2/4/14 Farmington River Report: Sunny with a chance of trout

Today was going to be the warmest day of the week. I had to go to UpCountry to pick up my new vise. Chance of a couple hours of fishing, 100%.

Of course, I wasn’t the only person who thought it would be a fine afternoon to fish the Upper TMA. Spots A and B were on lockdown, so I settled for C. And C it was on the old grade point scale, with the guy in spot A bailing trout, the guy in spot B catching a few less, and me coming in with a rock-solid average. Still, hard to complain about fishing on a weekday when the sun is out and there’s only a little ice in your guides. Especially after I lengthened my leader and added another BB shot to adjust for the depth of the water. I indicator nymphed with a size 18 (2x short) soft-hackle BHPT on point and a size 16 (2x short) BH Squirrel and Ginger as top dropper. They liked the S&G. Best fish of the day was a some-teen inch Survivor Strain brown with riveting black spots and fins the size of a barn door.

Didn’t see any bugs. Water temp was 35 degrees. Air temp just under freezing. Flows about 350-400.

A failed attempt at an art shot. But I like the effect of the water, the sunlight, and the spotting in the upper left. This was the Survivor Strain brown. I couldn’t distinguish an elastomer, but the adipose fin was clearly clipped.


After getting locked out of my first two chosen spots, I headed to a third. Crapass. This guy was fishing right where I would have been swinging streamers. So I figured I might as well get a good photo out of it.


9 comments on “2/4/14 Farmington River Report: Sunny with a chance of trout

  1. That’s a great photo mate and a lovely trout well done!

  2. M says:

    great pictures!!!!

  3. John Jascot says:

    Steve – by chance, did you use starling to hackle the P Tail. Ditto great pictures

  4. Steve Culton says:

    Thanks, everyone. J, I used brown hen. Some days they eat that tiny thing up. Others, not.

  5. James Smith says:

    Steve, great article and a beautiful trout! With such spot on reporting I wonder why anybody would waste their time fishing anywhere else but the Farmington.

  6. Steve Pike says:

    Agree with you, and John, about hen vs. starling. But what about the length? Seems hard to get the short fiber length. Maybe you can show me the secret on Sunday. Regards

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