Saturday, November 17, 2012
You can't beat the Mickey Finn for salmon on a bright day. With the colder morning, I thought a sinking leader and a larger fly might be the ticket so I started out a tube fly version. After no sign of interest, I switched over one tied on a classic salmon single and the next pass through the run produced a nicely color male.
|Mickey Finn on a #4 salmon single|
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Today was the only day that my calendar was free enough to take a day off. I usually try to save a few vacations days for late fall as I really love being out in the November air. Today was a little cooler than it's been for the past couple days. When I left the house this morning the thermometer was reading a chilly 39F but the sun was out and it made it seem warmer than the thermometer indicated. The plan was to fish a small wild trout stream in the morning and do some salmon fishing in the afternoon.
I fished a double rig this morning starting out with a bead head pheasant tail and partridge with a pumpkin head midge as a dropper. All the fish early were taking the pheasant tail and a number of wild browns were brought to hand. Eventually, I switched the midge for a foam egg, and then a picket pin wet but only the pheasant tail was drawing interest. I ended up going back to the pumpkin head midge late morning and I soon as I did I had a wild double on. Unfortunately both fish managed to free themselves. From that point it a was mixed decision between the PT and partridge and the pumpkin head midge.
|Flies of the day, #16 pheasant and partridge and #18 pumpkin head|
With a few hours of afternoon left, I headed off to fish for broodstock Atantic salmon. The state of CT breeds Atlantic salmon in a local hatchery and then releases them into a couple designated areas in the state. With the federal restoration program ending in the Northeast, the state plans to maintain the program for CT sportsmen.
When I arrived, an older gentleman was in the process of landing one and he asked if I would assist him since he was spin fishing from shore and would not be able to easily land it in the spot he was. I managed to tail it and hand it over to him and take a couple of pictures. After he landed the fish, he headed home leaving his email address so I could send the pictures to him. Not 10 minutes after he left a good sized salmon exploded on my Mickey Finn mid drift and proceed to peel line off my reel as it headed clear across the river and into a shallow area clear on the other side. It managed to get the line hung up on a rock and I could not budge it so I headed across the river, hoping I could make it all the way across. When I reached the snag, the fish was no where in sight. After I freed the line the fish took off upstream in another blistering run. I figured I would stay put and land it on the other side but the fish had other ideas and headed downstream and between some submerged rocks so I followed trying hard to keep the line free from another snag. At this point I was in the middle of the river so I opted to head back to the side I started on and try to land it in a sandy beach area. After a long tug of war I did manage to beach it. Unfortunately my camera's battery was dead but another fly fisherman offered to take a picture on his camera phone and send it to me.
What a great to be able to enjoy the outdoors and manage to fish for beautiful wild brown trout and Atlantic Salmon all in the same day.