Friday 04/11/14 - The Farmington is currently 200cfs from the Goodwin Dam, downstream to the Still River in Riverton. 470cfs through the bulk of the catch & release area. The Farmington has been freshly stocked with trout for the season. Wooly Buggers and Large Streamers have been the most productive on boyh the new fish and the large holdovers. Dry fly activity has been sporadic but has been producing on Winter/Summer Caddis (sz 18-26), Midges (sz 22-32), Tiny Black Stoneflies (sz 20-26) and early Grey Stoneflies (sz 16-18). Nymphing has been good with trout coming to net on Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Brassies and Egg Patterns.
Classes Forming: Euro Nymphing for the Farmington and Beyond: Derrick Kirkpatrick of CTFishguides will be giving an on-the-water presentation of European nymphing methods. The class will meet at Upcountry on May 10th at 8:00 am
. Call Upcountry to reserve a spot. Tuition is $100 per person and will run for 4hrs. Bring your waders, fly rods and notebooks. If you have specific questions about the class, email Derrick@CTFishguides.com.
Beginning Fly Fishing with guide Marla Blair: This eight hour class covers the basics of fly fishing by covering the equipment needed, how to read the water, matching the hatch, fishing knots, casting, line control and presentation. Cost is $175. Interested parties should contact Marla Blair at email@example.com or call 413-583-514
This year, UpCountry will be offering a 900sq foot fully furnished apartment on the Farmington River for rent on a five day, weekly, monthly and seasonal basis. If you are interested, please contact the store at 860-379-1952.
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
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.
Fishing the Winter Caddis (Doliphilodes Distinctus)
By Shawn F. Britton
There are only a handful of fishing spots if any where you can cast to rising trout when the snow is falling down on a cold February morning and the Farmington River is no exception. One of my favorite times to fish is in the winter months where the dry fly fishing has left me with a few of my more memorable fishing experiences.
The Winter Caddis hatch throughout the year and are at their heaviest form November until early spring. The way in which these species of caddis hatch is unique to the way you should make your presentation. To catch more fish you must vary the way you work your caddis fly imitation on the water when presented to the trout. The Winter Caddis is most predominant and found hatching in slower pools just off of faster runs and riffles. Church Pool is a good example. The Winter Caddis make their way to the surface and attempt to emerge but mainly have to swim their way to the riverís banks and bushes to finish molting. Many of the females of this caddis species are born wingless leaving them even more vulnerable in the film. One fact is that this is a vulnerable hatch and it is available as easy pickings to the trout.
For me the best hatches occur on brighter and sunny mornings but this hatch is around all the time early in the day. For the best results your method of presentation should encompass some type of movement within the retrieve of your fly. With a dead drift you can occasionally nab yourself a feeding trout but working your fly by twitching, swimming or swinging it across and over fish that are feeding will improve your catch rate. Whether you use short subtle strips of your line or try erratic strips across feeding fish, the movement of your fly is the key. Most if not all of my hook ups have been when I was working my fly as opposed to a dead drift. The size of your flies should range from sizes #20 to #28 and use your 6x, 7x, and smaller if you prefer.
So when Old Man Winter has got you in his grip check the weather channel, dust off your fly rod case and make your way to the river. Maybe Iíll see you there. - Shawn Britton