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-Grady & Torrey
Farmington River Report
The brand new T&T Contact II series in 10' #2, 10' #3, 10' 9" #3, and 10' 9" #4, with more models coming later this Summer. New improved materials, new guide spacing (stripping guide is closer to handle to reduce line sag), downlock reel seats are standard now (to better balance the rod), and a new fighting butt design that is more comfortable. Recovery is noticeably better, actions were "tweaked" for more big fish playing power, and the blanks are incredibly strong and much much harder to break. Retail is $825.
We apologize if we've been out of some products, but due to the Coronavirus there have been interruptions in the supply chain. That combined with incredibly high consumer demand and slow shipping from some suppliers is leading to empty spots on our walls/shelves. We're doing our best to fill in the holes. We received a bunch of product from Cortland (yes, 5x & 6x tippet), Loon, Rio, Tacky fly boxes, nippers/clippers, zingers, a big Simms order and more. FYI we also got in a big book/DVD shipment, including the new "Adaptive Fly Fishing" DVD by Lance Egan & Devin Olsen, the new John Gierach book "Dumb Luck and the Kindness Of Strangers", and Charlie Craven's latest book "Tying Streamers".
Top pic is yet another stud brown by guide Zach St. Amand- apparently he knows where every big trout is in the Farmington! Looks like a wild to me, look at those big pectoral fins, landed on a #20 dry on a 20' leader, and well over 20 inches! 20/20/20 Club? 2nd pic is Fish Flop Friday with young Liam, a client of Reel Adventure Outfitters/Paul McConnell. 3rd pic down is customer Nathan Mumford with yet another big dry fly brown, one of many he's landed in 2020- this one helped him break in his new Scott Radian 9' #4 rod he just bought from us. 4th and final fish pic is Jim Catchadream with a quality brown, landed while being guided by Derrick Kirkpatrick of CT Fish Guides.
Squeaked in a quick outing Thursday eve, managed to secure a nice unoccupied run upriver with some icy cold water in it. Picked up a respectable number of stocked trout of all 3 species on various #14-18 nymphs, no trophies or wilds but it was fun to get out and stand in cold water. Overall Blue Winged Olive (BWO/Olive) type nymphs in #16-18 seemed to do best for me, but Frenchies picked up some too. Wasn't anything going on hatchwise where I was in the 6-8:30pm time slot I fished, but the fish were definitely eating unseen subsurface. The water was so cold that it made my hands hurt if I kept them in it for even 5 seconds. Love that haha. Rich Strolis just stopped in this morning, we chatted for a bit and he's been doing very well fishing Dry/Dropper with a buoyant dry like a terrestrial (Beetles, big Ants), Isonychia or attractor dry, and a small weighted nymph dropped underneath it, tied off the hook bend. 18-24" is a good starting distance between flies, but go longer if you aren't catchng fish or you are in deeper water. The bug activity has many trout holding in shallower, broken water. Don't limit yourself to only waiting for bugs and rising trout, as some days you won't be in the right spot, or maybe you don't want to brave the often crowded conditions in the popular, know dry fly pools. Dry/Dropper lets you have the pleasure of fishing a dry, and some fish WILL eat the dry. You can also blind fish the same type dries with no trailing nymph.
Streamer fishing is an option if you want a change from dries & nymphs, especially on overcast days. Low light conditions and increased flows make for a better streamer bite- the biggest trout will often be near structure like big rocks, undercut banks, downed trees, etc. Olive is a good starting color for streamers, but it's important to change colors (black, brown, tan, yellow, two-tone, etc.), fly size, fly type, retrieve, depth fished, etc. Nymphing, as always, is another good option- target the faster water with imitations of the current bugs & attractor nymphs. Big Stonefly nymphs are often "hot" in the mornings. Iso nymphs, Caddis Pupa, small Mayfly nymphs are all having their moments. Remember that Iso nymphs are great swimmmers, so always let them swing out at the end of each drift. In addition to a specific imiatation, bigger Princes & Pheasant Tails can also successfully imitate Iso's, and various size Pheasant Tails/Frechies imitate many medium to small Mayfly nymphs.
A customer found a “Tacky” fly box floating in the river by the People’s Forest recently, and he wants to return it to the owner. You can message him at: Lojack81@verizon.net
Remember the beloved Grey's Streamflex rods? If you liked them, you will love what I'm about to tell you: Pure Fishing has released an updated version of the Streamflex series under the Fenwick name, using the latest materials that give the rods noticeably improved rod recovery and durability (30% increase). These rods feel fantastic in the hand. We have these in the Euro specific models, The 11' #3 & #4 Streamflex have an MSRP of $349.95- we are selling them for $265. The also do a Streamflex Plus that goes from 10' to 10' 6"- a six inch extension piece hides in the handle and can be put in or out in seconds. We have the 10' #3 Streamflex Plus (goes up to 10.5')- MSRP is $379.95, we are selling it for $285.
For streamer fishing black, olive, brown and white are great starting colors, but make sure to experiment and let the trout tell you what they want. Other often good colors are yellow and tan. Two tone streamers such a brown/yellow, olive/yellow, etc. can sometimes be the ticket. Try the following hybrid rig: a weighted streamer such as a conehead Bugger, Complex Twist Bugger, Zuddler, Slumpbuster, etc. with a #14-16 soft-hackle, wet fly or nymph trailed 14-18" of the hook bend- the streamer often functions as the attractor, and then the trout eat the trailing smaller fly. This helps turn some of those chases, rolls & flashes into a solid hook-up. Streamers will produce fish if fished properly. The low light of early & late in the day are the prime times, but if you target structure & shade you can catch fish on them during midday. Try also streamers with Sculpin Helmets, bounced & twitched along the bottom on a floating line- deadly on bigger trout. Play with colors, fly size, pattern style, retrieve, depth, and cover lots of water and you should be able to find success.
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The Farmington is currently medium at a nice total flow of 333cfs total flow through the permanent TMA/Catch & Release (C&R) area, and averaging in the 50s to low 60s for water temps (depending upon the weather, river section, and time of day)- USGS historical normal combined flow for today is 293cfs. Riverton is 320cfs from the dam on the West Branch, and the Still River is very low and adding in an additional 13cfs below it's junction with the West Branch. 8am Riverton water temp was 49.5 degrees this morning, downstream water temps are higher (50s-60s), temps will rise during the day. Sunny days will see the biggest increases (peaking in late afternoon), and the further you get from the dam, the higher the temps.