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State: Connecticut.
City: Winsted

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john webber II (johnnydesmd) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Farmington River, Connecticut
Date: 10/29/10 Water Flow: 200 CFS Visibility: clear Water Temp: 60°F Water Condition: very low Access Point: upper TMA Hatches (in order of importance): AM: Winter/Summer Caddis 20-24, Blue Wing Olives 22-28, and tiny Rusty Spinners 20-26, Midday: Tan Caddis 18-20, Black Ants 14-18, Beetles 12-16. Evening: Isonychia 10-14, and Cahills 12-14, Flying Ants 16-24. Comments: Some rain has finally come and the river has moved to a more comfortable 200Cfs putting a little bit of water over resident trout! Winter/Summer Caddis all our still going in the early a.m. hours. Tiny Blue Winged Olives fill the air as well. This has been a good reliable hatch with lots of fish taking the small BWO patterns off the top and micro mayflies fished as droppers or along th stream bottom. When the spinners start to fall the fishing has been great on very small spinner patterns down to 26. Nothing but tails, olive thread and a little poly wing on these and your done. Tan Caddis have been hatching sporadically throughout the morning. I like to fish these with a small X-Caddis tied with a CDC wing and a poly shuck. Midday there have been a few flying ant hatches that were just spectacular with pools of rising trout to be found for miles it seems. Every fish in the river rolling for them. Size is crucial here and sometimes these things can be as small as a 28 or so. Iso's are still getting it done in the evening with the nymphs and emergers catching many large trout, this meal being just to big to pass up. Cahills have been spotty but I have seen them on a few occasions in some sections of the river and managed to take trout on them. Last week the Farmington river received it's yearly walk from those carrying the electric sticks and wielding fish barges. I was glad that my daughters and I had the chance again to see them shock, measure, and release many fish while carrying many other large breeders up over the bank and into the trucks off to the hatchery to spawn a new generation of healthy Farmington river Brown trout. I must say it is heartbreaking, to see them go but I'll wish them a safe trip and look forward to their return in the spring. Good luck on the river, see you soon. JW (09/29/10)
john webber II (johnnydesmd) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Farmington River, Connecticut
Date: 8/9/I0 Water Flow: 200 CFS Visibility: clear Water Temp: 59°F a.m. Water Condition: low Access Point: upper TMA Hatches (in order of importance: A.M. Tricos 22-26 Winter/summer Caddis 18-22 Tan Caddis 16-18 Needhami 22-24 Midday Ants, Beetles, and other terrestrials should do the trick. P.M. Isonychia 10-14 Anthopotamus 10-12 Comments: Tricos are coming off in the upper TMA, the Duns start showing up in the early a.m. shortly followed by the spinners into midmorning. I haven't seen any blanket hatches of these insects by any means, hopefully this hatch will materialize into the lower sections of the river this week. Winter/summer Caddis are still blowing up the rivers' edge in the a.m. hours. This is my favorite hatch and it is still going on each morning from the crack of dawn into the late morning. This hatch could almost be fished 365 days a year here on the Farmington River. Tan Caddis are coming off throughout the day and fish slash at them making loud and splashy rise forms, sometimes launching into a full body breech as they chase these emerging pupae. Isonychia have been emerging in good numbers in the evening hours. We have been fishing them at last light and into the darkness. Usually shortly after sunset there is a very strong emergence and fish ruthlessly give chase. Anthopotamus or formally known as Potomanthus, nicknamed Golden Dun, hatch and emerge on the slower sections of the Farmington in fairly good numbers during the evening hours. Given their large size take off can be slow and clumsy causing many fish to give chase. Fishing a yellow parachute style fly during late evening can double as the Golden Dun spinner, which also can be seen at the same time as the emerging Duns. The water is low but we are still having fun and catching lots of fish. I would like to especially thank my nephew Tyler for taking time out of his busy summer and spending it with my family here in Connecticut and on the Farmington River. Tyler, I speak for all of us here at JWflyfishing when I say "We had a great two weeks visiting with you and having you fish along our side." We look forward to doing it again. Great luck out there to all! (08/11/10)
john webber II (johnnydesmd) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Farmington River, Connecticut
