This morning the rain was coming down pretty steady but the weatherman said we might have a window of dry weather in the afternoon before more rain moved in later. I left the house in a pretty steady rain trusting in the forecast and a look at the radar and drove up to the Farmington river.
In the first location I didn't get any interest but did see lots of Dutchman's Breetches blooming. I am seeing more and more wildflowers bloom with each trip out. The water temp still hasn't it 50 so the Hendrickson's haven't started yet but I did see lots of olives.
With a few hours left to fish, I headed upriver to a favorite spot I haven't fished since the fall. There was a healthy flow and I started seeing lots of olives coming off, although I only saw one fish rise. I was nymphing with a large weighed hare's ear on point and my favorite olive nymph, the bead head pheasant tail soft hackle, as the dropper. I quickly hooked two fish on the dropper and snapped the tippet knot on both fish, where I leave a tag end for the dropper. The third knot held and I had a long tussel with a bulldog of a brown that didn't want to quit.
|the best brown of the afternoon, gold elastomer behind the left eye|
I worked a short stretch of river and managed some nice browns in the 16"-18" and a odd rainbow as well as a handful of brief hookups. Most off the fish took the pheasant tail but one brown took the hare's ear and one of the misses was on the point fly as well. By the time I got home it was raining again. I wasn't sure how the day was going to turn out, but I was thankful for a couple peaceful hours on the river this afternoon.
|the last brown of the day|