We've received a literal pile of inventory items over the past few days, our leader/tippet wall is virtually full and no longer looks like a checkerboard. The counter fishbowls are once again full with economical hemostats & nippers. We have 5+ Lamson Liquid reels (the #5/6 size, and perfect for most Euro rods) in stock now, and a bunch more fly lines. Flyagra floatant is back in stock, as are Fishpond Net Magnets. We have virtually all sizes of Maxima Chameleon.
Hot New Rods:
The brand new T&T Contact II series in 10' #2, 10' #3, 10' 9" #3, and 10' 9" #4, with the 11' 2" #3 coming later this Summer. New improved materials, new guide spacing , downlock reel seats are standard now (to better balance, and a new fighting butt design that is more comfortable. Recovery is noticeably better, and the actions "tweaked" for more big fish playing power. The blanks are incredibly strong and much much harder to break. These rods are beautifully easy to cast and deliver with accuracy. Retail is $825.
Top pic is a big brown that Zach St. Amand tricked with a nymph- he's been doing almost all dry fly & Dry/Dropper of late, so this one is a departure. The 2nd picture is a smiling client of Antoine Bisseux & DJ Clement with a really nice brown. 3rd pic is customer Grant Magee with a big brown he caught on his new rod. Great way to baptize your new toy! 4th pic is Roger with a really pretty 18"+ wild brown he caught while being instructed by Zach.
The Farmington is 265cfs this morning. Despite the warmer weather we have had, the water coming out of the dam was 51 degrees in Riverton at 8am this morning, with the rest of the river averaging mid 50s to the low/mid 60s in mid to late afternoons. Water temps start to cool as soon as the sun goes off the water.
You can still fish at least up to 15 miles below the dam all the way down to Canton, and when we are getting cooler nights you can even fish the mornings in Collinsville/Unionville- but by late morning I'd be working upriver for cooler water temps as the lower river warms up from the sun by lunchtime.
Most anglers are fishing dry flies in July, because they can be effective all day right now, not to mention very visual and super fun to fish. Peak hatch times are generally morns & eves, but trout can be caught on the surface in midday too. Dry/Dropper is also very effective with a small weighted nymph trailed 18-30" below a larger buoyant dry fly. Nymphing the fast water, either Euro or with an Indy, is almost always effective. Just make sure to fish a pair of nymphs, and make sure one of them is small (as in a #18 or so, give or take). Dominant hatches include Summer/Winter Caddis #18-24 (mid/late morns) & Needhami #20-26 (have duns & spinners), assorted Blue Winged Olives #18-26 at various times during the day, and #10-12 Isonychia (later in the day, faster water only). Still seeing Attenuata #18-20 (eves), assorted Caddis #14-22 (tan, brown, black, olive/green), various Cahills/Summer Stenos (eves), assorted spinners (especially Rusty), and the big Varia/Potamanthus #8-12 (eves, slow water). Beetles & Ants are great midday choices when hatches are sparse.
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 only up in Riverton now, close to the dam in coldest water. Just like every other hatch, they start downriver and work their way upriver. Many of these reports are actually Attenuata, which would more accurately be lumped in with Blue Wing Olives. If you grab one in hand however, 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.
All methods are currently producing well: Dry Flies, 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.
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The Farmington is currently medium-low at a nice total flow of 266.5cfs total flow through the permanent TMA/Catch & Release (C&R) area, and averaging in the mid 50s to mid 60s for water temps on most of the river, depending upon the weather, river section, and time of day. Riverton is 253cfs from the dam on the West Branch, and the Still River is adding in an additional 13.5cfs below it's junction with the West Branch. 8am Riverton water temp was 51 degrees this morning, downstream water temps are higher (50s-60s), temps will rise during the day.