|A new one to me, purple loosestrife?|
Another good afternoon on the Farmington River yesterday. I started around 1 PM Euro nymphing in a nice deep run where the river funnels down into a narrow channel. About half way down the run I tied into something big. After a number of strong runs, I was able to get the fish out of the heavy current and got a good look at a huge rainbow. I managed get her in the net but she barely fit in. As I was getting ready to take a picture she easily flopped out of the net and was on her way. When I got home I measured the bag of the net and figure she was a conservative 20" long and very wide. Guess I may need to look into a net with a bigger bag! I landed another brown further down the run and a couple of small salmon. All the fish took the #12 super simple anchor.
About 3 PM I headed upriver to another location and nymphed there and picked up some smaller (wild?) browns. One took the #12 super simple and two on a small DDT that I was using as a dropper. For kicks I put on a #12 Stimulator and sent it along the bank, as the fly passed over a deeper slot I saw a big dark brown come off the bottom and follow it for about 6ft and then nose it and turn away. I waited a little, and tried again. Again the fish followed it, this time a little further out into the current as it began to swing at the end of the drift but again nudged it but didn't take it. The brown had turned twice on the Stimulator and I didn't want to drift it over him again so I waited a bit and took a look at my fly box to consider my next move. I figured something a little smaller but still big and maybe not as bright as the yellow Stimulator might be the best approach. That's when my eyes turned to the Ausable bomber. I figured the size 14 bomber was just about right. On the first drift the brown came up again, followed the bomber for a little and then took it. I over-reacted and end up snapping the fly off the 5x tippet like it was attached with spider silk. While I was certainly disappointed in not hooking the fish, you have to count your victories in this game and I was pleased my strategy and patience had paid off even though I didn't seal the deal.
|Ran across this guy in my travels|
|A couple of pretty browns that took the nypmhs|
About 5 PM I headed to another section that I have done well nymphing previously and came up empty. Encouraged by the previous experience with the Stimulator, I gave it a few drifts and picked up another brown that nailed it as I twitched and skated it in a seam behind a boulder.
|One of the browns that took the Stimulator late in the day|
I finished the afternoon in a different location waiting to see what would happen around dark. As I waited for the end of the day, I put the Stimulator on again and fished it through some pocket water. I had a couple brief hookups and landed one nice brown. As the daylight began to fade quite a few tan caddis were around and the fish were starting to get active. I took one fish fishing a wingless wet fly and then finished with a tan elk hair caddis. Another gentlemen, who I have meet here before, and I did pretty well fishing caddis dries til dark. As we were leaving the river, we finally had an opportunity to introduce ourselves. I love meeting folks on the river and shaking hands in the dark seemed a fitting way to end another lovely afternoon on the Farmington.