Summertime is certainly here. The wildflowers in the meadows are blooming like crazy and the days are long, hot, and humid. I ventured out to a small stream on Sunday afternoon hoping to find some decent flows from some shower activity we had the week before but water levels were disappointingly low. I tossed a dry in some of the deeper spots but there only interest from some of the smaller brookies so I called quits and headed home.
Yesterday afternoon I headed up to the Farmington river after work. Flows in the Farmington have been up from their usual late July levels. My guess is that the local water authority is draining some excess capacity from the reservoir that feeds the upper river. Good flows of cold water are hard to find around here this time of year. My plan was to euro nymph a spot that I haven't fished in a while and then move up river later to see if I could find some sort of hatch and maybe a spinner fall at dark.
In the first spot I managed a nice rainbow on a bead head pheasant tail soft hackle which I was using as a dropper. This fly has been working very well for me this year on the Euro rig. I had a lousy hook set on another fish, and long distance released another big rainbow on the PT.
Around 5:30 I moved up river. After driving by the spot I had in mind I didn't see anyone fishing so I parked and walked in but found another angler there who graciously shared the run with me. He fished the head of the riffle and I worked the tail. I picked up a brown on the PT and stung another fish nymphing. By then there were a number of fish sporadically taking dries. There was a mix of olives and isonychias coming in alternating waves.
|Another brown that took the pheasant tail|
By then the isonychia were coming off in good numbers so I switched back to the iso comparadun and took half dozen or so rainbows and browns on the iso right up until dark. I can't think of a better way to fish than tossing big dries late in the day to eager fish. From what I could see the other gentlemen who was sharing the run with me did quite well also with olives and isonychias.
|A Farmington River brown with my Ichthus 3/4 reel from Risen fly on the TFO BVK 8'6" 4wt|