And that the hatch will happen when it happens, and not a moment before, no matter how much one wishes it were so. We met up at a favorite spot of his and I looped on the same drop-shot rig I had used earlier. Nymphed. But whatever mojo I had earlier in the day disappeared, and I could only manage one more trout. Great job by Jeff, who is turning into a dangerous subsurface machine. Right away when we got on the water we new it would be tough. Farmington River. But I’ve never done well there, so perhaps disappointment is my lot. We went back to the wets for the last hour and managed a couple more trout. We tried some wet fly, but found no love, before moving downstream to another favorite run. Wind was a constant challenge, but I think we’ll take unfavorable conditions if a good bite is part of the package. If you're like me I like to fish the Trout Management Area above Rte 219, I can always find water without crowds. Farmington River Fly Fishing Guide: As mentioned above, the Farmington River that most fly anglers refer to is the West Branch of the Farmington River, in particular the section from Riverton downstream to New Hartford. Apr26 by Steve Culton. At this point, the hendrickson hatch is winding down and it’s time to dig in and get our home ready to sell and prepare for our relocation to the Boston area this fall. They are a great group, and they WILL catch rising trout anywhere and all year long with this fly. Hendricksons on the Farmington River: Wonderful news. (Apparently, sometimes I do know what I’m talking about.) Sometimes I have no idea what I’m talking about. My favorite is the Trico hatch in late summer, but the action for Hendricksons, Midges, BWOs, Stoneflies, etc., is great, too. Black Caddis (Brachycentrus) Other similar species: _Psilotreta: […] Let’s see what parts elsewhere bring. Your access to this service has been limited. If you are a WordPress user with administrative privileges on this site, please enter your email address in the box below and click "Send". We fished two spots outside the permanent TMA, and did well in both locations. The EB, WB And The Ware Thank god for the obliging Ware River. 2. Spot A was a bust. From noon to 5 or 6 p.m., a Hendrickson river is normally clockwork-dependable, and action tends to peak between about 2 and 4 p.m. Orvis Fly Casting Videos Click the image above to view a list of 17 fly casting videos, courtesy of Orvis. From noon to roughly 5-6 p.m., a Hendrickson river is normally clockwork-dependable, and action tends to peak between about 2 and 4 p.m. This is a river that fishes best between 200 and 400 cfs. Some days, you feel like a nut, and some days you don't. Thanks again to Jefferson for a fun day. Labels: Brown Trout, Dry Fly Fishing, Farmington River, Hendrickson Hatch, Rainbow Trout, Spring. David capped off his day by swinging a team of wets and hooking his first trout on that setup. Hatches were meh. What a gorgeous wild brown — haloed spots, kype starting to form, full, unmolested fins, intact adipose. In the summer, Caddis and Stonefly nymphs are great to fly. The Hendrickson hatch is now out all the way up to Riverton and I think all the people laid off from the insurance companies in Hartford and the Wall Street financial guys were all there. Some friends fishing nearby had great success nymphing during this same period. That’s how my client David summed up his subsurface skills on the phone. Aware of the sure thing that is the recently stocked upper TMA had me in a contrary, adventurous mood. Caddis go through a complete life cycle of larva, pupa, and adult, and all these stages can provide excellent angling opportunities. I did manage 1 nice Brown with bead head Wet fly. I had 15 minutes before I had to head north for my gig with Jeff, so I shook off the rust with a fat rainbow in some prime water below the permanent TMA. And that’s how I found myself kneeling on the banks of the Farmington River with my waders bunched around my ankles, backside pointing toward the heavens, hoping the the sun and the wind could do their thing right quick. 