Sunday, November 19, 2017

November days

November on the Farmington
It seems like this fall has just flown by!  It wasn't that long ago that we experiencing warm days and lots of fall color and now  we are midway through November and the winds of winter are starting to stir once again.  I spent a cool, overcast day on the Farmington River this past week. About mid-day some steady snow showers enveloped the river and the surrounding hills.  Between the overcast skies, leaves that are mostly off the trees now, and the falling snow, there was a very grey solemn cast to the day that only enhanced the solitude that was to be my experience this particular day.  I fished a number of spots and only saw one other angler all day.

A fall spawner?
The first cast I made connected with one of the prettiest rainbow trout I've caught in the river this year. From the orange belly, I am tempted to think that this was a fall spawning stocked rainbow.  I am told this does occur in some stocked rainbows. I am never overly excited by hooking up on the first cast since past experience usually indicates that the fishing will be slow for the rest of the day!  Not only did I connect on the first cast but the rainbow took a Lafontain deep pupa that I was using as a dropper.  I've fished this fly on a number of occasions and I have rarely caught fish on it.  I don't really know why I put it on other than it was fall and there were caddis around earlier.  I know plenty of people that fish this fly often and do well with it, just not me until today.

After thoroughly working the first location over pretty well, I moved on to 4 other locations without a bump.  My fifth stop was a section of the river that I explored for the first time this past summer.  Again within a few casts I had another nice rainbow again on the Lafontain caddis! I guess the rainbows were just looking for caddis pupa!  I will have a few more in my box the next time I am out!

Another rainbow on the look-out for tan caddis pupa
 I continued to work this section and found a good sized brown willing to take a foam egg that I was trailing behind the anchor nymph that I was using to keep the flies close to the bottom.  The brown was was missing a nice chunk of it's tail that I guess was the result of tangling with something a bit bigger with a round jaw.


I continued to fish hard for the rest of the afternoon without any more hookups.  Even though the fishing was slow, it was a rare pleasure to be out and enjoy the river all to myself with the snow and grey skies filling  the landscape with subdued overtones that made the day especially enjoyable.  I am sure those of you who have spent a lot of time outdoors understand and have had similar experiences.

10 comments:

  1. Mark
    Good to see you got into a few. That rainbow is sporting some colorful fall dress. Must have been nice to have the river to yourself instead of battling crowds.

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    1. Pete - thanks, it was VERY strange not to see anyone, especially since I hit spots all along the river.

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  2. Mark that first rainbow is beautiful. It has been in the river for some time no doubt.
    Cold days are upon us.

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    1. Thanks Alan. I am sure we will have a warm one here and there but colder days will now be the norm!

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  3. Mark,

    To my mind there is nothing like fishing in solitude, taking in one's surroundings, hearing the sounds of the river and hoping each cast will connect.

    I fish an unpopular part of a local tail water, and this time of year it is just me and the fish for the most part. It is unpopular because the area is catch and keep and the numbers of trout dwindle, but they never get them all.

    I take great satisfaction in hooking and releasing what trout are left being I know they've been there a while and have seen plenty of flies and lures thrown their way. Fishless outings in my future, but I don't care. When I connect it's worth it.

    Sam

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    1. Sam - words well said! I think many of us think similarly

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  4. Mark , finally connected on that caddis pupa. Sometimes persistence and faith that something will work is enough. When it does work, it's magic. Glad to see you could spend some time on the river. It's gonna get tougher as the days get closer to winter.

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  5. Brad - Yeap, I've been fishing that thing here and there for years with out much success and then 2/3 fish took that fly this particular day! I guess I've been fishing it at the wrong time of year

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  6. Mark, I, too, find the deep autumn solitude with overcast sky and accompanying chill a deeply satisfying experience. When it's punctuated by leaping rainbows and occasional brown trout like this, the whole experience is made sweeter for sure. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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