Greetings Compleat Anglers! Here is your fishing report for March 27th.
Although water temperatures are cold, fishing has been hot in local streams and rivers. The Mianus has been fishing very well, with lots of fish taken on a variety of nymphs and a few taken on top with dries (little black stoneflies) later in the day. Several anglers have reported taking large numbers of fish! Also, the Saugatuck has been very productive through the TMA Fly-only section. Again, nymphs and small streamers have accounted for most of the fish. There have been some small black stoneflies (#14-#18) in the afternoons with a fish or two on them. But water temperatures have been cold (high 30s - low 40s) so a nicely placed nymph or streamer worked slowly will be your most productive bet. Remember that hatchery fish tend to school up for the first month or so, so do some prospecting and look for pools that have some current but not a lot. Once you find one fish, its a pretty good bet that there will be more as well.
The Farmington has been fishing very well. Water temperatures have vacillated from the high 30s to the low 40s so still very cold. Flow at Riverton is 206cfs and the flow through the TMA Area is 337cfs so great for wading. Depending on where you are fishing it, there are a nice mix of recent stockers, holdovers and wild fish. If you're looking for quality over quantity, then the TMA area is your best bet for a good fish - although that particular area wasn't stocked it holds a great mixture of big wild and holdover trout. Sy Balsen reports a good quantity of fish on several nymphs (stoneflies, zebra, Frenchie, and others) and a few fish rising to midges - the nice Brown below was taken on a #22 midge yesterday.
Best nymph bets on the Farmington: Early Black Stoneflies (#14-#18), Zebra (#16-#24), Egg Patterns, San Juan Worms, Mops, Caddis Larva (#14-#18), Frenchie Nymphs (#16-#22.) Best bet for dries: Midges (mostly grayish and darkish), Early Black Stoneflies (#14-#16 or #18-#24), and Winter Caddis (#16-#20).
The Housatonic is running clear at 1120cfs at Falls River. Water Temperatures are in the low40s. The river is at a good height for drifting. Nymphs, Stoneflies, egg patterns, streamers, mops and San Juan Worms have taken a few fish but the fishing hasn't really heated up as of yet.
In the Catskills, Ben Rinker from East Branch Outfitters reported today that water levels are great and the reservoirs are in great shape as well (all in the low 90% full). Ben says that releases will be slightly modified from last year so both the fish and the fishermen will have to adjust to some new flow patterns. The East Branch of the Delaware at Fishs Eddy is running at 781cfs at 38 degrees. The West Branch of the Delaware at Hale Eddy is running 726cfs at 38 degrees. And the Delaware Main Stem is running 1810cfs at 40 degrees. Remember, you can only fish the Border Waters until April 1st! If you are out early on these chilly waters, streamers fished to the bank slowly and nymphs fished low and slow are the ticket. There are some early black stoneflies (#14-#18) on top but with water temperatures in the high 30s there's not a whole lot on them as of yet.
Remember that our last fly-tying workshop/demo will be this Saturday, March 31st from 10:00AM-2:00PM. Steve Culton always does a fantastic job so be sure not to miss this one!
And don't forget to buy your trout stamps!