Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday 11/3/17 Report- best river conditions in months!

Had a productive half-day outing Thursday, picking up a bunch of pretty trout, the best was this 19" brown with no dye marks or fin clips. It was so nice to see a medium water level (mid 300cfs) in the river after all the low flows this fall. Afternoon water temp was 54 degrees. I hit fish in multiple spots both in & out of the Catch & Release/TMA. Bugs I saw were Caddis & Blue Wing Olives. Should be a great weekend to hit the river, highs will be about 55-60, flows should remain excellent.

Saturday & Sunday most of our already marked down Used and Sale Fly Reels will be an Extra 10% Off. Brands include, Lamson, Sage, Orvis, Abel, and others. In store purchases only.

Hatches remain primarily a mix of Caddis (mostly tan), Blue Wing Olives (BWOs), and a few Isonychia. 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, but can be good anytime of day. 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. 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.
With 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 and wild trout in the permanent Catch & Release/TMA and below it, even way downriver (Canton/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, and we are also seeing small Blue Wing Olives #22-26 (especially eves & cloudy days, but look for them to hatch in the afternoons as we move into November). Isonychia are winding down and averaging a #14 or so. Still seeing a few Lt Cahills/Summer Stenos #12-16 (eves), plus a few Giant October Caddis #8-12 (dusk). 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 flurocarbon tippet should be about right, depending upon fly size, with 6x for the smallest nymphs. 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 #12-22,  BWO nymphs #16-22, 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.