A colorful December Farmington River brown trout by Mike Steeves. Many stop trout fishing as soon as it gets cold, but trout can be caught here 12 months a year on nymphs, streamers, and even dry flies at moments.
FYI the new book "Nymphing The New Way: French leader fishing for trout" is now in stock at UpCountry, and it looks really good.
Flow is low & very fishable, but not as low as a few weeks ago- 107cfs and slowly dropping in the permanent Catch & Release/TMA in
Pleasant Valley/New Hartford as of this morning (53cfs at USGS gauge at
Riverton Rt 20/Hitchcock/Self Storage bridge, plus 54cfs from the Still
River). Hatches include: Winter Caddis sz 18-24 in
the mornings, Blue Winged
Olives sz 24-28 in the afternoons, and Midges sz 24-32 in the afternoon. Water temps will typically range from
mid 30's to upper 30's now that winter temps are here, depending upon weather, time of day, and distance from dam.
This means trout will drop out of faster water and move
into their slow to moderate current winter lies. Colder water leads to a slower
trout metabolism, which means they don't need to eat as much. They
look to conserve energy by holding in water with less current, that also
has some depth (for security). However, they will often move into moderate
riffles at the pool heads to feed on nymphs/pupa/larva when sunshine raises the water temps at midday, which both increases their metabolism and gets the bugs more active.
are still catching fish, especially during low-light
conditions- most (but not all) browns are post-spawn & hungry now, looking to bulk up before winter goes into full effect. Experiment with colors & retrieves to
find what's best at any given moment (it changes). I would also try to
make your presentations mostly slow & deep due to the cooler water temps,
both swinging and slow retrieves are good choices. The hot streamer rig
has been a weighted streamer with a soft-hackle or nymph trailed off the
hook bend 18" behind . Typically the smaller trailing fly
catches most of the trout, but some days the streamer does most
of the business. This rig allows you to cover a lot of water and present
your nymphs/wets in water that would normally be hard to nymph.
water temps typically make nymphs dead-drfited down deep the most consistently effective
flies, good patterns include: smaller nymphs sz 16-22 (Midges, Baetis,
Tails, Hot Spot Attractors, Rainbow Warriors, etc.) and Caddis Pupa sz
16-18 (tan, brown)
and Larva sz 14-16 (olive/green). Egg patterns are
very effective, 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 sz 8-14 (brown, golden/yellow, black), sometimes they will pull
The MDC did their fall trout
stocking in early November. This batch was stocked in the upper river
from the Goodwin/Hogback Dam in Riverton downstream to Whittemore Pool.
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