|Zach St. Amand with a beauty of a brown earlier this week|
|John Holt with a very nice brown from this week|
FYI starting Monday April 1st, we go to 8am-6pm on weekdays, and 6am-5pm on weekends.
Fishing remains similar: you are working hard for your holdover and wild fish in the permanent TMA/Catch & Release, but 16-18" seems to be the most common size, with an occasional one in the 20" plus range. Half day efforts are typically 0-3 fish caught for most anglers, but as you can see they are BIG. Quality over quantity. In the sections that were stocked in early March (Whittmore to the dam, and 219 bridge to Rt 177 bridge in Unionville), you have a better shot at numbers, with 12-14" being a more typical size. Water temps are averaging in the low 40s and may hit mid 40s on milder/sunny days, but will vary depending upon the weather, time of day, and section of river.
|Johnny Stavs with a pretty brown caught this week|
Early Black Stones (and Early Brown too now) have been active for a while now, and the holdover & wild trout are definitely taking notice. The freshly stocked trout that went in recently (above and below the permanent Catch & Release/TMA) will be receptive to a variety of flies, especially things like Woolly Buggers and "Junk Flies" (Eggs, Mops, Worms, Green Weenies). Look also at moments for trout rising to Winter Caddis (early/mid morns), small Blue Wing Olives #20 (afternoons), Midges (late AM & afternoons), and Black Stones (afternoons). Hope for dries, but expect to fish subsurface with nymphs & streamer, and fish slow and deep. Remember that highest water temps occur in mid/late afternoon, and sunny days will see the biggest water temps increases.
|Mike Querfeld has been catching nice browns all this March|
While I still recommend focusing on the moderate speed water with some depth in March, this is just a starting point. Some of
Nymphing is the #1 producer most days, as there are lots of nymphs in the drift now, but browns are hungry and sometimes want a big bite like a streamer. Many days Church Pool has been offering up morning dry fly fishing in the slower water (some days great, and some slow)- look for mornings that are not windy, preferably following a cold night. You may also see Midges sometime between late morning and the afternoon, and also Blue Wing Olives in about a #20. Other than the Winter Caddis, I usually target the late morning to late afternoon period for the most comfortable temps & best fishing (higher water temps = more active bugs & trout). The low light and higher water temps of the last couple hours often brings bigger browns out of hiding too.
Flow update as of 9am Friday 3/29/19:
Total flow in permanent TMA/Catch & Release according to USGS gauge is currently medium and very nice at 382cfs (the Still River is 196cfs), and in Riverton above the Still River the Farmington is medium at 186cfs. The Still River joins the Farmington River about 1/4 mile below Riverton Rt 20 bridge, roughly 2 miles below the dam. East Branch release was reduced was 150cfs last I knew, it joins the West Branch about 3/8 mile below UpCountry near condos & sewage plant.
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|A favorite image of mine Matt Supinski used in "Nexus"|
We will be open 8am-5pm, 7 days a week. Starting April 1st we will go to 8am to 6pm Monday through Friday, and 6am-5pm on weekends .
Look for water temps to average somewhere in the low 40s, but will vary depending upon the weather, time of day, and specific location. Highest temps will occur in mid/late afternoon, with sunny days seeing the biggest temperature increases- this often activates both the aquatic insects & trout. After colder nights, it may be wise to wait until late morning, thereby giving water temps a chance to rise a degree or two, which will get the trout (and bugs) more active- streamer fishing can be an exception to this, as it's not hatch-related, as can nymphing with egg patterns or other "Junk Flies" like worm patterns & Mop flies, or flashy attractor-type nymphs that stimulate a reaction bite.
-Winter Caddis: #18-24 pupa & adults (early/mid AM, this is main/major winter hatch)
-Midges #20-28 (late morns through afternoons, light hatch)
-Early Black Stoneflies #14-16 (mostly underneath, but sometimes gets fish on the surface)
-Early Brown Stoneflies #14-16
-Blue Wing Olives #18-20
-Black Stone/Black Nymphs #14-18
-Brown Stone/Brown Nymphs #14-16
-Large Stoneflies/Pat's Rubber Legs #6-12- gold/yellow, brown, black
-Olive Nymphs #16-20
-Mop Flies #8-12 (various colors, especially cream/tan)
-Egg Flies #10-18 (various colors: yellow, pink, orange, etc.)
-Blue Lightning Bugs/Copper Johns #14-16
-Pheasant Tail/Quasimodo Pheasant Tails #14-20
-Caddis Larva (olive to green) #12-16
-Cased Caddis #8-16
-Antoine's Perdigons (various colors) #12-18
-Attractor/Hot-Spot nymphs #14-18 (Haast Haze, Pineapple Express, Frenchy, Triple Threat, Pink Soft Spot Jigs, Carotene Jigs, Egan's Red Dart, Rainbow Warrior, Prince, etc.).
"Junk Flies": nymphs for high/dirty water, cold water, freshly stocked trout, or when there is no hatch and standard nymphs aren't working:
-Squirmies/San Juan Worms/G-String Worms #10-14 (pink, red, worm brown)
-Egg Flies #10-18
-Green Weenies #10-14
-Dude Friendly #8 (white, yellow, natural)
-Woolly Buggers #2-14 (olive, black, white, brown)
-BMAR Yellow Matuka #6
-Rio's Precious Metal #4 (Kreelex copper, olive)
-Strolis Laser Muddler #6 (olive, tan, brown)
-JJ Special/Autumn Splendor #4-8
-Matuks #4-8 (olive, brown)
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-Report by Torrey Collins