Well this day he was outfitted with a Battenkill reel, a new 5wt line, and an attitude that old can be "good" too. We were off to fish the river where he started.
The Cortland FR 2000 7ft 5wt. The cork shows the time spent on the rivers.
The Farmington was in almost perfect shape. The weather was how I like it, some sun some clouds and a breeze.
The flies used this day would be what is shown here. They are soft hackles with various body dressings. They are all size 14 and have partridge feather wings.
The action was slow for a spell, and soon heated up. The first fish was a wild brook trout. The fish could not resist the tempting pulse of the spider.
The best action took place on the seams of fast water, like places as such.
A beautiful rainbow, looks like it was in the river for some time. The fish was strong and had gorgeous markings.
Lots of flora stream side. I had to use the rod to steady the plant in the breeze.
I had a couple of browns but they were to have no part of picture taking. The Cortland performed beautifully, like the day I bought it.
I think this was the last fish of the day. A sweetheart of a female brook trout. This may be the first year of a spawn for her. I hope it's successful and her offspring will continue to enhance this fishery with wild fish.