This past Friday afternoon I revisited the Farmington. The plan was basically the same as the previous Friday, nymphing during the afternoon and early evening and then find a riffle to wait out a sulfur hatch. The afternoon was a mix of sun and clouds with the occasional passing shower. There are lots of wildflowers in bloom along the river now.
I fished a half dozen locations during the day and late afternoon. Nymphing was productive after experimenting a bit with flies since my l go-to pattern this time of year (bead head pheasant tail soft hackle) was largely ignored. By varying the color and size I was able find that a combination of #12 super simple (gray); super simple #18 (brown), and a #14 green bead head caddis pupa worked in each location. I focused on the speedier runs and pocket water since these are where I find fishing weighted nymphs more fun and productive.
|a late afternoon brown|
As evening approached, I started to look for a place to set up for the sulfur hatch. There were a lot of fisherman out and I had to go deep into my mental checklist before I was able to find a spot. The hatch was light where I settled but I did manage to bring three decent browns to the net on a sulfur parachute. The rises became infrequent a little before dark so I walked back to the car and call it an evening when I stumbled onto a spinner fall. There were several subtle, consistent rises just a few feet from where I was standing. I could see that although the rises were little more than a dimple, there were decent size fish coming up so I drifted the parachute among the rises and picked up another three before I lost the parachute in the trees behind me. Since was too dark to tie another fly on, I finished the walk back to the car. All in all another wonderful summer Friday afternoon on the Farmington.