8am-5pm 7 days a week
FYI we've received a veritable pile of used rods & reels as trade-ins recently. Some are listed on our website, but many of the less expensive used rods & reels are for in store purchase only and are not listed up. Please don't call the store to ask us to go through the ones not listed as we will not ship those ones out, plus we are too busy to go through everything we have. Stop in the store and check it out for yourself, there are some really good deals!
Glad to see we keep getting regular shots of rain and the low to super-low water of the late summer/early fall is over. Only bummer is the rain yesterday/overnight, combined with 40-50mph wind gusts, knocked most of the leaves off the trees. Still a little pretty foliage left, but not a whole lot. Flow is up but fishable for sure today, and you always have the option of Riverton above the Still River if you want lower/clearer water. Flows are dropping today and river should be in excellent shape this weekend (guessing 400-500 Saturday, and 300-400 Sunday). Air temps are moving to November normal now, with weekend highs around 50, and lows around the freezing mark, and not too windy at all. No need to get here at the crack of dawn, wait until mid/late mornings when the water temps rise and the bugs & trout get more active. Plus it's a much more comfortable time of day to be out. Junk Flies (eggs, Mops, Squirmies, Green Weenies) will be top choices this weekend, along with streamers. Expect to see some tan Caddis & small Blue Wing Olives in mid/late afternoon- match them with dries if you find risers, or go underneath with the corresponding pupa & nymphs. The entire river from Riverton to Unionville continues to fish well, so don't limit yourself to just one section or pool, it's literally all good.
Total 8am flow today (Friday) in the permanent Catch & Release was 652cfs & dropping (209cfs from the dam, and 443cfs & dropping from the Still River). 8am water temp in Riverton was 55 degrees- this will decrease with the colder weather moving in now. Lowest water temps will be at first light, highest will be mid/late afternoon. Currently trout are most active when water temps are at their highest and/or moving upward.
Check out local guide/writer/blogger Steve Culton's article on the Farmington River in the latest issue of Eastern Fly Fishing- there's even a big picture of yours truly in the article, but check it out anyways...:)
The low light periods of dawn & dusk are typically the best streamer bites, but overcast days are good and as we get further into Fall the bite can often be good all day as trout aggression ramps up. Try different size flies. Yes, on average, bigger flies will catch bigger fish, but some days the trout (even the bigger ones) don't want big flies. Or try a two-fly rig, with either a smaller, unweighted streamer or a nymph behind a weighted streamer- this will get you some of those trout that move for your bigger streamer but won't eat it. In lower flows a floating line with a weighted streamer will get you deep enough, but if flows are medium to high you may want to use some sort of sinking line or leader to get your fly deeper. Use heavy enough tippets so that you don't break off fish on the strike- I typically go 0x on my bigger streamers (you can go even heavier with really big flies), and even on average sized ones (#6-8) I wouldn't go below about 2-3x as trout hit streamers HARD. You can fish normal ize streamers on your #4-5 rods for sure, but.... if you want dedicated streamer stick a #6-7 rod with a medium-fast to fast action will do a better job casting, setting the hook, playing bigger fish, and throwing bigger flies.
As of September 1st, the entire Farmington River from the dam in Riverton for 21 miles downstream to the Rt 179 bridge in Unionville is now Catch & Release until Opening Day in April 2020. If you see anybody keeping fish in this section, please call the CT DEEP at 1-800-824-HELP and report the violation. Even if they are not able to respond to it on time, the info goes into their database and helps to create better/more policing of the area in the future.
Zach St. Amand, one of the top local guides and frequent flyer in our big fish pictures, is leading a trip with Andes Drifters to Patagonia for big wild trout, February 8-15th 2019. He still has some availability, call him at 646-641-5618 to find out more or to get onboard.
8am-5pm, 7 days a week through March.