Pages Pond

Pages Pond
Pages Pond Waterfall circa 1976

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

On The Board 2017

Finally got on the board for 2017. About midday fished a stream that holds wild browns. The water was up and a bit off color from the previous days rain. I was using my go to soft hackle, the BHPTSH, size 16, While fishing a nice rocky run a gorgeous wild brown pounced on the PT.
First of the new year.

A beautiful wild brown


Sunday, December 25, 2016


Merry Christmas from the Farm River Angler to all !!! I would like to share with you a few photos from Christmas Day. The last photo is a hand carved and hand painted rendition of the Farm River Wild Brown Trout. A very special gift today from my close friend and fellow fly fisherman, Dave.
Wishing you Season's Greetings

Beautiful  Floral Center Piece
A gift from a very special family

Hand Carved and Painted rendition of the Farm River
wild brown trout. Thank you Dave.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Some Fly Fishing History

A few weeks ago my son gave me a shadow box with a photo of Elsie Darbee and three flies she had tied placed into three smaller compartments in the lower part of the box.
For your viewing pleasure

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

It Has Been A While...

My last blog entry was on July 11, 2016. A combination of the long hot, humid summer, low water and high temps kept me off the rivers until today.
This morning after the rain had stopped I went on a recon mission to a local stream to see if any of the trout, stocked or wild had survived. When I arrived at the first location , the river was up a bit and with some stain in the water. I did not take a temp but the water was ice cold to the touch. The first stretch I fished using a Partridge and peacock soft hackle produced a very robust and well fed holdover rainbow that put up quite the battle. While in this area I spotted one fish rising in stretch I could not quite reach.
At the second location I landed a small wild brown on the same soft hackle. I continued downstream until I reached another area I know holds some wild browns and was rewarded with seeing two more swing and miss the soft hackle.
A good start to the fall, but we need much more rain.
I took no pictures today, just a quick exploratory mission.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Rainbow Monday on the Farmington River 7-11-16

Spent a couple of hours late AM  fishing the main stem of the Farmy. The first location was void of any other fishermen, so I geared up and headed to the head of this pool. Fish were rising sporadically and there were some BWO's, ISO's and small caddis rising. I initially started Euro nymphing and had no luck. I switched over to a sz. 14  BH Ausable Ugly , and landed several nice rainbows. Went back to nymphing using a sz. 16 Frenchie and landed another bow. I did have one brown come up three times to an ISO Compara Dun, but no take, just followed a short distance and melted right back into the bottom. Frustrating at times.

Moved down river, to a second location and and Euro- nymphed up two more solid hold over bows and missed another one.Nice cool over cast day to be out before the next heat wave!

A couple of several bows today.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Browns and Bows

Today I visited a small stream, hoping the rain overnight helped to refresh the stream a bit. I was fishing a sz, 16 Partridge and Peacock soft hackle and found a nice holdover rainbow in a deep run.
I moved upstream to fish another stretch and was rewarded with an handful of wild browns, bringing a few to hand and having some LDR's . The water had come up a bit and was a little off color.
A rewarding trip this morning.
PS. If you were fishing a local small stream yesterday 7-4-16 using a Payne Bamboo Rod and met a friend of mine please reach out to me! Can contact at Thanks
Nice holdover Bow

Wild Brown and a few of his cousins!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Farmington River Hat Trick 6-13-16

I spent a couple of hours fishing the Farmington River Monday, arriving late in the morning to find that I had a nice stretch of river to myself. I saw that there were some caddis sporadically coming off the water and it appeared that the fish were taking them as they emerged. I began nymphing using a small BHPT in the faster water at the head of this stretch and immediately had a nice rainbow. I had steady action for about the next 2 hours,landing a good mix of browns, bows and one decent brookie, which completed the hat trick.
I also had to contend with the wind, which at times was blowing like a hurricane and I could see whitecaps on the river!!
My one brookie completed the Hat Trick!