Monday, April 9, 2018

Snowdrops and rainbows

Snowdrops - The first flowers of Spring!
Yesterday afternoon was my first opportunity this spring to fish the Farmington River in Northwestern CT.  It was so nice to feel the warmth of the sun on my face after what has seemed like an endless February even if it was a blustery spring day.  This past weekend probably drew a fair number of anglers out of hibernation and with limited areas open to fishing prior to the season opening, I figured it would be challenging to find fish that were still receptive to a well presented fly.

During a conversation earlier in the week with my friend Pete, he reminded me of an area where he has seen a lot of suckers in the spring.  That observation had me wondering if there might be some trout following the spawning suckers looking for eggs.  So after fishing another area near by with only a bump on a streamer to show for my effort, I decided to check the area out.

As I drifted my tandem nymph rig through the run, I spotted the flank of of fish and felt a slight tap.  I continued to work the run and got a second tap further down indicating that there might be a few fish interested in a fly.  Changiung things up (walt's worm and a cased caddis), produced the first fish of the afternoon, a strong, thick shouldered rainbow that took the cased caddis.  It was good to feel a nice bend in the rod from a strong and active fish.  I continued to work the area and found the fish of the day, a thick male hold-over rainbow.  From the color and the look of the jaw, it might have been getting ready to spawn.  The run produced another two rainbows.  Thanks to the observations of a friend, I enjoyed a couple hours out on a blustery spring afternoon.

A net full of rainbow

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    1. Thanks Kierran - it was nice to see some strong rainbows that fought like they had been in the river a while

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  2. Mark
    Beauty of a rainbow. Glad to be of some help even if I can't be there physically. My mind still works even if at time the body does not!!!

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    1. Pete - it was a good tip, thanks for getting me thinking!

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  3. Beautiful rainbow mark, something we dont have wild here in UK but occasionally catch the odd escapee which is a nice change especially if in mint condition.

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    1. George - thanks, most of the rainbows I run into are recently stocked but these were very strong and the one shown looked like it had spent some time in the river and was getting ready to spawn

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  4. That is one nice holdover rainbow, Mark. Well done. My brother did well on the Farmington Monday of last week on golden stoneflies. He was catching browns while I was getting skunked on the Swift throwing every fly under the sun.

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    1. Sam - thanks, the picture doesn't show it well but it was quiet thick across the back and from dorsal to belly. Maybe you should have visited your brother last week!

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    2. Haha! Fishing with my brother would have been a good call! He is as good as anybody on that river. Meanwhile I pay my dues on the unpopular part of the Swift I fish, having good days once in a while. The best part is I mostly have it to myself most times.

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  5. Mark
    One fish can make a trip-----outstanding trout!!! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks Bil - it was a hefty strong fish

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