August 20th- White Flies Ending - Dare to Fish the Housy - Natural Flow Natural River -  Fish are rising - Respect the Refuge Areas

August 20th- White Flies Ending - Dare to Fish the Housy - Natural Flow Natural River - Fish are rising - Respect the Refuge Areas

River Report
August 20th - River Report 205 cfs - White Fly Hatch is pretty much over - Got another nice little rain last night - moved the needle on the river up to 205 cfs but I don’t have to water my garden - again - big Isonychia hatch yesterday - fall is coming - got lots of tomatoes finally - foggy this morning 69 degrees -- took Dr. Dantzker and his two grand kids to a local pond and caught a ton of panfish - they are hooked - once they learned that worms don’t swim they realized that fish were running away with the bobber :) White Flies Ending - 69 degrees this morning - bass fishing still off the charts - zonkers, streamers, wooly's, pats rubber legs, poppers and soft hackle streamers - seems like there is one behind every rock - with the cooler evening temps we are hearing of trout mixed in with the smallies - please make sure and fish nothing less than 3x so if you do hook a trout - you can quickly land and release. Great to see our guides taking out so many families and kids fishing this summer. Upcoming hatches - Flying Ants, Isonychias, BWO's and late season sulfurs. People ask me everyday about hoppers and terrestrials - I have only had success with Ants - however on the Farmington I do take great pleasure tossing a large hopper into a pool dropping like a cannon ball - while the guys are fishing their size #48 flies on 15x tippets and you get a monster to come up and hit the hopper like a freight train - its the little things in life that put a smile on your face. Its also funny to see all the night fishing posts - like its a new thing - been going on for 200 years fishing for trout at night. You want to speak to the best night fisherman around look up Jerry Jahns - (spey casting instructor) - he is the MAN having quite a few 30 inch plus trout to his record. Just saying nothing new in the world of fishing - only a new generation recycles the old.- Really nice white fly hatch these past few nights - had a ton of guide trips over the weekend - they all caught tons of fish - family pics on instagram and facebook - Great Weather for the weekend - nice and cool this morning 59 degrees and spectacular weather coming out. also we are coming into flying ant season - after a rain - the ground softens - the ants fly out to mate and the trout love them - if they are rising to ants - they are rising to ants - so make sure you have a couple of our proprietary purple ant patterns handy between now and Oct 1st. - River Report - - smallmouth everywhere - Dr. D. and I were out thursday night - got rained on - was not fast and furious - i don’t think the bass like thunder - but a couple of nice fish outside the TMA some lightning - the white flies came off early around 7 due to darkening weather - we needed it - the river came up around 40 cfs maybe a little more later today - tribs look better - but we needed 5 times that much -- Cant believe August here already - Summer is on the wane:) a much cooler morning - some rain coming in tonight and tomorrow - hope so - looking at the 5 day forecast - cooler weather ahead - down in the mid 60’s tonight - and mid 60’s for lows the rest of the week - with highs only around 80 - this will help cool the river and help the trout - hope so - went fishing with Dr. D. again Friday night - since I had the white zonker i had on before I left for Idaho and did so well on it - what the hell be lazy - smallmouth said good last week - this week not so much - switched to a brown zonker with an orange and brown pat’s rubber leg dropper and was back on track - and had to fish it slowly. One thing about the white flies - remember they emerge - hatch - leave the water - mate and become a spinner all in the same night - that is why the hatch is always so heavy - you have them coming and going - so an emerger, dun or spinner can always work - but I always use a tandem rig - usually a “Usual” or Wulff in front with a spinner 2 feet behind - a deadly combination. Saw white flies last night - will check it out again tonight - Pike and Bass Tour - We got some rain yesterday but not as much as I wanted - going to be hot hot this weekend - be safe - Go to our facebook page for information and date - smallmouth bass fishing is off the charts lots of nice fish being caught - Idaho was a really nice trip - We were in Avery - population 26 - no cell phone only sporatic WIFI - caught tons of wild cutthroats and saw the most beautiful rivers. - smallmouth fishing is off the charts - they are behind every rock in shallow water - deep water you name it - and I am catching bigger ones this year - why - who knows - - streamers, pats rubber legs and poppers for the smallmouth bass - have some special pike flies that came in

For your eyes only ! We now have in stock - Cortland Line Co's Brand New TOP SECRET ULTRA PREMIUM FLOUROCARBON TIPPET MATERIAL !! - HRO TROUT FLY SALE!!! In the front section of the store we have a tremendous assortment of trout and bass flies on sale for ONLY $1.50 each !!! Refill your fly boxes with this is an amazing assortment of dry, wet & nymph fly patterns !!

Tune-up your fly vest by cleaning out the last year's leaders & tippet spools and replace them with fresh leaders & tippet spools for this year. Reorganize your flies into new boxes. Check your vest to see if you need more floatant, lead shot, strike indicators or tippet rings.  If your fly line is becoming stiff or cracked it's time to change it. You can bring your fly reel into the shop and we can machine wind a new fly line with free backing !!  If your favorite rod has broken guides, tip tops, missing hook keeper or needs new wraps.......Bring it down to the shop for repair.  

We like the following patterns: Eggs, Sucker Spawn, Scuds and San Juan Worms. - Streamers: John's Lion Bugger, G's Catch'Em All, Circus Peanuts,  Zonkers, Woolly Buggers, Pick Yur' Pocket - Soft Hackles: Spiders, Hares Ear or Pheasant Tails - Nymphs: Golden Stone (8-10) BH Hares Ear (12-16), BH Princes (10-16), BH Pheasant Tails (12-18), Rubber Legs (all colors), 20 Incher's (8-16) & Euro Bead Head Princes. Don't forget to try a Chartreuse or Yellow Stone Mop Fly, too. We recommend a drop rig for maximum effectiveness and use an indicator to make sure you don't miss any takes. Try the AirLock indicators if you haven't already. They are the best! 

Don't forget we offer a FULL ROD REPAIR SERVICE Bamboo, Graphite and Glass. - Reel Seat Replacement, Cork Grip Repairs, Guide Replacement, Rod Wrapping and Rod Finishing. - Repair or refinish your old favorite rods and fish them as if they are new again!! 

Our Guides are Ready to Take You Wade Fishing!!! - Book your spring guided fishing trips now! We look forward to providing you with a great fishing experience  for 2018. A BIG THANK YOU from all of our guides!

Don't forget we buy, sell or trade used and antique fishing equipment rods, reels, lines, duck and fish decoys, fishing lures, books, artwork, collectibles and tying materials/tools. If you are looking to trade in, sell, or are just scaling down as they say, bring your items in or take pictures and email them to us and we will happily purchase or offer a trade up. I have been purchasing and selling used and collectible items for over 25 years and our fishing/hunting library in the store is the finest and largest probably in the country. We will happily show you the value of your items and then offer trade-in or purchase prices. So give us a call (860-672-1010) or send and email ( We also purchase estates and will gladly come over to your house to assess the value of your collection and purchase the entire collection.

Since you're reading our river report, please consider purchasing your gear from us. We are happy to have the opportunity to match any deals out there you may come upon. Give us a call