We got another inch or so of rain in the last 36 hours. It brought up the stream flows by only a couple of cfs. We're still running on a 16 inch rain deficit since 2015, the Farmington is about to drop down to 60 cfs, the Salmon is setting record low flows, and I haven't even LOOKED at my home river because I'm scared to see it in a state of disaster. I fished for bass yesterday and continued to be amazed by how low the stream was. I remember four years ago when there were still trout holding in some of these pools at this time of year. Right now the water is so warm even the bass are sluggish.
Five or six years ago I fished my home river all through the summer and caught big wild browns (10-18 inches) on a weekly basis. I'm seeing a trend here, and I don't like it. If things don't change soon there aren't going to be any healthy trout populations left in Connecticut. While a major portion of the politicians who are inexplicably allowed to control environmental legislation deny science, we sit here in a record breaking drought watching the actual effects of a changing climate. I'm tired of this.
Sorry I had to go on a rant there... Just can't wait to get out of this state and go somewhere that isn't in such a severe drought that the fish are suffering potential extinction.
Here are some photos from my fishing yesterday. Enjoy, it is a beautiful spot even when there is half as much water as there should be.