Caddis and Hendrickson Mayflies keep it interesting!


CT. Flyfishing at its finest. Farmington River Caddis and Hendricksons keep it Interesting! from john webber II on Vimeo.

Date:  5/2/10

Water Flow:  250

Visibility:  clear

Water Temp: NA 

Water Condition:  low

Access Point:  Upper TMA

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

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  • Hendrickson hatch just getting better!

    Date:  4/30/2010

    Water Flow:  266 Cfs 

    Visibility:  Clear        

    Water Temp:  53*F

    Water Condition:  good  

    Access Point:  Upper TMA

    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.