|Summer and roadside tiger lilies|
One evening this past week, I took a co-worker fishing after work. He fishes mostly in the saltwater and we've talked many times over the last couple years about getting out on the Farmington. He has had some experience fishing in freshwater and even casting a fly rod, so it wasn't long before he got his casting stroke down and put the fly over fish. It took him a few fish before he got the feel of hooking and landing fish on a light tippet, but eventually he was able to land a few rainbows. It's always fun helping someone catch their first fish on a dry fly. Between the two of us, we managed a good number of fish using an iso comparadun in slower riffles and pocket water.
|Mike's first rainbow taken on a dry fly!|
|A powerful rainbow taken on an iso in the pocket water|
I started a few hours before Ben, so I chose to explore a new stretch of river. As I walked along the river, I spotted a dead tree along the bank with a little depression running next to it that looked promising. I sent the double nymph rig along the brush and found two gorgeous wild browns. I love finding wild trout in the Farmington; not only are they beautiful fish but they fight hard despite their smaller size. Both fish took the smaller #18 olive-type nymph.
|the first of a brace of wild browns|
We ended up finishing the evening with a handful of fish each. He was able to coax some fish to take
a Catskill style light Cahill and I fished the pocket water with an iso comparadun. As darkness engulfed the river, the water was covered with light Cahill spinners, but the trout were not all that interested, so we didn't hang around too late. Ben and I finished the evening off at a local burger joint catching up with each other.