Date: 7/20/10 Water Flow: 220 CFS Visibility: clear Water Temp: 60°F a.m. Water Condition: low-water Access Point: upper TMA Hatches (in order of importance): winter/summer caddis 20-22 a.m., Needhami duns 22-24 midmorning, Isonychia 10-14 p.m., midges 22-20 a.m. Comments: The winter summer caddis hatch continues to be a spectacle during the a.m. hours. Many fish line up on soft water seams rising to take these tiny Pupae as they row along in the meniscus to the shoreline to finish their emergence on the rocks and logs near the edge of the river. I had one of my best days on the river this past weekend when this hatch came on at 6a.m. and started winding down at 11a.m., we caught trout on everything from foam pupae patterns to french nymphing small winter/summer caddis larvae patterns. Needhami Duns are rolling off the water midmorning, these small spinners can drive fisherman nuts. Their small sizes make them very difficult to see on the water. The Duns however can be recognized flying in the air by the're long sweeping tails. Isonychia have been filling the skies in the evening hours. Trout like these tasty morsels and will move greater distances from their feeding lanes to swipe at this super sized evening hatcher. When these insects start coming off the water in good numbers I prefer to fish a CDC Iso emerger pattern then as darkness sets in I switch off to a larger Iso parachute pattern, which doubles as a big spinner pattern and I fish this into the darkness. If you are fishing mid day I would suggest using terrestrials such as small ants, beetles, crickets, and hoppers. For all those fishing nymphs you can't be beat fishing green caddis larvae 14-18 and Isonychia nymphs 10-14, with golden stone flies 6-12 rounding out the mix. Fishing on the Farmington River has gotten tougher forcing fishermen to take their tippet down to 7 or 8X when fishing smaller hatches such as winter summer caddis pupae and Needhami's. Good luck on the river. Remember, if you're fishing into the afternoon hours, bring plenty of water it has been scorching out there on the river after 10a.m. JW (07/21/10)
john webber II (johnnydesmd) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing on the Farmington River, Connecticut
Date: 7/5/10 Water Flow: 250 CFS Visibility: clear Water Temp: 58°F Water Condition: good Access Point: upper TMA Hatches (in order of importance): a.m. Needhami Spinners size 22-24, winter/summer caddis size 18-22, p.m.Sulphurs size 16-20, Isonychia size 10-14, Cream Cahills 14-16, Rusty spinners 12-20. Comments: Like clockwork the trout continue feeding on winter summer caddis in the mornings, with foam pupae patterns performing the best,and many trout coming to the net on small pupae patterns while nymphing. When the Needhami spinners hit the water in mid morning, trout boil to take them. You must look at the water closely to see these tiny spinners. The long tails are a dead giveaway. The key after recognizing these insects is to lighten your tippet size and accurately cast to feeding fish making sure your drifts are drag-free. The evening Sulphur Hatch remains good with lots of Duns coming off the water and good numbers of fish feeding on them. I am having good luck fishing a Sulphur emerger as a dropper off of my dry fly. There are also Isonychia mixed in, with plenty of fish willing to strike at these big meaty flies. Gently tickling or twitching Isonychia patterns replicates their struggles to emerge. Trout will travel great distances and strike hard and fast at the commotion caused by these insects. There have been some Cream Cahills sneaking into the mix of insects. I have observed several fish whom at first glance appeared to be taking Sulphurs, upon further investigation they were actually taking Cream Cahill spinners exclusively. Spinners can reliably be seen overhead in the late evening sky. Their dark fluttering silhouettes drift by in the soon to be darkness in a vast array of sizes. Rusty spinners right before dark and before daybreak are still accounting for our bigger trout. Happy Hunting! JW (07/06/10)
john webber II (johnnydesmd) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing on the Farmington River, Connecticut
Date: 6/17/10 Water Flow: 372 Visibility: clear Water Temp: 58*F Water Condition: good Access Point: Upper TMA Hatches (in order of importance): Sulphurs 14-18 March Brown/Grey Fox 12-14, Isonychia 10-12, Winter/summer Caddis 18-22, Tan and Green Caddis 16-20. Comments: Early am the winter/summer caddis have been driving trout bonkers causing them to line the banks and softer water snatching pupae that are swimming toward shore, I prefer to fish Dave Goulet's foam pupae skittering down and across the current. Mid afternoon and evening have been frantic with Sulphurs, Caddis, Isonychia, BWO's, Potomantis, and a few March Browns. When the hatches get frantic like this it can be a frustrating time if you are waiting for a specific hatch. Stay focused and hone your powers of observation by finding a few fish and watching them closely for clues as to what they are feeding on. When watching trout feeding be