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Current Hatches -Isonychia ("Iso's")- mid afternoon/eves -Flying Ants- anytime, but esp. 1-2 days after some rain, humid days too -Light Cahills/Summer Stenos- eves -Olives- afternoons, esp. cloudy days -Summer Sulfurs- eves -Caddis (assorted)- morns & eves
BEST BETS:

Friday 10/31/14: River continues to drop and is wadeable. Some BWO's coming off from noon to 2:30 pm on the slower water.  Think BIG STREAMERS for these fall browns and rainbows!  Another option is CZECH NYMPHING with weighted nymphs... (deadly). Large Golden  Stone Fly Nymphs with Caddis Pupae droppers is a great rig for nymphing.































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































 River Flow is to 918 CFS  coming down. fog this morning giving way to a cloudy day (What a day for fishing) . This is a good time to take a float trip for holdover Housy Browns and some beautiful Rainbows. Also time to throw some BIG STREAMERS! The state finished the fall stocking of 9,000 trout on 10/3. HRO stocked the big rainbows on 9/26 (See videos on Face book). We appreciate all your donations and did a really BIG stocking! Every dollar helps, the trout coast about $5-10 each (depending upon size)- they will average about 14-18", with a few bigger ones too. We threw a few goldens (Paliminos) in for a little variety. Dry fly & nymph reports have been good  this past week, with some big browns showing up here & there. Now's the time to get out those BIG STREAMERS and cover some water with them Look for Iso's in late evenings. Olives are still on in calm pools 11am til 3p, they will hatch every afternoon whether it is sunny or cloudy (but the heaviest hatches are normally on cloudy days). Long Range Forecast call for temperatures in the mid 50's, with lows in the 40's-50's, just about perfect I'd say. Water temps are running  low 40's (depending upon day & time of day), just about perfect for 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Look for great Iso and olive hatches during the month of October as this is the peak time for them on the Housy. Also a great time for pike, and this month has been no exception- call 860-672-1010 to book a guided float for them, you need a boat to access the slow, deep sections of the river where the pike reside. Cooler fall weather here now will make the hatches ramp up, and also keep your eye out for Flying Ants (not technically a hatch, but rather a mating swarm). The Ants can hit the water anytime from late morning through early evening, make sure to have some in your box or you will be sorry- when they fall to the water, the trout rise like crazy. Isonychia ("Iso's") hatch sometime between mid afternoon and dark, they are a nice big #10-12 bug- nymphs, wets & dries can all be effective. Dusk will also see Sulfurs & Cahills/Stenos hatching, along with some assorted Caddis. On cloudy days, look for mid afternoon Olive hatches. If you are targeting smallmouth bass, try medium/large streamers, crayfish patterns, topwaters/poppers/bass bugs, and large nymphs. Plenty of good fishing reports lately on trout, bass, pike and even carp.











































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































We are soliciting doantions for our next HRO private stocking of rainbow trout (We also thank everybody that donated), please help out again if you can. These fish average 14-18", with a few topping 20". It's expensive, and every donation helps, be it large or small. Thanks in advance. The CT DEEP has documented them successfully reproducing in quite a few Housy tributaries (unlike most state stocked Rainbows, our fish are true Spring spawners). We increase fishing opportunities on the Housy by stocking these trout both below the TMA/C&R area, as well as in the upper section of the TMA where the state does not stock. OSI (Open Space Institute) manages our “Friends of the Housatonic” non-profit organization that all donations go into for stocking funds, and then they cut us a check when it’s time to stock. Please help improve the quality of the trout fishing on the Housatonic by donating, and remember this is a legitimate tax write-off due to our 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Make sure you purchase 2014 CT fishing license before your trip, as we DO NOT have a license machine in our store. You can purchase online- we have a license link on our homepage (on left sidebar), or just Google "purchase CT fishing license". Also, Mondays thru Thursdays most (but not all) Town Halls in CT sell licenses.































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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Current Hatches BWO 22 to26 -Midges #22-32
BEST BETS:

Sunday Sept 28 2014-



-Winter/Summer Caddis (lt.

brown, morning hatch) #16-22- use larva (yellow #16-18), foam pupa patterns (lt. brown to olive) & adults (muddy olive/brown)



-Midges #20-32- use larva (#16-24), pupa, and adults in various colors (red larva can be very good, esp. in the Winter, and some people swear by blue) to match the hatch- Zebra Midge, Rojo Midge, Pure Midge Larva, Brassie, Mercury Black Beauty, Miracle Nymph, Griffith's Gnat, etc



-Winter Stoneflies (especially Tiny Winter Black Capnia, but soon Early Black & Early Brown)- #12-20 SLENDER nymphs in black to brown shades- Black Stoneflies, AP Black nymph, darker Pheasant Tails, darker Hare's Ears, Black Copper Johns, etc.



-Rubber Legs #6-10- darker colors such as brown, black, or variegated



-Stonefly Nymphs- Golden/Yellow, Brown, Black #6-14



-Pheasant Tail #12-22- BH, regular, and especially Flashback versions



-Caddis Larva #12-18- olive, green, yellow, tan, olive-brown, Hare's Ear



-Egg Patterns #12-18- assorted colors, stick mostly to shades of yellow, orange & pink



-Prince Nymphs #10-20



-Cased Caddis #6-18 (lots of the naturals present in the river year 'round)- use various color/shade cases (lt. to dk brown mostly, some tied rough, some smooth) & peeking portions (green, yellow, chartreuse, tan, olive, etc)



-Streamers #2-12- various patterns such as Woolly Buggers, Slump Busters, Zonkers, Clousers, Leeches, etc. Try natural,(in the Zonkers/Slumpbusters), olive, brown, black, yellow & white.




