Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Weekly fishing report

Welcome to trout season 2105: Saturday dawned clear and fairly cold and the wind eventually picked up. Most reports we got in to the shop were of very slow fishing for everyone. I headed to the Willimantic river about 9 am water was way up and far too cold to expect too much in the way of fish activity. Hope was not disappointed after almost 6 hours I had had 1 lone take that I missed. My fishing partner for the day Sergei managed one on a streamer. Sunday I fished one of the many many small streams here in Northeast Connecticut and managed 3 decent trout in about 2 hours. All on nymphs fished in the slower seams of current.  Water temp had come up to 48 degrees   and there was a mix of small black and brown stones flying around. I did notice that not many were on the bank and most were laying eggs so these guys maybe slowing down. Stop in the shop and check out what we have on special all Grey’s rods and reels are 20% off. We also have some really good used equipment for sale as well. We have a 1935 Thomas 8’2” 5wt. bamboo for $300.00, Grey’s GRXI 11’6” 6wt. spey/switch rod ( see Jt) 9’6” 5wt. TFO pro series , with a 4/5 machined TFO prism reel and Airflo line for $120.00 great wet fly / indicator nymph rod, 10’ 4wt. Greys StreamFlex rod $160.00 excellent euro nymph rod. Remember we have Hardy rods/ reels, TFO rods , Hatch reels, 3tand reels, Rio and Airflo lines.
Flow is at 199 CFS (bit above normal), water clear
Water temps are 47 degrees in the Am rising to about 52 at 3 Pm.
Right now there are black and brown stones sz 16-18
JT had a guide trip there yesterday and they did well with buggers and nymphs.

flow is at 372 CFS ( about 75 -100 CFS above normal), water is clear
water temps are 45 in the morning rising to about 52 at 3 PM
small stones black and brown sz 16-18, with some small midges mixed as well.

Mount Hope:
Flow is at 81 CFS (a bit high), water is clear
Water temps are 46 am to about 50 PM
Small stones and some small grey caddis.
The small pool by the fire house on rt 89, the RT 89 bridge and memorial park are decent access points.

Flow is at 56 CFS , water is clear
Water temps 45 am to almost 50 in pm
Should have decent stones egg laying about now.

Flow is at 1250 CFS (this is about the limit of fishable high water)
Temps are 48 to 52 flow is clearing

Flow is at 270 CFS, flow is clear
Water temps are 48 in the am going up to 52 in pm
Small stones and some scattered caddis

What to use:
As always buggers sz 8-10 in black, olive or a thin mint will work well. Small stone fly imitations in sz 16-18 to match the hatching stones ( dark brown/ black) . also try small dark wet flies later in the afternoon fished just under the surface upstream, this imitates the drown egg laying stones. Streamers like 6-8 grey ghosts and black nose dace will work as well. Bow river buggers sz 6-8 will produce as well. For nymphs try black hares ears sz 14-16, Riffle stones sz 8 fished dead drift as always will take fish. Remember this time of year fishing the seams is more important than any other. The feeding trout will be in this slower moving current where they can feed without expending the energy of fighting the fast current.  Also on larger pools where the current is moving faster than normal look for the back flowing current eddy on the outer edge, it will carry a ton of food to the fish and they don’t have to stress too much to feed there.

Tight lines,


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