Farmington River Report 9/24/14: Move it

If you’ve seen my “Wet Flies 101” presentation or fished with me, you know I’m a proponent of moving along until you find fish. Yesterday was a perfect example of why.

I swung wets for two hours in three locations. My team was a size 12 Squirrel and Ginger on top, a size 10 Hackled March Brown in the middle, and a size 10 soft-hackled bead head Pheasant Tail on point. The first place I fished continues to vex me. It screams wet fly. I know there are trout that live there. And I still haven’t gotten a touch in three trips. Moving right along…the second place was a lot of walking for a single JV Atlantic salmon, Salar the Leaper Jr. though he was. Finally, the last spot — ding-ding-ding. A nice assortment of wild browns from the sub-foot to mid-teens class. They were all attractively colored up for fall. Such impressive fins and tails on these stream-born fish. The hands-down favorite fly was the SHBHPT, and every take came on the dead drift phase of the presentation.

This brown attacked from his ambush position between two boulders in a slick-surfaced run.

9:14 Brown

8 comments on “Farmington River Report 9/24/14: Move it

  1. Mike says:

    I spent about 3 hours yesterday in 2 spots, got 5 on Iso drys not bad but not great either. I should adopt your moving till I find fish.
    Do you have a wet fly 101scheduled anytime soon?

  2. David Bennett says:

    Nice fish. Yesterday afternoon, we found a number of browns in one pool taking emergers and cahills, with several rolling a hot wing caddis and little on anything else.

    • Steve Culton says:

      Sounds like a good time to swing a Light Cahill wet…or present a Magic Fly on the surface. I did well last year in the late afternoon on patterns like those. Unfortunately, I was out in the middle of the day, and hatch activity was virtually nil.

  3. Jim Cannon says:

    A great lesson for all of us. I find it hard to move locations when I believe I am in a “good” spot. Thanks for the “coaching” … I get a little bit better ( more productive) every time I trust your tips.

  4. Steve Culton says:

    Here’s when I’ll stay locked in one place on the Farmington:
    1) I’m committed to the dry fly cause, I know the hatch/feed could start any moment, and/or I don’t want to give up my position on highly sought-after water;
    2) I’m trying to out-stubborn a fish (usually means I’m dry flying);
    3) I don’t want to give up a spot in the winter (when there are far fewer productive areas to fish in).

    That’s about it. Otherwise, the fish have about 20-60 minutes to impress me. Note that within that time span, I’ll be covering water the length of a run or pool, from seam to seam, and bank to bank. Find the customers who are ready to buy.

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