Three casts later I hooked another nice fat fish, this time a survivor strain brown.
Though neither of those fish were particularly long they were very healthy and fought hard. I kept on working with the streamers and had a number of other takes, some of which I really would have liked to have landed, but other than those two no other trout were landed on streamers. Rik was Euro nymphing. He caught a wild brookie and a huge white sucker (24-25 inches), so he had the natives down pat.
Very late in the evening some sulfurs and vitreous came off, and fish started to rise all over. A lot were small wild browns. I caught a few fish on small hackle stacker style dries and usuals, three wild browns, one wild rainbow, and one holdover brown. I really wasn't feeling like dealing with the camera in the middle of the river in the dark, so the only one I took a photo of was the first. It was a little gem of a brown trout.
The Farmington is a great river, but fishing the Catskills for a whole week definitely put into perspective just how difficult it is. Too much pressure, not enough water in close proximity, not enough really big hatches. Honestly it has become a little too publicized. I'll keep fishing it though, but I sure won't be stomach pumping fish and under fighting them with 6x and 7x all the time. Or fishing it when the water is ultra low. Too much pressure kills and damages fish. It's hard for me to see fish that have been caught so often their mandibles are completely gone. We're not really doing our job to protect these fish.