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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Inspiration and my PB Farmington Brook Trout
Fishing for as many years as I have inspiration comes in many ways. One such inspiration came in the form of a fly. I had been tinkering with a caddis pattern since last May, tying it in different sizes, colors, and materials. I first fished this caddis in a stream under a bridge and proceeded to take a nice brook trout. Since that first time I have fished it many times and it has produced quite a few fish including several nice wild browns.
Monday armed with several BA Caddis in large sizes, 10, 12, tied on streamer hooks I headed to the Farmington river. We had some heavy rains a few days prior but the river had dropped to a fishable level, with the exception of the many newly formed wood piles. The section of river selected is one I have not fished in maybe 10 years, I don't know why but I just haven't. An email conversation with Pete about it sort of inspired me to try this section again. Entering the water I found the waters much to swift to wade comfortably. So walking down stream I found a good looking run I could fish. With the mid afternoon sun shinning bright on the water I realized my best chances of connecting was the deep swift pockets where a trout would hold. The caddis was big enough to bring the trout to the surface.
It was this section, where the second boulder protrudes that a cast of the BA Caddis drifted. As the fly sort of stopped in front of the boulder it was pulled under. I could feel the weight of the fish as it headed for the current. I turned it back to calmer water and could feel its head shakes. Soon I felt confident I would land this fish thats when it made a run for the submerged log. Hoping for the best I put pressure on the trout and eventually won the battle.
As I laid my hand in the water I realized what a beautiful wild brook trout I had fooled. The fish had a spectacular tail, and markings that were incredible. This was by far my personal best wild brook trout taken from the Farmington river. A true inspiration.