|Cold fog hanging over the Farmington|
With a hot muggy day in store for Sunday afternoon, I decided to head to nature's refrigerator after church. The upper trout management area of the Farmington River is one of the coldest places I know in the summer. The Farmington is a tailwater and so the water temperatures stay cold during the hottest days which sets up the surreal natural refrigerator. The cold water, cools the air just above it resulting in fog layer where the cold air meets the hot humid air of a typical summer day. In the fog layer it can be nice and cool and I was wearing a jacket even though the air temps were well into the 90's.
|A wild Farmington brook trout ?|
I started out the afternoon Euro nymphing since not much was happening on top. A little wild brook trout started the afternoon off, followed by two fat rainbows that were not happy about being held for a picture, and a brown. Rich Strolis' Super Simple accounted for the brook trout and two rainbows and the brown took his Rock Candy.
|A healthy brown that took the Rock Candy|
Sulfurs started coming off sporadically around 6:30, so I had the chance to try out the new TFO BVK 4wt with the Ichthus 3/4 reel. The combination worked really well together and was super light. I was able to lay out some really nice casts and managed two more browns on a sulfur comparadun. When I've had a chance to use this rig some more, I'll write a review. But the I was very pleased with the first outing.
|A darkly colored brown that took the sulfur comparadun|
I stayed late to see if things would really get going. There was more bug activity around dark but only a few fish rising to them. I managed to break two off in the dark using the "usual" on 5x and a third fish threw the hook in mid air. All said, a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon staying cool.