Tuesday 10/21 /14 Report:
We now have a bunch of new flies in the bins- some Great Lakes Steelhead patterns, tons of new nymphs, and some cool streamers. The Whiting Farms order arrived late yesterday and we are putting it on the walls today. The Farmington is currently 136cfs above the Still River, and 226cfs total through the catch and release. More seasonable temps today, it will be mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers, and temps will reach the mid 60's, long range highs will average mid 50's to mid 60's, nights will be down into the 40's. Flow remains medium & clear down by our shop, still in prime shape for fishing. Quite a few reports of big 20"+ trout caught on streamers over the past several days, it's that time of year when the big browns get aggressive and are looking for meat. Overcast days like today are best of all for tossing the big stuff. We now have an excellent assortment of UTC/Ultra threads (in both 70 & 140 dernier) in a wide array of great colors. Love that thread, it's my personal favorite, and a new one for UpCountry.
Torrey will be doing two FREE 1 hour clinics at 10am the next two Saturdays:
-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, 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 very good IMHO, we are getting good 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.
Streamers 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 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, 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 12--14) the afternoon. Rusty Spinners (sz 14-20) 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.