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.