Pages Pond

Pages Pond
Pages Pond Waterfall circa 1976

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Day in Brook Trout Forest

Today  I  met with Al, from Small Stream Reflections, and we spent some time fishing a beautiful stream in search of some wild brook trout. The stream was full of deep undercut banks where some of the residents were hiding. We both started off using soft hackled flies and we both managed to get a handful of gorgeous brook trout in their fall colors. I had a lot of hook ups with a few nice  brookies coming to hand.
In some areas  we observed some of the larger residents of the stream going about their business.

This is one of the beauties I was able to land.
This was a larger male from deep undercut bank, took soft hackle that Al gave me.  Thanks for a great day Brk Trt!!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Columbus Day 2015

Monday was simply a gorgeous day, sunny skies and just warm enough to fish in shirt sleeves. In mid afternoon I decided to fish a TMA that I had not visited in some time. So, I threw my gear in the car and headed off. Arriving at the river I found several fellow fishermen in some of the prime spots and after walking around and checking a few other locations along the river, I settled into a run just below a very popular spot.

I decided to use my 7 foot, 4 weight Trout Bum and began drifting a Picket Pin, and was promptly into some rather feisty and acrobatic rainbows. I had a ball as numerous bows pounded the fly, most being in the 9-10 inch range. At some point the original fly became shredded and I tied on a Lead Wing Coachman, wet and the rainbows showed their approval by constantly jumping on. I had a very enjoyable late afternoon, with many nice fish brought to hand. I ended this little excursion with a beautiful bow about 14 inches that just exploded on the wet fly. A perfect way to end the day. I always try to end on positive note!!

As I was leaving, I recognized RM Lytle from Connecticut Fly Angler and we stopped to chat, shoot the breeze for a while. It was a pleasure to meet RM , a young fly fisherman who has obviously has been bitten by the fly fishing bug!! Hats off to you RM!!! See ya on the river soon!!!

Friday, October 2, 2015

October 1, 2015

October 1, 2015 was a good day to be on the Farmington River, as the day was cloudy, overcast and cool. The rain from the previous day had brought the river up a bit and I was hopeful that it stimulated the trout. I decided to throw streamers and at my first stop hooked and lost a large brown that leaped out of the water and threw the hook. As I moved a bit farther down to the next run I landed one nice hold over brown and had a very large brown break me off.
I moved upriver to another location and managed to bring several nice browns to the net, some sporting their fall colors already. A few of the browns really slammed the streamers.
Moved to another location and did manage a couple of more strikes, bringing another nicely colored brown to the net.
Fall is here and I hope we continue to get some more much needed rain to keep the flows up.
As I said, it was a good day to be on the river!!!