Monday, June 25, 2012

The "Farmy" And Another Lesson Learned





The opportunity to fish the Farmington River was out there and I usually don't have to be asked twice if I want to go. This would be my first time fishing it early morning. I met up with Kirk "Trout Quest Redux" and we were on the river about 6. This was his first time fishing the river in years, and he made a good showing of it. Soon after entering the river, and within a few casts he was into his first fish. The beautiful brown had taken a wet fly.


We then moved to another spot. I was trying to show him some of the better areas of the river. Well the whole TMA is good for that matter, but these areas I'm familiar with. Not before to long he was into a second trout also a brown. Two areas 2 browns.


Around 9:30 we stopped at a little country store for a muffin and a coffee. The coffee was Green Mountain but it was "Our Blend", not my favorite "Nantucket". A tasty break and it was on to a third area of the "Farmy". Soon Kirk was into another fish, this brown had taken a dry fly. Do you see a pattern here. Kirk 3, Alan, zip.

You can view Kirks wonderful browns at his blog..."Trout Quest Redux"

For those who have fished this river know that its full of fish. And although you'll be casting over many fish sometimes they don't hit. Such was the case for me yesterday. Although watching a trout rise and miss can be rewarding.
Such was the case in this pool. I cast my fly a Ausable Wulff into the slack spot between the boulders. A streak somewhat long shot up inhaled the fly and was soon into the heavy current. Pearched on the ledge I tried to get control of the heavy fish. Thinking more about where I was going to land him, instead of the task at hand of subduing him first. Well a few good head shakes and rolls in that current and he was gone. In the clear water I had seen the spotted streak. "I know where you live"..."I'll be back".


An "Ausable Wulff" an easy target for trout who live in rough water.


We were home around 1. Later we were doing some burgers on the grill, but a appetizer was called for. Seasoned spinach, fresh tomatoes, mozzarella on Italian bread.


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9 comments:

  1. Hey Alan...I read on an Orvis endorsed outfitter's website in Concord MA (yes folks of American Revolution fame) that the Farmington was still giving up fish. I was thinking of going with my son.
    Any advice, tips, suggestions? Thanks.

    Great pictures of the river and the sandwich.

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    1. Ed,
      Thanks.
      The Farmington gives up a lot of fish year round. Fishing evenings has been real productive. The upper TMA is your best bet, it offers many easy access to the river.
      A fly shop you might pay a visit to is Upcountry Sport Fishing in New Hartford. Grady is a book full of info and will help you a lot.
      Good luck if you go.

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    2. Thank you very much Alan. When we go I will email you. Hopefully you could join me and my son.

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  2. Looks and sounds like a good day...I actually recognize that image where you lost your fish, I love fishing that stretch...that's where I laid into some bows earlier in the week. The water levels are great right now, makes it hard to get to work some days!

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    1. Steve,
      Thanks.
      It's a beautiful stretch of river. With that fast current I could see why it's a fave of rainbows.

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  3. Just like your stunning brookie monster, I'm sure you'll teach this fish a lesson about playing nice.

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    1. RKM,
      Thanks.
      I'll be back, sure hope he stays there.

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  4. A great day for you two lucky guys..too much fun..

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    1. penbayman,
      Thanks.
      It sure was my friend.

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