Nymphing is the go-to winter technique, look for softer/moderate water where the trout can hang out in the cold water without expending much energy- think mostly pools & deeper/slower runs. While you may see them move shallow to feed during bug activity, they will tend to favor somewhat deeper water most of the time in the winter- when water temps are in the 30's and the trout's metabolism is greatly reduced, security/comfort takes precedence over feeding. For nymphs, try bigger Stoneflies (#6-10), Pheasant Tails (#14-20), Caddis larva (both uncased & cased), Egg patterns, Winter Stoneflies (especially #18-20 black to imitate the Capnia), Polish-style Woven Nymphs (#8-12), Midge larva/pupa (#16-24), and generic/attractor nymphs (Lightning Bugs, Princes, red Copper Johns, etc.)- they all producing at moments. Some days the fishing has been very good, but with all the cold temps it's made the trout sluggish and many days you work your ass off for one or two fish, sometimes none! This usually correlates to water temps (and to weather it warmed or cooled, with rising water temps ideal in winter & early spring), and to fishing pressure, which at moments can be high on the Farmington, especially on milder days & weekends. Don't be afraid to venture outside the year 'round TMA/C&R area and into the newer long seasonal TMA/C&R section, there are trout throughout, but a lot less anglers. If your are fishing tiny dries/emergers on flat water, you may need to go pretty light on your tippet. I recommend lengthening your tippet to 4' or longer before going to ultralight tippets, going longer like that is like dropping down a couple of tippet sizes, it will enhance getting a drag-free float. For nymphing, I mostly use 5x fluoro, sometimes 4x on bigger flies like #8-10 Stonefly nymphs and bigger Polish Wovens, and maybe 6x on the really small stuff. No need to go lighter than 6x for even the tiniest nymphs, and I don't usually find it to be necessary, especially with fluorocarbon tippets. Dry fly fishing will sometimes require some pretty light tippets, especially for small flies fished on flat water, but I always try to use the biggest tippet practical for the situation, so I can play & release the trout quickly and not overly stress them. It's not sporting or ethical in my opinion to play a trout for 10-15 minutes on a ridiculously light tippet, as it can kill the trout.



In the permanent 5 mile TMA especially, the fish see lots of pressure and can be VERY picky when you are targetting flat water risers in the more popular pools (Church, Greenwoods, Ovation, etc.), so make sure your presentations are top shelf- accurate & drag-free (use a long leader, with an extra-long & relatively light tippet), and change your flies frequently. Under normal flows, nymphers should play around with some smaller flies on fluorocarbon tippets, although Stonefly nymphs & Rubber Legs are exceptions to the small nymphs. Caddis larva in olives to greens in the #12-18 range are very effective at moments too, and don't forget about Cased Caddis, there are a TON of them in the Farmington. The takes on nymphs can be VERY subtle, so stay laser-focused or you won't even detect many of the hits. Set the hook on ANYTHING even remotely suspicious, or you will miss many subtle takes. Dry fly guys will find that CDC patterns, emergers, cripples, and pupal patterns can sometimes work magic on tough fish in flat water.



New regs in place now- from dam in Riverton down to bottom of lower TMA (21 total miles) is now ALL C&R from Sept 1 thru 6AM on 3rd Saturday in April, and the Upper Year 'Round TMA in Pleasant Valley/New Hartford has now been permanently extended (as in not a seasonal TMA) upstream for about 1.5 miles right up to the bridge abutment at the tail of Whitemore (this includes the entire Campground). So the upper TMA is C&R 12 months a year all the way up to the tail of Whitemore, and all the water above that to the dam, and below the upper TMA all the way down to below the lower TMA (Collinsville) is a SEASONAL TMA (Sept 1st thru 3rd Sat in April) that reverts to Trophy Trout (2 fish, 12") from Opening Day thru the end of August. This means that in March & April, inistead of being stuck in the two modest sized TMA's, you will have 21 miles of river to fish, and the upper TMA has been permanently increased by almost 50%. Excellent move CT DEEP, thank you!!!



We are soliciting doantions for our next HRO private stocking of rainbow trout (We also thank everybody that donated), please help out again if you can. These fish average 14-18", with a few topping 20". It's expensive, and every donation helps, be it large or small. Thanks in advance. The CT DEEP has documented them successfully reproducing in quite a few Housy tributaries (unlike most state stocked Rainbows, our fish are true Spring spawners). We increase fishing opportunities on the Housy by stocking these trout both below the TMA/C&R area, as well as in the upper section of the TMA where the state does not stock. OSI (Open Space Institute) manages our “Friends of the Housatonic” non-profit organization that all donations go into for stocking funds, and then they cut us a check when it’s time to stock. Please help improve the quality of the trout fishing on the Housatonic by donating, and remember this is a legitimate tax write-off due to our non-profit.



Make sure you purchase 2014 CT fishing license before your trip, as we DO NOT have a license machine in our store. You can purchase online- we have a license link on our homepage (on left sidebar), or just Google "purchase CT fishing license". Also, Mondays thru Thursdays most (but not all) Town Halls in CT sell licenses.

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