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.
Spawning fish continued to move throughout the river. This meant a great opportunity to get weighted nymphs in front of large fish in shallow water. I fished an indicator rig consisting of a San Juan worm with an Isonychia nymph fished off the bend of the worm. Warmer days with temps above 35 degrees brought up hatches of Winter Caddis in the slackwater pools where fish could gently pick the swimming pupae from the surface.
November was a great month on the River with lots of big fish aggressively moving about as the spawn is on! I had a great month fishing on the bottom with nymphs. Some of my better producers were Isonychia nymphs in size 12-14, and the San Jaun worm tied on a #12 caddis hook weighted with wire.
There was a consistent hatches of Blue Winged Olives in smaller sizes #22-24. The bigger fish have been sitting in slack or slow rolling water and refusing a vast majority of dryflies, and eagerly take the emerging insects one right after the other. I had great success fishing tiny BWO wets as droppers, off a CDC parachute Blue Winged Olive. This method addresses the problem with bigger fish seemingly feeding stricktly on emergers.
October was a wonderful month on the water and I had a lot of time spent there with my two precious partners in crime. Pumpkin Caddis came to the water in waves to lay their eggs beneath the water in vegitation and under rocks, this was a great time to fish an orange Lafontaine Diving caddis in sizes12-16. Though it took a bit of pondering as to why an orange caddis dry fly, was not getting the job done. As soon as I saw those insect crawling through the meniscus to the underside of rocks and grass bingo the light went on! Diving caddis. My children and I had a blast fishing Isonychia’s in the warm afternoon sun. With a twitch here and a twitch there trout were eager to take our CDC Iso emerger in sizes 12-14. We spent many evenings enjoying the scenery, the fishing and each others company. I will forever cherish evenings on the water as memorable as these.