Farmington River. Hatches (in order of importance): 5/17/2010 – The Farmington is flowing TMA at 450cfs. All our fish today came on the top fly in the nymph rig, a black bead head Hare & Copper, size 14. If you're like me I like to fish the Trout Management Area above Rte 219, I can always find water without crowds. 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 I can hardly wait to get out there. Spot C was a bust, despite a solid Hendrickson hatch. 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. The EB, WB And The Ware Thank god for the obliging Ware River. A very productive four hours, in terms of both catching and learning. No sir. Farmington River Report 12/2/20: The high water streamer tease, Support your local fly shop (even when it’s not local). 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. It felt good to be fishing on the warmest day of the year. I fished for a while in an faster run that dumps into a long deep pool. But, we know where he lives. Farmington River Report: Fishing under the Hendrickson hatch with wet flies. I don’t usually count fish, but we surpassed the dozen mark today. 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. And that the hatch will happen when it happens, and not a moment before, no matter how much one wishes it were so. Sometimes I have no idea what I’m talking about. Paul persevered, and induced a rainbow to eat the middle dropper, a gray/brownish wingless wet. Not a touch. I have tentatively put them all … (Read all about it. Fly fishing hatch chart for Farmington River, Connecticut. I’d give today’s hatch a four out of ten. Everywhere. All you had to do was drift it over a feeder, and BANG! Two fish on at Spot B. Jeff wanted to work on his subsurface skills, particularly nymphing. I did manage 1 nice Brown with bead head Wet fly. The Hendrickson is the big story as far as hatches at this time of year. For that reason a Hendrickson nymph is a great option if you decide to do some nymphing. Look for big dark mayflies hatching on the water sometime after 1:30 PM. 2 comments: Hibernation May 4, 2017 at 12:12 PM. If you are a WordPress user with administrative privileges on this site, please enter your email address in the box below and click "Send". Exhibit A: As we waded into the Farmington at 2pm, I remarked to my client Paul, “We’re going to out fish those guys four-to-one.” Some splashy rises had me convinced we were going to clean up with wet flies in this snotty run. Around mid-April when things begin to warm up is usually when these will hatch. Here is an overview based on a few years of focusing on the Farmington after a severe case of Swift River Burn-Out. Balance is nearly recovered, then lost. Spot A was heavy with midges, moderate with caddis, but very little surface activity. I can tell you it didn’t happen today. The Farmington River in the upper TMA didn't offer a lot of solitude. 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. So is steelheading. But I know when I’m beaten, so off I went to greener pastures. I nymphed for about an hour, but had no takers. Of course, as a currentseams reader, you have a measured response to the HH. BWOs (Blue Winged Olives) are the dominant November hatch, and they love to hatch on those cool, crappy overcast days. Jefferson still managed to stick four trout, which was four more than I saw anyone else hook. Yes, Hendricksons have been spotted on the lower 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. Way to go, David! I have seen this hatch as early as the 2nd week in April. I thought we might be in the midst of a day to remember, but sometime around 1:30 someone hit the off switch. Mild days with no wind will have the strongest hatches and the most fish up on the surface and rising. Calling all Blockheads! There are 20 caddis (Trichoptera) families in North America alone, and more than 1,400 species. It must be the height of Hendrickson madness if the UpCountry lot is full at 8:45am on a Tuesday. Whoa! This river was coming down and got below 700 cfs until Friday nights storm brought it up to almost 900 cfs. They are a great group, and they WILL catch rising trout anywhere and all year long with this fly. 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. Access from your area has been temporarily limited for security reasons. My thermometer wouldn’t budge above 43 degrees. The Usual size 12 was the fly, and the trout loved it. The hatch cycle is initially sparse and then becomes increasingly abundant as the days go by. 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. The problem was there was nothing feasting on these easy meals. Yes. And yes, the weather and the river were indeed as clear and lovely as they look. Clusters of them blowing in the wind. I have been hearing a lot of reports of strong hatch activity with no fish rising to the bugs. I fished for a while in an faster run that dumps into a long deep pool. 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. Two of the fish were active risers that I targeted; the rest were holding in likely places. 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. Let’s see what parts elsewhere bring. It makes for good nymphing time, but I’ve yet to witness Hendricksons popping. An hour later, some more Hendricksons came off, and a few fish began slashing at the emergers. 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. Hard to believe. Finally, some love from a rather large juvenile Atlantic salmon. Around mid-April when things begin to warm up is usually when these will hatch. And yes, we did see a couple of the H fly. You dont suck, your just getting better … 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). The owner of this site is using Wordfence to manage access to their site. (Apparently, sometimes I do know what I’m talking about.) 