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.


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38 comments:

  1. Gorgeous Brk Trt!! The colors on the Brookies match the colors of the leaves!!!! Again Well Done!!

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    1. TROUT1,
      Thanks.
      Pete they sure rival each other.

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  2. Ah the most wonderful time of the year, captured so well! Thanks for reminding me of the beauty all around us this time of year

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    1. Mark,
      Thanks.
      It is indeed. You can really appreciate a brook trout at this time of year.

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  3. Those are some fantastic shots Alan! Natures beauty at it's finest.

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    1. HighPlainsFlyFisher,
      Thanks.
      Beauty that's unbeatable.

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  4. Alan - Beautiful, mist coming off the water in the morning! brookies are sure colorful these days.

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    1. LQN,
      Thanks.
      That was a beautiful sight, it's just to bad I could not capture the sounds as well.

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    1. Kierran Broatch,
      Thanks.
      It seemed to all come together on that morning.

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  6. Is that a brookie or a bluefish? Look at the teeth on that first one! Nice job Al.

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    1. Apache Trout,
      Thanks.
      You ready to fish that river again?

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    2. I'm going to try to fish that brook nearby next weekend. Sometime later in the month should work for me for the Farmy. I'll keep ya posted.

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    3. AT,
      I think I know what brook you speak of.
      Just keep me in mind.

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  7. I cannot begin to tell you how inspiring your blog post was as I read it this morning. Absolutely beautiful pictures and sparkling waters. Being form Northern Colorado, I needed to see some of that this morning instead of all our local dirty waters from the flood. If I could just go "Poof" and make it happen, I would be fishing along side you my friend.

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    1. Mel Moore,
      Thanks.
      I'm glad it had an uplifting effect on you. Feel sorry about those terrible conditions.
      Your welcome to join me.

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  8. I LOVE THOSE BROOKIES!!!! Stunning photos! enough said

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  9. You have an awesome blog. If yer ever in Dallas, TX, look me up. I have some FANTASTIC small streams where you can catch really nice bass etc...

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    1. Zeddediah,
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      Small stream and bass, sounds good.

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    1. Mark Kautz,
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      A great time to be in New England.

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  11. No disrespect to the second fish pictured but that first one is a real beauty.

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    1. Bill,
      Thanks.
      They seem to be quite photogenic this time of year as I'm sure you know.

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  12. Nice brooks! Is that near the headwaters of the Farm...?

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    1. rivertoprambles,
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      Walt the headwaters are in Mass. The section I fish is the west branch of the Farmy.

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  13. Alan
    That is one nice brook trout, with some exceptional fall colors. I really like the fast water on the Farmington; are you dead drifting the wet flies? Are the trout taking the fly on the retrieve or during the swing across the river? As always an excellent post!

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    1. Bill Trussell,
      Thanks.
      They will take a wet fly on any part of the drift. But this day they were liking it hanging in the current on the drift finish.
      The way they took the dry was only when I skated it across the surface.

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  14. Beautiful fish. I need to go there soon.

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  15. Fall colors are heading your way for sure Brk Trt..the fish are ahead of the foliage..lovely..

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    1. penbayman,
      Thanks.
      They say we are about 10 days from peak. The brookies have a big lead though.

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  16. wow, such gorgeous shots! my fave is the second one.

    excellently done!
    loving your blog/photography!!

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    1. Betty Manousos,
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      I kind of like that one too.

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  17. also, the wild brook trout is lovely, too:))

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    1. Betty Manousos,
      Thanks.
      One of natures true works of art.

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  18. Lovely post again , and those brookies look great!

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