This Memorial Weekend was a stellar weekend for fishing the Farmington River. The weather stayed good and offered some nice, warm, sunny conditions to fish. There were lots of Caddis pouring off the river from noontime into the late evening. Fish on quick water riffles fed on the smorgasbord of Caddis emergers ans the still water fish preferred the adult patterns. I saw many large fish taken this weekend as the trout consistently fed on the many types of Caddis making their appearance on the Farmington River. At times fish needed to be hunted down as most fish let Caddis roll over them one after another and at other times some fishermen were just in the right place at the right time as large concentrations of insects emerged from the depths. Fishing nymphs this weekend was especially rewarding for me and many others that I talked with along the river. Many Caddis patterns such as czech Caddis, Lafontaine Caddis patterns,and many others were good performers in #14-16. My Kahle worms also caught fish for me all weekend used as my anchor fly. Finally we have spotted some #16 Sulphurs in the upper TMA and a few fish were caught earlier in the week on the Sulphur emergers.
Water Flow: 625Cfs
Water Condition: slightly stained
Access Point: Upper TMA
Hatches (in order of importance):
AM: Winter/Summer Caddis 20-24
Rusty Spinners 20-24
Midday: Tan Caddis 18-20
Ants and Beetles 12-16
Evening: Isonychia 10-12
Tan Caddis 18-20
Rusty Spinners 20-24
Comments: Water is running high again after the recent rains. Not many fish have been rising in the early mornings but a few are sipping small Spinners and Winter/Summer Caddis. I have been fishing down for them with Caddis larvae and Stonefly nymphs until I notice fish visibly rising then grabbing my dry rod and throwing small spinners or W/S Caddis. Olives are starting to gather on the riffles in the evening. Not many trout have been coming up for the tiny spinners. However I have been taking lots of fish on small Pheasantail nymphs down to size 22 imitating small BWO nymphs. A pattern that has been tearing it up out there for a good couple of months now is Aaron Jasper’s Pineapple Express. I want to thank Aaron for his great patterns and here is the url to the video of Pineapple Express TPO fly of the Month June 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdrtvM4F6l4
The fly I have pictured here is just a spinnoff of the Pineapple Express that I tie a bit differently. This fly is mainly a small pheasantail with a rusty, yellowish dubbing mix for a thorax and a hot collar of UTC fire orange thread for the hotspot. Stonefly 10-14 and Isonychia nymphs 10-12 have been very effective in the high water. I like French Nymphing these patterns in current seams and along shelf water. The rain is supposed to stop and with moderate temperatures this weekend you can count on the fishing being good as the water recedes. Good luck to all out there this weekend. Hook em up!
Water Flow: 200 CFS
Water Temp: 59F a.m.
Water Condition: low
Access Point: upper TMA
Hatches (in order of importance:
Winter/summer Caddis 18-22
Tan Caddis 16-18
Ants, Beetles, and other terrestrials should do the trick.
Comments: Tricos are coming off in the upper TMA, the Duns start showing up in the early a.m. shortly followed by the spinners into midmorning. I haven’t seen any blanket hatches of these insects by any means, hopefully this hatch will materialize into the lower sections of the river this week.
Winter/summer Caddis are still blowing up the rivers’ edge in the a.m. hours. This is my favorite hatch and it is still going on each morning from the crack of dawn into the late morning. This hatch could almost be fished 365 days a year here on the Farmington River.
Tan Caddis are coming off throughout the day and fish slash at them making loud and splashy rise forms, sometimes launching into a full body breech as they chase these emerging pupae.
Isonychia have been emerging in good numbers in the evening hours. We have been fishing them at last light and into the darkness. Usually shortly after sunset there is a very strong emergence and fish ruthlessly give chase. Anthopotamus or formally known as Potomanthus, nicknamed Golden Dun, hatch and emerge on the slower sections of the Farmington in fairly good numbers during the evening hours. Given their large size take off can be slow and clumsy causing many fish to give chase. Fishing a yellow parachute style fly during late evening can double as the Golden Dun spinner, which also can be seen at the same time as the emerging Duns.
