Farmington River Report 1/10/19: Hook sets and the mystery salmo

I guided Rich yesterday from 10am-2pm. We fished three marks within the permanent TMA, with one of them producing four trout. As so often happens with winter fishing, find one trout and you’ll find another. Many thanks to Jerry for so graciously sharing the water! Since Rich is new to the river, we also spent some recon time at several other pools. The method was indicator nymphing with a drop-shot nymph rig. I didn’t get a water temp, but it was cold — I’ll guesstimate 36 degrees, 420cfs, and the air temp never got into the upper 40s as advertised. Four trout on a January outing is darn good, so well done, Rich!

Rich’s first ever Farmington brown, a lovely Survivor Strain (note clipped adipose). I wasn’t happy with Rich’s hook set motion, so after he struck I asked for his rod to re-demonstrate, not knowing that he had indeed hooked up. Too funny, my bad, good on you, Rich! We spent the rest of the day laughing about that one.

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Rich was on fire after the first trout. I had intended to bring the black latex gloves, but forgot. Folks, this water is unpleasantly cold. We caught fish on the soft-hackled pheasant tail (sz 18) dropper and Frenchy variant (size 14) point fly.

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The mystery Salmo. I had thought due to coloration, spotting, and tail fork that this was a beast of a juvenile salar, but the maxillary extends well past the eye, so that would point to trutta. A fisheries biologist once told me that there may be some cross-pollinating between browns and precocious young Atlantics — could this be the result of such a union? Either way, a lovely fish.

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Posterior of the mystery Salmo. 

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4 comments on “Farmington River Report 1/10/19: Hook sets and the mystery salmo

  1. fly fisher says:

    I don’t think that fish is a salmon- too many spots below the lateral line, too big to be a smolt and far too small to be a returning fish. Did the tail have a wrist?

    • Steve Culton says:

      I’m not sure what you mean by wrist, but there’s a shot of the tail above. I don’t think it’s a salmon either — see comment about crossings b/w precocious JV salmon and browns on the Farmy. It was caught in the permanent TMA of the Farmington and there’s no way for a salmon to get back there once it’s left. Thanks for following!

  2. RM Lytle says:

    Fin color suggests salmon influence as well… you might have yourself a salm-brown! Pretty cool looking fish whatever it is

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