The state stocked the permanent Catch & Release/TMA with thousands of adult & yearling Survivor Strain brown trout on 4/21, and the big fat Two Year Olds (14-18"+) will go in this week on Wednesday 4/26. In fact last week, literally the entire river from the dam in Riverton down to the Rt 4 bridge in Farmington was stocked. There are literally trout everywhere. Last week the fishing really turned on, and not just because the whole river was stocked- many above average holdover and even some wild trout were landed both in and out of the permanent TMA/C&R. It's a combination of rising water temps, bug activity, and dropping flows. We are seeing more & more bugs on mild afternoons including Hendricksons (downriver now, bug should be going in TMA/C&R by this weekend if not sooner), Blue Wing Olives, small dark Caddis, Midges, Early Stoneflies, etc. As I mentioned above, Hendricksons are hatching downriver, and a few have been spotted in the permanent C&R. Downriver is a legitimate hatch, and if you give it a few days, it should be a fishable hatch in the C&R/TMA. We get 5 consecutive days in the 70s from Thursday through Monday, and that should really get things going.
Total flow in the permanent Catch & Release is a normal 405 cfs, with 262 cfs from the Goodwin/Hogback Dam in Riverton, and the Still River adding another 143 cfs below Riverton. Water temps in the permanent Catch & Release/TMA have been reaching into the low 50's on a daily basis in the afternoons. Riverton (above the Still River) is still averaging low/mid 40s.
|A beautiful over 20" brown caught by Kevney Moses|
There is more and more bug activity everyday, with the bulk of it in the afternoons: Baetis/Blue Wing Olives #16-18, Hendricksons #12-14 (downriver, but very soon in TMA), Early Stones #12-16, Midges #20-26, and a few Paraleps/Blue Quills sz 18, plus assorted dark Caddis. If you find mayflies hatching & rising trout, emergers will usually outfish traditional dun dry flies. Caddis Larva #12-16, Hendrickson nymphs #12-14, Frenchies #16-18, Quasimodo Pheasant Tails #12-18, Attractor Nymphs, Mops, San Juan Worms/Squirmies, Green Weenies, Egg Flies and bigger Stonefly nymphs #8-12 are still working well. Streamers have been very effective on both the fresh stocked trout and also the big holdover and wild fish. Experiment with colors & retrieves to find what will attract the trout.