Farmington River report 3/21/14: It didn’t feel like spring

A sunny day  in late March can be misleading. On Friday, any warmth generated by the sun was fleeting, captured and quickly dispatched by a chilly, gusting wind. The water was only 34 degrees, well below normal for this time of year, lightly stained, and running at 450cfs in the upper TMA. There’s still plenty of snow on the ground that has to melt and become part of the ocean; until that happens, expect cold water.

So, to the fishing. Well, it was what we in the trade call a slow day. Even the guys I spoke to who were fishing shiners were having a tough go of it. I jumped around the river, dedicated to the streamer cause, and the only trout I managed came by accident. I was messing around with the streamer, an articulated white and chartreuse bunny/bugger thing, to see how it looked in the water. Right in front of me, about ten feet away, and this brown rose from the depths and stomped it. Rather lucky than good, but we’ll take it.

Cased caddis everywhere in the last spot I fished. I’m still amazed that a little wormy thing can build a house out of sticks. Please appreciate this photo. My hands and forearms were still cold about a half hour after I took it.


An occupant. Sorry, little guy, for putting you out on the street. 


4 comments on “Farmington River report 3/21/14: It didn’t feel like spring

  1. John Jascot says:

    Steve – I ran across an old pattern called the “Picket Pin”. Seldom used today but from the old timers I’ve talked to a “go to” wet fly. I’m going to give it a try. Fishing has been in reverse mode most of the past week on the Salmon River. The state stocked generously but not many have come to the net. They are literally nowhere to be seen. Next week sounds like it will be in the dump also.

  2. deankeister says:

    Cased caddis – great before/after pics. DEEP stocked Mianus near exit 33 on Merritt Friday just in time for Mianus TU planned fishing outing. We had about 30 attend and I think all hooked up with at least one. Nymphs down deep early in morning. Woolly Buggers seemed the fare mid-day. Also a number of rises to midge emergers when sun came out at mid-day. One first timer landed five and hooked up on a few more. I told him it was like this every day! He’ll be back, baby.

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