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
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.
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.