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. I visited four locations on the lower river from Canton to Unionville, and there wasn’t a single subvaria to be found. Black Caddis (Brachycentrus) Other similar species: _Psilotreta: […] Ferdon's Eddy, the stretch of river where the Hendrickson was first tied, flows below the River View Inn, which is long since defunct. He proved most uncooperative. In the spring, I’m usually off the water by noon due to family commitments. Hatches were meh. The water surface soon became littered with Hendrickson duns. What a gorgeous wild brown — haloed spots, kype starting to form, full, unmolested fins, intact adipose. This is often the first really fishable hatch in the region that can provide good dry fly activity. Some days, you feel like a nut, and some days you don't. And cold! Aware of the sure thing that is the recently stocked upper TMA had me in a contrary, adventurous mood. After catching such a beauty, is there anything more satisfying than releasing it? But I can’t. Great job by Jeff, who is turning into a dangerous subsurface machine. (HTTP response code 503). But, it really isn’t. But I’ve never done well there, so perhaps disappointment is my lot. Blue Wing Olive or Hendrickson in the spring. It is still a bit early for Smallmouth and the Pike are still on the spawn. 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. David capped off his day by swinging a team of wets and hooking his first trout on that setup. From the UpCountry website: There are two spots still available in “Fishing Wet Flies & Soft-Hackles” class this Saturday 5/5 – Steve Culton will be teaching this one, – call the store at 860-379-1952 to sign up. 2. The Hendrickson hatch is still going strong. However, it is a long river that can appear intimidating. 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. Air was 60, clouds and rain. Labels: Brown Trout, Dry Fly Fishing, Farmington River, Hendrickson Hatch, Rainbow Trout, Spring. You dont suck, your just getting better all the time. They got one, we got one. One recent ward of the state liked the point fly on the dangle. But, enough of my bathing habits. Caddis go through a complete life cycle of larva, pupa, and adult, and all these stages can provide excellent angling opportunities. Set on your ass, you feel that first shocking trickle that says the top of your waders have been breached. Sunny, warm, good flows (264cfs, 52 degrees)…and anglers. Fly fishing hatch chart for the Beaverkill River in New York ** Most Orders Shipping Same or Next Business Day! My favorite is the Trico hatch in late summer, but the action for Hendricksons, Midges, BWOs, Stoneflies, etc., is great, too. We have stocked the Salmon River again and so even though there is no tournament this year, there are fish! Cue game show wrong buzzer sfx. And its a moveable feat too. But not today. The EB, WB And The Ware Thank god for the obliging Ware River. The Ferdon family owned the inn and lent their name to the pool below it. The Hendrickson hatch # 12-14 is just about over but still can be found below Hogback Dam on the uppermost reaches of the river. Hendrickson hatch just getting better! ). I wish I could say I know for sure why there was so little activity on so many bugs. Farmington River Mini-Report 12/4/20: What streamer bite? It was a rainy, damp day, the sort of day that you don't usually see Hendricksons. (I didn’t know you could fit that many cars into the Woodshop dirt lot. You know that nature is always on time no matter when she shows up. There are three broad classifications of caddis larvae types: 1) Primitive caddis (aka free-living or free-ranging caddis) that do not build a case or net. Bigger stoneflies are not a bad idea as well. Ava lands her first trout of the year on the Farmington River. 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. You will then receive an email that helps you regain access. 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. Today was a rather nice day to fall into the river. You will want to know about the fishing. Spot D. Many more of those H-bombs. The West Branch of the Farmington is a great river that flows through beautiful Connecticut surroundings. That hatch is long gone. Lots and lots of anglers. How glorious to feel that tug as the flies dangled in the current below me. It’s always a pleasure to share the river with friendly, considerate people, which is generally the case even on a heavily fished river like the Farmington. We met up at a favorite spot of his and I looped on the same drop-shot rig I had used earlier. Plenty of bugs out. Jefferson took my Wet Flies 101 class today, and he chose a helluva fine day to be out fishing. Today, friends, David was a steely-eyed nymphing missile man. In New England, this is one of the best and most anticipated hatches of the year. Housatonic River This is where it got good. 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. However, it is a long river that can appear intimidating. Game on. But, it really isn’t. 