Well I don't really care for the hottest day of the year coming on September eighth, but that's what happened. I was up and out early to check a few streams and see if I might be able to coax a brookie or two to the fly. I Checked the flows which were pretty good and then the thermometer came out and that's when I knew there would be no trout fishing today. The reading was 66 degrees, that's my cutoff. Normally the Farmington River would be next but the DEEP is doing a survey of the stream and has cut the flows way back so they can achieve the results they have planned.
We have been in a rain deficit for some time and the last two weeks have been 100% sunshine along with hot temperatures and a bit of nasty humidity thrown in. There is some relief in the forecast for the end of the week with T-storms, and back to normal temps for September..
With the cold water action on hold I paid a visit to Hogback for some warm water fishing. The lake was very calm and from time to time I could see a fish break the surface. I could not determine what was rising but I could not pursue for I was land based. I was rigged already with my trout setup, a Spikey and a soft-hackle. Around a dozen casts and a solid strike.
After several "earth shattering" leaps and runs I brought to hand a nice little smallmouth.
I was to fish this lake for an hour or so and brought to hand about a dozen of these little scrappers. All of them a blast on the Eagleclaw 6'6" 4wt. A funny side note, they were all taken on the "Spikey"