Saturday, August 23, 2014

An Afternoon, an evening, and a morning

touch-me-nots blooming along the river 
Yesterday afternoon was cool and overcast so I headed up to the Farmington River to see if the olives would be out and fish looking up.  I started off the afternoon fishing a yellow stimulator with a bead head pheasant tail as a dropper.  In the first run a nice rainbow took the dropper.  Unfortunately, I had left my net at home but I manged to bring the rainbow to hand and remove the PT with little trouble.  As I continued to work my way downstream I picked up a pretty wild brown on the stimulator.  The brown was more of a handful as most wild fish are.  It just wouldn't hold still long enough for me to remove the hook.

As I walked back to car, I met a gentleman who owns a home along to the river.  He was watching the run I started in.  We had a nice conversation about the river and the logging and mills that used to operate along the river in times past.  He had fished the river as a boy with his father, bought a home along the river and raised his family there, fishing the same stretch with his children.

As the day turned to evening, I headed up river to see if I could find any fish taking olives.  To my surprise there were very few fish rising.  I did mange to fool one brown on a small sulfur comparadun with a snowshoe rabbit wing around dark but that was it.

This morning I decided to get up early see if there would be a  trico spinner fall.  I was up on the river about 6:30am but  there wasn't a lot of activity.  I did manage to fool a wild brown on a #22 trico spinner and another wild brown on #20 rusty spinner before calling it quits.


  1. Excellent pics of the fish especially the browns!!!

    1. Thanks Pete. The little brown in the second picture was a beauty and I found that turning the fish reduced the glare enough to give a better shot.

  2. It's good to be open to stories, like that of the local resident, heard along the river while fishing. Thanks for passing this on.

  3. Walt - knowing a river's history from those who experienced it provides an added sense of connection.