Farmington River Report 3/21/17: Trout on the move

The fish didn’t feel that big, so I was surprised when I saw that it was a mid-teens brown. Almost immediately, its lackluster fight, dull colors, and ragged, undersized fins registered: this was a recently stocked fish that had already travelled several miles up or downriver. You see, I was standing in the middle of the permanent TMA, an area that hasn’t yet been visited by the DEEP tanker truck.

I fished two spots. I shared the first with another angler (thank you, kind sir!); he was Euro nymphing, and I went with a mix of tight line and indicator presentations with my trusty drop-shot rig. Despite the sexy water and a decent midge hatch, we both blanked. Off to spot two, where I hooked Mr. Recent Ward Of The State followed by two long-time residents. All fish came on the bottom dropper, a size 14 Frenchie variant.

The takes of the two wild fish were odd. The indicator made a little nudge, immediately followed by a dip. It was as if the nudge was the actual take, and the dip the trout retreating with the prize. I’m constantly trying to refine my technique: playing around with indicator positioning, drift speed, trying to figure what’s bottom and what’s not, ditching the indicator and seeing which takes I can feel and which I can merely see. Every day is different; once I knew what to look for with the indicator, I was ready for that little nudge, and on that second trout I was in the process of setting the hook after the nudge when the yarn went under.

The TMA was packed for a Tuesday in March. Most of the anglers I spoke to said the action was fair to slow. Water was 233cfs and 37 degrees. Runoff may have impacted the bite. Many road entrances and dirt pulloffs (like Greenwoods and Woodshop) were still inaccessible.

That’s more like it. An equinox wild brown with an impressive power train. Note the deep gold coloring from the underside of the mouth to the gill plate.


5 comments on “Farmington River Report 3/21/17: Trout on the move

  1. Steve M. says:

    You take some really great fish pictures Steve! I am impressed you can handle the rod, fish, and camera! I usually drop one or the other and end up with blah pictures.

    • Steve Culton says:

      Thank you, good sir. Don’t be too impressed — I take a lot of pictures and you only get to see the good one(s). Rod gets placed on the bank or tucked under the arm. In this case the camera is mounted on my landing net. A reminder to everyone to try to keep fish in the water as much as possible and especially if you need to get your camera ready.

  2. Steve M. says:

    If you don’t mind giving away some secrets, how do you mount a camera on a net? I’ve got a waterproof point and shoot but never took photos under water. Got it cause of dropsy with non-waterproof ones!

  3. Steve M. says:

    Thanks so much! Wow, new rod or GoPro? Decisions, decisions!

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