Looks like the offspring of local guide Zach St. Amand didn't fall far from the tree- here is one of his sons holding a trophy Farmington River brown trout they teamed up on. Today, Friday, looks beautiful with sunshine and a high of 63, Saturday looks great too with a high of 59, nice and sunny, not windy at all today or Saturday. The brown trout in the Farmington are more than 3/4 of the way through spawning season and are falling for well placed nymphs and chasing streamers. As we enter late November & December, the bigger trout are post-spawn & hungry, and can often be enticed to eat a big streamer fished at first light or the end of the day (low-light periods, overcast or rainy days too). Please keep your eyes out for redds- these are the light colored areas in shallow gravelly riffles where trout dig out their spawning beds (tails of pools are typical locations). If you walk on the redds, you will crush the eggs & future wild trout.
The Farmington is running 87cfs through the permanent Catch &
Release area/TMA (59cfs at USGS Riverton gauge, plus additional 28cfs from the Still River)- we are still low, but fishable for sure and fishing well at moments for many anglers. Longer leaders, smaller flies, and a stealthy approach will help to catch trout when flows are down. The MDC did their fall trout
stocking last week. This batch was stocked in the upper river
from the Goodwin Dam in Riverton downstream to Whitemore Pool. The
main hatch for November is the Blue Wing Olive sz 22-26 and the trout
have been rising well to them throughout the afternoons, along with
lighter numbers of Tan Caddis sz 16-18 and Isonychia sz 12-14. Streamers
are catching a lot of trout currently, try yellow,
olive, white and black, all colors have their moments of superiority so
play around. The egg bite is still in full swing, so make sure to fish
small egg patterns.
Nymphwise: Caddis Pupa (tan, brown) and small nymphs (Midges, Baetis,
Quasimodo Pheasant Tails, Hot Spot Attractors, etc.) remain top producers, but the egg bite is in
full swing, so make sure to have some egg flies (small Glo Bugs/Sucker
Spawn/Otter Eggs) in your arsenal. Although smaller nymphs have been more
consistent than bigger ones, don't rule out Stonefly Nymphs in #8-14
(brown, golden/yellow, black), sometimes they will pull bigger fish.
We currently have an unusually large amount used rods & reels in the
store due to some major trades and purchases, many are not listed on our
website, so make sure to stop by and check them out. The unlisted items
are for walk-in customers only, not mail/phone order. We do this for a
couple of reasons: 1) it's not feasible or profitable for us to list and
ship the most inexpensive used tackle on our website, and 2) most of
the unlisted items show a little more wear so we prefer you can handle
them before purchasing.
has recently acquired a ton of Simms closeouts that are now on
sale. There is a huge selection of Mens
& Womens: Gore-tex jackets, packs, slings, shirts, pants, tee
shirts, and a few shoes/wading boots/waders. Sizes are limited (the
Men's is mostly in Large, and the Women's is all in Medium) and there
only a couple of each item so when they are gone they are gone.
We are 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.
If you like our fishing report, please consider buying your gear from
us. We generally ship the same day, for free anywhere in the country on
all but the smallest orders. Our shop can only exist with your patronage.