We've received a literal pile of inventory items over the past week, 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.
FYI we have plenty of the hard to find "magic" UTC Sculpin Olive wire in the ever popular Brassie size (for Lance Egan's "Thread Frenchy" nymph), as well as size Small.
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 (mid/late August). 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 easy to cast, will give you more distance, and they deliver with accuracy. Retail is $825.
The Farmington is medium/medium low at 263cfs total flow this morning. The water coming out of the dam was 51.5 degrees in Riverton at 6am 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.
I ventured out last night from 6pm until about 8:30. I worked hard for a handful of beat up Rainbows in my first spot, there where a good number of Isonychia hatching. After I left there, it took some driving to find a spot I wanted to fish that was also unoccupied, people were in the "B" & "C" water all over the place, so I kept driving upriver for miles until I found some solitude. In a fast, cold, mid thigh deep pocket at dusk I connected with what I thought was an above average Bow, and it took me downriver and then ran back up, but no jumping. I started to suspect it might be a big brown as it took me downstream again and stayed on the bottom, shaking it's head. I finally got a look at it's coppery sides when I worked it into a slower pocket, and comfirmed it was indeed a big brown. 30 seconds later a big wild (I think) female brown graced my landing net at 8:25pm, and I breathed a big sigh of relief after a 3 minute touch-n-go fight in some pretty fast water. After a few pics I decided to end the evening on a high note.
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/medium-low at a nice total flow of 263cfs total flow through the permanent TMA/Catch & Release (C&R) area, and averaging in the mid 50s to low/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 10cfs below it's junction with the West Branch. 6am Riverton water temp was 51.5 degrees this morning, downstream water temps are higher (50s-60s), temps will rise during the day.Water temps are a non-issue at least as far down as Canton, and mornings are currently still at trout-friendly temps as far downstream as Collinsville/Unionville. Work your way upriver on hot/sunny days as the day progresses, that way you will stay in cooler water.