Over the course of a couple of years I have exchanged many e-mails with this gentleman. At one point I thought that I had read enough of them that I thought I knew this man. The other day I finally met him face to face and found out I did not even scratch the surface of what this man knows. Mike Stephens is his name and he is a resident of Connecticut. He fly fishes ties beautiful flies and handcrafts lovely fly rods. He has the soul of many who fly fish, his love for small wild trout comes out the first and then you can feel the love going beyond that to all levels of fly angling.
We fished the Farmington river for a few hours. On that morning we found a few willing trout and we were delighted to bring a few to hand. I hope that Mike enjoyed his time, for I know I enjoyed mine. We will fish again I'm certain but I would most like is a coffee or two with him stream side to hear some more of his wonderful stories.
Mike into a scrappy brook trout.
|Mike Stephens photo|
A wonderful gift from the Farmington...Mike would agree.
|Photo ..Mike Stephens|
We each fished this run along the bank. We brought numerous fish to the surface, but not to hand.
One of Mike's fine points is that he is an excellent photographer. Here he captured a Merganser with a brook trout.
We walked up the bank to our cars, and ended a fine day on the river.....Thanks Mike.