Saturday, May 17, 2014

Mediocre

The West Branch was in an interesting condition today. The Still River was blown out, and therefore all of the Farmington bellow the confluence. Above, however, was a fisheable flow and color. The first trout was a Rainbow who took a Zugbug. Even with a very early Hendrickson hatch, I went fishless for several hours. Going down to Riverton Self Storage,  I fished a buck tail in the riffle and received a strike. The fish safely avoided the hook. I caught on the Zugbug a brown, then a water snake by hand. The last fish of the day took a mono nymph and was the best of the three.






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  1. Mediocre days are always rough in that its hard to keep up the mental game and stay focused, but better than getting skunked. That last trout is gorgeous though, quite iridescent.

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    1. I probably could have done better, but I don't focus well on big rivers when the feeding isn't heavy. I am a small stream guy at heart, and like to do a lot of moving around. In yesterdays condtions that wouldn't work.

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  2. Wholly smokes - that water snake is a big fella! I'm impressed you caught one. They historically seem very grumpy to me - more so than most of the snakes that live here in the north east. Heck, Milk snakes are similar size and easily catchable without being struck at... but all the water snakes I've tried to catch... G-R-U-M-P-Y! I'm impressed at your catching skills there!

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    1. Thanks! The Farmington is still cold, the water helped out.

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