|Tiger lilies growing stream-side|
We moved up to a spot that I wanted to fish that Alan and Kirk know pretty well. I was fishing a simulator with a bead head pheasant tail soft hackle off the bend. I was drifting the dry/dropper through the tail a nice riffle when the simulator went down and I set the hook into a good sized fish. The hold over brown fought hard and kept moving downstream using the current to his advantage. I was eventually able to get below him and get the net under him, which it barely fit into. Went I released him he headed downstream and another decent brown bolted upstream a few feet from where I was standing. The soft hackle took another pretty wild brown and a palm sized brook trout. We are seeing more and more brook trout on the Farmington these days which is a very good sign of a healthy river.
|Photo courtesy of Alan Petrucci|
Kirk and Alan headed up river and I stayed for little before heading further upstream for the evening hatch. When I arrived, the fish were sipping small olives. I managed a pretty brown and dropped a few on a #20 olive comparadun.
|brown that took the olive comparadun|
Later in the evening, I switched to a sulfur comparadun and managed what turned out to be the only rainbow of the evening. After dropping a few on the comparadun I thought it was a good idea to switch over to the usual before it got too dark to tie it on. When I checked the leader I notice that the tippet ring had been torn off so I headed back to the car to replace the leader. It was tough getting the usual on the end of the new leader in the dark. When I got back in the water things were definitely winding down, but I did manage three decent browns in the dark which is a bit unusual (pun intended) for this location especially after I had just told a friend earlier in the day that for the past two seasons I've caught only rainbows in this spot! That's why we fish, there's always something interesting going on!
|The last brown of the evening|