Guide Zach St. Amand with a measured 23" brown, on a Sulfur dry at dusk, yowza. Sulfur hatches get big trout all fired up, with both dries & nymphs catching trophies sometimes. Water remains at a beautiful medium level, 319cfs total flow in the permanent C&R section (New Harford/Pleasant Valley), with 258cfs from the dam in Riverton, and 44cfs from the Still River. Water temps are still averaging low/mid 50's in the C&R section - colder than that up near the dam in Riverton (above the Still River, which runs warm), and higher downriver (Collinsville/Unionville) in the late afternoons on warm/sunny days. 10 Day Forecast shows highs in the 70's through Monday, moving into the 80's after that. Long Range lows all average in the 50's, not bad. Sulfur hatches have been good this week. Look for them in the evenings, but... we've been getting reports of afternoon hatches too (#14-16). The cool weather yesterday had everything hatching heavy in the afternoon- Sulfurs, March Brown/Gray Fox, Vitreus, and Caddis. Nymphing remains deadly, with skilled nymphers giving us great reports. We are also seeing March Browns/Gray Fox, assorted Caddis (tan is the dominant one), and Vitreus (Pink Lady).
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Sulfurs are hatching from just below the Still River in Riverton (but not above it yet), all the way down to Unionville & below. Average size is #16, but we are seeing some #14's too. Guide Zach tells me he is seeing the smaller yellow/orange Dorothea Sulfurs (#16-18) down in Collinsville/Unionville. Up in the C&R section I've mainly been seeing what I think are the Invaria, averaging a #16, with some as big as #14. Look for spinner falls at dusk, they bring big trout to the surface. Nymphing with #16 Pheasant Tails & Sulfur nymphs has been effective in the afternoons & evenings.
Browns/Gray Fox #10-14 are still hatching. This is
typically a "trickle hatch" that normally starts mid/late afternoon, one
one there straight through the evening (similar to Isonychia),
typically heaviest in the early evening. FYI they
hatch in faster water, as they live under the rocks in pocket water.
nymphs migrate to the edges about 1 week prior to hatching. You can use a specific nymph pattern
subsurface, or fish a Hare's Ear or Fox Squirrel nymph. Blind
fishing dries in the broken water can work too, as trout will be on the
lookout for them from late
afternoon onward. If you like to fish wet flies/soft-hackles, standing near the shoreline and swinging a March Brown
wet fly back toward the banks can also be very effective when they are
emerging in the latter hatch of the day.
Caddis are all up &
down the river, both #14-18 tan ones & #16-18 green/olive bodied-
they are active from
mid/late morning right into the evening. Larva, pupa, wet
flies/soft-hackles, and dries are all possibilities with the Caddis,
depending upon the time of day and whether they are hatching or
egg-laying. A pupa or soft-hackle hung 12" off the back of a dry can be
deadly when they are rising to Caddis.
Vitreus (aka Pink Lady/Pink
Cahill, Pale Evening Dun, etc.), a #12-16 pseudo
Sulfur-type mayfly, are hatching from anywhere from the Still River
downstream to Unionville and below, they typically hatch between late
afternoon & evening (can be earlier on cooler, cloudier days). In
addition to matching dries like the Usual and others, wets/soft-hackles
work great during that hatch, as the winged dun pops out of the nymph on
the stream bottom & swims to the surface, so a swinging orange or
yellow bodied soft-hackles/wets can be very effective in broken water.
Hare's Ear bodied soft-hackles and Partridge & Green soft-hackles
work great to imitate the Caddis- either swung, dropped under a dry, or
dead-drifted deep in a nymph rig with split shot (or with a weighted nymph).
Most Caddis look tan when in the air, so make sure to catch one
in hand and flip over to look at the body color. When in doubt, try both
colors, the trout will tell you which one they prefer. Tan/light brown,
however, IS the predominant color right now. Nymphing the
medium to fast water with #14-16 Caddis pupa is deadly, and swinging wet
flies/soft-hackles is also very effective when they are both hatching
and egg-laying. Be aware that this bug is frequently is most active in
low-light conditions with
temps (overcast, warm, cloudy/drizzly days can be fantastic), but don't
out midday hatches in the sunshine either, especially on a cold rivers
below dams like on the Farmington River. On really bright sunny days,
Caddis normally get more active when the sun drops low on the horizon
& shadows appear.
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The 6+ mile permanent Catch & Release section
was stocked in late April with 6,000 trout (including 1,000 large Two Year Old
Survivor Strain Farmington River Brown Trout). Many anglers are doing well
few landing larger trout- both recently stocked and holdovers. Move
around if you aren't doing well,
the trout are literally all over. Also play around with techniques,
wets/soft-hackles, nymphs & streamers are all catching at moments.
Don't be afraid to venture outside of the C&R section, there are
plenty of trout literally all over the river. The Two Year Old Farmington
Survivor Strain brown trout that the state stocked in 2016 have a clipped adipose with a
chartreuse green elastomer latex tag behind
their left eye, and they typically average 14-18" are are unusually fat
when stocked. The adults/yearlings are right eye red for 2016, and they
will typically run 6-12". Some of
these will hold over and become, big beautiful trout, so don't complain
while you are catching 6-8" Yearling Survivor Strain browns, they are
future trophies with fantastic genetics and will be extra pretty when
they grow to a larger size.
Nymphing has been a very
consistent way to catch trout when they aren't
rising, and some truly large fish are getting caught on them. Subsurface
effective patterns include: March Brown Nymph #10-14, Caddis Pupa
olive/green, brown), Quasimodo Pheasant
#14-18, Sulfur nymphs #14-16, Olive/green Caddis larva #14-16, Hare's Ear #12-16,
Fox Squirrel #10-14, Triple Threats #14-18, assorted
Soft-Hackles #12-16 (Hare's Ear or green for Caddis pupa, yellow or
orange to imitate Vitreus), Prince Nymphs #14-16, Strolis Rock Candy (olive, green) 10-12, Black
Stoneflies #8-12, Zebra Midges #18-20 (black, olive), and Hot Spot