Stopping by Woods on a Sunny Afternoon (Farmington River report, with apologies to Robert Frost)

Whose woods these are – the state’s, I know.

But I have bought a license, so;

They will not mind me stopping here

To swing my streamers in the flow.


That little bird must think it queer

For I’m the only angler here

Somewhere within the TMA

My first fly outing of the year.


The big brown gives his head a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the scrape

Of line through guides of ice all caked.


The river’s lovely, dark and deep,

But I must get back to my Jeep,

Three trout today, none did I keep,

Three trout today, none did I keep.


Remnants from the last ice age. The river was clear of shelf ice, running at 550cfs, 35 degrees.

Ice Field


First customer of the day. Lovely colors.

Wild Brown 1:15


Saved the best for last. Some-teen inches, just hammered the fly as it swung across a seam.

Streamer Brown 1:15


Articulated streamers with jaunty names that push water catch trout. So do unnamed single hook streamers tied with a slim profile. I’d used this fly before — it’s a one-off from a couple years ago — and the trout found it to their liking today. Fished on a full sink line with a three-foot leader, swung and stripped. It opens up a bit in the water, but it’s still a fairly sparse tie. Tungsten bead head, so it rides hook point up.

Highlighter Streamer

7 comments on “Stopping by Woods on a Sunny Afternoon (Farmington River report, with apologies to Robert Frost)

  1. Richard Heffernon says:

    Nicely done. Mr Frost would be proud! Look forward to seeing you at the CFFA Expo.

  2. RMLytle says:

    What a good way to present report!
    That is strange color pattern to offer a trout, I’ve used plenty like that for crappie and bass. I’m sold though, three is a good number this time of year!

    • Steve Culton says:

      I often use those colors for striper streamers. I guess trout like them, too. “Bright day, bright colors,” goes the old saw. I think it was also a matter of material (marabou) and being in the right place at the right time. Although I had not a tap on a black streamer, nor an olive and grey one.

      Thanks, everyone, for your kind words.

  3. Jim Smith (The Elder) says:

    Steve, Nice touch.

  4. mike says:

    once again Nicely done.

  5. bmanser says:

    i don’t often comment – but you outdid yourself with the poetic bent…. bravo

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