mindful of escaping insects, and rise forms to help you put the pieces of the puzzle together. Fish aren't taking your dry imitation? Tie a dropper off your dry to imitate the emerger. Switch your flies frequently until you can match the hatch. Rusty Spinners in larger sizes such as 12-14 are putting some of our bigger trout on the line in the late evenings. As far as nymphing we have been catching lots of nice trout during the am Caddis hatch on simple yellow Caddis larvae patterns. There is a strong population of Golden Stoneflies in various sizes my favorite are size 12 and 6. These flies always produce fish for us. I have personally been using the French Nymphing tactics to target some specific hatches with great success. If you have started using this technique don't be afraid to use those hatch specific wet flies on the top of your brace. We have been putting a bunch of fish in the net in the afternoons by positioning Sulphur wets as a dropper on our brace of flies. I am planning to trying this same thing with Isonychias which are a much bigger insect and food source for trout. These larger insects seldom pass without large trout noticing in my opinion. Whether your voice is hoarse from screaming obscenities at the trout or shouting "Fish on!" have a good week and enjoy our wonderful Farmington River. JW (06/17/10)
john webber II (johnnydesmd) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Farmington River, Connecticut
Date: 6/1/10 Water Flow: 330 Cfs Visibility: Clear Water Temp: Water Condition: Good Access Point: Upper TMA Hatches (in order of importance): Rusty Spinners in 12-14 have still been playing a big role in the evenings with the presence of the March Browns/Grey Fox, even if you don't see any on the water. Rusty Spinners in smaller sizes 16-20 also are doing well in the evening with the increasing insect life on the river. Winter/Summer Caddis 18-22 can still be found in the early AM and catching fish through the morning hours. Large hatches of BWO's 18-20 on cloudy days in the afternoon have been coming off. The Green and Tan Caddis in 16-20 are hatching throughout the river. Vitreus as well as Sulphurs have been hatching regular on the lower river near Collinsville, I have seen just a few on the upper river. Comments: March Browns being a large meal for trout have been working well on top as a searching pattern, and the nymph has accounted for some nice fish while French Nymphing. The Winter/Summer Caddis are still a reliable daily occurrence on the slower pools along the Farmington. There have been lots of Tan Caddis on the water in the evenings with lots of fish taking the emergers. Though many fish are active on the Caddis I can never pass up the chance of drifting size 12 Rusty Spinners onto these fish. Fish normally cannot pass up a meal of this magnitude. Get out there and enjoy some of this good fishing and get ready for the evening Sulphur and Vetrius hatches that will soon strengthen into a major player on the Farmington River. Regulars out there please email johnnydesmd@yahoo.com me some photos of your recent catches and we can post them up for all JWFlyfishing anglers to see. Good luck out there. (06/01/10)
john webber II (johnnydesmd) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Farmington River, Connecticut
Date: 5/24/10 Water Flow: 402 Visibility: clear Water Temp: 51*F am Water Condition: good Access Point: Upper TMA Hatches (in order of importance): March Brown Spinners 12-14 and Rusty Spinners 16-20 are falling in the evening. March Browns/Grey Fox 12-14 are starting to show. Winter/Summer Caddis 18-22 have been coming off the water early and making some great sunrise action. Blue Wing Olives 16-20 have been blowing up the river on cloudy, cool days. Tan Caddis 16-18, and Green Caddis 16-20 are hatching from Collinsville to Riverton and the fish are spending a great deal of time taking these in the evening right up until dark. A few Vitreus & Sulphurs have been seen on the river. Comments: This past weekend I had an absolute great time fishing with my brother in law on the Famington River. I absolutely enjoy each chance I get to take a family member out on the river, it really makes me feel good to get out there with others and see their face flood with happiness as they set the hook into a nice fish.The first evening was a great confidence builder as we knocked some of the rust off his casting. We took a few smaller browns on some caddis emerger patterns and finished the night off with a rusty spinner which was turning fish left and right. The next morning with his skills looking a great deal better he got in a wrestling match with a nice Farmington Brown. I shouted instructions like a drill sargeant as he landed the fish. When we were done I was glad that he is an understanding and tolerant person. I apologized and congratulated him on a super nice catch.The caddis and spinners work wonderful for us this weekend as we relaxed and enjoyed the scenic Farmington River. We took fish on both dries and french and spanish nymphing. Fishing with family is a great way to have some fun and always seems to have a great ending. A weekend filled with great food, great company, and some great flyfishing on the Farmington River. Who could ask for more? Nymphing has been producing some nice fish. Caddis larvae in just about any color has been getting it done in 12-16, I suggest green or brown as these are the most common colors that I see in my seine. (05/25/10)
