Hatches (in order of importance): #22 Brown Caddis Pupae AM, #16 Caddis Larvae Mid AM, #12-14 Hendrickson duns Early PM, #12-14 Hendrickson Spinners Late PM.
Comments: There have been tons of bugs on the water as of late, there are some many things hatching right now its hard to keep track. Hendrickson and Caddis are still the major players on the Farmington River, each bringing large numbers of fish to the net. Some Hendrickson patterns like the Red Quill have a place in my box but upon my observation trout often key in on the bigger Hendrickson females. This is where the Hendrickson with a lighter pinkish body comes in real handy. Morning Caddis Pupae have still been putting some large browns in my net early on the morning, you will have to find very still water to access this hatch, you will also have to set your alarm early! Before the sun shows it face these tranquil sections of still water transform into a boiling stew of rises as the trout take these tiny Caddis pupae. A downstream presentation works best with a slight twitching of the rod tip to mimic the insects swimming motion. Some other patterns that are effective during the day are 16-18 Mahogany duns. I took some fish the other day in the upper TMA on these, I was perplexed at what these fish were taking, upon further inspection I saw a few small mayflies that escaping the clutches of rising trout and behold they were Mahogany Duns. Be wary of some big fish feeding on these in the shade along the shoreline at midday. I hope everyone is having a great time now that we have some good insect hatches and some willing fish. I know I am, see you soon. One other bit guys I have finished a nice video to go along with this blog but something is wrong with Youtube upload, we can thank Rich Strolis for exposing me to Vimeo and giving me an alternative. Let me know if you have any problems viewing this is the first time I have posted using Vimeo. Thanks
Hatches (in order of importance): #12-14 Hendrickson pm, #22 Caddis pupae am, 22-24 BWO am
Comments: The Hendrickson have arrived in mass now with egg laying females and the smaller males pouring off the water in the afternoon. The trout in the river welcome them with an open mouth as they eagerly slash at the emerging mayflies. Trout were eating these insects all afternoon and when evening fell they had no problem taking a rusty spinner, though we did not see any spinnerfall last night. There where plenty in the air at dusk, perhaps the good weather and lack of strong winds this weekend will allow for a better showing of the spinners. The am Caddis hatch is still providing some great fishing on the slowest of runs on the Farmington. I was so frustrated yesterday, I was chasing this one nice trout around all morning long. This trout was feeding voraciously on pupae, just not mine. I am hoping to tangle with him another day. Good luck out there this weekend to all. Also I have been working on the Monthly vid this month and it will be coming out next week.
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.
Hatches (in order of importance): Caddis pupae 18- 22, Bwo 18-20, Mahogany Duns 16-18, Rusty Spinner 14-18 in the evening.
Comments: The morning Caddis hatches are still going strong bringing lots of trout to the surface. There have been some Bwo mixed in with them and I have been taking fish on them as well. Yesterday morning I used all my pupae in my box up and I started casting 18 Bwo’s and the trout took it eagerly. I have been spotting Hendricksons yesterday fish were feeding on them from Unionville to People’s State Forest. With the weather looking good for the next couple of days and warm temps this hatch should progress nicely. The Dep will be stocking the TMA this week and just in time with the Hendricksons well on their way. Be on the lookout for the evening spinnerfall! Good luck!
I have been hearing from lots of people out there that they really don’t understand how to use the USGS tool, so I wanted to write a quick piece with some tips on using all that data that USGS compiles and how it can give you, the fisherman a definite advantage. The USGS site is a scientific site so we need to remember this is raw data, so it really doesn’t tell us if the fish are biting or not. Take one look at the website and I admit it can be a bit intimidating. It is mighty helpful however in determining optimum flows especially when you spread that data out and look at it from a 30, 60,or 90 day spread. If you watch this spread you can make a better determination of the water conditions. For example if the USGS data tells me that the water is running a little high I would assume it may be cloudy as well, maybe I want to plan to fish nymphs or dry flys along the edges. This tool has now allowed me to arrange any gear needed to do that. Maybe you notice low water trends then you may want to plan on taking your tippet size down as to not spook fish.
Fish are definitely influenced by the water flows and hold in completely different places during water fluctuations. One good example of this that comes to mind is a day in late Mar. 2010 during the high water episode we had on the Farmington River. We had flows on the river of 2000cfs and I spooked a big trout on my walk in, that was 15ft up in the woods in a shallow pool, at the sight of my he immediately exploded through the brush and back into the main river channel. Any information beforehand is information worth having.
When you use these USGS water trends in conjunction with a weather report, now you have even more information and you haven’t even got your feet wet yet. I always like using these tools and knowing what I am getting before I arrive, especially when you may have to travel long distances before fishing. Learn to use this tool and you too will be able to better select your tactics and be PREPARED for the water conditions. Above is a small tutorial I created with a couple of tips on how to better utilize the USGS water flow site. For those of you asking I hope this helps and will hopefully help you to catch more fish. Take care and hope to see you on the water soon!