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The drought is definitely over, and after Sunday's rain we are currently in great shape with a nice medium flow of 357cfs, clarity is surprisingly excellent despite substantial rain yesterday. MDC is bumping the flow up by about 100cfs at 9am, that will take about 4 hours to reach UpCountry and will bring the total flow up to a still very fishable mid 400cfs level & dropping. Still River is dropping at a good clip. Riverton is low & fishable at 113cfs as I write this (add 100cfs to this after the 9am flow bump), and the Still River is 244cfs & dropping. 8am water temp in Riverton was 53 degrees.
Lots of good fishing reports over the weekend, most peeps went out Saturday to avoid the rain on Sunday. As you can see in the pictures, more really nice trout are getting caught regularly. Egg flies continue to be hot, but with more rain in the forecast Wednesday through Friday I'd expect "Junk Flies" like Mops & Squirmies to remain solid choices. We have very good streamer conditions currently, and it should be overcast all week. Caddis & Blue Wing Olive dries, Caddis Pupa, Stonefly nymphs & small olive nymphs have all also had their moments lately.
The entire river from Riverton to Unionville continues to fish well with water temps averaging low/mid 50s, so don't limit yourself to just one section or pool, it's literally all good. Long range temps are mild through Friday, and then it looks like Mother Nature finally realizes it's mid Fall and highs drop to upper 40s/low 50s, with nights in the 30s. They will be doing maintenance work on the dam for the next 3 months and doing a minimal water release from the dam, so regular shots of rain are what we need to keep water in the Still River, which will augment the flows (in a good way). So far the long range forecast looks great in that regard.
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.
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