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. I thought we might be in the midst of a day to remember, but sometime around 1:30 someone hit the off switch. In the summer, Caddis and Stonefly nymphs are great to fly. The two anglers below us were casting dries in a more moderate flow. It offers anglers diverse water and great fishing opportunities. We went back to the wets for the last hour and managed a couple more trout. This isn’t the best underwater shot I’ve taken, but I do like the reflection of the spots on the surface film. I did manage 1 nice Brown with bead head Wet fly. Two of the fish were active risers that I targeted; the rest were holding in likely places. A fine, fat rainbow on the top dropper, a Squirrel and Ginger. This is a lazy man’s hatch… 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. 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. A portrait of a dangerous nymphing machine. They got one, we got one. The hatch cycle is initially sparse and then becomes increasingly abundant as the days go by. This fly has caught some huge Browns for me on the Farmington River ….. even during a Hendrickson hatch … (I didn’t know you could fit that many cars into the Woodshop dirt lot. If you're like me I like to fish the Trout Management Area above Rte 219, I can always find water without crowds. Is that Church Pool or the Wire Hole in Pulaski?) Air was 60, clouds and rain. For that reason a Hendrickson nymph is a great option if you decide to do some nymphing. No, the hatch has not yet begun in earnest. But I can’t. He proved most uncooperative. Really? In New England, this is one of the best and most anticipated hatches of the year. Balance is nearly recovered, then lost. The Hendrickson hatch # 12-14 is just about over but still can be found below Hogback Dam on the uppermost reaches of the river. It was a rainy, damp day, the sort of day that you don't usually see Hendricksons. 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 extended time frame of the hatch allows the fish to get pretty familiar with this food source. Around mid-April when things begin to warm up is usually when these will hatch. My intent today was to get a big, preferably wild brown trout on a large articulated streamer. I fished for a while in an faster run that dumps into a long deep pool. Ferdon's Eddy, the stretch of river where the Hendrickson was first tied, flows below the River View Inn, which is long since defunct. The water surface soon became littered with Hendrickson duns. 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. 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. What a gorgeous wild brown — haloed spots, kype starting to form, full, unmolested fins, intact adipose. 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. I did manage 1 nice Brown with bead head Wet fly. The Hendrickson Hatch is very prolific on the Farmington River. Spent three hours below the permanent TMA, from noon to 3pm. Game on. The hatch is well upstream at this point and within the entire catch and release only section. I have a feeling we will be seeing it soon. Fly fishing hatch chart for the Beaverkill River in New York ** Most Orders Shipping Same or Next Business Day! After’s Wednesday’s hatchstravaganza, I decided it was a moral imperative the go back to the Farmington on Thursday. The bite dropped off after all those seed thingys blew into the water. I know Paul had fun. We decided to head upstream. Jefferson did a splendid job with his team of three wets. Hendricksons on the Farmington River: Wonderful news. We met up at a favorite spot of his and I looped on the same drop-shot rig I had used earlier. The cold water releases from the dam keep its water near 50 degrees Believe it or not, before yesterday I had not fished the Farmington since January. I nymphed for about an hour, but had no takers. Sounds like a … Good thing, though, because that means I need to perform some more intensive research. I don’t usually count fish, but we surpassed the dozen mark today. Calling all Blockheads! This is a lazy man’s hatch… A very productive four hours, in terms of both catching and learning. Instead, they cling to substrates, much like man… Two anglers from Maryland were happy to share the water (thanks for the positive energy, guys! 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. Mild days with no wind will have the strongest hatches and the most fish up on the surface and rising. The Hendricksons are on the Farmington River. If you're like me I like to fish the Trout Management Area above Rte 219, I can always find water without crowds. Fly fishing hatch chart for Farmington River, Connecticut. Warm but uncomfortably windy today. Wind was a constant challenge, but I think we’ll take unfavorable conditions if a good bite is part of the package. The Hendrickson hatch has finally made it to the Farmington River and last Sunday afternoon was my first chance to get up to river. And a few slashing risers that…I could not catch. No trout on all those mayflies? 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. That’s how my client David summed up his subsurface skills on the phone. There are 20 caddis (Trichoptera) families in North America alone, and more than 1,400 species. The Farmington River in the upper TMA didn't offer a lot of solitude. Bigger stoneflies are not a bad idea as well. Paul persevered, and induced a rainbow to eat the middle dropper, a gray/brownish wingless wet. Access from your area has been temporarily limited for security reasons. We done good, though — we saw three fish landed, and two belonged to Jeff. Hatches were meh. Great job by Jeff, who is turning into a dangerous subsurface machine. 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 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. Recommended Flies for the Farmington River. Apr26 by Steve Culton. Best bets are 1st week in May. On my second cast of the spring with a team of three wets, whack! Spot C was a bust, despite a solid Hendrickson hatch. The Hendrickson mayfly begins to emerge the 2nd or 3rd week of April. However, it is a long river that can appear intimidating. Hendrickson Vs. Kahle Worm – Two Heavyweight flies, One Winner! Farmington River Report: Fishing under the Hendrickson hatch with wet flies. Around mid-April when things begin to warm up is usually when these will hatch. This river was coming down and got below 700 cfs until Friday nights storm brought it up to almost 900 cfs. How glorious to feel that tug as the flies dangled in the current below me. 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. This is a river that fishes best between 200 and 400 cfs. And cold! Then I suggested that we clip off the subsurface patterns in favor of a dry. 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!) Some caddis and a few stray Hendricksons in the air. Nymphed. ), but they likewise reported very slow action (only two fish all day for them). Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. And yes, the weather and the river were indeed as clear and lovely as they look. One recent ward of the state liked the point fly on the dangle. Today was a rather nice day to fall into the river. 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. Orvis Fly Casting Videos Click the image above to view a list of 17 fly casting videos, courtesy of Orvis. But whatever mojo I had earlier in the day disappeared, and I could only manage one more trout. 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. Ava lands her first trout of the year on the Farmington River. That hatch is long gone. Yes, Hendricksons have been spotted on the lower river. Our hatch charts help you choose the right fly base on river and season. An hour later, some more Hendricksons came off, and a few fish began slashing at the emergers. Its flows are usually very consistent, so you can plan your trip to this river well in advance. And that the hatch will happen when it happens, and not a moment before, no matter how much one wishes it were so. 2. 420cfs and clear. Some days, you feel like a nut, and some days you don't. After catching such a beauty, is there anything more satisfying than releasing it? ). It is still a bit early for Smallmouth and the Pike are still on the spawn. But, enough of my bathing habits. That was our experience today. Walked a snotty run and swung a team of three wets (from top to bottom: Squirrel and Ginger, Dark Hendrickson, BHSHPT). In the summer, Caddis and Stonefly nymphs are great to fly. However, it is a long river that can appear intimidating. Hard to believe. To the fishing. What risers we saw never got into any feeding rhythm; it was all rather haphazard. 2. Cue game show wrong buzzer sfx. Spot A was a bust. (You know it’s going to be a good day when you hook a fish on your first demo cast.) Finally, some love from a rather large juvenile Atlantic salmon. (HTTP response code 503). Still, we managed to find some water to call our own not once, but three times around the upper TMA. Jefferson took my Wet Flies 101 class today, and he chose a helluva fine day to be out fishing. Spot A was heavy with midges, moderate with caddis, but very little surface activity. Believe it or not, I rarely target the Hendrickson hatch or spinner fall. Water cool, clear, and about 300cfs. Landed a dozen fish — including a double — that were a mix of stocked browns and rainbows, all on the S&G and the PT. Clusters of them blowing in the wind. Everywhere. Here he’s making that critical first mend after his cast. 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. But, it really isn’t. My favorite is the Trico hatch in late summer, but the action for Hendricksons, Midges, BWOs, Stoneflies, etc., is great, too. A missed step. David capped off his day by swinging a team of wets and hooking his first trout on that setup. 2 comments: Hibernation May 4, 2017 at 12:12 PM. We tried some wet fly, but found no love, before moving downstream to another favorite run. Jeff wanted to work on his subsurface skills, particularly nymphing. We took fish on all three flies. This is where it got good. We could always call them “pearlescent trout.”. We are seeing the heaviest hatches around 2pm give or take an hour. Connecticut: Farmington River Fly Fishing Hatch Chart - The Fly Shack Fly Fishing Shopping Cart × But I know when I’m beaten, so off I went to greener pastures. I visited four locations on the lower river from Canton to Unionville, and there wasn’t a single subvaria to be found. This is a river that fishes best between 200 and 400 cfs. Plenty of bugs out. Right away when we got on the water we new it would be tough. Yes. But, it really isn’t. Yes, so it would seem. Yesterday, we were fishing well downriver, and the splashy rises were due to an outstanding Hendrickson emergence. So is steelheading. 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. Spot C was the scene of a strong Hendrickson hatch (2:00pm-2:30pm) with one lonely trout making a few furtive slashes. Hatches (in order of importance): 5/17/2010 – The Farmington is flowing TMA at 450cfs. Two more spaces are open for the class I’m leading on Saturday, May 5. Whoa! You dont suck, your just getting better all the time. Hendricksons “Meet the trout” on the Farmington. The EB, WB And The Ware Thank god for the obliging Ware River. The EB, WB And The Ware Thank god for the obliging Ware River. Spot B was where I went for a swim. Black Caddis (Brachycentrus) Other similar species: _Psilotreta: […] It felt good to be fishing on the warmest day of the year. Farmington River. Size 12 on a 2x short scud hook. The Farmington River and a Spectacular Fish I went up to the Farmington River today with Dave Gallipoli. 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 is often the first really fishable hatch in the region that can provide good dry fly activity. You will then receive an email that helps you regain access. I can tell you it didn’t happen today. You will want to know about the fishing. But not today. Here is an overview based on a few years of focusing on the Farmington after a severe case of Swift River Burn-Out. Not a touch. Housatonic River It may have been true a few days ago. If you are a WordPress user with administrative privileges on this site, please enter your email address in the box below and click "Send". In the spring, I’m usually off the water by noon due to family commitments. This section has the highest trout population. And a few Hendricksons at 11:30am. What are they doing in the Hendrickson House? If you think you have been blocked in error, contact the owner of this site for assistance. My thermometer wouldn’t budge above 43 degrees. You know that nature is always on time no matter when she shows up. But, we know where he lives. But I’ve never done well there, so perhaps disappointment is my lot. It was raining steadily, and the flies were still easy to pick out on a mottled surface flecked with raindrops. All you had to do was drift it over a feeder, and BANG! Since I know where you live, see you sometime this summer. The Usual size 12 was the fly, and the trout loved it. The Hendrickson Hatch is very prolific on the Farmington River. (Read all about it. I have been hearing a lot of reports of strong hatch activity with no fish rising to the bugs. It makes for good nymphing time, but I’ve yet to witness Hendricksons popping. Of course, as a currentseams reader, you have a measured response to the HH. Farmington River Report 12/2/20: The high water streamer tease, Support your local fly shop (even when it’s not local). The fishing was quite a bit hotter. 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. 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. (Apparently, sometimes I do know what I’m talking about.) The geography of this event is significant because it ties another Catskill legend to the Hendrickson story. 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