Farmington River Report 4/19/23: Jason triumphs over another cold, slow day

Given the cold, blustery conditions, cloud cover, and total lack of hatch activity (well, OK — I did see one tiny BWO and we witnessed one rise), Jason picked a good day to cover drop-shot nymphing under an indicator. We fished two marks within the PTMA and one below it, and fishing trout that wanted to eat was a challenge. Jason was a great student and asked plenty of questions. He’s going to do well. As always, when the nymphing is tough, you’ve got to move around, cover water, manage your drifts, and figure out where the fish are holding. Look for a reason to set the hook on every drift. Set hard, sweeping low and downstream. I can be discouraging when you’re doing everything right and have nothing to show for it. But, the generally persistent generally make out. Well done, Jason!

A bent rod and a focused angler, or: Things a guide likes to see. Things really haven’t picked up this week, but hopefully the warmer weather on Friday will give the bite a boost. I had Jason test-driving a new nymph today, and I’m happy to say that it worked.

2 comments on “Farmington River Report 4/19/23: Jason triumphs over another cold, slow day

  1. William A Giokas says:

    What we need is warm weather to get things moving. I’m trout fishing the Kettle Ponds on Cape Cod. Pheasant Tail Nymph and Black Wooly Buggers are the ticket.
    Waiting for our Striped Friends to show. Bill

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