Saturday, August 31, 2019

New Plates

When we moved to MA, I thought it would be fun to have the MA version of Alan's CT plates Smallstreamreflections.blogspot.com.  When I checked the registry, no one had requested them so I put in an application and they came to the local RMV a couple of weeks ago.

I put them on the truck in the morning and then drove to the Farmington in the afternoon and fished a section of the river that is new to me.

To my delight, the first fish of the day was a nice brook trout.  I'm no expert at distinguishing stocked from wild brook trout but this one had some very nice color and was my best brook trout of the year.


I fished dries most of the afternoon and into dark and found a few nice browns and rainbows




I enjoyed a fantastically beautiful afternoon on the river.  At one point in the afternoon, I just sat on a rock and watched the cedar waxwings putting on an aerial circus picking off caddis as they were hatching.  If you look closely at the picture below you can see one mid-river in the center of the shot.


8 comments:

  1. Mark, how fitting your first fish should be a brookie, and a beautiful one for sure.
    Nice plates.

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    1. Alan - I was really pleased that fish was about 14" long. I don't know if was stream born but a nice hefty brook trout starting to sport some fall colors. Probably one of the prettiest ones I've caught in the Farmington.

      Hope we can get a picture of the two cars together.

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  2. Mark
    Wow, what a nice brook trout, and some quality browns and rainbow as well. Did all the trout take a dry? Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill - the brook was caught on a hare's ear dropper off a dry fly, all the others on dries (elk hair caddis, isonychia parachute, usuals)

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  3. Those are awesome plates Mark! Those are also some awesome fish!

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  4. Mark, a fitting first trout for your new plates. That is a real beauty as are the others. Cedar waxwings have been plentiful on the Swift this year too. One flapped its wings around my head startling the daylights out of me recently. Another tried to land on my rod before it realized it wasn't a tree branch. They have been very entertaining this year even when fishing was slow.

    Best, Sam

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    1. Sam - thanks. I love watching the waxwings! They will inspect a dry fly most of the time and I'm always worried one might pick it up or I might hit one while casting. Thankfully that's not been the case so far.

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