5 Proven Tactics to Help you Catch more Trout during the Hendrickson hatch this Spring.

Hendrickson Polish woven nymph

     Would you like to you catch more fish during the Hendrickson hatch this spring? There are quite a few ways to approach it, here are some good tactics to try. Some are easy and fast, while others require patience, and some exploration with new techniques, you choose which ones to employ.

     Before you, quite a few people have made up their minds to be more successful at catching fish on the Farmington during these early season hatches, when the fish can sometimes just not seem to respond to anything.  Through the successes and failures of those who went before you, there are many lessons that must be learned.  To make it less difficult for you to succeed, here are a few of the better tactics. The tactics with notably long lists of successful users before.

5 tactics quite likely to assist you in catching more trout during the Hendrickson and other early mayfly hatches this Spring.

1.      Fish with nymphs during the first week of the insects hatching. Choosing a nymph in the proper size and color is key. Turn a few rocks and look for some of the naturals before you choose the fly you will be fishing with. For best results you will need to change to some sort of a nymphing setup, there are quite a few out there I prefer my coiled sighters and a host of Euro methods including French/Spanish Nymphing. The other alternative that I like to use especially when its windy is Czech Nymphing with a football indicator or something similar. Continue reading

  • Hendrickson Vs. Kahle Worm – Two Heavyweight flies, One Winner!


    There was some great fishing to be had along the banks of the Farmington River this spring, the weather made some of the Hendrickson dry fly fishing very challenging, but with a very solid Plan “B” the results were a whole lot of fun and some terrific scenery.   Continue reading

  • 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

     

  • Farmington River still Spinning with Caddis moving in!

     

    Date:  5/17/10

    Water Flow:  450cfs

    Visibility:  clear

    Water Temp:  51am

    Water Condition:  good

    Access Point: Upper TMA

    Hatches (in order of importance):  5/17/2010 – The Farmington is flowing TMA at 450cfs. The Hendrickson hatch # 12-14 is just about over but still can be found below Hogback Dam on the uppermost reaches of the river.   Hendrickson Spinners #12-14 and Rusty Spinners #16-20 are falling in the evening. Winter/Summer Caddis #18-22 have been hatching close to daybreak and producing during the early hours of the day on the slower sections of the River. Blue Wing Olives #16-20 have been hatching in the early evening accounting for some nice trout.Tan Caddis #16-18, and Green Caddis #16-20 are now hatching from Collinsville to New Hartford.  March Browns/Grey Fox #12-14 have also been reported on the lower river in  Collinsville to Pleasant Valley.

    Comments:  This past week the fishing was great in the early morning hours busting many fish with Spanish and French Nymphing on caddis patterns. The evenings have been fishing good with Rusty spinners and small caddis emergers.  The caddis have been coming off religiously for an hour before dark. Trout have been feeding on these Caddis explosively throughout the evening. Many of these fish feeding on Caddis cannot resist a large spinner drifted over them, and will suck it up. This past week has brought some nice fish and a few great opportunities to catch some trout with some old friends on the river. The rainy conditions over the next few days should bring a great opportunity to nymph on the Farmington with the possibility of some higher water conditions. Hit the seams and dredge up some big browns.
    JW

  • Holy Hendrickson! Ava lands her first trout of the year on the Farmington River.

     

    Date: 5/8/10 

    Water Flow: 262 

    Visibility: clear 

    Water Temp: 58*F 

    Water Condition: Good 

    Access Point: Upper TMA 

    Hatches (in order of importance): The Hendrickson hatch 12-14 is winding down with the best chances to take fish being on the Hendrickson Spinners which have been falling in the morning and evening. Winter/Summer Caddis #18-22 have been hatching at the break of dawn and producing during the early hours of the day on the flatter sections of the Farmington River. Blue Wing Olives 16-20 have been hatching in the early evening, taking some nice fish. Caddis larvae 12-14, and Pheasantail Nymph 12-14, have been doing a super job subsurface taking good numbers of fish. 

    Comments: I have taken some good fish on plenty of varieties of Hendrickson duns to spinners and including the nymphs, and emergers. Its been exhausting and to think we have the rest of the year ahead of us. This first push of the season is coming to an end with the closing of the Hendrickson’s. Its been fun and I have been hearing lots of stories of some big fish being taken on the Farmington. Get ready for the next round, Sulphury will be here soon and we will be pulling those bigger Caddis foam Pupae from our boxes as well. I was able to get out on the water with my 4 year old daughter Ava this week for some Hendrickson Spinner action and she actually landed her first two trout of the season. It was dynamite, we watch several geese making a big commotion fighting over nesting sights, and a good number of spinners on the water with plenty of rising fish. She was so excited as she held them up so I could take her picture. Its great to be able to enjoy their company fishing with me, yes a little stressful at times, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Tight Lines and Hook a big one! 

    JW