2 Comments Posted in Fishing Reports Tagged Farmington River fishing report, fly fishing, Hendrickson hatch Farmington, Squirrel and Ginger caddis emerger, Steve Culton Farmington River Report 3/31/16: Beware of the Double-H Sounds like a … You know that nature is always on time no matter when she shows up. Late April or early May – Hendrickson hatch on the Farmington River in CT Mid-May - Hendrickson hatch on Contoocook and other NH Rivers Late May or early June – Alder fly hatch on Newfound and Merrimack Rivers Unfortunately, the time-space continuum prevented me from attempting another daily double. Water cool, clear, and about 300cfs. Mild days with no wind will have the strongest hatches and the most fish up on the surface and rising. And yes, the weather and the river were indeed as clear and lovely as they look. Yes. The Farmington River that most fly anglers talk about is the West Branch of the Farmington River, in particular the section from Riverton downstream to New Hartford. Yesterday, we were fishing well downriver, and the splashy rises were due to an outstanding Hendrickson emergence. ), but they likewise reported very slow action (only two fish all day for them). Paul persevered, and induced a rainbow to eat the middle dropper, a gray/brownish wingless wet. I know Paul had fun. My intent today was to get a big, preferably wild brown trout on a large articulated streamer. However, it is a long river that can appear intimidating. But, we know where he lives. The two anglers below us were casting dries in a more moderate flow. Bigger stoneflies are not a bad idea as well. Housatonic River This fly has caught some huge Browns for me on the Farmington River ….. even during a Hendrickson hatch … How strong was the hatch? The extended time frame of the hatch allows the fish to get pretty familiar with this food source. (You know it’s going to be a good day when you hook a fish on your first demo cast.) We have stocked the Salmon River again and so even though there is no tournament this year, there are fish! Ava lands her first trout of the year on the Farmington River. Its flows are usually very consistent, so you can plan your trip to this river well in advance. Is that Church Pool or the Wire Hole in Pulaski?) After’s Wednesday’s hatchstravaganza, I decided it was a moral imperative the go back to the Farmington on Thursday. It makes for good nymphing time, but I’ve yet to witness Hendricksons popping. Since I know where you live, see you sometime this summer. We fished a drop-shot rig under one of my home-brew yarn indicators; the top dropper was a size 16 soft-hackled Pheasant Tail, and our point fly was a size 12 BHSHPT or an Eagan’s Frenchie (thanks, Pete!) The problem was there was nothing feasting on these easy meals. All our fish today came on the top fly in the nymph rig, a black bead head Hare & Copper, size 14. Recommended Flies for the Farmington River. I have seen this hatch as early as the 2nd week in April. Please note: this is NOT an intro to Euro Nymphing, it's for intermediate … George Daniel Nymphing Workshops #1 … But I know when I’m beaten, so off I went to greener pastures. I nymphed for about an hour, but had no takers. Best bets are 1st week in May. There are 20 caddis (Trichoptera) families in North America alone, and more than 1,400 species. Set on your ass, you feel that first shocking trickle that says the top of your waders have been breached. My thermometer wouldn’t budge above 43 degrees. Still, we managed to find some water to call our own not once, but three times around the upper TMA. I’d give today’s hatch a four out of ten. Around mid-April when things begin to warm up is usually when these will hatch. Look for big dark mayflies hatching on the water sometime after 1:30 PM. Not a touch. The Usual size 12 was the fly, and the trout loved it. Took them on the dead drift, the swing, and the dangle. Farmington River Report: Fishing under the Hendrickson hatch with wet flies. Connecticut: Farmington River Fly Fishing Hatch Chart - The Fly Shack Fly Fishing Shopping Cart × We took fish on all three flies. If you think you have been blocked in error, contact the owner of this site for assistance. But not today. Hendrickson Hatch Catch & Release Fly Fishing Tournament Due to the ongoing situation surrounding the coronavirus, we have decided to cancel this year's tournament. Spot B was largely devoid of hatch activity, except when the sun hid behind the clouds and we had a micro hatch of size 14-16 BWOs. Today was a rather nice day to fall into the river. Yes, Hendricksons have been spotted on the lower river. We gave them a brief sniff of the wets — nothing. Some caddis and a few stray Hendricksons in the air. Cue game show wrong buzzer sfx. The Hendrickson Hatch is very prolific on the Farmington River. The hike to our spot took us past some glassy water where a large pod of trout were picking off Hendrickson duns at will. Salmon River/Creeks Steelhead Report: Comedy is hard. Blue Wing Olive or Hendrickson in the spring. The Farmington River and a Spectacular Fish I