Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Small Stream Through The Seasons

I received an e-mail from a gentleman who lives in Ohio. He's a follower of my blog and finds the streams I fish as well as the fish themselves to be some of the most beautiful he has ever seen. In Ohio so much of the fishing is warm-water and to see our streams is such a pleasure. His question was do the streams dry up, and how do the wild trout fare through the seasons. My reply to him was this. The trout survive because the streams they live in do hold up well enough to sustain them. The waters flow through deep shaded valleys. The also have springs that seep up through the stream bottom providing cool water. Most of the streams also have some pretty deep plunge pools which provide oxygenated water as well as cover from natural predators. Below is a series of photos of the same stream through the seasons, that is Autumn, Winter and Spring.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

"Leisenring Spider" And "Little Olive Dun"

Looking at various sites and came across these two good looking patterns. I tied them up with relative ease and with few materials.

"Leisenring Spider"
This pattern was created by Pete Hidy. It's called "Leisenring Spider"
Hook- Allen D102BL #14....Thread, Yellow....Body, Hears Ear Dubbing....Rib, Gold Wire....Hackle, Brown Partridge.

"Little Olive Dun"
This pattern is "Little Olive Dun" created by Mark Libertone.

Hook, Allen D102BL #14....Thread, Gray....Body, Olive Embroidery Thread....Thorax, Gray Dubbing....Hackle, Dun Hen

Monday, June 20, 2016

Farmington Report 6-20-16

After last nights big full moon today was a day to spend a few hours fishing. I arrived at the river at dawn. There was a bit of an overcast-fog as I walked to the river.

The fog did not last and the sky as well as the river were brilliant. I started out with my soft hackle combo which is one light fly and one dark fly. Giving the fish some variety and usually they tell me what they like.

This morning they liked the dark fly. Fished just under the surface it took several nice fish.

Wild brook trout, and wild brown trout slammed my soft-hackle.

This was a little fighter..leaping multiple times, and leaped out of my hand as the camera finished clicking. The sun was high and bright and that signaled my time to leave.

I'm not saying, but they were guess.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Farmington River...6-17-2016

Farmington River..Photo John Wirtes
Well folks I spent a few hours today fishing the Farmington River. Inspired by my brother-in-law John, who sent me the photo your viewing first, and Pete, aka "TROUTI", who fished it the other day. The day could not have been better weather wise. The river was a bit high for my liking but I adapted. The first spot I fished seemed almost perfect, a slight break in the water a few large boulders and some caddis about. I had a small nymph and a soft hackle. A half dozen casts and I was into a fish. He was on and soon off. Good start none the less. In that run I managed two more hook-ups and dropped them both. The Farmington is big water and can be frustrating, but an angler must press on.

My first fish to hand...a wild brook trout that took the nymph.

I was seeing the best and the worst this river can throw at you. There were fish rising, and I had a few on. One a nice rainbow who showed some awesome airborne tactics. And there were those wonderful brook trout. They seem to always make the day.

How beautiful is this...a Farmington River wild brook trout.

All in all not a bad few hours on the river.