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Farmington River TMA ExpansionHearing
Wed., March 16th
… 6:30pm. DEP Hdqtrs
79 Elm St. Hartford.
Here is a pre formed letter for anyone aggreeing with the proposal to extend the TMA area along the Farmington River. You can take the preformed letter and copy and paste it into an email sent to Mr. Foreman of the DEP whose email is in the letter. Rich has thing Nailed with the barbless hook law as well. Barbless hooks are much easier on the angler as well. I took a Skalka in the thumb last year that I thank God was barbless making it much easier to extract! Ouch!
Thanks Rich for the heads up!
To: Bill Foreman
DEP Inland Fisheries Division
79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127
Dear Mr. Foreman, I am writing this letter to show my support for the proposed changes in the Farmington River Trout Management Area. The expansion of the Trout Management Area to the bridge abutments at the tail out of the Whittemore pool, and the changes to the other areas of the river down to the Route 177 Bridge in Unionville are well thought out, and long over due.
However, there is one change in the proposed regulations which I DO NOT support. All three sections of the new proposals relating to the Farmington River require that the fish be released “without avoidable injury”. And yet the regulations requiring the use of barbless hooks has been eliminated from the proposal. Barbless hooks allow for reduced handling and a faster release of the fish, thus reducing unwanted injury. To eliminate this requirement makes no sense. Barbless hooks in the Trout Management Area have been required since its inception, and to remove this provision at this time would be counter productive to releasing the fish without avoidable injury. Please consider reinstating the barbless hook requirement in the TMA, and if you wish to standardize the regulations, make barbless hooks required for the entire section of the river in the proposal. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
Water flow: 320
Water temp: n/a
Water conditions: good
Hatches: Winter/Summer Caddis 20-24, are out in good numbers in the early to mid morning. Blue Wing Olives 22-24 mid-morning and again in the afternoon. Tan Caddis 16-18 sporadic throughout the day.
Comments: The Winter/Summer Caddis have been on the water in the early mornings bringing lots of fish to the surface to feed on them. I love this hatch and enjoy fishing it with just a couple of simple foam and CDC pupae imitations. If you don’t fish this hatch…you should! It’s longevity and potency are matched by no other hatch on the river. Most trout will be feeding on this hatch all winter long. Presentation can be tricky but if you take a moment to observe the naturals and how they act and skitter across the surface on their way to the rocks along the riverbank to finish their transformation into adult Caddis. The skittering is the important part for the angler you must make your presentation act like the natural. By observing the pupae themselves you can make a better judgment on whether to use an upstream or downstream approach. I often try both until I find which one is best suited for a particular hole or stretch of water. Don’t forget you can fish the Winter/Summer Caddis Larvae as well! Nymphing with these tiny larvae may intimidate some but these small nymphs fished in an 18 or 20 can really get it done.
BWOlives have been coming off fairly well at the larger pools on the Farmington. Other smaller areas that I like to fish on the Farmy have seen spotty hatches of the Blue winged olives. Parachute patterns with just a thread body work well on these. I have been catching most fish on 24 BWO wet fly dropper that I have tied off the bend of my parachute dry fly. Fish tend to refuse the parachute and sip the wet fly trailing a short distance behind. On these windy fall days it can be hard to tell if trout are taking these tiny insects, many times they are taking them under the film, and masked by the ripples created on the water. Look closely and observe the shoreline for BWO’s that have been blown into the grass and vegetation along the waters edge. If these little green troopers are a no-show, or I don’t notice the trout taking them in the film, I normally switch to fishing nymphs rather quickly trying some small BWO nymphs instead.
The fall is a great time of the year to hit these hatches which can be spectacular but remember to have a plan “B” and be prepared to fish streamers or nymphs when they are not producing. Good luck and we hope to catch you out there on the water!
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!
Vanesssa with a nice French Nymphed Farmington Brown!
Water Flow: 200 CFS
Water Temp: 60°F
Water Condition: very low
Access Point: upper TMA
Hatches (in order of importance):
AM: Winter/Summer Caddis 20-24, Blue Wing Olives 22-28, and tiny Rusty Spinners 20-26,
Midday: Tan Caddis 18-20, Black Ants 14-18, Beetles 12-16.
Evening: Isonychia 10-14, and Cahills 12-14, Flying Ants 16-24.
"Shocking" the Farmington River
Comments: Some rain has finally come and the river has moved to a more comfortable 200Cfs putting a little bit of water over resident trout! Winter/Summer Caddis all our still going in the early a.m. hours. Tiny Blue Winged Olives fill the air as well. This has been a good reliable hatch with lots of fish taking the small BWO patterns off the top and micro mayflies fished as droppers or along th stream bottom. When the spinners start to fall the fishing has been great on very small spinner patterns down to 26. Nothing but tails, olive thread and a little poly wing on these and your done.
Tan Caddis have been hatching sporadically throughout the morning. I like to fish these with a small X-Caddis tied with a CDC wing and a poly shuck.
Midday there have been a few flying ant hatches that were just spectacular with pools of rising trout to be found for miles it seems. Every fish in the river rolling for them. Size is crucial here and sometimes these things can be as small as a 28 or so.
Iso’s are still getting it done in the evening with the nymphs and emergers catching many large trout, this meal being just to big to pass up. Cahills have been spotty but I have seen them on a few occasions in some sections of the river and managed to take trout on them.
Last week the Farmington river received it’s yearly walk from those carrying the electric sticks and wielding fish barges. I was glad that my daughters and I had the chance again to see them shock, measure, and release many fish while carrying many other large breeders up over the bank and into the trucks off to the hatchery to spawn a new generation of healthy Farmington river Brown trout. I must say it is heartbreaking, to see them go but I’ll wish them a safe trip and look forward to their return in the spring. Good luck on the river, see you soon.
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!