Farmington Needhami, Breakfast of Champions!

Needhami Dun

Date: 7/5/10

Water Flow: 250 CFS

Visibility: clear

Water Temp: 58F

Water Condition: good

Access Point: upper TMA

Hatches (in order of importance): a.m. Needhami Spinners size 22-24, winter/summer caddis size 18-22, p.m.Sulphurs size 16-20, Isonychia size 10-14, Cream Cahills 14-16, Rusty spinners 12-20.

Comments: Like clockwork the trout continue feeding on winter summer caddis in the mornings, with foam pupae patterns performing the best,and many trout coming to the net on small pupae patterns while nymphing. When the Needhami spinners hit the water in mid morning, trout boil to take them. You must look at the water closely to see these tiny spinners. The long tails are a dead giveaway. The key after recognizing these insects is to lighten your tippet size and accurately cast to feeding fish making sure your drifts are drag-free.

The evening Sulphur Hatch remains good with lots of Duns coming off the water and good numbers of fish feeding on them. I am having good luck fishing a Sulphur emerger as a dropper off of my dry fly. There are also Isonychia mixed in, with plenty of fish willing to strike at these big meaty flies. Gently tickling or twitching Isonychia patterns replicates their struggles to emerge. Trout will travel great distances and strike hard and fast at the commotion caused by these insects.

There have been some Cream Cahills sneaking into the mix of insects. I have observed several fish whom at first glance appeared to be taking Sulphurs, upon further investigation they were actually taking Cream Cahill spinners exclusively.

Spinners can reliably be seen overhead in the late evening sky. Their dark fluttering silhouettes drift by in the soon to be darkness in a vast array of sizes. Rusty spinners right before dark and before daybreak are still accounting for our bigger trout.

Happy Hunting! 

JW

  • 6/12/10 We’re Suckers for Sulphurs!

      

    Date: 6/11/10

    Water Flow: 347Cfs 

    Visibility: clear 

    Water Temp: 59*F pm 

    Water Condition: good, water not affected by heavy showers lately. 

    Access Point: Upper TMA 

     Hatches (in order of importance): Vitreus and Sulphurs 14-18 are out in full force on the river. March Brown/Grey Fox 12-14 are hatching throughout the river and with decent numbers causing plenty of fish to notice however the Rusty Spinner in 12-14 have been working great in the evening accounting for some nice fish in the last week. Rusty Spinners in the smaller 16-20 range are showing in good numbers as well. BWO 20-26 on rainy days and in the evening. Winter/Summer Caddis 16-22 in the am are still catching a lot fish. Green Caddis and Tan Caddis are all over the river in 16-18 with lots of fish feeding on them. 

     Comments: The fishing has been good in the mornings on the Caddis hatches, and the evenings have been dynamite on spinners and Sulphur parachutes. There have been so many different type of insects on the water in the evenings, its important to watch fish closely to see what they are feeding on. Size of insects and riseform are very important when trying to do this. The cold water really has the trout in the river fighting hard, so grab your rod and waders and we here at JWflyfishing will see you down over the bank! 

    JW 

     

     

     

  • Making the Farmington River a Family testimony.

     

    Date: 5/24/10

    Water Flow: 402

    Visibility: clear

    Water Temp: 51*F am

    Water Condition: good

    Access Point: Upper TMA

    Hatches (in order of importance): March Brown Spinners 12-14 and Rusty Spinners 16-20 are falling in the evening. March Browns/Grey Fox 12-14 are starting to show. Winter/Summer Caddis 18-22 have been coming off the water early and making some great sunrise action. Blue Wing Olives 16-20 have been blowing up the river on cloudy, cool days. Tan Caddis 16-18, and Green Caddis 16-20 are hatching from Collinsville to Riverton and the fish are spending a great deal of time taking these in the evening right up until dark. A few Vitreus & Sulphurs have been seen on the river.

