From now through March, we will be open 8am-5pm 7 days a week.
Flawless brown from this past week by Andy Lyons, one of many.
Total Flow in the permanent Catch & Release (C&R) is 2,562 cfs & dropping fast (322cfs & dropping from the dam, and 2,240cfs & dropping fast from the Still River). The weathermen got it right, and we got a much needed heavy slug of rain yesterday and Sunday night. If you're itchy to fish, Riverton (above the Still River) is medium at just over 300cfs (and dropping) and quite fishable. This big rain should put things back to normal, as there is 1,300+ cfs inflow to Colebrook Reservoir, which has been quite low this fall. The Still River will drop fast and the permanent C&R/TMA should be fishable in a few days. Streamers, Mops, San Juan Worms/Squirmies, Green Weenies and egg flies are all good choices when the flow is up or off-color. We will update this report as the flows come down.
Hatches remain primarlily a mix of Caddis (mostly tan) with smaller numbers of
Isonychia & Blue Wing Olives (BWOs). Caddis are still the heaviest
hatch, but look for BWOs to get heavier in November when colder weather finally rolls in. Don't be afraid to
blind fish Caddis dries in the riffles, it can work quite well at
moments, and it is a fun option if you don't want to nymph. Egg flies
are in the mix now, especially in early/mid morning before the bugs get
active. Small nymphs & Caddis pupa are working underneath. Don't be
afraid to toss some streamers now, especially early and late in the day,
as trout get more aggressive in the fall due to spawning.
Once again we are stocked up on #16 & #18 Hanak jig hooks, and Solarez resin too (it's by far the best resin on the market- cures fast with zero tack, and it's hard & durable). We now carry Adams Built landing nets. Eggstasy yarn
is in stock, and I've used it quite successfully on trout &
steelhead now. I just came back from 2 days of Steelhead fishing at the
Salmon River in NY, so if you have any questions about that fishery or
Steelhead in general, hit me (Torrey) up. We also have the new Hardy Zephrus Ultralite 9' 9" series
of rods, from a #2 up to #5. Think of them as a crossover
tight-line/Euro nymph rod that will also do a very nice job with dry
flies. Although our tent sale is over, we still have many select closeout items on sale from Simms, Korkers and FishPond. We still have some closeout Sage rods & reels, plus some Hardy rods too.
water temps in the 50s throughout the entire river, you
can fish as far downstream as you like- the further you go down, the
less anglers. Some
anglers are targeting the
recently stocked trout in Riverton, while others are chasing holdover
trout in the permanent Catch & Release/TMA and below it, even way
downriver (Collinsville/Unionville). The easiest fishing though is probably upriver in Riverton, where the FRAA
stocked 1,200 trout on 10/10 (mostly 12-14" Brooks & Bows, with
about 20 large Brookies in the mix).
Don Butler's Beginner Fly Tying course
is this November over 2 days (11/11 & 18)- click on "Classes, News
& Reviews" in top website toolbar to see detailed info on it. Call
store at 860-379-1952 to sign up. Still some open spots, but starting to fill up now.
Tan Caddis #14-18 remain the bug we're seeing the most of. The October brood of Isonychia are averaging a #14 or so. Still
seeing a few Lt Cahills/Summer Stenos #12-16 9(eves), and some Blue Wing
Olives #22-26 are hatching in the evening (and on cloudy days), plus some October Caddis
#8-12 (dusk). If you look on the rocks
in fast water, you will still see big Stonefly nymph shucks, as well as
#14-20 Yellow Sally Nymph shucks. Much of the best dry fly
activity has been in the riffles and the
upper end of pools such as Pipeline,
Roberts, Whittemore, People's Forest, Church Pool,
Greenwoods and the Boneyard.
5x-6x flurocarbon tippet should be about right, depending upon fly size.
If you haven't yet tried it, the Cortland Ultra Premium Fuorocarbon
tippet is amazing, by far the strongest out there with the most abrasion
resistance, stretch, flexibility & clarity. Total game-changer, and
an extra-good choice if you like to nymph with lighter tippets. Use
patterns like Tan Caddis
Pupa #14-18, big Stoneflies #6-12 &
Pat's Rubber Legs #6-10
(especially in the mornings), Antoine's Perdigons #16 (various colors),
Egg Flies #10-18
(yellow/pink/orange), Yellow Sally Nymph
#14-18, Attractor nymphs
#14-20 (Frenchies #14-18, Egan's Red
Dart #14-16, Rainbow Warrior #16-18, etc.), Quasimodo Pheasant Tails
Isonychia #12-14 (mid afternoon thru eves), Fox
Squirrel Nymphs #12-16, and Zebra Midges #16-24.
November 15th, local guide Antoine Bissieux, "the French Fly Fisherman",
will be the presenter at the monthly FRAA meeting- he will be talking about French "secrets" to
improve your trout fishing. The French are some of the most skilled
river trout fishermen in the world, as evidenced by the winning record
of the French team in the World Flyfishing Championships. Both
presentations are FREE and will
up your fishing knowledge, all are welcome to attend. Location is
Unionville Senior Center, meet & great begins at 6:30, with the
meeting starting at 7pm.