Farmington River Report 7/25/17: The method and the madness

Let the binge fishing begin!

I started fishing at 6:30 last night in a run I usually reserve for mornings and afternoons. The hatch activity was immense: sulphurs, small BWOs, caddis, Isos — and the cedar waxwings and swallows were going to town on the duns and spinners. I’ve never seen so many birds over the river. It was like being an observer in WWII dogfight. I lost count of the number of birds that flew so close I could hear their wings.

The method was wet flies. Given the amount of bug activity, I was expecting to catch 20 trout in this 300 yard stretch. The final number was a bit more modest, but I found plenty of fish willing to jump on. One of them was a camera-shy, low teens rainbow that had been in the river a while: dense spotting, intact fins, wide pink lateral band. I found players on all three flies (Squirrel & Ginger, Pale Watery wingless, hackled March Brown).

Dry was the next method, practiced from 8pm to dark. I rose a half dozen fish on tiny rusty spinners and Magic Flies, but my hook points found no purchase. Back to the truck for the streamer kit, and I walked out of the pool drifting/swinging a mouse, then a conehead Woolly Bugger. A few bumps, but no takers.

I was disappointed with the dry and streamer action. This may have had something to do with the fact that we had October temperatures; hopefully things will pick up as we get into a warming trend. At least we have water! Speaking of which, 340cfs and 54 degrees.

Swinging a team of wets in pocket water during a hatch is like this handsome brown: butter. He chose the Magic Fly, fished subsurface.



4 comments on “Farmington River Report 7/25/17: The method and the madness

  1. Steve M. says:

    Nice photo! Still working on my technique with a GOPRO mounted on my net. So far just c___p!

    Try a Bomber in fast water towards dusk from now until the Iso’s stop.

    • Steve Culton says:

      Try putting the GoPro in multi-shot mode, where it takes a photo ever 0.5 seconds. Sometimes you need 200 shots to get one good one.

      btw, that photo was taken with an Olympus TG4.

      Like the Bomber idea, especially in faster water. I tend to stick with my wingless March Brown when I’m fishing wet.

  2. Stanley Irv says:


    Please refer me to a link for the three wet fly patterns (squirrel & ginger, pale watery wineglass, and hackled march brown] What hook size? I want to try these.

    Enjoyed chatting with you and your son in the restaurant in Pulaski. See you on the Farmington.

    Irv Stanley >

    • Steve Culton says:

      Hi Irv,

      There’s a menu on the right side of the home page called “Categories.” The Squirrel & Ginger and the Pale Watery wingless (Magic Fly) are in the tying videos section. Use the search function (the magnifying glass icon on the left side of the screen) to find the hackled March Brown. All your questions should be answered within. 🙂

      Good luck and it was a pleasure seeing you.

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