|Derrick Kirkpatrick of CT FishGuides with a stud of a male Brown Trout|
|Brown Trout perfection by John Holt|
While other freestone rivers are crapping out until the fall due to water temps getting into the 70s, we have perfect water temps and are in peak fishing mode with numerous hatches all going on at the same time. Sulfurs are the dominant evening hatch, but we have a ton of other bugs in the mix encompassing all sorts of Mayflies, assorted Caddis, big Stoneflies, and Midges. Lots of food on the Trout Menu. Gets the trout fired up and feeding, with quite a few trout rising in the evenings, but it also means you have to figure out what they are feeding on. Can be a fun problem to solve, or frustrating when you can't solve it haha. If they are sipping gently and refusing standard dries, try a spinner pattern. Sometimes wet flies-soft-hackles are the answer when the trout are feeding just under the surface (that happens a lot). Don't forget about terrestrials like Ants & Beetles, warm air temps has them active, they are particularly good
|Tristan Holt and a quality Brown|
While the focus for the majority of our customers seems to have shifted to dry flies, the subsurface angling with nymphs, wet flies & soft-hackles remains consistent and is often better than the dry fly
|A "native" by Sean Monaghan haha (it's a Sucker FYI)|
|Ben Diptula and a FAT 2 Year Old Survivor Strain Brown 6/23|
|New Fulling Mill streamers|
|Pretty holdover Bow by Ken Morris Sunday 6/30|
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 Monday morning 7/1/19:
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 low/mid 60s. Long range highs average in the 80s, with lows in the 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 for quite a ways downstream. 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: eves, sometimes late morn/noonish too