Cover pic is Zach St. Amand and his netman (aka his son) with one helluva nice brown. 2nd pic is customer Brett with a really, really nice brown he fooled with a dry fly.
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 water coming out of the dam still nice and cool, 8am Riverton water temp was 54 degrees 2 miles below the dam, rising to 59-60 in mid/late afternoons the previous 2 days. With reduced flows, the water temps will rise more during the day and wont stay cold as far downstream, so make sure you stay in trout-friendly water. If it's cool at night, you can still start a fair ways downstream, but don't start below New Harford/Canton, and make sure by late morning you work your way more upstream toward cooler water. A stream thermometer is very useful this time of year. Optimum trout temps are low 50s to mid 60s.
Tricos have joined the other small bug morning hatches (Needhami #22-26 & Summer/Winter Caddis #18-24). They are at least as far upstream as the lower permanent TMA/Catch & Release (C&R), and likely up at least as far as Church Pool (educated guess!). They run #22-26, and the spinner fall is the main event. They form balls of spinners in the air, and allegedly hit the water when the air is about 68 degrees. Typically they are an early to mid morning event, but that all depends upon air temps. They start earlier on warmer mornings, and later during cool ones.
Dry/Dropper is very effective, especially now with the lower water. This technique will let you fish slower and shallower water that can be tough to fish with Euro Nymphing or Indicators. Try a small weighted nymph 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 #18-20, 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). Attenuata are just about done, they are a light hatch and limited to just Riverton in the upper 2 miles and a light hatch now- you may still see a few (hatch is only in Riverton and almost done) small Dorothea Sulfurs up in Riverton too, usually no bigger than #18. There are also 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.
All methods are producing at moments: 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 low and at a total flow of 178cfs total flow through the permanent TMA/Catch & Release (C&R) area, and averaging in the mid 50s to upper 60s for water temps on most of the river, depending upon the weather, river section, and time of day. Riverton is 154cfs from the dam on the West Branch, and the Still River is adding in an additional 24cfs below it's junction with the West Branch. 6am Riverton water temp was 54 degrees this morning, downstream water temps are higher (mid 50s to mid/upper 60s), temps will rise during the day. Most mornings (assuming a relatively cool night) water temps are trout-friendly as far down to Canton/New Hartford, but I would not go further downriver (Collinsville/Unionville) than that. Work your way upriver as the day progresses, that way you will stay in cooler water.