went up to the Farmington River today with Dave Gallipoli. On the other hand, there were plenty of caddis — the Rodney Dangerfield of early spring hatches — and though there were no risers, the trout were ready and willing to jump on a swung wet fly. To the fishing. Almost every afternoon from mid October until the first week of December the Farmington River has a very consistent hatch of small Baetis mayflies, size 26-28. The Hendrickson mayfly begins to emerge the 2nd or 3rd week of April. Spot A was heavy with midges, moderate with caddis, but very little surface activity. Labels: Brown Trout, Dry Fly Fishing, Farmington River, Hendrickson Hatch, Rainbow Trout, Spring. For that reason a Hendrickson nymph is a great option if you decide to do some nymphing. I have been hearing a lot of reports of strong hatch activity with no fish rising to the bugs. Recommended Flies for the Farmington River. Believe it or not, I rarely target the Hendrickson hatch or spinner fall. Everywhere. This is a river that fishes best between 200 and 400 cfs. Blue Wing Olive or Hendrickson in the spring. A very productive four hours, in terms of both catching and learning. Orvis Fly Casting Videos Click the image above to view a list of 17 fly casting videos, courtesy of Orvis. Exhibit B: On Wednesday, I said to Paul, “The Hendricksons are pretty much finished here,” “here” being near the bottom of the permanent TMA. This river was coming down and got below 700 cfs until Friday nights storm brought it up to almost 900 cfs. In the summer, Caddis and Stonefly nymphs are great to fly. Jefferson took my Wet Flies 101 class today, and he chose a helluva fine day to be out fishing. It’s also where I caught three trout on wet flies, all bruiser rainbows who declared in no uncertain terms that my intentions of landing them would be met with fierce combat. I don’t usually count fish, but we surpassed the dozen mark today. Spot B was where I went for a swim. I thought we might be in the midst of a day to remember, but sometime around 1:30 someone hit the off switch. The West Branch of the Farmington is a great river that flows through beautiful Connecticut surroundings. Generated by Wordfence at Sun, 6 Dec 2020 0:25:37 GMT.Your computer's time: document.write(new Date().toUTCString());. It felt good to be fishing on the warmest day of the year. An hour later, some more Hendricksons came off, and a few fish began slashing at the emergers. But, enough of my bathing habits. Around mid-April when things begin to warm up is usually when these will hatch. Larvae. The Farmington River in the upper TMA didn't offer a lot of solitude. This is often the first really fishable hatch in the region that can provide good dry fly activity. And a few slashing risers that…I could not catch. 2. The current pushes you in directions you wish it wouldn’t. Plenty of bugs out. You dont suck, your just getting better all the time. Learn to Tie Trout Flies for the Farmington River & other CT streams with … "ADVANCED Modern Euro Nymphing Clinic #3" w/ Antoine Bissieux, Sat 10/17/20, 9am-5pm. Spot D. Many more of those H-bombs. Jefferson still managed to stick four trout, which was four more than I saw anyone else hook. All you had to do was drift it over a feeder, and BANG! My top dropper today — heck, it’s usually my top dropper from April through August. And cold! You will want to know about the fishing. Hendrickson hatch just getting better! What are they doing in the Hendrickson House? We done good, though — we saw three fish landed, and two belonged to Jeff. Lots and lots of anglers. Whoa! Believe it or not, before yesterday I had not fished the Farmington since January. In the spring, I’m usually off the water by noon due to family commitments. It seems like yesterday that we fished the Hendrickson hatch on the Farmington River. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. ). I wish I could say I know for sure why there was so little activity on so many bugs. Major Hatches in Connecticut Streams* NAME Size Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Notes Caddisflies/Sedges Winter Caddis (Dolophilodes distinctus) 20-24 Farmington hatch, Nov-Apr morning. I visited four locations on the lower river from Canton to Unionville, and there wasn’t a single subvaria to be found. Hatch activity was decent (mostly caddis) but there was very little in the way of surface activity, not surprising given the water’s height and temperature. I think that’s a first for me on this river (swinging wets over trout feeding on Hendricksons and not even getting a courtesy