Dry weather issues this summer have found me fishing more lakes than usual. While the Farmington river has produced some great outings the lack of rain has put even that river on hold for me. So yesterday I chose to fish the reservoir that is the start of the west branch tailwater. I have fished here many times and can say it is one of Connecticut's most peaceful places. The beauty is almost unmatched and to sit along it's banks and take it all in is a complete day.
While I would not classify this area as a wilderness I would say it's pretty wild. I have seen bear, deer,turkey, and evidence of moose. The sound of nothing is a pleasure to the ear. "Looks full".
I love this cove, but then who wouldn't. I was able to fish this one area for the morning and take a variety of fish both on the surface and below.
While these smallmouth bass are not huge they are impressive. They do not stop battling, and they are gorgeous in their color as well as their camo patterns make them the top predator in the cove.
The next two photos are some of the best so far this year. The two fish are in the water, and what stands out is the clarity of that water.
This photo of a smallie with a "big dry fly in mouth" is as good as it gets.