    Comments: This past weekend I had an absolute great time fishing with my brother in law on the Famington River. I absolutely enjoy each chance I get to take a family member out on the river, it really makes me feel good to get out there with others and see their face flood with happiness as they set the hook into a nice fish.The first evening was a great confidence builder as we knocked some of the rust off his casting. We took a few smaller browns on some caddis emerger patterns and finished the night off with a rusty spinner which was turning fish left and right. The next morning with his skills looking a great deal better he got in a wrestling match with a nice Farmington Brown. I shouted instructions like a drill sargeant as he landed the fish. When we were done I was glad that he is an understanding and tolerant person. I apologized and congratulated him on a super nice catch.The caddis and spinners work wonderful for us this weekend as we relaxed and enjoyed the scenic Farmington River. We took fish on both dries and french and spanish nymphing. Fishing with family is a great way to have some fun and always seems to have a great ending. A weekend filled with great food, great company, and some great flyfishing on the Farmington River.

    Who could ask for more? Nymphing has been producing some nice fish. Caddis larvae in just about any color has been getting it done in 12-16, I suggest green or brown as these are the most common colors that I see in my seine.

  • Holy Hendrickson! Ava lands her first trout of the year on the Farmington River.

     

    Date: 5/8/10 

    Water Flow: 262 

    Visibility: clear 

    Water Temp: 58*F 

    Water Condition: Good 

    Access Point: Upper TMA 

    Hatches (in order of importance): The Hendrickson hatch 12-14 is winding down with the best chances to take fish being on the Hendrickson Spinners which have been falling in the morning and evening. Winter/Summer Caddis #18-22 have been hatching at the break of dawn and producing during the early hours of the day on the flatter sections of the Farmington River. Blue Wing Olives 16-20 have been hatching in the early evening, taking some nice fish. Caddis larvae 12-14, and Pheasantail Nymph 12-14, have been doing a super job subsurface taking good numbers of fish. 

    Comments: I have taken some good fish on plenty of varieties of Hendrickson duns to spinners and including the nymphs, and emergers. Its been exhausting and to think we have the rest of the year ahead of us. This first push of the season is coming to an end with the closing of the Hendrickson’s. Its been fun and I have been hearing lots of stories of some big fish being taken on the Farmington. Get ready for the next round, Sulphury will be here soon and we will be pulling those bigger Caddis foam Pupae from our boxes as well. I was able to get out on the water with my 4 year old daughter Ava this week for some Hendrickson Spinner action and she actually landed her first two trout of the season. It was dynamite, we watch several geese making a big commotion fighting over nesting sights, and a good number of spinners on the water with plenty of rising fish. She was so excited as she held them up so I could take her picture. Its great to be able to enjoy their company fishing with me, yes a little stressful at times, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Tight Lines and Hook a big one! 

    JW 

  • Hendrickson hatch just getting better!

    Date:  4/30/2010

    Water Flow:  266 Cfs 

    Visibility:  Clear        

    Water Temp:  53*F

    Water Condition:  good  

    Access Point:  Upper TMA

    Hatches (in order of importance):  #12-14 Hendrickson pm, #22 Caddis pupae am, 22-24 BWO am

    Comments:  The Hendrickson have arrived in mass now with egg laying females and the smaller males pouring off the water in the afternoon.  The trout in the river welcome them with an open mouth as they eagerly slash at the emerging mayflies.  Trout were eating these insects all afternoon and when evening fell they had no problem taking a rusty spinner, though we did not see any spinnerfall last night.  There where plenty in the air at dusk, perhaps the good weather and lack of strong winds this weekend will allow for a better showing of the spinners.  The am Caddis hatch is still providing some great fishing on the slowest of runs on the Farmington.  I was so frustrated yesterday, I was chasing this one nice trout around all morning long.  This trout was feeding voraciously on pupae, just not mine.  I am hoping to tangle with him another day.  Good luck out there this weekend to all.  Also I have been working on the Monthly vid this month and it will be coming out next week.