swipe). Sunny, warm, good flows (264cfs, 52 degrees)…and anglers. A missed step. (Read all about it. Our hatch charts help you choose the right fly base on river and season. If you're like me I like to fish the Trout Management Area above Rte 219, I can always find water without crowds. During the months of July and August, on the Housatonic, Naugatuck, and Farmington rivers in Connecticut, normally during the evening, a large hatch takes place – the Zebra Caddis, or commonly called the Alder Fly. They got one, we got one. I have a feeling we will be seeing it soon. Yes, so it would seem. It was one of the better Hendrickson hatches I’ve experienced on this river. In another week the hatch should be almost up to the dam. In New England, this is one of the best and most anticipated hatches of the year. That hatch is long gone. The genetic trait that compels them to leap is a marvel of nature. The bite dropped off after all those seed thingys blew into the water. This section has the highest trout population. Spot C was a bust, despite a solid Hendrickson hatch. He put a hurting on the trout with a yarn indicator, a single BB shot, some Pheasant Tails, and a fierce resolve to overcome that northern banshee we call wind. It was a rainy, damp day, the sort of day that you don't usually see Hendricksons. Two fish on at Spot B. Two anglers from Maryland were happy to share the water (thanks for the positive energy, guys! You can also read the documentation to learn about Wordfence's blocking tools, or visit wordfence.com to learn more about Wordfence. That was our experience today. Good thing, though, because that means I need to perform some more intensive research. In a few weeks, thanks to Joe Drake’s initiative, our blog team will be fishingContinue Reading Standing up only makes it worse, because what was up now rushes down, and if you’ve worn old-school cotton/poly sweatpants instead of straight synthetics, the fabric acts like a giant cold water-eating sponge. (I didn’t know you could fit that many cars into the Woodshop dirt lot. Black Caddis (Brachycentrus) Other similar species: _Psilotreta: […] The hatch is well upstream at this point and within the entire catch and release only section. Housatonic River Paul is well on his way. Warm but uncomfortably windy today. Holy Hendrickson! Wowee, crowded everywhere — we were one cog in a wheel of a half-dozen anglers on this stretch. (HTTP response code 503). Hard to believe. No trout on all those mayflies? So is steelheading. A fine, fat rainbow on the top dropper, a Squirrel and Ginger. Way to go, David! And its a moveable feat too. And yes, we did see a couple of the H fly. The Hendrickson hatch is still going strong. No, the hatch has not yet begun in earnest. My favorite is the Trico hatch in late summer, but the action for Hendricksons, Midges, BWOs, Stoneflies, etc., is great, too. The Hendrickson Hatch is very prolific on the Farmington River. I fished for a while in an faster run that dumps into a long deep pool. The water surface soon became littered with Hendrickson duns. Ended up at the pool the run dumps into and that’s when things got fun. But, it really isn’t. After catching such a beauty, is there anything more satisfying than releasing it? The famed Hendrickson hatch is early this year and well underway on the upper Housatonic River, yet it’s just getting started on the colder Farmington River. From your waist down to your toes. Walked a snotty run and swung a team of three wets (from top to bottom: Squirrel and Ginger, Dark Hendrickson, BHSHPT). And soon. There was a micro burst of Hendricksons shortly before 3pm, but it was over in a matter of minutes. Hendrickson Vs. Kahle Worm – Two Heavyweight flies, One Winner! The Hendrickson hatch has finally made it to the Farmington River and last Sunday afternoon was my first chance to get up to river. Fly fishing hatch chart for the Beaverkill River in New York ** Most Orders Shipping Same or Next Business Day! Instead, they cling to substrates, much like man… It was raining steadily, and the flies were still easy to pick out on a mottled surface flecked with raindrops. I have seen this hatch as early as the 2nd week in April. Farmington River Report 5/2/18: Cold, slow, crowded and beautiful, Farmington River Report 5/6/16: Hendricksons (and then some), Farmington River Report 4/19/16: “I suck at nymphing.”, Farmington River Report 4/18/16: that was fun, Farmington River Report 3/31/16: Beware of the Double-H, Farmington River Report 5/8/15: We’ll take six.
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