TONIGHT!!! 2017 Fly Fishing Film Tour! Join the Candlewood, Mianus and Nutmeg Chapters of Trout Unlimited for a fun night of fishing films and camaraderie! Bow Tie Cinemas, Trumbull, CT. Tickets $25. Buy your tickets in advance as this will sell out!
One word for the report today: Unbelievable! The weather is going to be prefect. The high temp will be flirting with 70' here. A little fog to start this morning, but that will burn off. A partly cloudy day, but you'll likely see quite a bit of sun also. This warmer weather will have the water starting to warm up some and the fish will be more active. Why aren't you in the car heading this way already?!?
Now for the fishing conditions. Snowmelt has the river slightly up from yesterday, but its still clear and running at 1120 CFS. The warmer air temps will have many fish taking advantage of extra feeding opportunities. The insect activity is also on the rise. Plenty of BWOs around in addition to the early black stoneflies. Fish small pheasant tail nymphs and wet flies as the fish are not keying on the surface yet. Look for the deeper pools and channels as the fish are located in these spots. In general, this time of the year you do well to wait until the sun gets on the water for a bit to help warm it up some. We suggest starting later in the morning with some big streamers and search the water. You can get a little more aggressive with this warmer weather. All colors of streamers are effective at times, so swap out and modify your retrieve if you don't get any takes. We are seeing early black stoneflies starting to show up so make sure you have some of these in your boxes (size 14-18). Egg patterns dropped behind a big stonefly (8-12) are also very effective this time of the year. Trail the egg about 18" behind the stonefly so it gently rolls through the water. Early black stones are here so you'll want to have a few of these (size 14-18).
In addition to the stoneflies mentioned above, we like the following patterns: 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 San Juan or Squirmy Worm 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!
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 first and let us have the first chance. Thanks!
Start thinking about spring and book your guided fishing trips now! The best time to get out in the spring is Late April to Mid May and these dates always fill up fast so don't wait! We want to thank all of you for a great season this year and look forward to providing you with a great fishing experience again in the new year. A BIG THANK YOU from all of our guides!
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