Caddis AM, Hedricksons getting stronger!


Date:  4-21-10

Water Flow:  329

Visibility:  Clear

Water Temp:  47F am 

Water Condition:  Good

Access Point:  Lower TMA

Hatches (in order of importance):  Caddis pupae 18- 22, Bwo 18-20, Mahogany Duns 16-18, Rusty Spinner 14-18 in the evening.

Comments:  The morning Caddis hatches are still going strong bringing lots of trout to the surface.  There have been some Bwo mixed in with them and I have been taking fish on them as well.  Yesterday morning I used all my pupae in my box up and I started casting 18 Bwo’s and the trout took it eagerly.  I have been spotting Hendricksons  yesterday fish were feeding on them from Unionville to People’s State Forest.  With the weather looking good for the next couple of days and warm temps this hatch should progress nicely.  The Dep will be stocking the TMA this week and just in time with the Hendricksons well on their way.  Be on the lookout for the evening spinnerfall!  Good luck!

  • Opening Day-Fresh faces and hungry fish got the season started off on a good note for many Anglers.

    My first Brown landed fishing with Spanish/French nymphing.

    Up close and personal.


    Date:  4-17-10

    Water Flow:  423 cfs

    Visibility:  clear

    Water Temp:  46F am

    Water Condition:  good

    Access Point:  Church pool-am, Lower TMA- am

    Hatches (in order of importance):  Caddis 22, Bwo 22-24

    Comments:  I saw lots of fisherman on the river today with smiles on their face and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves in spite of the few passing showers, as for me today’s opener went well for me picking up a few fish early this morning on Caddis Pupae as I enjoyed a hot cup of Joe, and then later on in the am I caught a pair of nice browns Euro nymphing some small, quick, pocket water with a 12 Golden Stone, trailed with a 16 Flashback Hares Ear.  I was excited to see a Hendrickson on my rod as I was walking down the trail to the river.  I have heard reports of several fishermen spotting them on the water, however the fish are still ignoring any floating duns and not yet identifying them as a food source.  Fishing the nymphs in the weeks to come should produce some fish that are keying in on the active nymphs as they prepare to make their grand entrance.  These nymphs are already making a significant appearance in my kick seine.   Also for you dry fly fisherman try fishing the emerger patterns until you see the fish turn to the duns as a major food source.  Good luck and hope to see you all on the water in the days to come.

  • Dont like the High water? Ignore it, some guys are doing just that.

    Hats off to Mike for the Photo Op this morning.

    Nice clean release.

    Date:  4-5-10

    Water Flow:  2070 Farmington/Still combined
    Visibility: decent
    Water Temp: 42 degrees am.
    Water Condition:  High Flow
    Access Point:  Church Pool
    Hatches (in order of importance):  Adult Caddis 18-20,  Stoneflies 16-20.
    Comments:  The trout in the back end of Church Pool sipped small adult caddis this morning, while I as an observer met two nice Gents who were catching trout.  It was a blast talking with them and watching them take the “Ignore It” approach to the high water. This seems to be the approach that I most often employ.
    The trout were rising along the edge or seam where the turbulent meets the slack water.  There were trout rising in this slower water all morning as they gently picked off the adult Caddis.  This was encouraging to watch but do not be fooled, with exception to a few slow pockets most of the river is un-navigable, and only fishable along the banks.  Many trout have been seen and caught along the very edges of the river, fishing the water directly in front of you first is a good rule of thumb.

  • How low can you go!

           4-3-10  I not sure of my exact feeling with what is going on at the Dam right now.  We have had tons of rain and it has caused many problems here in New England over the past week or so.  Here is the thing that Irks me.   All week the flows on the Farmington River have steadily fallen and then yesterday the water tapered  down to definitely fishable levels.  The water from the dam was like 150cfs.  They let the water drop and run all day with a combined flow of around 800cfs once you added the Still River.  Now here’s the part I don’t understand, why would they let the water run low all day long on Friday and then let it all go and run 2000cfs on the weekend when its 70 plus degrees outside and a mad mass of fisherman are ready to kick their year off with their CT. licenses in their pockets which they paid twice as much for this year.  Hmmm, I really think the smart and courteous thing to do would have been to run water all day yesterday and then to try to minimize the flows on the weekend so all the people that pay the ever rising price of licensing fees, high energy prices, high energy taxes, etc…etc…etc… (and believe me the list goes on and on and on) could get on out there and enjoy the sunshine and the Easter holiday.  I guess it goes to show us that a little courtesy may be too much to ask for in these days and times.  Off I go to enjoy the morning fishing in the woods with the water running at 2700cfs, have fun!

  • Time to knock the rust off.


    ShovelHead Farmington brown

    4-2-10  The water level continues to drop with the river flow mostly consisting of secondary runoff from the Still River and other small streams, this is keeping the morning water temps relatively low around 40 degrees.  The river this morning has receded from the woods to barely covering the banks, which should be good news for weekend anglers.  I have been having better luck fishing mid mornings as the water warms.  Slack water sections of the

    Can't wait to find another one of the Babies!

    Farmington in the TMA should fish well this weekend with lots of #16 Stoneflies buzzing around and good numbers of caddis have been along the banks in the morning hours with fish rising to them in these slower sections of the river.   Hope to see some of those anglers I haven’t seen all winter on the water this weekend!  This nice weather is certainly motivating me to get out there and start fishing, its been a long winter!  Good luck to all.  This was a full pic of the Brownie that I landed last Saturday.