My first Brown landed fishing with Spanish/French nymphing.
Up close and personal.
Water Flow: 423 cfs
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.
Hatches (in order of importance): Caddis is King! #22 brown pupae is doing the trick nicely.
Comments: I had another great morning hitting some of the slower pocket sections on the Farmington River. The fish were rising all around Mike (one of the many great flyfishermen I have met over the winter)and I. We literally had the place all to ourselves. River full of rising fish and a pair of anglers, that’s a good scenario wherever you are. All of the fish I caught this morning were on pupae and there were none of them with any size to them. I lost one nicer fish and then missed a few strike, wondering why I had missed them I stripped in my line and grasp the leader to inspect the fly, one look and the proof was in the pudding. With a bend as straight as arrow my fruitless thrashing had been just that, fruitless indeed! I just reached for my ‘hemos’ and bent it back where it should have been in the first place. However fishermen be forewarned this could, and has several times gotten me in a heap of trouble a few casts down the road, like when the big one hits and there you are with a previously bent hook in his mouth waiting for the moment when the line falls slack. Take the moment to replace that fly with an extra if you have it and save yourself what may seem an eternity of kicking, and screaming like a baby when something similar to the above happens to you. Grab some Caddis and a cup of coffee get out there this weekend and enjoy some great, dependable fishing on dry flies. Bring some fingerless gloves if you got em those 40 degree mornings can be torture on the hands. Have a good opener, and I hope to see you out there on the water.
Hatches (in order of importance): Caddis 20-22, Black Stoneflies 16-20, BWO 22-24.
Comments: The morning caddis have kept the trout rising and fly rods bent for the past week or so. There have been lots of adult caddis along the banks and fish have been lying in wait to take them. This hatch is what’s happening on the Farmington now so grab your rods and head out to catch some early morning, caddis sipping, trout on dries. There have been a few Stoneflies buzzing around bringing some fish to the surface to pursue them. I have spotted some rises in the evening to sporadic hatches of BWO’s 22-24. Still seeing lots of Golden Stones 16, along with Hendrickson nymphs 16-18 in my seine. Might want to try some Cranefly larvae in big sizes on or near sandbars, seeing lots of them in my stream samples near those areas of the river.
March was a tough month on the Farmington with most fish being taken on nymphs or streamers. The cold water temperatures kept fish relatively quiet in the wee morning hours, until the sun had provided some warmth However, fish could be found in the slower sections of the river feeding on caddis when the weather cooperated. Higher flows on the river brought the trout closer to the banks to actively feed on caddis and stoneflies during the warmest parts of the day. Large browns could be seen rising near shore.I had a great time just observing trout. The nymph fishing was relatively good compared to the much colder month of February. Stonefly patterns and Caddis Larvae along with San Juan Worms were good producers.
Water Flow: 2070 Farmington/Still combined
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.