Thursday, August 9, 2018

Taking a break for a little fishing


We are getting close to having our home ready for sale so I did manage to take a couple short breaks from work this last week.  It’s been a few months since I last fished the Farmington so I’ve been a little out of touch with what’s going on up there but it’s icy waters were a welcome change from all the heat and humidity around home.

The first evening, I was joined by a young deer who wasn’t all that concerned with me.  By the time I had my camera ready, she was a ways off.  I started the early evening off nypmhing my favorite pheasant tail and caddis puppa combination with no interest.  I had noticed a few isonychia, so I switched over to a dry dropper combination (a larger parachute adams with a #20 rainbow warrior).  I don’t know why I selected the rainbow warrior but on the first drift a brown took the small nymph but quickly shook the hook.

Taking the clue, I tried a couple of small nypmhs on my tight line rig and found a half dozen willing to take the small warrior but like the first fish, all but one wild brown managed to toss the hook.  I did miss another wild brown on the parachute adams and landed one nice wild brook trout on that same dry later in the evening before I headed home. It’s always nice to find some wild fish on the river and it was a pleasant few hours to be outside breathing something other than fresh paint.

After missing quite a few fish on the previous outing, I was looking for some redemption.  A few days later, there was another break in the work and I decided to try again.  There were a good number of fisherman out and even my generally overlooked spot had a pair of fisherman that most likely had worked through the water I was hoping to fish and another gentlemen in a run below that.  Still, I thought I could find a couple fish and took up the challenge of fishing behind another pair of fisherman.  Recent rains had the river up and a little off color so I tried a small frechie along with the rainbow warrior.  Both flies connected with fish this particular afternoon and I only dropped one.  I was pretty pleased to have landed a couple solid browns, a couple of smaller wild browns and a small brookie all while fishing previously worked water.

A nice brown that took the #20 rainbow warrior

Later in the evening I headed upriver to see if the small sulfurs were still coming off.  As the sun set the sulfurs came off in good numbers but few fish were noticing.  I did find a group of wild brook trout that were taking the small bugs along the banks under the cover of some limbs brought down my active beavers.  A small usual connected with the three I saw rising before things got quiet at dusk.

Hope you all have been getting some fishing in this summer!  Tight lines!

A cold fog hanging over the river at the end of a hot and humid day

8 comments:

  1. Well done and well deserved, Mark.
    My favorite section of the Farmington.

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    1. Thanks Alan - A favorite of mine too. That cold fog gives it a unique aurora. It's the only place I've fished in the summer where I end up putting the heat on in the truck to warm up on the way home!

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  2. Glad you found some pleasure and redemption in the fog-kissed Farmington! That cold summer water reminds me of fishing the West Branch Delaware at times like this. You don't want your waders to leak, for sure.

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    1. Walt - You definitely don't want to fish up there with leaky waders. Funny thing is though, after hiking around and fishing in the heat all day and then standing in the 50 degree water my legs do get damp. I wonder if it's perspiration condensing in the cold water?

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  3. Mark
    The Farmington looks like the Sipsey in places, big difference is you have much more water to fish there. Great trip considering you had company at some of your favorite holes. If my wife and I ever make it up east I plan on wetting a fly in the Farmington. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - if you are ever up this way, it would be worth a side trip to fish up there. The heavily fished spots can be tough but there is a lot of river to fish.

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  4. looks lovely mark and some stunning fish too, hope everything goes well on the sale.

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    1. Thanks very much George, we are getting close to being ready to put the sign up.

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