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Friday, October 4, 2013
The Farmington, an Autumn Scene
Yesterday was the first time on the water since last Friday when we left Maine so I was ready for some local Autumn angling. Since we have not received any rain in about two weeks I chose to fish the Farmington river for I knew it would be in good shape. I arrived at the river about 8 am and was greeted by some spectacular views. The area is about to bust into color, and the mist lifting above the water into the crisp air was almost enough to make the day.
Upon entering the river I looked for any obvious rises, there were several bugs coming off the water. Midges and some caddis were all over, but the fish were not rising for them.
So the fly selected was a streamer, a Black Ghost. I worked that streamer in all the likely places and it did not produce a bump. Changing to a Edson Tiger did no better, which I though strange because there are juvenile salmon here and they kill that streamer. So I tied on another streamer which shall remain nameless for now. On the third or forth cast I was into my first trout. After a brief run a nice wild brown was at my feet. This fellow did not want to photographed and was on his way.
About this time I noticed a few rises, the very sincere type not those little sips. I tied on a bomber and sent it to work. I soon realized where I was..the "Farmy" and they wanted a certain fly and not the generic version I was tossing. I tied on a wet fly, and at the end of the drift just as it stopped the trout struck. The four weight was put into action and handled the job well. Soon the wild brook trout was at hand.
A Connecticut wild brook trout, in full dress
The rises continued and the trouts interest faded in the Picket Pin. I changed to a favorite caddis pattern and drifted and skated it in the currents. That fly was the best of the day, a real charmer for sure.
A classic New England Autumn scene
It makes me feel so wonderful to see the wild results this river produces.