Summertime on the Farmington River.

Date: 7/20/10
Water Flow: 220 CFS
Visibility: clear
Water Temp: 60F a.m.

Water Condition: low-water

Access Point: upper TMA

Hatches (in order of importance): winter/summer caddis 20-22 a.m., Needhami duns 22-24 midmorning, Isonychia 10-14 p.m., midges 22-20 a.m.

Comments: The winter summer caddis hatch continues to be a spectacle during the a.m. hours. Many fish line up on soft water seams rising to take these tiny Pupae as they row along in the meniscus to the shoreline to finish their emergence on the rocks and logs near the edge of the river. I had one of my best days on the river this past weekend when this hatch came on at 6a.m. and started winding down at 11a.m., we caught trout on everything from foam pupae patterns to french nymphing small winter/summer caddis larvae patterns.

     Needhami Duns are rolling off the water midmorning, their small spinners can drive fisherman nuts. Their small sizes make them very difficult to see on the water. The Duns however can be recognized flying in the air by their long sweeping tails.

     Isonychia have been filling the skies in the evening hours. Trout like these tasty morsels and will move greater distances from their feeding lanes to swipe at this super sized evening hatcher. When these insects start coming off the water in good numbers I prefer to fish a CDC Iso emerger pattern then as darkness sets in I switch off to a larger Iso parachute pattern, which doubles as a big spinner pattern and I fish this into the darkness.

     If you are fishing mid day I would suggest using terrestrials such as small ants, beetles, crickets, and hoppers. For all those fishing nymphs you can’t be beat fishing green caddis larvae 14-18 and Isonychia nymphs 10-14, with golden stone flies 6-12 rounding out the mix. Fishing on the Farmington River has gotten tougher forcing fishermen to take their tippet down to 7 or 8X when fishing smaller hatches such as winter summer caddis pupae and Needhami Spinners.  Good luck on the river. Remember, if you’re fishing into the afternoon hours, bring plenty of water it has been scorching out there on the river after 10a.m.


  • 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.

  • Hendricksons “Meet the trout” on the Farmington.

    Hendrickson Mayfly (male with large tomato eyes and female with dark eyes and light body)


    Date: 4-23-10

    Water Flow: 311cfs

    Visibility: clear

    Water Temp: 51F

    Water Condition: good

    Access Point: below lower TMA

    Hatches (in order of importance): Hendrickson 12-16, Caddis 20-22, Bwo 18-22.

    Comments: Well we finally got a great look at the Hendrickson hatch today. My daughters and I watched mayflies hatch from 2pm to 4pm when the hatch tapered off. Males with there tomato round eyes, and females with their small black eyes poured off the small riffle as my girls swooped them up for inspection in their butterfly net. I returned to the water in the evening hours and saw lots of spinners gathering over the water. A few spinners hit the water and the fish gobbled them up quickly. I threw on a size 12 Rusty Spinner and took several stocked fish. This was the first look at this years stocked browns and man they are fat! The next few day will be a great time to hit the water and look for fish rising to Hendrickson hatches in the afternoon and spinnerfalls in the evening. Caddis are still blowing the water up in the am making for exciting fishing as well as the Bwo’s that hit the water along with them.

  • Opening Day-Fresh faces and hungry fish got the season started off on a good note for many Anglers.

    My first Brown landed fishing with Spanish/French nymphing.

    Up close and personal.


    Date:  4-17-10

    Water Flow:  423 cfs

    Visibility:  clear

    Water Temp:  46F am

    Water Condition:  good

    Access Point:  Church pool-am, Lower TMA- am

    Hatches (in order of importance):  Caddis 22, Bwo 22-24

    Comments:  I saw lots of fisherman on the river today with smiles on their face and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves in spite of the few passing showers, as for me today’s opener went well for me picking up a few fish early this morning on Caddis Pupae as I enjoyed a hot cup of Joe, and then later on in the am I caught a pair of nice browns Euro nymphing some small, quick, pocket water with a 12 Golden Stone, trailed with a 16 Flashback Hares Ear.  I was excited to see a Hendrickson on my rod as I was walking down the trail to the river.  I have heard reports of several fishermen spotting them on the water, however the fish are still ignoring any floating duns and not yet identifying them as a food source.  Fishing the nymphs in the weeks to come should produce some fish that are keying in on the active nymphs as they prepare to make their grand entrance.  These nymphs are already making a significant appearance in my kick seine.   Also for you dry fly fisherman try fishing the emerger patterns until you see the fish turn to the duns as a major food source.  Good luck and hope to see you all on the water in the days to come.

  • Where’s the Crowds? More than likely they will show for this weekends Opener!

    Date: 4-16-10

    Water Flow: 430cfs

    Visibility: Clear

    Water Temp: 47 F-am

    Water Condition: Good flow

    Access Point: Upper TMA

    Hatches (in order of importance): Caddis is King! #22 brown pupae is doing the trick nicely.

    Comments: I had another great morning hitting some of the slower pocket sections on the Farmington River. The fish were rising all around Mike (one of the many great flyfishermen I have met over the winter)and I. We literally had the place all to ourselves. River full of rising fish and a pair of anglers, that’s a good scenario wherever you are. All of the fish I caught this morning were on pupae and there were none of them with any size to them. I lost one nicer fish and then missed a few strike, wondering why I had missed them I stripped in my line and grasp the leader to inspect the fly, one look and the proof was in the pudding. With a bend as straight as arrow my fruitless thrashing had been just that, fruitless indeed! I just reached for my ‘hemos’ and bent it back where it should have been in the first place. However fishermen be forewarned this could, and has several times gotten me in a heap of trouble a few casts down the road, like when the big one hits and there you are with a previously bent hook in his mouth waiting for the moment when the line falls slack. Take the moment to replace that fly with an extra if you have it and save yourself what may seem an eternity of kicking, and screaming like a baby when something similar to the above happens to you. Grab some Caddis and a cup of coffee get out there this weekend and enjoy some great, dependable fishing on dry flies. Bring some fingerless gloves if you got em those 40 degree mornings can be torture on the hands. Have a good opener, and I hope to see you out there on the water.