Farmington River Report 5/24/21: finding fish with wet flies

I guided Eric yesterday and we had a mix of sun and clouds and moderate, cold flows (380cfs in the Permanent TMA and 445cfs on the lower River). We fished two marks with mixed success. At the first, there was very little hatch activity and we observed no fish rising. One bump was the best we could do, so we decided to seek our pleasure elsewhere.

And that’s one of the best pieces of advice I can give you if you want, like Eric, to learn how to fish wet flies: if one spot isn’t producing, find one that is. And, once you get there, work the water. Cover as much of it as you can. Determine where you think the trout will be holding and feeding. We fished a three fly team of a Squirrel and Ginger on point, a dark soft-hackle of Eric’s creation in the middle, and a BHSHPT on point. All of our action came on the point fly. Eric did a great job of navigating some not-that-easy-to-wade water (sometimes it pays to get into those more difficult areas). While the second mark was not as productive as I’d hoped — the caddis hatch was disappointing, and there were no regular, active feeders — Eric managed to stick four nice trout.

The answer to the question, “Why is this man smiling?” can be seen in the foreground. Great job, Eric! You’re on your way.

6 comments on “Farmington River Report 5/24/21: finding fish with wet flies

  1. Hi Steve, I throughly enjoy the 1/2 day with you. Leaned quite a bit and feel more confident in practicing the wet fly fishing, which does not require an indicator. As you mentioned, the fish hook itself. As an added bonus, I caught another trout after you left.. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Eric

  2. Greg Tarris says:

    Nothing like having a great “Coach”

  3. 1morecast says:

    Congrats on your hook ups! I’ve been humbled on that river more than a few times, Thanks for all the 411 you provide ,Steve.

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