Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Hendricksons Part III

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.   

A lovely day on the Farmington River
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.

12 comments:

  1. Mark
    Were all the trout you landed stock trout, they are really colorful---thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - Not all of them were stockies. I caught a couple smaller wild fish earlier in the evening and the last picture looks like a wild fish as well (all the fins in good shape, the adipose fin present with a red fringe)

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  2. Thanks for sharing these spring adventures on the Farmington. Best wishes for a smooth transition to your new home!

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  3. Mark, enjoyed your 3 part series, your hendricksons lasted longer than ours. Really like your transition from dry to nymph and back to spinner. Hope your move is not to long ,so you can get back some fishing. I will be enjoying my favorite time on the breeches. The " Sulphurs " . Thanks.

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    1. Thanks Brad. Hope you have fun with the sulfurs on “my home away from home”! Drop me a line and let me know how things are with you. Hope we can fish together this fall!

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  4. Mark
    Nice to you were able to get out, fish with Ben, and get a few before the hath ended. Some good looking fish too!!

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    1. Thanks Pete. There are some nice looking fish in the river this year. Not the Hendrickson hatch we used to see but the fishing has been good at times. Hope all is well with you

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  5. Mark, I wish you the best with your move to the Boston area. Thanks for sharing your adventures on the Farmington. Truly a special river.
    Regards, Sam

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    1. Thanks very much Sam. Hope you can enjoy the Farmington more this summer

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  6. Mark, I love that river. The one I connected with a little over a week ago haunts me the way I lost it. I was getting the better of a brown trout the likes of which I've never connected with before.

    Best, Sam

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    1. Sam, There are some big browns in the Farmington for sure!

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