Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Farmington River 8-27-15

Yesterday the heat wave broke and the night brought in some cool weather, so this morning I was up at 4 and having some breakfast. By 5 I was on my way to the Farmington River for what I hoped would be a good day. As I arrived at my first spot I gazed upon the water, it was moving smooth and clear. My eyes scanned the water looking for the rise of a surface feeding trout. Although there was not even a dimple I still had a good feeling.

As I entered the river I was greeted by that sweet sound of a bald eagle. The massive bird flew low along the water and within a few feet of me he hit the button for more speed and soon was out of sight. I was rigged with a two fly setup 1 spikey and 1 soft hackle. It did not take long before I was hit.




The first wild brook trout of the day. The fish was so strong, and darted all over the place.




The second place I stopped. The river here is fast and has some wonderful pockets where fish will hold, and that they did until my fly passed by. I caught quite a few in this stretch.




This was a very interesting place. The water is very fast a strong here, with some soft water along the side. I worked a Mickey Finn in here a soon I had a good fish on, then off. I hooked another with the same result. I know I would have eventually taken a nice fish on it but lost the fly to an underwater log.


I did however hook this wild brown in a soft seam.


This wild brook trout was the best fish of the day. He was hooked in the river in the photo below.




The last trout of the day. He spit the hook while in my hand, and flipped into the water. I managed to get his photo before he realized he was free.



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    1. TexWisGirl
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      We're going to get very pretty here soon Theresa.

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    1. RM Lytle
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      Rowan that they are.

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  3. Amazing day on the water. Thanks for taking us with you Alan.
    Will

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    1. Hibernation
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      Will it was one of those days you hope will never end.

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  4. Always love your pictures of the trout Brk, that last one shows how the colours are actually quite 'predatory' when seen like that.

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    1. John Wooldridge
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      John those little buggers can be vicious at times, but I love them.

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    1. penbayman
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      Mike it sure was that morning, in many ways.

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  6. That is an awesome day Al!! You have some beauties there!!!!

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    1. TROUT1
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      Pete it was one of those days when everything seemed to work.
      River was beautiful.

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  7. Very nice. I knew it would be a good post when I saw the very same breakfast I was having. I had some chores for today, but you've inspired me. I'm going fishing instead. Hoping for similar results. FYI, when I my wife ask about the day...I'm blaming you for my irresponsibility.

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    1. Drew LooknFishy,
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      Drew you can't beat a bowl of oatmeal to kick start the day. Buddy you go fishing, I'll gladly take the blame.

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  8. very nice indeed, looked exactly like a river I fish over here in scotland :)

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    1. George,
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      We are lucky men to have such places.

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  9. Alan
    Looks like another stellar day on my favorite river up that way---that brook is one beautiful trout, what did it take? Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill they were taking soft hackles, February Red, and assorted colored partridge and flash, as well as a Mickey Finn.

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