The first thing you will notice about this post is that there are no pictures. As I left to head up to the Farmington River yesterday afternoon, I realized I had left the camera card at home. I figured that Murphy's Law would come into play at some point in the afternoon and that I would probably hook into a really big fish. Bottom line, never doubt Murphy's law !
I went up thinking that it might be a good idea to fish a bit upstream of where I had fished previously. Being a tailwater, the hatches move upstream over time as the water temperatures rise. Passing the spot I had fished last week there were a few guys in the water. When I reached the spot I wanted to fish, I was disappointed to find a number of cars in the pull off. When I checked out a nearby option, it was empty but with the water levels being so low I thought the fish may have moved on in search of more cover and deeper water. So I decided the best option was to head back down river to option #3 and it turned out to be a good choice. I could not see a single soul anywhere. The hatch did ocurr and some big fish were rolling on the emergers.
When I arrived there was a lot of olives on the water and fish rising. I started out with an olive comparadun and picked up a decent 14" brown. This was to be the smallest fish of the afternoon. When the Hendricksons started coming off in earnest the fish turned their attention to them. I took another fat 14" brown in some faster water on a comparadun and then a huge rainbow. The marking on my net had it at 16" in length but it was very hefty with a dark red stripe and bright cheeks. It looked more like a small steelhead. When the fish were obviously taking emergers over the duns, the Hendrickson soft-hackle I use accounted for another 16" brown. I finished the data with a 17+" copper colored hold-over brown that took the comparadun as the hatch started to wind down. I hung around til dark to see if a spinner fall materialized but all remained quite.
I've caught bigger fish but I have to say that I've never caught so many in the16"+ class in one outing - but then you'll just have to take my word for it since I don't have any photographic proof