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
Hatches (in order of importance): Caddis pupae 18- 22, Bwo 18-20, Mahogany Duns 16-18, Rusty Spinner 14-18 in the evening.
Comments: The morning Caddis hatches are still going strong bringing lots of trout to the surface. There have been some Bwo mixed in with them and I have been taking fish on them as well. Yesterday morning I used all my pupae in my box up and I started casting 18 Bwo’s and the trout took it eagerly. I have been spotting Hendricksons yesterday fish were feeding on them from Unionville to People’s State Forest. With the weather looking good for the next couple of days and warm temps this hatch should progress nicely. The Dep will be stocking the TMA this week and just in time with the Hendricksons well on their way. Be on the lookout for the evening spinnerfall! Good luck!
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.