River Flows: It’s all too much

It’s the modern paradigm in the northeast: water flows are seemingly either off-the-charts high or bone-dry low. Normally, at this time of year I’d be writing to you about the tremendous wet fly bite on the Hendrickson hatch. The Hendricksons may indeed by hatching on the lower Farmington River, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any near-surface action in these flows. 800cfs is about the tipping point for surface action on the lower river — it’s been over 1K for the entire time you’d expect to start seeing Hendrickson action, and yesterday’s deluge will keep us out of wet fly range into May.

George Harrison was right.

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It’s not much better in the Permanent TMA, which is flowing at almost 2K this morning. Sure, the Still will fall, but it’s been a challenging spring for anglers. And you can forget the Hous for now. That river has been a high water nightmare since last summer.

Don’t get me wrong: I prefer too high over too low, and you can catch fish in higher flows if you know where and how. All I’m asking of Mother Nature is a little moderation. Please?

8 comments on “River Flows: It’s all too much

  1. A Fan says:

    Just read this aloud in the Gouin car – we always enjoy your prose and your angling adventures

  2. aablodgett says:

    Same deal on the Shetucket. Flows have been averaging over 200% higher than normal since last Spring.

  3. Lee says:

    Yes, I totally agree with the tough start to the season for both trout and striped bass for us here in the catskills and hudson river. Please fishing gods let the water levels drop and the water clear so I can remember what its like to catch a fish again!

  4. Greg says:

    Just think about those poor starving cormorants and blue herons with nothing to eat 😦 lol

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