As you can see in the pics, plenty more quality trout are showing up in angler catches on a mix of dries, nymphs & streamers. Top pic is a beauty by customer Michael Lemieux. 2nd down is Steve Hogan's client Connor Wogan with a really nice fish from late July, 3rd pic is Zach's regular client Randy with a big brown fooled by a big articulated streamer right after the T-Storms rolled through Sunday afternoon. 4th pic is DJ Clement with a pretty fish, and the 5th pic is a handful of beautiful future trophy brown trout by Alain Barrthelemy.
We've received a literal pile of inventory items recently, 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 (10' #2, 10' #3, 10' 9" #3, and 10' 9" #4) is all here, and as of Friday 7/31 we have a couple (we had three) of the 11' 2" #3 in stock (I think we were literally the 1st shop in the USA to receive them!). 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/crisper, 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 improved accuracy. Retail is $825.
The Farmington is medium low at 275cfs total flow this morning. The water coming out of the dam was 53 degrees in Riverton at 8am this morning, with the rest of the river averaging mid 50s to mid 60s in mid to late afternoons. Water temps start to cool in the upper river as soon as the sun goes off the water in late afternoon/early eve, but it takes longer to cool off downriver (happens after dark). You can still fish for about 15 miles below the dam (low/mid 50s) all the way down to Canton (upper 50s to mid 60s), but I wouldn't go further down than that now. 8am water temp in Burlington was 69 degrees per Steve Hogan, and temps only rise during the day. By late morning I'd be working my way upriver for cooler water temps as things warm up, that way you are always in optimal water temps for good fishing.
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, hatch is near the end and has mainly moved upriver to Riverton), 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- you can blind fish them over likely water, or fish them to sporadic risers.
Their first nymphing clinic filled up in 2-3 days, so Antoine Bissieux & DJ Clement are put on a second Advanced Modern Euro Nymphing clinic on Saturday August 29nd from 9am-5pm- both clinics are now FULL, but we are taking down names for waiting list & future clinics. The above link is clickable and will take you to the page with all the details about this class. Learn what the top competitive anglers from France, Spain, Czech Repbulic & Poland are doing to outfish everybody else. This is an intermediate level class (no Euro Nymphing beginners!!!), make sure you have a good grasp of euro nymphing techniques and suitable tackle (as in Euro rod) & flies before signing up.
FYI many of you are telling me you are seeing small Sulfurs hatching all over the river in the evenings. The actual Sulfurs (Dorothea) are just about done and 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 275cfs 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 256cfs from the dam on the West Branch, and the Still River is adding in an additional 19cfs below it's junction with the West Branch. 6am Riverton water temp was 53 degrees this morning, downstream water temps are higher (50s-60s), temps will rise during the day.Water temps are trout-friendly down to Canton, but I would not go further downriver (Collinsville/Unionville) than that. Work your way upriver on hot/sunny days as the day progresses, that way you will stay in cooler water.