Gadzooks! I had not fished the Farmington since mid-July. Today’s remedy was a bounce around, state-of-the-river fact finding mission. I visited five marks from Burlington up to New Hartford, and although the water was low, it was plenty cold. So rest assured: the fish are healthy if not happy. I was dedicated to the nymphing cause today, and despite my best efforts I blanked. (Although one run I visited was on lockdown, and — surprise — the anglers there were getting into fish.) The last run had some active feeders, but I ran out of time and space and couldn’t switch over to wets. Observed: tiny BWOs, small un-IDed creamy mayflies, and some size 16-18 light-colored caddis.
Flood-like conditions in the permanent TMA after Thursday’s rain (he said sarcastically).
It was fairly crowded for a weekday in September in very low flows, and as these conditions require what I call “real estate fishing” — location, location, location — you would be wise to have a backup plan in case your favorite run is occupied. As always, please say hi if you see me — it’s always a pleasure meeting a currentseams follower, and you never know when you might be gifted with some flies.
Today’s instant winner freebie was Pat Torrey’s Tiny BWO soft hackle. Dust it up with some Frog’s Fanny, fish it like a dry, and let the trout do the rest.
I’m hoping Pat Torrey will tie on a BWO SH when we fish with him on Tuesday.
You can always ask. I love that fly on the Farmington.
Our Gunpowder River tailwater down here above Baltimore is fishing exactly the same way, it’s low and crystal clear, and being in a full moon phase they’re probably feeding all night. I spent Saturday on the river and saw loads of fish but also blanked, had a few that MAY have flashed at the soft hackles I was tossing. Great day fishing, tough day catching.
Today they bumped the Farmington flow a mighty 50cfs, which is significant given that it was a 50% increase over the previous release.