Yesterday morning, I decided to fish the Farmington at dawn. I love getting up early and getting outside so I was looking forward to some early morning fishing. When I arrived, I was encouraged to see fish rising. I did see some trico spinners in the water along the bank as I waded in, so I tied a spinner on but it was ignored. Maybe the hatch is just starting and the fish aren't used to seeing them yet. I switched to a small ant and on the next drift a beautiful wild brook trout nailed it. I just love finding these wild fish in the Farmington. Brook trout don't often pass up an opportunity to grab an ant, but the ant wasn't the solution.
Since I fish heavier tippet, I knew that I would have to be more careful on setting the hook. Well guess what...I actually got a fish to the take the tiny fly and I promptly blew the hook set and snapped the tippet. Now I was down to the last fly. I got another take and set the hook carefully this time and I could feel the weight of a solid fish. From the tiny rises you would have thought that the rising fish were small. Well this one wasn't, and it was smart too, heading straight for the shallow bottom where there was some woody debris. It managed to get the line tangled in the brush, the tippet broke, taking the last fly with him. It was fun trying to figure things out, a moral victory of sorts, but I'm going to need a lot more practice (and flies) fishing these tiny flies on light tippet!
|I have a passing interest in target recurves|
After losing the last fly, I strung up the nymphing rod and headed to some faster water. I caught a brown and a rainbow on a small nymph before the heat and humidity got the best of me and I headed home to take care of some work around the house and watch the men's team archery event at the Olympics. Congratulations to the US men's team that took a silver medal against a near-perfect Korean team.