|21" brown by Zach's client John on Friday 5/31|
We have 2 classes coming up soon:
-"Wet Flies & Soft-Hackles with Pat Torrey" on Saturday, June 15th from 10am-4pm
-"Fly Fishing 101 with Mark Swenson" on Sunday, June 16th from 9am-4pm
Go to our Classes/Events page to see the details of either class, and call the store at 860-379-1952 to sign up- each class is filling up but both still have limited availability.
FYI, while I would currently rate the fishing as excellent, anglers reports vary markedly, with some
|Maddie McFarland with a stud Bow|
|Lane Finley with a 20" 2 Year Old from the weekend|
the permanent Catch & Release (C&R)/TMA, and in Riverton the temps have been in the mid/upper 40s. Downriver temps have been mid/upper
|Derrick's client Karl with an 18" beauty on a dry fly|
Despite above average (but very fishable) weekend flows, some trout have been rising to hatching Caddis in the afternoons, and again near dusk (they egg-lay then)- rising activity/dry fly fishing should only improved & increase with the flow reduction taking place today (Monday 6/3). Vitreus are typically late afternoon/early eve to dusk/dark. It it's hot & sunny, the Vitreus will hatch at dusk, if it's cool & cloudy they can start in early/mid afternoon. Caddis pupa & larva are working well in the mornings & afternoons. Nymphs #14-16 that could imitate Sulfurs & Vitreus (Pheasant Tails, Frenchies, Sulfurs, Hare's Ears, etc.) are catching in late afternoons through eves. Streamers are pulling some big trout, especially early & late in the day, overcast days, and in shady/snaggy spots (downed trees, undercut banks, big boulders, etc.). The few people fishing soft-hackles & wet flies are giving me some excellent reports, try soft hackles with Hare's Ear bodies, as well as Partridge & Orange/Yellow/Green- these flies will cover your Caddis, Vitreus & Sulfurs. I recommend fishing 2-3
|Sean Monghan (top) and Johnny D (bottom) with some recent big butter|
|Dan Phelan with a handful of brown goodness|
FYI we have a KILLER assortment of custom tied soft-hackles in our bins by Dick Sablitz, they are both fun & deadly to fish. We have flies to imitate all the current hatches, the most effective way to fish them is 2-3 at a time on droppers.
|Zach's client John with a double from Friday!|
Wanna catch trout? Obey the following 4 rules, laid out to me years ago by Jack Gartside:
-Rule #1 is find the fish and fish where they are
-Rule #2 is don't spook them! (FYI big wild trout spook easily)
-Rule #3 is fish something they want to eat
-Rule #4 is present it in such a way they they will eat it (dry fly guys take note: this may mean you
have to fish subsurface! haha)
I would add Rule #5 fish when the fish are feeding, with hatches being prime-time, especially when they intersect with low-light periods (big browns love to feed in low light).
FYI we are now in our extended hours: 8am-6pm weekdays, and 6am-5pm on weekends.
We have Devin Olsen's hot new book "Tactical Fly Fishing", and it looks really, really good- second batch arrived recently. It cover Euro style
nymphing, plus a whole lot more. Based upon what he's learned from years of the highest level fly fishing competitions against the best trout fly fishermen in the world. It covers things in an extremely detailed way, and has some great "Case Studies" where he shows you different water type pictures with photo sequences of how they were able to successfully catch fish in them, and what adjustments they had to make in their rigging, approach, presentation & flies to find success. It's a good new option that does NOT duplicate George Daniel's two books on nymphing, but rather it compliments and adds to them.
Flow as of 8am Monday 6/3/19:
Currently the 8am total flow in permanent TMA/Catch & Release per the USGS gauge is medium high, very fishable & dropping at 554cfs (the Still River is 94cfs & dropping), and in Riverton the in the 2 miles above the Still River the Farmington is medium-high at 460cfs. USGS average historical total flow for today is 364cfs. The MDC is making 2 flow cuts this morning at 8am & 9am, this will reduce the total flow by 222cfs and bring us down to about 340cfs total flow. 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 is 50cfs, it joins the West Branch about 3/8 mile below UpCountry near condos & sewage plant. The Still River drops every day we don't get significant rain.
Click this Thomas & Thomas blog link for a very recent review I wrote about their awesome new Contact 10' 8" #6 rod for Steelhead & Lake Run Trout/Landlocks: https://thomasandthomas.com/blogs/news/torrey-collins-contact-1086
Check out this link to my blog post on 10 of my favorite books on a variety of subjects:
http://www.farmingtonriver.com/classes-news-reviews/10-of-torreys-favorite-books-december-2018/ I'll be doing more blog posts on recommended books in the future, there are many great books out there.
|A favorite image of mine Matt Supinski used in "Nexus"|
We are open 8am to 6pm Monday through Friday, and 6am-5pm on weekends.
Look for water temps to average in the mid/upper 50s in the permanent TMA/Catch & Release (mid/upper 40s in Riverton above the Still River), but will vary depending upon the weather, time of day, and specific location. Long range highs are in the mid/upper 70s, with lows in the mid/upper 50s. Warmer, sunny days will see the biggest water temp increases. The exception to this will be during high water releases from the dam, as the colder water from deep in the reservoir chills down the river. Highest water temps will occur in mid/late afternoon, with sunny days seeing the biggest temperature increases- this often activates both the aquatic insects & trout. Typically the best bug activity (and fishing) correlates to the most pleasant time of the day for us humans.