I was still hoping to catch a decent afternoon hatch so Ben and I made plans to head up to the river a few days after my previous attempt and try a little further upriver.
We arrived before things got started and I headed up into some riffles to do some nymphing. I found a couple of pockets with a few of the recently stocked survivor strain browns. They were easily identified being about 12 inches long with a bright green tag behind the right eye and a clipped adipose fin.
|Notice the green marker|
It wasn’t long before I started to see the egg laying spinners being blown downriver and then the duns started hatching. A couple of guys were work the tail of the run so I opted to stay put and switched over to a dry fly rig. There were a few rises out of the main current, but fish were willing to take a dun drifted through the riffles even if there were no rises evident for as long as the hatch lasted. Even though the fish weren't big, I prefer fishing dries in pocket water vs slower water.
After the hatch wound down, I hiked to another stretch of the river and did a little more nymphing and landed another rainbow and a brown. All the fish I caught nymphing took a bright green caddis puppa. I never did find an effective second fly in my double nymph rig despite a good bit of switching around.
We finished up the day fishing the spinner fall that evening and both did quite well with a egg laying spinner first and then a rusty spinner later. Early on I managed to find a pocket of wild browns of various sizes which is always nice to see.
A few days later I was able to fish another spinner fall. I caught a couple nymphing the early part of the evening and then had fun evening sharing the tail of a pool with 3 other guys. Two of the guys I had met years before. I usually run into them during the hendrickson hatch year after year in this same location, the third I had met during my last two trips. Even though there were 4 of us fishing in a smaller area we all had rising fish to cast to and when the evening was done, one commented “that was very civilized!” It’s always a pleasure to share the river with friendly, considerate people, which is generally the case even on a heavily fished river like the Farmington.
At this point, the hendrickson hatch is winding down and it’s time to dig in and get our home ready to sell and prepare for our relocation to the Boston area this fall. Needless to say things will be quiet around here for a while so I wanted to take the opportunity to wish all of you a wonderful summer.