Out to the Farmington today to take some scenics for my upcoming feature in Eastern Fly Fishing. As you might have imagined, the warm weather brought out anglers in force; it seemed like every major pool or run had a rod probing its depths. Didn’t see any fish hooked. Wished I was fishing. But I had decided to visit a small stream after my photography work was done.
Not surprisingly, much of it was unfishable. Part of this brook flows through a hollow, and the sun had yet to work its melting magic.
I did find some relatively open water. Not a touch for me today; again, no surprise, probably due to snow melt which tends to drop that water temp. Here’s a helpful small stream hint: sometimes I purposefully cast my line or leader over a rock to hang up the fly in the current. The waking fly is particularly attractive to kamikaze wild trout. I try to make sure the fly is holding over a likely lie. In this case, I was fishing a dry/dropper — this is a great tactic for a submerged soft hackle. You can see the leader going over the left third of the rock; the fly is at 10 o’clock.
I took a look at one of my little streams yesterday around noon. Same thing — some open spots here and there. Purely a recon trip; I didn’t have any gear with me. Rain today, somewhat warmer temps, might be feasible Friday. Spring training, anyone?
I viewed my outing as active recon — and a lovely walk in the woods.
Thanks for the tip Steve. I fished the Willimantic TMA yesterday and had nary a bump drop-shotting. Cigar was an Alec Bradley 90+ factory second. Don’t know what it was but it sure was good.
Feels good to get out. 🙂