Hendricksons “Meet the trout” on the Farmington.

Hendrickson Mayfly (male with large tomato eyes and female with dark eyes and light body)


Date: 4-23-10

Water Flow: 311cfs

Visibility: clear

Water Temp: 51F

Water Condition: good

Access Point: below lower TMA

Hatches (in order of importance): Hendrickson 12-16, Caddis 20-22, Bwo 18-22.

Comments: Well we finally got a great look at the Hendrickson hatch today. My daughters and I watched mayflies hatch from 2pm to 4pm when the hatch tapered off. Males with there tomato round eyes, and females with their small black eyes poured off the small riffle as my girls swooped them up for inspection in their butterfly net. I returned to the water in the evening hours and saw lots of spinners gathering over the water. A few spinners hit the water and the fish gobbled them up quickly. I threw on a size 12 Rusty Spinner and took several stocked fish. This was the first look at this years stocked browns and man they are fat! The next few day will be a great time to hit the water and look for fish rising to Hendrickson hatches in the afternoon and spinnerfalls in the evening. Caddis are still blowing the water up in the am making for exciting fishing as well as the Bwo’s that hit the water along with them.

  • 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.

  • Where’s the Crowds? More than likely they will show for this weekends Opener!

    Date: 4-16-10

    Water Flow: 430cfs

    Visibility: Clear

    Water Temp: 47 F-am

    Water Condition: Good flow

    Access Point: Upper TMA

    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.


  • Farmington River Caddis Arise!

    Date: 4/14/10

    Water Flow: 500

    Visibility: clear

    Water Temp: 47 degrees F. at the edges.

    Water Condition: good flow

    Access Point: Church Pool, Boneyard

    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.

  • 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.