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. In the summer, Caddis and Stonefly nymphs are great to fly. Wowee, crowded everywhere — we were one cog in a wheel of a half-dozen anglers on this stretch. Housatonic River Fly fishing hatch chart for the Beaverkill River in New York ** Most Orders Shipping Same or Next Business Day! No trout on all those mayflies? Hendricksons “Meet the trout” on the Farmington. On my second cast of the spring with a team of three wets, whack! Warm but uncomfortably windy today. We done good, though — we saw three fish landed, and two belonged to Jeff. The Hendrickson Hatch is very prolific on the Farmington River. The fishing was quite a bit hotter. Two more spaces are open for the class I’m leading on Saturday, May 5. Wordfence is a security plugin installed on over 3 million WordPress sites. We could always call them “pearlescent trout.”. A missed step. Unfortunately, the time-space continuum prevented me from attempting another daily double. Believe it or not, I rarely target the Hendrickson hatch or spinner fall. Still, we managed to find some water to call our own not once, but three times around the upper TMA. Connecticut: Farmington River Fly Fishing Hatch Chart - The Fly Shack Fly Fishing Shopping Cart × Exhibit B: On Wednesday, I said to Paul, “The Hendricksons are pretty much finished here,” “here” being near the bottom of the permanent TMA. Here he’s making that critical first mend after his cast. 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. The bite dropped off after all those seed thingys blew into the water. In the summer, Caddis and Stonefly nymphs are great to fly. The extended time frame of the hatch allows the fish to get pretty familiar with this food source. ), but they likewise reported very slow action (only two fish all day for them). Hendrickson Spinners #12 … That’s how my client David summed up his subsurface skills on the phone. From your waist down to your toes. A portrait of a dangerous nymphing machine. This section has the highest trout population. This is a lazy man’s hatch… Spent three hours below the permanent TMA, from noon to 3pm. The hatch is well upstream at this point and within the entire catch and release only section. That was our experience today. Thanks again to Jefferson for a fun day. I know Paul had fun. November is traditionally a big month for BWO hatches on the Farmington River, but they are small- make sure you have patterns at least down to #24, if not smaller. Here is an overview based on a few years of focusing on the Farmington after a severe case of Swift River … This river was coming down and got below 700 cfs until Friday nights storm brought it up to almost 900 cfs. Took them on the dead drift, the swing, and the dangle. Wind was a constant challenge, but I think we’ll take unfavorable conditions if a good bite is part of the package. And a few Hendricksons at 11:30am. Even the wild flowers were glowing. The Hendrickson Hatch is very prolific on the Farmington River. ** Most Orders Shipping Same or Next Business Day! Similar to the Farmington, the Housey should be very close to the Hendrickson hatch, maybe even a bit closer as it is quite a bit warmer. Larvae. Steelhead in Connecticut, albeit on a miniature scale. After’s Wednesday’s hatchstravaganza, I decided it was a moral imperative the go back to the Farmington on Thursday. 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 Black Caddis (Brachycentrus) Other similar species: _Psilotreta: […] Some days, you feel like a nut, and some days you don't. The Hendricksons are on the Farmington River. Apr26 by Steve Culton. Orvis Fly Casting Videos Click the image above to view a list of 17 fly casting videos, courtesy of Orvis. 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!) We tried some wet fly, but found no love, before moving downstream to another favorite run. To the fishing. I can hardly wait to get out there. Believe it or not, before yesterday I had not fished the Farmington since January. 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. The geography of this event is significant because it ties another Catskill legend to the Hendrickson story. Some friends fishing nearby had great success nymphing during this same period. This isn’t the best underwater shot I’ve taken, but I do like the reflection of the spots on the surface film. We went back to the wets for the last hour and managed a couple more trout. We took fish on all three flies. Poor me (he said, tongue planted firmly in cheek). This is a river that fishes best between 200 and 400 cfs. Really? My top dropper today — heck, it’s usually my top dropper from April through August. Two anglers from Maryland were happy to share the water (thanks for the positive energy, guys! The two anglers below us were casting dries in a more moderate flow. Ended up at the pool the run dumps into and that’s when things got fun. Holy Hendrickson! My favorite is the Trico hatch in late summer, but the action for Hendricksons, Midges, BWOs, Stoneflies, etc., is great, too. 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 Walked a snotty run and swung a team of three wets (from top to bottom: Squirrel and Ginger, Dark Hendrickson, BHSHPT). Ephemerella needhami (Little Dark Hendrickson) Mayfly Nymph View 6 Pictures I photographed three strange striped Ephemerella nymphs from the same trip on the same river: this one, a brown one, and a very very striped one. I have seen this hatch as early as the 2nd week in April. We decided to head upstream. Water cool, clear, and about 300cfs. This is a river that fishes best between 200 and 400 cfs. It may have been true a few days ago. Since I know where you live, see you sometime this summer. It was raining steadily, and the flies were still easy to pick out on a mottled surface flecked with raindrops. Then I suggested that we clip off the subsurface patterns in favor of a dry. Best bets are 1st week in May. Recommended Flies for the Farmington River. What risers we saw never got into any feeding rhythm; it was all rather haphazard. Some caddis and a few stray Hendricksons in the air. We gave them a brief sniff of the wets — nothing. Nymphed. Is that Church Pool or the Wire Hole in Pulaski?) No, the hatch has not yet begun in earnest. 