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Summer 2016

The summer heat is here, and it feels as if it's been here for quite some time now. With drought like conditions since spring, it really feels like September on our rivers. The lack of rain has exposed streambeds leaving many streams at a fraction of their normal size. I really wonder what the impact is on our freestone stream trout, as they are undoubtedly stressed as a result. That being said, the fishing on any of our nearby tailwaters has not only been the only game in town, but it has often been nothing short of spectacular depending on where and when you fish on any given day. On the Farmington, the standard fare this time of year is rather small; summer caddis, midges, olives, some sulphurs, chocolate duns, and even trico's can be found and are the consistent daily insects. But there are also a few larger bugs kicking around including the slate drakes, some stone flies later in the day or early if they aren't hatching at night, and of course its that wonderful time of year when terrestrial fishing can be nothing short of great if you pick your target areas accordingly. The downside of things this year with current drought like conditions is the Farmington is pretty much the only game in town for trout in our state, so the pressure is very high. Add in the heat wave and the non fishing pressure and the river can feel at times like a zoo. There are some solutions however, starting early or late, or if you are confined to fish midday, seek out areas that are shaded near some highly oxygenated pieces of water and you should find a fish or two.
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Chris Valko
Just wanted to send a note to thank you for all the help you've given me in the last few months. I only started fly fishing about a year and a half … read more

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