I spent Friday afternoon up on the river enjoy another one of a string of warm, clear, dry, June days. While this weather is wonderful to be outside in did I mention how dry it's been lately? I checked out a couple small streams yesterday and ended up taking pictures of wildflowers since the streams were too low to fish. Fortunately the Farmington flows have been decent throughout this dry spell but I am sure it's taking a toll on the reserves above the dam.
I spent the early part of the afternoon in the head of a nice pool nymphing the pocket water which is the type of water I really enjoy fishing. I caught a couple of nice strong browns and then decided to throw some big dries and see what would come up. I missed one on a long cast across the pocket water where getting a decent drift was a real challenge but I got a second chance a little later when some caddis were coming off and a nice brown in the same area came up and took the caddis.
The "hatch" was quite a mix of bugs; sulfurs of several sizes and coloration, large Cahills, olives, caddis, and spinners at dark. I fished some of the pockets at the head of the pool with my nymph rig and caught a nice pair of browns but for most of the evening we fished over strong browns and rainbows willing to take a host of dries. One brown in particular came up a handful of times during the evening and I could tell it had some size from what I was hearing but I could not entice it to rise to any of the flies I tried. I changed to darker, more orange sulfur comparadun and bang it took it and put a decent bend in my 4wt. Fish took sulfur comparaduns (pale yellow and orange bodied), sulfur parachutes and even a small parachute Adams.
|One of several strong Farmington River browns|