Though it is certainly possible to fish streamers in the water bellow Hogback I have always preferred to use nymphs there. I ended up loosing my nymph rig while fishing a hard to reach pocket and changed to a Ausable Ugly. That was a great choice as I hooked a gorgeous male brown and about eight or nine wild brookies!
After a bit we decided to go down river. It was clear that the bigger fish were all in deeper, slower water. We buggered around New Hartford for a bit then went down even further. Around 3:00 I committed to streamers one hundred percent and I'm glad I did. There are a few dams on the Farmi and one in particular has been on my list of must-fish spots for a few years now. While Dave and Bob worked some excellent runs downstream I went bellow the dam to hunt for a giant. I got one pull on a Lafkas Modern Deceiver before I got it lodged on the bottom (I was fishing really deep, probably about 10 feet). Then I began pounding the eddy at the corner of the dam. There was a soft spot deep in the corner where I had about an 18 inch fish smash the fly right when it hit the water, but I then I tried to focus on the foam filled eddy. There was a bit of debris floating around and that made things very tricky. I was using a cone head Barely Legal and pretty much jigging it when I felt a few bumps. I wasn't sure what it was but I set the hook anyway and began pulling something very heavy out of the depths. It began to shake it's head just when it got in visual range and I just about shat my waders. It was a HUGE brown, and it had totally engulfed the fly. There was nothing of it showing outside of it's mouth. That made it all the more confusing when it came loose. A non fisherman probably wouldn't understand exactly what it feels like to loose the fish of a lifetime. I was shaking like a leaf. I had to sit down for a minute because my legs were wobbly and I didn't feel comfortable standing near the deep water. When I collected myself I got my fly back in the water and got a bitter consolation prize: a strong holdover bow that jumped and pulled drag. These Farmington River trout are strong, and this one did not appreciate my holding him and lodged the back hook of the fly into me palm.
We hit one more spot and David managed to get a sizeable brown all pissed off with a streamer while I missed a few more big takes. I can feel it though. This is going to be an awesome streamer year.