Great resource for the CT. fly angler searching for many different species.

  If your a trout fisherman like me who’s perhaps looking to get on some stripers or smallmouth but find yourself a little too far away to keep good tabs on the fishing, this is a great resource for you. I was poking around this morning and stumbled upon this link with a lot of good solid info collected by the fishing community all across CT.

  There was some solid hatch info for the Farmington for the fly angler who’s not all that familiar with the river. Here is a brief decription of the fishing reports process as described by CT. DEP.

  The Weekly Fishing Report is a summary of fresh and saltwater fishing activity in Connecticut collected from tackle stores around the state. Phone calls to area tackle stores are made early in the week and the information is usually posted on the web site by the middle of the week. The reports run every week from Opening Day in April to the end of November and may also feature periodic reports of ice fishing activity during the winter months. The reports are available as pdf files. Here is the link: http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2696&q=322752&depNav_GID=1630

  • Farmington fly fishing Memorial Day Weekend 6/1/11

    Nice trout Stan!

    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.

    A well colored Farmington River meat eater!

    Thanks Mike S. for the great picture.

  • Bring on the Hendrickson’s!

    Date:  4/28/11

    Water flow:  650 CFS

    Visibility:  Clear       

    Water temp:  40*F early a.m.

    Water conditions:  A little high due to recent rains.

    Hatches:  Hendrickson’s 12-14, Winter/Summer Caddis 18-22, Mahogany Duns/Little Blue Quills 16-18, Blue Wing Olives 16-20

    Comments:  There have been a few Hendrickson’s hatching midday at the end of the upper TMA , and I have noticed a few further upstream as well.  Some fish are responding and violently slashing at the emergers and most times letting the adults drift by.  Dry fly fishing can be frustrating and many anglers are bedazzled by the large numbers of floating mayflies that fish ignore.  In the weeks to come trout will wise up, quickly identifying drifting mayflies as a significant food source and start taking them on the top as well as the nymphal forms.  In the meantime many fish have been put in the net by actively fishing the nymph or emerger patterns deeper in the water column at midday when these mayflies are most actively hatching. 

         Mahogany Duns and Little Blue quills are hatching as well, though they are in much smaller numbers and overshadowed by the Hendrickson.  These smaller hatches often take place in back eddies and along the stream bank, so be on the lookout for action in these areas and react accordingly. 

         Winter/Summer Caddis are hitting the water shortly after sunrise with good numbers of fish feeding on them in slack water areas of the river.  The pupae is the key player here, with long legs like oars these insects breastroke to shoreline grass, rocks, and debris to hatch, and its this swimming motion that drive trout crazy.  Fish your pupae pattern with twitches of the rod tip to emulate this action. 

         Most of our fishing is still being done with French Nymphing techniques especially in the high water that has been produced by spring rains and Dam fluctuations.  This method really shines in these high water scenarios.  Leaving the stream bank is rarely needed to land some hefty resident browns that escape the high water flows by migrating to milder currents near the shore.  For those of you employing these methods here are some good fly choices.  JW’s own Kahle worms in lime green and pink have been doing a bang up job on the Farmington for months now and are still producing. 

         Golden Stones 6-12 is another excellent pattern with a million ways to tie them, I like to use a simple straight forward, easy, and durable tie such as polish woven nymphs.   Appearing the same from all sides when awash and having the light underbelly contrast with the darker top, combined with a tungsten bead makes this fly a great choice in fast turbulent runs.   

    Male Hendrickson on left and Female on right

    Pheasantail Nymphs 14-20 are a good choice mimicking many different mayfly species.  Green Rock Worm 12-16 are an essential on the Farmington with tons of these insects showing up in stream samples taken with a kick seine.  As a reminder JWFlyfishing has finally been able to get a goodies store squared away and if you are in the market for some JWSlinky coiled sighters this is just the news you have been waiting for, so check it out!  We even have the ½ and ½ coiled sighters (my own personal favorite) with two contrasting colors so streamside vegetation and sunsets become a hindrance of the past.  Good luck out there and go catch some fish!

    JW

     

  • 3/25/11 Farmington Stream Report

    Date:  3/25/11

    Water flow:  Water levels have dropped this week down to a combined 1000cfs for the upper TMA.

    Visibility:  Clearing

    Water temp:  34*F – am warming to 36*F on warmer days

    Water conditions:  River is running a little high but still mostly negotiable.

    Hatches:  W/S Caddis pupae 22-24, Gray Spring Stoneflies 12-16,

    Would the "Infamous" Kahle Worm please stand up!

    Comments:  The water level has been extremely high for the past week.  I fished the Upper TMA both with streamers and nymphs with a good bit of success.  The sun provided some warmth which got the fish moving a little and feeding.  Some Go-To’s are Yellow Stonefly Nymphs 10-14, Crane fly larva 4-6, Kahle worms 4-6, small eggs or sucker spawn, W/S Caddis larvae 16-18, Pheasant Tail Nymph 16-18.  Streamers like Zonkers, Clousers, and Wooly Buggers will give a nice profile for fish to slash at.  I have received some action on some tandem streamers that I tied up for the high water flows of Spring.  Nymphing was especially good to me this week landing several nice Browns.  I will be looking for some dry fly action on W/S Caddis pupae this weekend, the waters’ warming trend should bring on some solid hatches of these critters right at daybreak or soon thereafter.  Look for this to happen especially on slower moving parts of the river.  The snow has finally removed itself from most of our local parking spots and Anglers once again will be able to find their way into most parking areas.  Good luck out there and hope to see you all on the river!

    JW

  • Some soaking rain and a little more water to wade in! For the time being that is.

    Vanesssa with a nice French Nymphed Farmington Brown!

     

    Date:  10/29/10
    Water Flow:  200 CFS
    Visibility:  clear
    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.
    JW