Too many bugs to count!


Date: 6/17/10

Water Flow: 372

Visibility: clear

Water Temp: 58*F

Water Condition: good

Access Point: Upper TMA

Hatches (in order of importance): Sulphurs 14-18 March Brown/Grey Fox 12-14, Isonychia 10-12, Winter/summer Caddis 18-22, Tan and Green Caddis 16-20.

Comments: Early am the winter/summer caddis have been driving trout bonkers causing them to line the banks and softer water snatching pupae that are swimming toward shore, I prefer to fish Dave Goulet’s foam pupae skittering down and across the current. Mid afternoon and evening have been frantic with Sulphurs, Caddis, Isonychia, BWO’s, Potomantis, and a few March Browns. When the hatches get frantic like this it can be a frustrating time if you are waiting for a specific hatch. Stay focused and hone your powers of observation by finding a few fish and watching them closely for clues as to what they are feeding on. When watching trout feeding be mindful of escaping insects, and rise forms to help you put the pieces of the puzzle together. Fish aren’t taking your dry imitation? Tie a dropper off your dry to imitate the emerger. Switch your flies frequently until you can match the hatch. Rusty Spinners in larger sizes such as 12-14 are putting some of our bigger trout on the line in the late evenings. As far as nymphing we have been catching lots of nice trout during the am Caddis hatch on simple yellow Caddis larvae patterns. There is a strong population of Golden Stoneflies in various sizes my favorite are size 12 and 6. These flies always produce fish for us. I have personally been using the French Nymphing tactics to target some specific hatches with great success. If you have started using this technique don’t be afraid to use those hatch specific wet flies on the top of your brace. We have been putting a bunch of fish in the net in the afternoons by positioning Sulphur wets as a dropper on our brace of flies. I am planning to trying this same thing with Isonychias which are a much bigger insect and food source for trout. These larger insects seldom pass without large trout noticing in my opinion. Whether your voice is hoarse from screaming obscenities at the trout or shouting “Fish on!” have a good week and enjoy our wonderful Farmington River.


  • Farmington River Series September 2009

         September is still a great month for fishing spinners in low light sutuations, there are many mayflies supplementing the caddis hatches which roll into midday,and again in the evening.  Caddis pupae imitations in sizes 16-20 have been working great right through the morning, I have also been fishing rusty spinners in sizes 18-22 to imitate the small BWO’s.  Look for fish sipping early in the morning on slow riffles.  Hightened awareness is key to spotting big trout sipping these spinners and caddis pupae.  Cast a shorter line for more control over your presentation.  The evening hours have been a mad dash for about a 30 min period when BWO’s come pouring off the water in a highly concentrated effort to escape the jaws of waiting trout.