john webber II (johnnydesmd) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing on the Farmington River, Connecticut
Date: 5/21/10 Water Flow: 440 Cfs Visibility: clear Water Temp: 50*F am Water Condition: good Access Point: Upper TMA Hatches (in order of importance): Winter summer Caddis am 18-22. March Browns/Grey Fox 12-14 are coming off in small numbers in the afternoon. Hendrickson spinners 12-14 and Rusty Spinners 16-20 are still catching lots of fish in the evenings. BWO's 16-20 are coming off the water in the evening as well as... Tan Caddis 16-18 and Green Caddis in 16-20. Comments: The Caddis in my mind are still very much stealing the show with a good showing in the A.M. and with another good burst of bigger Caddis in the evening right before dark causing many trout to feed exclusively on them and chasing and slashing furiously at the emergers. I have been catching good amounts of quality fish in the morning and evening fishing Caddis larvae as well. I was so excited the other night I actually caught a nice 18" Brown on my first ever woven fly a size 12 Caddis Larva green on the top and yellow on the underbody. The Rusty Spinner is still landing some nice fish in the evenings even if you don't see tons of them around, don't be afraid to tie on e of these bad boys on your leader in a size 12. This is a good meal for a trout feeding in low light conditions. Don't be sneaking off the river before dark either, I see a lot of fisherman leave out of frustration that miss some good fishing. Spanish/French nymphing has been a big part of my fishing strategy in the morning and evening lulls. French nymphing is one of those things that really turns unproductive time on the river into some dynamite fishing opportunities. Next time its raining and spinnerfalls are suppressed due to chilly temps. Don't mope! Start getting familiar with this technique and put it into play for you on the river! Good luck out there, tear em up! Don' forget to check us out at for the latest updated video stream reports. JW (05/21/10)
john webber II (johnnydesmd) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing on the Farmington River, Connecticut
Date: 4/30/2010
Water Flow: 266 Cfs
Visibility: Clear
Water Temp: 53*F
Water Condition: good
Access Point: Upper TMA
Hatches (in order of importance): #12-14 Hendrickson pm, #22 Caddis pupae am, 22-24 BWO am
Comments: The Hendrickson have arrived in mass now with egg laying females and the smaller males pouring off the water in the afternoon. The trout in the river welcome them with an open mouth as they eagerly slash at the emerging mayflies. Trout were eating these insects all afternoon and when evening fell they had no problem taking a rusty spinner, though we did not see any spinnerfall last night. There where plenty in the air at dusk, perhaps the good weather and lack of strong winds this weekend will allow for a better showing of the spinners. The am Caddis hatch is still providing some great fishing on the slowest of runs on the Farmington. Lots of fish have been feeding on #16 Caddis larvae in the late am, quartering it downstream letting it sink a bit fishing it like a wet fly has been producing lots of strikes. I was so frustrated yesterday, I was chasing this one nice trout around all morning long. This trout was feeding voraciiously on pupae, just not mine. I am hoping to tangle with him another day. Good luck out there this weekend to all. (05/01/10)
john webber II (johnnydesmd) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing on the Farmington River, Connecticut
Date: 4-21-10
Water Flow: 329
Visibility: Clear
Water Temp: 47F am
Water Condition: Good
Access Point: Lower TMA
Hatches (in order of importance): Caddis pupae 18- 22 am, Bwo 18-20 am, Mahogany Duns 16-18, Rusty Spinner 14-18 in the evening.
Comments: The morning Caddis hatches are still going strong bringing lots of trout to the surface. There have been some Bwo mixed in with them and I have been taking fish on them as well. Yesterday morning I used all my pupae in my box up and I started casting 18 Bwo's and the trout took it eagerly. I have been spotting Hendricksons yesterday fish were feeding on them from Unionville to People's State Forest. With the weather looking good for the next couple of days and warm temps this hatch should progress nicely. The Dep will be stocking the TMA this week and just in time with the Hendricksons well on their way.
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