Yesterday was supposed to be a shooting day for a film and some personal projects, but the wind was most uncooperative, so we bailed. Already on the river and two hours to kill…what’s an angler to do? If you said, “fish,” you are correct! I decided that absent any consistent rises, and with the gusty wind, indicator nymphing would be my best bet for hooking up. I fished three marks and found players in two of them. I was asleep at the switch for one of the hits, and dropped the fish as I fumbled and bumbled the late hook set. But I did connect with evidence that even in harsh, trout-stressy warm water, nature finds a way. Believe it or not, this was my first outing on the Farmington since June.
As I write this, the Farmington is chugging along at a low 120cfs or so within the permanent TMA. Cooler-than-normal temperatures have been a blessing during these extended low flows.
The MDC will be cutting the flow to double digits on Tuesday August 27-Thursday August 29 so that DEEP crews can sample the Farmington River and collect broodstock for the Survivor Strain program. (Here’s another nifty article on the Survivor Strain program, complete with elastomer color codes.) They will be focusing their attention on some popular pools and runs within the permanent TMA. You can still fish the river — you are merely asked to yield to the crews as they work. Better still, volunteer to work on the crew — there’s no better way to discovery where the lunkers live! You can contact the DEEP here.
She’s a big mamma jamma. Just as fine as she can be. Not a Survivor Strain (note intact adipose) but a fine example of the potential of the Farmington River.
The DEEP will be conducting its annual electroshocking/brood stock collection tomorrow, Tuesday, September 13. The following, in italics, is from an email I received from Fisheries Biologist Neal Hagstrom:
As much as we hate to do this, we are going to do our survivor brown broodstock collections tomorrow. Water levels are as low as many of us have ever seen. The DEEP is looking to collect 100-150 fish for future fish production (2018 & 2019 survivor brown trout stockings). The fish are in all new (deeper) places and we will be moving around trying to find them. We had concerns about the potential failure of the brown trout spawning in the river this year and about the overall potential for any trout to survive through the winter if we do not get rain. The fish we move to the hatchery may prove to be the insurance policy on 25 years of trout breeding and the core to preserve the Farmington River brown trout fishery. We are sorry if this interruption to anyone’s fishing but it is for a good reason. Thanks for your patience.