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Farmington River Report
Saturday the 4th of July we will be open from 8am-3pm. All other days we are open from 8am-5pm.
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 Tuesday, 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".
The brand new T&T Contact II series. Literally just arrived this morning, 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", and the blanks are stronger and much harder to break. Retail is $825.
|Paul McConnell with a "Red Eye Special" Bow, literally|
The holiday weekend is now at hand, I'm sure many of you have today (Friday) off. Looks like T-Storms for today, and then Saturday the 4th and Sunday will be sun & clouds with highs in the 80s and no rain in sight. Flows remain excellent at a medium level (about 340cfs), water is nice & cold with temps averaging in the 50s, creeping into the 60s if you go waaay downstream (Collinsville/Unionville). Fishing and hatch reports both remain good, with a variety of bugs out there. Match the fly profile & stage as best you can (Mayfly, Caddis, emerger, dun/adult, spinner, etc.), the size, and the approximate color. Doesn't matter if you cannot ID the bug or know the Latin name, just match what it looks like, paying close attention to the size and making an accurate, drag-free drift. At this point in the season, all the trout have seen a ton of fake flies and real bugs, so you need to be on your "A" game to fool them. Get as close to the as you can, and use a long tippet (3-4') to help get a drag-free float. If you get a few accurate natural presentations with no takers or you get a visible refusal, either change flies or move to another fish. A refusal means you are close, but something isn't quite right (size is slightly off, color isn't right, they want an emerger, etc.). As a last resort, sometimes a gentle twitch when the fly is a couple of feet above the trout will seal the deal. But sometimes it will spook them, so do that judiciously.
Overcast weather like today makes streamer fishing a good option if you want a change from dries & nymphs. 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 338cfs 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 297cfs. Riverton is 306cfs from the dam on the West Branch, and the Still River is low and adding in an additional 32cfs below it's junction with the West Branch. 8am Riverton water temp was 48.5 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.