Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Farmington 10-15-14

Those of you who read this blog know of my love of small streams. Lately these little waters have come on some tough times. The lack of rain in the last month have brought their levels to a very low state. thankfully the air and water temps have been good and as sure as they receive some rain they will be just fine.

Over the years I have fished the Farmington river many times, I mean many times. It's a tremendous resource, a cold tailwater that has been very stable. Over time this river has come to be a river of natural reproduction for both brown and brook trout. Each one seems to have its preference of locales within the river. I have been lucky to have found several places in the Farmington that are brook trout favorites.

Yesterday I took a few hours to fish the Farmington. It and the brookies did not were very favorable. The weather was a bit iffy, some sun, some clouds some rain. The leaf hatch was also in full swing and hookups were quite frequent.

Wet flies and soft hackles were the flies of the day. Places like this provided brook trout.


A fine brook trout.


They hit this soft hackle pretty well. Peacock body, orange dub hot spot, and a turn or two of hen hackle.


Like fishing a small stream in a large river.


Autumn along the Farmington. Wild beauty in every way.









24 comments:

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    1. TexWisGirl,
      Thanks.
      We are about peak now.

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  2. Brk Trt,
    those are some healthy looking brookies, in their autumn dress.
    In addition, that's a beautiful reel seat on that fly rod of yours. I admire a pretty reel seat on mine & other peoples fly rods. To me they are like a fine swiss watch.

    Thanks again for sharing.............Phil

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    1. DRYFLYGUY,
      Thanks.
      Phil,
      I like those fine little touches on some fly rods. That one is an Orvis Superfine "Small Stream Special" vintage 1990.

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  3. Great looking fish and autumn colors. Sometimes those leaves in the water make fishing tough but an upstream wet handles it about as well as anything.

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    1. ssj,
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      They indeed seem to handle that hatch pretty well.

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  4. love the fall colors of the leaves. the brookies have colored up nicely. Thanks Alan.

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    1. LQN,
      Thanks.
      Great time to be fishing.

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  5. Brookies and Autumn are made for each other. Beautiful.

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    1. Jim Yaussy Albright,
      Thanks.
      They seem to be in an art competition.

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  6. Alan, that last picture with the Brookie and its Fall colors along with Nature's ground covering is an exceptional photo.

    Wondering if you wade the Farmington or just fish the edges?

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    1. Mel Moore,
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      Mel, that's one of those photos you pull out in January.
      I wade the Farmy, but with extreme caution. I usually stay about thigh deep and avoid heavy current.

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  7. Color at its best. Recent rains should have helped the smaller streams. Looking forward to checking them out this weekend. Thanks for the river images.

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    1. rivertoprambles,
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      Walt the rains really helped us here in CT.

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  8. Love the fall dress on those brookies! Are those wild or stocked?

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    1. RI brook trout,
      Thanks.
      These are wild brookies.

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  9. Magnificent colors all around!

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  10. Yes, nicely composed photos of the brook trout and fallen leaves of autumn.

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    1. Lester Kish,
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      They do compliment each other quite nicely.

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  11. Very nice, the autumn colours and brook trout go so well together.

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  12. Stunningly perfect colors on the stream and the fish.

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    1. Michael Curry,
      Thanks.
      Lovely days indeed Mike.

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