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. This is a lazy man’s hatch… Please note: this is NOT an intro to Euro Nymphing, it's for intermediate … George Daniel Nymphing Workshops #1 … Fished the Farmington River yesterday 10am-4pm.....the area I was in was busy with most people catching fish on Nymphs....not much happening on top , I didn't see a single rise .....a moderate Hendrickson hatch came off @ 2pm but it seems the fish weren't looking up. Recommended Flies for the Farmington River. Size 12 on a 2x short scud hook. Salmon River/Creeks Steelhead Report: Comedy is hard. In another week the hatch should be almost up to the dam. I have a feeling we will be seeing it soon. Best bets are 1st week in May. Sounds like a … How strong was the hatch? It offers anglers diverse water and great fishing opportunities. The Hendrickson mayfly begins to emerge the 2nd or 3rd week of April. I did manage 1 nice Brown with bead head Wet fly. Instead, they cling to substrates, much like man… This fly has caught some huge Browns for me on the Farmington River ….. even during a Hendrickson hatch … Hendricksons on the Farmington River: Wonderful news. The genetic trait that compels them to leap is a marvel of nature. Spot C was the scene of a strong Hendrickson hatch (2:00pm-2:30pm) with one lonely trout making a few furtive slashes. The cold water releases from the dam keep its water near 50 degrees 2. The Hendrickson hatch has finally made it to the Farmington River and last Sunday afternoon was my first chance to get up to river. Landed a dozen fish — including a double — that were a mix of stocked browns and rainbows, all on the S&G and the PT. In a few weeks, thanks to Joe Drake’s initiative, our blog team will be fishingContinue Reading 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. Our hatch charts help you choose the right fly base on river and season. If you think you have been blocked in error, contact the owner of this site for assistance. Jefferson did a splendid job with his team of three wets. Its flows are usually very consistent, so you can plan your trip to this river well in advance. What are they doing in the Hendrickson House? Paul is well on his way. Since then, there have been a lot of new new fly anglers initiated in the way of the gentle art. Labels: Brown Trout, Dry Fly Fishing, Farmington River, Hendrickson Hatch, Rainbow Trout, Spring. Yes, so it would seem. Generated by Wordfence at Sun, 6 Dec 2020 0:25:37 GMT.Your computer's time: document.write(new Date().toUTCString());. I have a feeling we will be seeing it soon. It seems like yesterday that we fished the Hendrickson hatch on the Farmington River. There was a micro burst of Hendricksons shortly before 3pm, but it was over in a matter of minutes. Hendrickson Hatch Catch & Release Fly Fishing Tournament Due to the ongoing situation surrounding the coronavirus, we have decided to cancel this year's tournament. We are seeing the heaviest hatches around 2pm give or take an hour. A fine, fat rainbow on the top dropper, a Squirrel and Ginger. Orvis Fly Casting Videos Click the image above to view a list of 17 fly casting videos, courtesy of Orvis. The current pushes you in directions you wish it wouldn’t. Spot B was where I went for a swim. My intent today was to get a big, preferably wild brown trout on a large articulated streamer. We fished two spots outside the permanent TMA, and did well in both locations. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. If you're like me I like to fish the Trout Management Area above Rte 219, I can always find water without crowds. And in front with the junk. But whatever mojo I had earlier in the day disappeared, and I could only manage one more trout. Good thing, though, because that means I need to perform some more intensive research. 420cfs and clear. Right away when we got on the water we new it would be tough. (You know it’s going to be a good day when you hook a fish on your first demo cast.) It was one of the better Hendrickson hatches I’ve experienced on this river. You can also read the documentation to learn about Wordfence's blocking tools, or visit wordfence.com to learn more about Wordfence. Water was 275cfs, 49 degrees and clear. Spot A was a bust. Blue Wing Olive or Hendrickson in the spring. 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. The Farmington River and a Spectacular Fish I went up to the Farmington River today with Dave Gallipoli. Yesterday, we were fishing well downriver, and the splashy rises were due to an outstanding Hendrickson emergence. And soon. 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. Fished the Farmington River yesterday 10am-4pm.....the area I was in was busy with most people catching fish on Nymphs....not much happening on top , I didn't see a single rise .....a moderate Hendrickson hatch came off @ 2pm but it seems the fish weren't looking up. And a few slashing risers that…I could not catch. Your access to this service has been limited. It was a rainy, damp day, the sort of day that you don't usually see Hendricksons. 2 comments: Hibernation May 4, 2017 at 12:12 PM.
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