The water is low but we are still having fun and catching lots of fish. I would like to especially thank my nephew Tyler for taking time out of his busy summer and spending it with my family here in Connecticut and on the Farmington River. Tyler, I speak for all of us here at JWflyfishing when I say “We had a great two weeks visiting with you and having you fish along our side.” We look forward to doing it again. Great luck out there to all!
Water Condition: low-water
Access Point: upper TMA
Hatches (in order of importance): winter/summer caddis 20-22 a.m., Needhami duns 22-24 midmorning, Isonychia 10-14 p.m., midges 22-20 a.m.
Comments: The winter summer caddis hatch continues to be a spectacle during the a.m. hours. Many fish line up on soft water seams rising to take these tiny Pupae as they row along in the meniscus to the shoreline to finish their emergence on the rocks and logs near the edge of the river. I had one of my best days on the river this past weekend when this hatch came on at 6a.m. and started winding down at 11a.m., we caught trout on everything from foam pupae patterns to french nymphing small winter/summer caddis larvae patterns.
Needhami Duns are rolling off the water midmorning, their small spinners can drive fisherman nuts. Their small sizes make them very difficult to see on the water. The Duns however can be recognized flying in the air by their long sweeping tails.
Isonychia have been filling the skies in the evening hours. Trout like these tasty morsels and will move greater distances from their feeding lanes to swipe at this super sized evening hatcher. When these insects start coming off the water in good numbers I prefer to fish a CDC Iso emerger pattern then as darkness sets in I switch off to a larger Iso parachute pattern, which doubles as a big spinner pattern and I fish this into the darkness.
If you are fishing mid day I would suggest using terrestrials such as small ants, beetles, crickets, and hoppers. For all those fishing nymphs you can’t be beat fishing green caddis larvae 14-18 and Isonychia nymphs 10-14, with golden stone flies 6-12 rounding out the mix. Fishing on the Farmington River has gotten tougher forcing fishermen to take their tippet down to 7 or 8X when fishing smaller hatches such as winter summer caddis pupae and Needhami Spinners. Good luck on the river. Remember, if you’re fishing into the afternoon hours, bring plenty of water it has been scorching out there on the river after 10a.m.
Water Flow: 372
Water Temp: 58*F
Water Condition: good
Access Point: Upper TMA
Hatches (in order of importance): Sulphurs 14-18 March Brown/Grey Fox 12-14, Isonychia 10-12, Winter/summer Caddis 18-22, Tan and Green Caddis 16-20.
Comments: Early am the winter/summer caddis have been driving trout bonkers causing them to line the banks and softer water snatching pupae that are swimming toward shore, I prefer to fish Dave Goulet’s foam pupae skittering down and across the current. Mid afternoon and evening have been frantic with Sulphurs, Caddis, Isonychia, BWO’s, Potomantis, and a few March Browns. When the hatches get frantic like this it can be a frustrating time if you are waiting for a specific hatch. Stay focused and hone your powers of observation by finding a few fish and watching them closely for clues as to what they are feeding on. When watching trout feeding be mindful of escaping insects, and rise forms to help you put the pieces of the puzzle together. Fish aren’t taking your dry imitation? Tie a dropper off your dry to imitate the emerger. Switch your flies frequently until you can match the hatch. Rusty Spinners in larger sizes such as 12-14 are putting some of our bigger trout on the line in the late evenings. As far as nymphing we have been catching lots of nice trout during the am Caddis hatch on simple yellow Caddis larvae patterns. There is a strong population of Golden Stoneflies in various sizes my favorite are size 12 and 6. These flies always produce fish for us. I have personally been using the French Nymphing tactics to target some specific hatches with great success. If you have started using this technique don’t be afraid to use those hatch specific wet flies on the top of your brace. We have been putting a bunch of fish in the net in the afternoons by positioning Sulphur wets as a dropper on our brace of flies. I am planning to trying this same thing with Isonychias which are a much bigger insect and food source for trout. These larger insects seldom pass without large trout noticing in my opinion. Whether your voice is hoarse from screaming obscenities at the trout or shouting “Fish on!” have a good week and enjoy our wonderful Farmington River.