3/25/11 Farmington Stream Report

Date:  3/25/11

Water flow:  Water levels have dropped this week down to a combined 1000cfs for the upper TMA.

Visibility:  Clearing

Water temp:  34*F – am warming to 36*F on warmer days

Water conditions:  River is running a little high but still mostly negotiable.

Hatches:  W/S Caddis pupae 22-24, Gray Spring Stoneflies 12-16,

Would the "Infamous" Kahle Worm please stand up!

Comments:  The water level has been extremely high for the past week.  I fished the Upper TMA both with streamers and nymphs with a good bit of success.  The sun provided some warmth which got the fish moving a little and feeding.  Some Go-To’s are Yellow Stonefly Nymphs 10-14, Crane fly larva 4-6, Kahle worms 4-6, small eggs or sucker spawn, W/S Caddis larvae 16-18, Pheasant Tail Nymph 16-18.  Streamers like Zonkers, Clousers, and Wooly Buggers will give a nice profile for fish to slash at.  I have received some action on some tandem streamers that I tied up for the high water flows of Spring.  Nymphing was especially good to me this week landing several nice Browns.  I will be looking for some dry fly action on W/S Caddis pupae this weekend, the waters’ warming trend should bring on some solid hatches of these critters right at daybreak or soon thereafter.  Look for this to happen especially on slower moving parts of the river.  The snow has finally removed itself from most of our local parking spots and Anglers once again will be able to find their way into most parking areas.  Good luck out there and hope to see you all on the river!

JW

  • 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

  • Farmington River Serenity and Sulphurs!

     

    Date: 6/23/10

    Water Flow: 236

    Visibility: good

    Water Temp: 52*F am

    Water Condition: low

    Access Point: upper TMA

     Hatches (in order of importance): Sulphurs 16-20, March Brown/Grey Fox 12-14, Isonychia 10-12, Winter/Summer Caddis 18-20 am, Blue Winged Olives 16-20 evenings and foul weather, Tan and Green Caddis 16-20

     Comments: The water this week has fallen below 300 Cfs, the need for much finer tippets will be upon us soon. The Sulphur hatches in the afternoon have been lackluster for me and I have purposely been fishing the sulphurs that are coming off in the late evening, taking nice trout on both the dun and the emerger. When nymphing I use tags on my leader to attach emerger patterns, but when I am fishing dries I drop an emerger off the bend of the hook. Some people say its a pain and I couldn’t disagree with them more, it catches fish period. Not to mention how many times it saved my neck when fish were feeding exclusively on emergers. Sulphur spinners have been working well at last light, some fish have been feeding solely on them and its taken me a while to catch on. When I responded I went straight to a Sulphur spinner and Bingo! The presence of the Isonychia has me overflowing with joy! I love these bugs, they are big and meaty and easily seen and the fish just love them. I had an outing this weekend where I made it a point to catch fish on all stages of Isonychia and the fish responded eagerly. The morning Winter/Summer Caddis hatches are still producing good numbers of trout, when the sun pokes over the trees its scary what you might turn on a 18-22 foam Caddis Pupae. French Nymphing any of these hatches has been dynamite producing good healthy fish. I would recommend fishing with this method at the front end of a hatch before fish are feeding on duns. I have been fishing with less weight and adding wetflies or emerger patterns as my dropper. I lost a fish the other day in a foot of water. I thought I was snagged and I pulled on the rod twice to try and free it, then it pulled back and with a head shake and my 5x fluorocarbon gave under the strain. Enjoy the warmer weather and good luck to you all and we at JWFlyfishing hope to see you soon on the Farmington River.

    JW

  • 6/12/10 We’re Suckers for Sulphurs!

      

    Date: 6/11/10

    Water Flow: 347Cfs 

    Visibility: clear 

    Water Temp: 59*F pm 

    Water Condition: good, water not affected by heavy showers lately. 

    Access Point: Upper TMA 

     Hatches (in order of importance): Vitreus and Sulphurs 14-18 are out in full force on the river. March Brown/Grey Fox 12-14 are hatching throughout the river and with decent numbers causing plenty of fish to notice however the Rusty Spinner in 12-14 have been working great in the evening accounting for some nice fish in the last week. Rusty Spinners in the smaller 16-20 range are showing in good numbers as well. BWO 20-26 on rainy days and in the evening. Winter/Summer Caddis 16-22 in the am are still catching a lot fish. Green Caddis and Tan Caddis are all over the river in 16-18 with lots of fish feeding on them. 

     Comments: The fishing has been good in the mornings on the Caddis hatches, and the evenings have been dynamite on spinners and Sulphur parachutes. There have been so many different type of insects on the water in the evenings, its important to watch fish closely to see what they are feeding on. Size of insects and riseform are very important when trying to do this. The cold water really has the trout in the river fighting hard, so grab your rod and waders and we here at JWflyfishing will see you down over the bank! 

    JW 

     

     

     

  • JWflyfishing and team searches Sebasticook River for signs of trout.

     

         While I was away on vacation visiting my family in Maine, I got the opportunity to go and fish the Sebasticook River. This river is very near and dear to me as I was raised along its banks when I was  a boy. Having grown up north of the area we were fishing in a small town called Clinton, Maine I am quite familiar with this river.  Each year there was an opportunity for fisherman to get into some very nice Brook Trout early in the season. After the ice comes off the ponds and lakes it creates cold water runoff. When the water levels drop, trout thrive in these chilly waters and can be caught until the water in the river warms.  Warmer water conditions force trout to find cooler water temperatures via spring fed streams or deepholes.  Then the river becomes good smallmouth bass fishing with perch, bluegill, and other warmwater species become the main quarry.  The state of Maine (ME) recently tore out a dam in Winslow, ME changing the river drastically upstream to the next dam in Benton, ME. This also set up a tailwater fishery scenario behind this dam in Benton. Recent chatter amongst friends regarding this occurrence allowing trout to migrate from downstream into this tailwater caused me to investigate. Once we got there it didn’t take long to figure out this trout mystery, for the most part that is. The A.M. water temps at a blistering 72*F immediately made this waterway supsect in my opinion, and stamped a definite label of “Warmwater fishery” on it for me.  More than likely this river will hold trout in the earlier months of the year until the water starts to show temperatures they cannot tolerate; at which time they will retreat to deeper water or spring fed streams for the remainder of the year. Though I was disappointed at this, I must say that it really didn’t affect the amount of fun that we all had catching everything from White Perch to Smallmouth Bass and a whole slew of other warmwater species. I saw several Huge American Eels in this river and I mean these things were big like 4′ long and as big around as your arm. I turned one with my foot on a riffle I was nymphing; bewildered by its size I wandered slowly to the edge of the river to recoup. Yuck! With that moment etched in my mind I swore an oath to wade a tab bit more cautiously as to not encounter another one of those creatures. Some other good news to come out of this is that the presence of Alewive runs currently in this river will cause some great bass to be grown in this fishery and also for the definite possibility of catching stripers as far north on the Sebasticook River as Benton ME. I want to thank my friends and family for a wonderful visit and Special thanks to my fishing buddies while there, Zachary, Tyler, and Rick. Also to my dad for a special day we had talking about 100% fishing all day, add great food to that and you have a trip to remember.
    JW