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Farmington River Report
|13" Brookie with amazing colors|
Hot New Rods:
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 (11' 2" #3, and maybe one more...). 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. These rods cast beautifully- easy to cast, extra distance, and accurate. 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. FYI we recently received 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 Zach's client this morning, Sy Balsen, holding up an impressive brown. 2nd pic is a flawless 13" Brook Trout I landed here Wednesday. 3rd pic is a Stomach Pump sample from a Rainbow, look at all the Caddis Pupa & assorted Mayfly nymphs, pretty darn cool. Final pic is the last fish I landed Wednesday eve, a really nice 18" Brown that appears to be wild.
|Stomach Pump sample|
Zach St. Amand, Rich Strolis & myself all met independently Joe Goodspeed on Wednesday to test out version 7 of the T&T Contact II 11' 2" #3 prototype, and we all loved it. Look for that model to appear in the production Contact II lineup around mid/late August, it casts even better than the original Contact 11' 3" #3, has more fish playing power, and is incredibly durable. Joe & I fished for about 4-5 hours, and then I stayed out until dusk. He stomached pump two trout during the day, the first one at midday was full of Caddis Larva & Pupa averaging #16, and in the late afternoon further upriver it was Caddis Pupa again, a couple of Caddis Larva, with some medium sized Mayfly nymphs and some #18-20 Blue Winged Olive nymphs. Bugwise I saw Attenuata from mid/late afternoon through dusk. A few Sulfurs too (not many), plus some Isonychia. At first I though I was seeing a good hatch of smaller Sulfurs, then I realized they were Attenuata. Getting reports of a brownish #16 Caddis in the eves around New Hartford, and a lot of anglers are reporting big creamish yellow #8-12 Mayflies in the evenings in the slow water (prob mainly Varia, aka the "Yellow Drake", maybe some Potamanthus mixed in too) all over the river. You may not see Isonychia hatching in numbers, but despite that trout are always on the lookout for that big #10-12 bug, both the dry and the nymph. The bugs you will see hatching will depend upon which section of the river you are in, and the water type (fast, medium, or slow)
FYI many of you are telling me you are seeing small Sulfurs hatching all over the river in the evenings. The actual Sulfurs (Dorothea, Invaria) are mainly up in Riverton now, closer to the dam and coldest water. Just like every other hatch, they start downriver and work their way upriver. Most of these reports are actually Attenuata, which would more accurately be lumped in with Blue Wing Olives. If you grab one in hand, they are a bright greenish yellow, verging on chartreuse, and their wings & legs are cream colored. They run #18-20, and most commonly hatching in the evenings, although you may see them in mid/late afternoon when you are upriver closer to Riverton. FYI the winged Dun emerges from the nymph on the stream bottom, and then rises/swims to the surface, and then the Dun rides the surface like a typical Mayfly. Quill Gordons & Vitreus have this same hatching behavior.
I try to give you guys a lot of info on here, but it's hard to pin down the exact time of day various bugs hatch on this river. It varies depending on how far below the dam you are, and also according to daily weather. The unusually cold water coming out of a deep reservoir makes info in the hatch books often inaccurate on our river and often means we see hatch activity at time of the day you won't see them on freestone rivers. We are seeing assorted Blue Winged Olives (aka BWOs/Olives) all over the river, ranging anywhere from early mornings to evenings, and everything in between. They are currently the most numerous bug far, ranging from #16-18 (Cornuta?) all the way down to #24-26, maybe even smaller. They hatch best on overcast days, but are also showing up on sunny days. In the permanent TMA/Catch & Release (C&R), overall the heaviest hatching is in the eves, going to darkness and beyond. Look down below for a list of hatches & dry flies. July is a big Isonychia (Iso) month, look for them in fast water, anytime from late afternoon right up until dark. Plenty of other bugs are hatching/egg-laying in the eves- Sulfurs (Riverton), Cahills, assorted Caddis, Potomanthus/Varia (BIG yellowish Mayflies), Attenuata, and more. Midges are always a possibility, anytime.
The majority of anglers are fishing dries, and many are giving us good reports, especially in the evenings. All other methods are producing at moments: Dry/Dropper, Nymphing (both Euro & Indicator), Streamers, and Wet Flies/Soft Hackles. If you haven't yet tried it, Dry/Dropper with a buoyant dry like a terrestrial (Beetles, big Ants), Isonychia, Stimulator, or other attractor dry, and a small weighted nymph (#16-18) dropped underneath it, is both very fun and quite effective. 18-24" is a good starting distance between flies, but go longer if you aren't catching fish or you are in deeper water. FYI the bug activity has many quality 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, known "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.
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 286cfs total flow through the permanent TMA/Catch & Release (C&R) area, and averaging in the 50s to low/mid 60s for water temps (depending upon the weather, river section, and time of day)- USGS historical normal combined flow for today is 280cfs. Riverton is 256cfs from the dam on the West Branch, and the Still River is adding in an additional 30cfs 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.