Happy 2017 y'all! We are open for business today, Monday January 2nd, 8am-5pm. Myself, my girlfriend Mandy, my nephew Tom and his friend Eddie ventured out for the afternoon on the 1st, and we picked up a respectable number of Farmington River brown trout on assorted nymph patterns. Pictured is a nicer one Mandy caught. Total flow in the permanent Catch & Release/C&R/TMA this morning is a low & fishable 102cfs (57cfs from the dam in Riverton, plus 45cfs from the Still). Pat Torrey has a couple of fly tying classes in February, "Tying Flies That Trigger Trout", and "Tying the Wet Fly & Soft-Hackle"- see Events/Classes page for info, call store to sign up if you are interested.
Fishing remains good- be flexible in your
approach, and move if you aren't catching fish or the fishing slows down. Don't be a one-spot
angler if you aren't catching, move and keep showing your flies to new fish and your catch rates will improve. Winter Caddis hatches have been good to
excellent many mornings, bringing fish to the surface, and we've been seeing Midges in the afternoons. Nymphing is
consistently productive, and streamers work well at moments too.
Currently, some milder days combined with shots of rain have cleared
almost all of the ice out of the river, making it fishable down through
and even well below the permanent Catch & Release area in Pleasant Valley/New
Hartford (a cold snap can change this).
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. More often than not, especially on sunny days, if there is morning slush in the permanent Catch & Release are, it clears out by lunchtime
These 2 classes are almost full now: Don's "Beginner 2-Day Fly Tying"
class on January 7 & 14, and Rich Strolis' "Tying Streamers for
Everyday" on February 11. See "Events" for details, and call
860-379-1952 to sign up.
Right now hatches are: Winter Caddis sz 18-24 in
the mornings (sometimes going into the afternoon), and Midges sz 24-32
in the afternoons. Ideally look for days that are not windy if you want to target rising trout.
Water temps will typically be in the 30's now that winter temps are
here, depending upon
weather, time of day, and distance from dam- it can crack into the lower
40's during warm/sunny spells.
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.
FYI the new book "Nymphing The New Way: French leader fishing for trout"
is now in stock at UpCountry, and it looks really good. Update:
temporarily sold out, but give us your name & phone # and we will
call you when it's back in stock (early January 2017).
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
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.
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.
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.
. 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