Spectacular brown (looks wild to me) caught this past week by guide Zach St. Amand. UpCountry is asking anglers to use common sense when fishing on the Farmington for the next few weeks. The river south of Route 219 in New Hartford is too warm to fish without overstressing the trout so please stay on the upper end of the river. Please follow these guidelines when fishing on the river: New Hartford to Peoples State Forest are ok to fish during the morning before the heat of the day warms the water but by afternoon you should be fishing the upper miles of the Farmington below the Goodwin Dam where the river is maintaining a 60 degree temperature. The Goodwin Dam increased flow last night giving us 82cfs from the dam and 95cfs through the catch and release area this should help keep the trout comfortable but do not expect much more until the Fall rains come. The state (DEEP) has closed all tributaries to the Farmington from New Hartford and downriver through Collinsville/Unionville so that they can act as thermal refuges to any trout seeking colder water to survive. You are not allowed to fish within 100ft of the mouth of any brook or stream that enters the river. In our opinion this does not go far enough... please refrain from fishing altogether south of New Hartford unless you are targeting smallmouth. Lets give the trout on the lower river a break.... its only a few weeks until cooler temperatures.
Tricos spinners #22-26 have been falling all week in batches starting around 6am and ending mid-morning. They are hatching in the permanent Catch & Release area and
are up at least as far as Pipeline/Roberts/Whittemore. Summer/Winter Caddis are still an AM hatch, averaging
#20-22. Late morning through has afternoon few hatches, but you
can still rise some trout by fishing beetles, ants, Stimulators, and, Mini Chernobyls. -
drop a small beadhead nymph 1-2' below the bigger flies to maximize your chances.
Nymphing the faster/deeper water is your highest percentage midday
tactic, and with the exception of Stoneflies #8-14 and Isonychia
#10-14, think small, as in nymphs #16-22. With the water so low, you can
eliminate a lot of slower & shallower stretches. Nymphers should
target medium to fast water with some chop to it. And remember, depth is
a relative thing when the flow is this low- 18-24" of riffled water is
plenty deep enough to hold a very nice trout. Be careful with your
approach to low water trout- don't spook them before they even get a
chance to see your fly.
Evenings will see
Isonychia #10-14 (hatching in the fast water), Blue
Winged Winged Olives #20-26, Rusty Spinners #18-26, Caddis #16-22 (tan,
black, olive), Light Cahills/Summer Stenos #14-22, and Midges #22-28.
see many of the same bugs,
though with the colder water there the Tricos haven't arrived upstream
yet. Evening fishing often kicks off earlier in Riverton, also due to
the cooler water near the dam.
New Sage & Redington rods have arrived at the store: the hot new
Sage X (replaces the ONE), the new version of the Sage ESN, and the
Redington Trout Spey rods in 2-4wts are all in stock and online as well.
We still have a bunch of both demo & new Sage ONE's, Circa's and
ESN's on sale, priced to
sell. Current stock is listed
on our website if you can't make it in to the store. Our George Daniel
Nymph & Streamer Clinics are coming up in September & October
and are full except for the October streamer class- you can still put
you name on the wait list, and we will likely have him back in 2017.
George is one of the premier nymph and streamer
fisherman for our generation so don't miss an opportunity to learn from
the best. Give us a call to reserve a spot.
Summertime Fishing Advice:
The trout have been getting caught
& released for months, the water is the lowest of the year. Lower
flows means it is easier to spook the trout, so a stealthy
approach can be very important, especially on flat water pools and trout
laying in skinny lies.
Trout sipping bugs on flat water requires using better techniques to
drift the fly. Use a Reach Cast, which helps present
your fly to the fish before your leader, and also usually makes it
easier to get a drag-free float. Longer leaders (12' and up to 15' +),
lighter lines (#2-4), lighter
tippets, smaller flies, proper fly selection, accurate casts, and
drag-free presentations are the keys to unlocking the puzzle. Many
anglers think they are getting a drag-free float, when in reality they
are getting micro-drag they cannot see. Longer tippets & shorter
casts will help give you a natural, drag-free presentation, and as flies
get smaller you need to lighten your tippet. For all but the biggest
dries, think 6x & even 7x tippet (for tiny flies like the #24 Tricos
for example), for Isonychia and big foam terrestrials you can do 5x
and even 4x (it's a bigger, more wind resistant fly, and you are usually
fishing it in the fast water). If it's not too windy and you are
able to turn your dry fly over, lengthening your tippet out to 3 or even
4 feet will do wonders for reducing drag, it will give you the same
effect as dropping down 1-2 tippet sizes.
For nymphers, some of the same advice for the dry fly guys applies to
you too. Longer leaders (12' or even longer, Euro-style nymphers often
use 30+ foot leaders or pure mono set-ups), accurate casts, and
drag-free floats are all
very important. While there are exceptions (#6-12 Stonefly nymphs &
#10-12 Isonychia nymphs), I frequently find smaller nymphs (no bigger
#16-20 patterns if tied on short-shank curved scud hooks, and #18-22 if
tied on standard hooks) to be the key to success many days in July,
August & September. Many of the natural bugs are smaller this time
of year, and our highly pressured trout seem less suspicious of smaller
flies too. Use a two fly rig with a bigger fly, but make your second
pattern something SMALL. If one of your flies is gaudy, flashy or has a
hot-spot, make sure your second pattern is drabber & more natural
(maybe beadless or with a black or brown bead instead of a shiny gold,
copper or silver one). Usually 5x fluorocarbon tippet is light enough,
but sometimes in pressured spots (like Church Pool) I'll go down to 6x,
especially if it's sunny, the water is low, and the flies are small. If
you like TroutHunter fluoro tippet, they do in-between sizes: 4.5x, 5.5x
& 6.5x- I use the 5.5x a lot in the summertime, and so do some of
the guides. Lots of trout pile
into FAST water in the summer, so make sure to make some casts there.
Big Stones, many Caddis larva/pupa, and certain Mayflies all live in
faster water, so put your flies where the food (and the trout) are.
UpCountry is always looking for good trade-in fly rods and reels to sell on our
website. If you are looking for some new equipment we will gladly put
the value of your used gear toward new items in our store. Give us a
call to make an appointment.... our prices on trade ins are typically
higher than found anywhere else.
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