Friday 10/24 /14 - The Farmington is currently 159cfs above the Still River, and 410cfs total through the catch and release area, flow remains clear and dropping. Still a very fishable level, and you always have the option of lower water levels in Riverton between the dam and the Still River (Still is coming in at 251cfs & dropping fast). Some on & off light drizzle this morning, all done by late morning and then just cloudy after that. High of 54 degrees today. Be a PERFECT day to fish streamers & nymph with egg patterns (working well now, and we are stocked up with various egg patterns for both trout & steelhead). Quite a few reports of big 20"+ trout caught on streamers over the past week or so, it's that time of year when the big browns get aggressive and are looking for meat. Low light conditions are best of all for tossing the big stuff.
Torrey Collins will be doing two FREE 1 hour clinics at 10am the next two Saturdays, show up with a pad and pencil in hand.
10/25/14 Free Great Lakes Steelhead Clinic at 10am - Want to learn a little about Great Lakes Steelhead fishing? Spend an hour with our new resident Steelhead guru Torrey Collins, a former NY state Steelhead guide. He will go over the basics of what you need to fish for them, and show you how to make a simple all-purpose Steelhead leader.
11/1/14 Free Euro Nymphing Basics Clinic at 10am - Torrey has been Euro Nymphing for quite a few years now, and this is your chance to pick his brain and get an overview of what the method is all about. He will also show you how to build a basic Euro leader, a key part of the system.
Don Butler's iconic Beginner Tying Class on November 15th still has availability- he's been doing this popular class for 15+ years for us now. If you've wanted to get into fly tying and also learn some Farmington-specific patterns, this will get you ready to make your own flies this winter. See "Events" for details, and/or call the store at 860-672-1010 to book a spot.
Fishing & conditions both remain good, we are getting postive reports back from many anglers (and some slow ones too of course!). Hatches are: Caddis in mornings & eves, Olives mid afternoon 'till dusk, and Iso's later in the day. Peak Caddis & Iso activity tends to be in faster, broken water, while Olives hatch in slow to moderate flows. Both Iso's & Caddis are quite active underwater when hatching, so don't be afraid to swing Iso nymphs/wets, and do the same with Caddis pupa/soft hackles.
Various treamers and Wooly Buggers are working well on the larger trout- cover plenty of water, experiment with colors & retrieves and the trout will tell you what they prefer. We stocked up with a bunch of new streamer patterns, so peek in the bins & ask for advice. We generally start with a medium to fast retrieve this time of year, and then make adjustments if that is not working. Make sure you are getting your streamers down using either weighted flies, split, shot, sinking leaders, or sinking/sink tip lines. If you want numbers fish, throw small to medium size patterns, if you want larger trout, go big but expect to catch less. Make sure to cover plenty of water when streamer fishing- you are targetting the aggressive trout, and they will generally either hit quickly or not at all, so get in & out fast.
Hatchwise, still look for Tan Caddis sz (16-18), October Caddis (sz 12-14) throughout the day (especially mornings & evenings), Blue Wing Olives (sz 20-26), and Isonychia (sz 14) the afternoon. Rusty Spinners (sz 14-24) and Steno Spinners (sz 18) are working at dark. Remember that if they are not rising, you can fish nymphs that match the hatch. I find that when it comes to smaller flies like Olives, I catch significantly larger fish on the nymphs than the dries. Usually a #18-20 is small enough for the Olive nymphs, and 5x fluorocarbon tippet will usually do the trick (6x at the lightest).
Visit us at our new: UpCountry Sportfishing Facebook page for daily reports, photos of big fish and information about the Farmington River community.
UpCountry Sportfishing is pleased to present a series of Fly Tying Classes with guest instructor Rich Strolis. Rich's Fly patterns have been featured in various magazine articles, regional fly fishing shows and on his website: www.CatchingShadows.com. This is a rare opportunity to tie with one of fly fishing's best in a small classroom environment. See them on our Fly Tying Classes page.
Just arrived at the store: Douglas Outdoors Rods.... Douglas is a new company formed by Jim Murphy, the former head of Hardy/Greys North America. His new line of rods run from $169 to $375 and include a blend of performance and style while offering a wide selection of types including dedicated dry fly rods, all purpose, and long Euro Nymph rods which have gained popularity over the past couple of years
This year, UpCountry will be offering a 900sq foot fully furnished apartment on the Farmington River for rent on a nightly, weekly, monthly and seasonal basis. $100 a night or lower rates for long term stays. Photos can be found on our Lodging Page. If you are interested, please contact the store at 860-379-1952.
We are looking for good used fly rods and reels for trade and purchase. If you have some equipment that you don't like bring it to the store to turn it into something shiny and new. Call to make an appointment for an appraisal or to make a deal.
www.Flyaddict.com has now grown to over 2000 members since its launch and is fast becoming the premier place for fishing reports and conversation in the region. If you haven't yet... I suggest registering for free on the forum page and checking it out. The site is receiving daily reports from the Farmington, plus reports from the Naugatuck, Willimantic, Housatonic and others
Currentseams - Currentseams is outdoor writer, professional fly tier and Farmington River guide Steve Culton's website and blog. Content is added regularly, and includes Farmington River reports, how-to articles, essays, fly patterns, photography, and videos. Currentseams focuses on trout, small streams, striped bass, and steelhead, with an emphasis on wet flies, flatwings, and traditional presentations.
www.Catching-Shadows.com - Rich Strolis's great website featuring information on fishing the Farmington River plus a growing collection of videos detailing Rich's unique fly patterns.
www.TroutPredator.com - Terrific resource for information on fishing Eastern Rivers including the Farmington. Lots of instructional help on Euro Nymphing including regular posters Aaron Jasper and Davy Wotton.
The CT Yankee is a local blog covering fishing in Connecticut from flyfishing, and surfcasting the coast to fishing the many freshwater streams around the state.