Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Fishing the fast water
Now that the warmer weather is here, I tend to fish the Farmington River more often since as a tail-water it stays cool during the warmer summer months. This time of year, I like to fish the fast water with a favorite combination, the Ausable bomber with a bead head pheasant tail soft hackle trailing 30" off the bomber. The bomber is easy to see in the heavy water and is a great indicator. Last Friday, I had the chance to fish the afternoon into the evening. I only brought a couple of fish into the net but I hooked quite a few good size trout that would run into the heavy current and either break me off or the hook would lose it's hold. I had a lot of fish follow the bomber but all the fish hooked took the PT. Fran Better's Ausable bomber never ceases to amaze me, it looks like nothing and yet it looks like everything. It is by far my favorite fly to fish and takes brook trout in the Adirondacks as well as "educated" fish in rivers like the Farmington.