Sunday, February 27, 2011

Fly Fish The Farmington River

This past Thursday I instructed anglers on some of my favorite patterns I use on the Farmington River during spring hatches. The Hendrickson Hatch is very prolific on the Farmington River. I have seen this hatch as early as the 2nd week in April. Best bets are 1st week in May. If you're like me I like to fish the Trout Management Area above Rte 219, I can always find water without crowds. Once the Hatch Starts in some of the lower stretches below Pineville, it time to start planning. You can actually follow this hatch up river.
Some of my favorite flies are Dun Variant, Quill Bodied Compara-Duns and this Biot Bodied Catskill Styled Dry we tied on Thursday. We'll be out Fishing the Farmington River reel soon.
David Porreca

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Salmon River NY Steelhead

Three years ago I met two big dudes, Joe & Chris Grenon. I said these guys love fishing almost as much as I did. I was dead wrong. They may love it more. Here are some shots of two brothers who just started Steelhead fishing last year. I love fishing with Joe and Chris. Last November 16 of us went Steelhead fishing including Joe and Chris. These guys fit in where ever we go. Congrats on another successful trip. Pink San Juan Worms, Black Orange/Pink Fleas & Chartreuse Caddis Pupa seemed to be the ticket. "Is one more trip in the cards" I am living vicariously through these two guys right now...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Salmon River Steelhead

Ed Sullivan, Mike Muzzy, Joe & Chris Grenon and myself David Porreca headed to Pulaski on Super Bowl Sunday to fly fish for steelhead. Driving through the evening we barreled through snow squalls, sleet & wind. We arrived in Pulaski, New York at 4:20 AM. After hanging at the local variety station and loaded up on coffee and headed for the Altmar Bridge to fished the lower fly zone. We were tight to steelhead within the hour. A mix of flies from Pink Worm, Green Caddis Pupa & Black Stones did the trick. The water level was 285 cfs and steelhead were aggressive. Swinging flies at the top and bottom of riffles did the trick for me. Several fish were landed throughout the morning and several more were hooked and lost. This was my first trip with my new Sage TCX 7wt Switch rod, and it was wonderful. What a great two handed rod with excellent recovery. The fish in the photo was landed with 5lb flourocarbon tippet with a Green Caddis Pupa w/ gold ribbing. Great trip with excellent winter fishing.