worms, Rainbow Warriors #16-18,
Hot Spot Nymphs #14-16 & Stoneflies #8-14 (brown, black,
Most of our Farmington trout are in winter
(slow to medium speed water with some depth). Skip the
faster water and focus on pools, deeper pockets, moderate riffles, and deeper
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
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.