Shaggy (Tymon) with another really nice Farmington River brown trout, caught Thursday morning. Said he also lost a beast that straightened his hook. Check out all our winter tying classes, we have a lot going on for 2017. Looks like we are back to average/normal winter weather now, with highs averaging in the mid 30's through the weekend. Look for this to pick the morning Winter Caddis hatch back up (they hatch best after cooler nights in the 20's or teens). Nymphing has been the best overall producer of late, but still getting good streamer reports, and fish are eating on top at moments. Total flow is currently a normal 285cfs total in the permanent Catch & Release/TMA/C&R in Pleasant Valley/New Hartford (74cfs at USGS Riverton gauge, plus 211cfs from the Still River)- river remains low & fishable in Riverton, and medium downstream from the Still River and in the permanent C&R. Look for water temps in the 30's (mid to late afternoon water temps will be the highest).
Hatches currently include Winter Caddis (mornings primarily, sometimes
into early afternoon), and Midges (typically afternoons). Hatching
activity has ranged from very light to pretty good, depending upon the
day and location.
Devin Olsen's & Lance Egan's new "Modern Nymphing" DVD's arrived at UpCountry this week- I've personally
previewed it, and they did a great job, with clear instruction and
excellent cinematography (filmed by Gilbert Rowley of flytying123.com-
excellent website, check it out). Devin & Lance are 2 of the top
members of Flyfishing Team USA- both scored an individual bronze medal
in the World Flyfishing Championships in 2015/2016 respectively, and
both years Team USA also garnered team medals (bronze & silver), so
you could say these two are legit, truly world class anglers who have
held their own against the best in the world (historically France,
Spain, Czech Republic, and Poland). Devin's website is
tacticalflyfisher.com if you want to check it out and watch a DVD
preview, he also has many insightful fly tying & fly fishing
articles on there.
The new book "Nymphing The New Way: French leader fishing for trout"
is finally back in stock again- it focuses on Euro-style nymphing using
very long leaders, which is deadly indeed. The first batch sold out in a
week or two. Keep your eye out for "Nymph Masters" by Jason Randall
coming out in early March, and "Keystone Fly Fishing" (covering PA in
detail by local guides/experts) will be available by early February.
We still have some availability in Aaron Jasper's 2/4/17 "Fly Tying
Outside the Box" and 2/25/17 "Dry/Dropper Tying & Fishing" classes.
Rich Strolis' "Tying Streamers for
Everday" on February 11 is almost full now. Call
860-379-1952 to sign up for any of these classes, see "Classes, News & Reviews" for more
Pat Torrey has limited availability his February "Tying the Wet Fly
& Soft-Hackle" two-day class, see "Classes" page for info, call
store at 860-379-1952 to sign up before it totally fills. We also just
posted up a Steve Culton class for Sunday February 5th, "Tying
Farmington River Favorites"- it runs 9am-1pm, leaving you plenty of time
to go to your Super Bowl Party & watch the big game.
Angles who are moving around and covering water and hitting multiple spots and bouncing between techniques are giving us the best fishing reports. Don't be a stick-in-the-mud, move and keep showing your flies to new
fish and your catch rates will improve. Morning Winter Caddis hatches sz 18-24 should pick up now that we are back to normal winter weather (they hatch best after cold nights). We've also been
seeing Midges sz 24-32 some afternoons. Regardless of whether you find risers,
consistently productive if you know how to do it, and slowly/deeply
fished streamers are also picking up fish (sometimes bigger trout).
FYI the water from the
dam runs slightly warmer in the
colder in the summer), and so normally does not to freeze or slush-up
in the upper 2 miles or so, even during really cold snaps. Often,
especially on sunny days, if there is morning slush in the
permanent Catch & Release are, it clears out by lunchtime.
Winter water temps will typically be in the 30's, depending upon
weather, time of day, and distance from dam- it can crack into the lower
40's during warming trends.
This means trout have mostly dropped out of faster water and moved
into their deeper, slow to moderate current winter lies. Colder water
leads to a
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
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- browns are post-spawn & hungry now,
looking to bulk up. 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
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-drifted down deep the most
flies, good patterns include: smaller nymphs sz 16-22 (Midges, Baetis/BWOs,
Tails, Hot Spot Attractors, Rainbow Warriors, etc.), Caddis Larva sz
14-18 (olive/green), and Perdigones #14-20 (black, olive, brown,
yellow). Egg patterns are often very effective in the winter, 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.
The state & the FRAA both stocked the upper seasonal Catch &
Release section last fall also. Close to 4,500 trout were stocked in the
upper 4 miles of river in fall of 2016.
Simms Headwater Waders are now $249.99.... $100 off. Only a few pairs left!
UpCountry acquired a ton of Simms closeouts that are on
sale. There is still a large selection of Men's
& Women's: 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.Simms Tee Shirts
size large are buy one get one free.
We have a limited selection of Simms &
Umpqua Packs and Vests 40% off. In addition to these items, UpCountry
will price match just about any sale or deal you can find on the
internet.... we appreciate your business and recognize that sometimes a
deal will pop up online that you can't resist.... just bring it to our
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.