- Hendrickson Mayfly (male with large tomato eyes and female with dark eyes and light body)
Water Flow: 311cfs
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.
Water Flow: 430cfs
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.
Hats off to Mike for the Photo Op this morning.
Nice clean release.
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.