Pages Pond

Pages Pond
Pages Pond Waterfall circa 1976

Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Doe?! A Deer!!!

Spent some time this afternoon exploring a small local stream. At location A, I promptly hooked and lost what would have been the first fish of the day. The fish took a sz. 18 BHPTSH, dead drifted. I set the hook, felt the tug and just quickly it was gone.
At location B nobody was home, but on the way down a dirt road spotted a young deer browsing on the fresh vegetation . He or she seemed undisturbed by my presence and I was able to get a couple of photos of the deer.
Arrived at location C, and as approached this area noticed a few fish rising pretty steadily. I tied on a sz 16 Partridge and Peacock soft hackle, cast above the first riser, the fish took it on the dead drift, and of course I missed that one. Continued in the same pool, and finally managed a small stocked rainbow, which took the soft hackle on the retrieve. Released to live another day.
Moved down stream a bit and located a few more rising, hooking and losing another one.
Deer Watching me.

Back to eating.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Getting Back on the Stream

I have been slowly getting back into the swing of things after an extended time away from the streams. Today I visited a Class 3 WTMA, that holds both stocked and wild trout. I had scouted out this particular stretch of river yesterday and had spotted several trout sipping something very small.
I was unable to see exactly what it was they were on, trying in vain using some assorted soft hackles and spiders.
Returning today, the fish were all rising in the same stretch and I began using a sz 18 PTSH, and initially landed a pretty solid rainbow that took on the retrieve.
Moving downstream a bit, located a few more sippers, and missed one on the drift. Must be a bit rusty. That will change as I get back into the swing of things!!
After sometime, changed over to a sz 18 black soft hackle, moved back to my initial spot and saw a rise directly up and across from where I stood. I made one cast above the rise, twitched the fly once and was rewarded by a hard, solid take and this fish ran downstream and under some brush. This guy gave me a good battle and soon a gorgeous 10 inch wild brown was in my hand. It was a pleasant suprise and a great ending to a short but successful outing.
Healthy looking wild brown.

Today's wild brown. A solid one!

Some of my soft hackles.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

This One Is For Me!!

It has been a while since I was able to get out and fish, for a variety of reasons. That is not important as today I was able to get out for a short while and was fortunate to bring s couple of wild browns to hand The stream was up and a bit cloudy. It appeared that it had begun to drop already.

Today's fly of choice was a small size ten Black Ghost, which I have used many times in the past to search for trout in high, cloudy flows. Well apparently some of the wild browns that inhabit this stream liked the Ghost too and jumped on. Managed three to hand and missed another one. So finally was able to connect!!!!
First one of the day .

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.