There were a few caddis on the water but no rising fish, so I started off nymphing a section of pocket water. A hefty rainbow took the bead head pheasant tail soft hackle at the end of a deep slot. The fish fought hard in the heavy current. I did managed to get in close a few times but when I applied a little too much pressure the hook popped out. I got a decent look at it and it was easily the best fish of the day in the 16-18" range and very thick.
After catching a couple browns, I got another surprise with a hefty brook trout of about 14" with a bright burnt orange/red belly that larger brook trout sometimes develop. The Farmington is known for its big browns and there are plenty of rainbows but, I rarely catch a brook trout. Most of the fish took the pheasant tail soft hackle with one brown preferring a simple weighted hare's ear nymph.
|A hefty colorful Farmington brook trout|
Late afternoon I headed to my final destination of the afternoon to see if a hatch would materialize. As the sun set behind the hills, I could see fish taking something small in the film but the rises were sporadic and I could not see what the fish were taking so I opted to fish a team of wet flies through the sporadic rises. I took another rainbow on a hare's ear soft hackle and a brown on the bead head pheasant tail soft hackle before things settled down and I decided to head for home.
|The second rainbow of the afternoon|
|The sun beginning to dip below the surrounds hills|