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Saturday, July 27, 2019
A Farmington River Few Hours
I spent a few hours yesterday morning fishing the Farmington river. The river is perfect for most but I still would like to see it little slower. I had taken am old buddy with me to fish this day. That buddy was my old Orvis Superfine 7' 5wt. It has been a long time since I last fished this rod and it felt good. The rod worked as I had remembered, in fact it was like the day I got it from Orvis about 30 years ago. It needs a new line though.
The sun was bright but the fish were still playful. I started fishing soft-hackles and it did not take long for the first hook-up. The fish was a fighter with skills and promptly gave me my fly back and resumed it's position in the river. I also had the pleasure of hooking several salmon parr. These little fellows know what "airborne" means. Moving about I hooked and further downstream I saw a fish rise. My cast was made just upstream and as the fly started to drop below the surface the fish took it. From the initial pull it felt pretty big. I won't detail the fight but as you will see my first thought proved to be right.
A wild Farmington river brook trout.
In this section I saw several dimples on the surface. Mind said the fish are either taking emergers or feeding on spinners. So I looked into the fly box and chose a #10 bomber.
This guy rose and took that big bomber...man did he fight. Bigger brook trout seem to handle a fight pretty much the same way. They head for the bottom and and bull-dog you and this guy was the epitome of that.
My Orvis buddy...been lots of places and tackled lots of fish. Landlocked salmon, Atlantic salmon, steelhead, lake Ontario brown trout and many bluegills.