Farmington Needhami, Breakfast of Champions!

Needhami Dun

Date: 7/5/10

Water Flow: 250 CFS

Visibility: clear

Water Temp: 58F

Water Condition: good

Access Point: upper TMA

Hatches (in order of importance): a.m. Needhami Spinners size 22-24, winter/summer caddis size 18-22, p.m.Sulphurs size 16-20, Isonychia size 10-14, Cream Cahills 14-16, Rusty spinners 12-20.

Comments: Like clockwork the trout continue feeding on winter summer caddis in the mornings, with foam pupae patterns performing the best,and many trout coming to the net on small pupae patterns while nymphing. When the Needhami spinners hit the water in mid morning, trout boil to take them. You must look at the water closely to see these tiny spinners. The long tails are a dead giveaway. The key after recognizing these insects is to lighten your tippet size and accurately cast to feeding fish making sure your drifts are drag-free.

The evening Sulphur Hatch remains good with lots of Duns coming off the water and good numbers of fish feeding on them. I am having good luck fishing a Sulphur emerger as a dropper off of my dry fly. There are also Isonychia mixed in, with plenty of fish willing to strike at these big meaty flies. Gently tickling or twitching Isonychia patterns replicates their struggles to emerge. Trout will travel great distances and strike hard and fast at the commotion caused by these insects.

There have been some Cream Cahills sneaking into the mix of insects. I have observed several fish whom at first glance appeared to be taking Sulphurs, upon further investigation they were actually taking Cream Cahill spinners exclusively.

Spinners can reliably be seen overhead in the late evening sky. Their dark fluttering silhouettes drift by in the soon to be darkness in a vast array of sizes. Rusty spinners right before dark and before daybreak are still accounting for our bigger trout.

Happy Hunting! 

JW

  • 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.

    JW

  • Making the Farmington River a Family testimony.

     

    Date: 5/24/10

    Water Flow: 402

    Visibility: clear

    Water Temp: 51*F am

    Water Condition: good

    Access Point: Upper TMA

    Hatches (in order of importance): March Brown Spinners 12-14 and Rusty Spinners 16-20 are falling in the evening. March Browns/Grey Fox 12-14 are starting to show. Winter/Summer Caddis 18-22 have been coming off the water early and making some great sunrise action. Blue Wing Olives 16-20 have been blowing up the river on cloudy, cool days. Tan Caddis 16-18, and Green Caddis 16-20 are hatching from Collinsville to Riverton and the fish are spending a great deal of time taking these in the evening right up until dark. A few Vitreus & Sulphurs have been seen on the river.

    Comments: This past weekend I had an absolute great time fishing with my brother in law on the Famington River. I absolutely enjoy each chance I get to take a family member out on the river, it really makes me feel good to get out there with others and see their face flood with happiness as they set the hook into a nice fish.The first evening was a great confidence builder as we knocked some of the rust off his casting. We took a few smaller browns on some caddis emerger patterns and finished the night off with a rusty spinner which was turning fish left and right. The next morning with his skills looking a great deal better he got in a wrestling match with a nice Farmington Brown. I shouted instructions like a drill sargeant as he landed the fish. When we were done I was glad that he is an understanding and tolerant person. I apologized and congratulated him on a super nice catch.The caddis and spinners work wonderful for us this weekend as we relaxed and enjoyed the scenic Farmington River. We took fish on both dries and french and spanish nymphing. Fishing with family is a great way to have some fun and always seems to have a great ending. A weekend filled with great food, great company, and some great flyfishing on the Farmington River.

    Who could ask for more? Nymphing has been producing some nice fish. Caddis larvae in just about any color has been getting it done in 12-16, I suggest green or brown as these are the most common colors that I see in my seine.

  • 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