The fishing was slow but I did managed a couple of good sized rainbows. I was test driving a new tight line nymphing leader that George Daniels described on his blog. I really liked the way it cast the flies and was easy to spot due to the bright running line and opaque leader material. It is much lighter and more supple than the leader I had been using. I am looking forward to getting some more practice with it but the first session was very encouraging.
|The first wild brown of the afternoon|
Once the wind started to really blow, I decided to start to head home. My plan was to fish a small stream on the way back which turned out to be a very good call! When I arrived, the afternoon sun had warmed things up nicely and the wind I was battling on the Farmington was not an issue. I figured that I would fish a dry dropper rig to start and see what the fish were interested in. The Ausable Bomber paired with a Hare's Ear nymph was a good combination to explore with and it wasn't long before a small wild brown nailed the Hare's Ear. I spent a few hours in the late afternoon sun watching wild browns and one brook trout slam both the dry and the dropper.
In the last run of the day an aggressive fish slashed at the Bomber twice but could not be coaxed back for a third try. I removed the dry and the dropper and replaced it with a more subtle Adam's Wulff. On the third drift of the Adams, the brown came out of nowhere and crushed it. After a brief but surprisingly intense struggle, I was holding a beautiful wild brown in my hand before returning it to the water. It was an amazingly beautiful day to be out fishing again and enjoying the warm afternoon after a long cold winter.