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|