Spot A was generous, yielding five wild browns. The water was a brisk 41 °F at dawn, and it took some coaxing to get the fish to eat.
Spot B yielded only one fish. But, it was the 18″ female below. A mother hen. The clipped adipose fin suggested that it was a Survivor Strain trout. No elastomer, though.
The trout was gorgeous. The pictures don’t do it justice. Nature is a fine artist and designer.
Happy and relieved, I fished some more spots. Was blanked at Spot C. Landed two stockies at Spot D. Went 0-for-4 at Spot E. One fish fell off a barbless hook. The other fish jumped, and I could see that they were very big. They were in a very deep and violent run, which has yielded holdovers in the past.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t maneuver myself, as I was in some deep and very fast water. And, those Farmington boulders can be very slippery. So, when a fish went down river, my tippet broke. The 6.5x fluorocarbon couldn’t handle both the size of the fish and the current. I will be back with 4x.
By the end of the day, there were some tremendous bug hatches. Hendricksons were popping everywhere. Saw quite a few midges, too. Some robust rises.
A fun day.