|Steve Hogan's client Michael Gregory with a sweet brown|
|Ross Hart holding a perfect specimen of a wild Farmington brown trout|
|Dave Machowski, guide's day off...|
Mark Swenson's next "Fly Fishing 101" beginner fly fishing class will be on July 7th, click on class to take you to description page. 2/4 slots are filled, there are 2 spots left available as of this morning 6/28. Call the store at 860-379-1952 to sign up.
|Guide Zach St Amand and pocket water quality brown|
|Antoine's client Tom and a healthy 'Bow|
We are seeing big Stonefly nymph shucks on the rocks in fast water, making them a great morning fly that are most active at first light through mid/late mornings (can work all day though, but generally best in the AM). They crawl out on the rocks to emerge during low light. Caddis pupa get active subsurface around mid-morning, and then they typically hatch in the afternoon. Evenings are a mix of various Mayflies & egg-laying Caddis. Streamers are still good, especially during low light (early & late in the day) and on overcast or rainy days. Nymphs/pupa/larva are picking up fish all day long, and wet flies/soft-hackles have been deadly. Steve Culton reports that the evening wet fly fishing has been fantastic during the evening hatches. You can do things with them that you cannot do with a dry fly or weighted nymph. Big Isonychia ("Iso's") are hatching downriver, last I knew they were about as far up as Canton. They are typically a late afternoon to evening trickle hatch in fast water, same as the March Brown.
|Brown in the net by Chris Kornatz|
|New Fulling Mill streamers|
FYI we have a KILLER assortment of custom tied soft-hackles in our bins by Dick Sablitz, they are
-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!)
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). Fishing subsurface a couple hours before a hatch with the matching nymphs/pupa can also be deadly.
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 good. 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 Friday morning 6/28/19:
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 upper 50s in the permanent TMA/Catch & Release (low 50s in Riverton above the Still River), but will vary depending upon the weather, time of day, and specific location. Downriver in Collinsville/Unionville will be slightly warmer, probably upper 50s/mid 60s. Long range highs average mid 80s, with lows mid/upper 60s. 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 late afternoon, with sunny days seeing the biggest temperature increases. Typically the best bug activity (and fishing) correlates to the most pleasant time of the day for us humans, which in the summer is normally early & late.
-Sulfurs #16-18 (all the way up to Pipeline/Still River)- eves, sometimes late morn/noonish too