Today was a hard-work type of day. But, it’s the kind of work that I like to do.

I fished the Farmington 6 am to 6 pm. I did take a lunch break mid-day at the Riverton General Store to get a Wayne-O sandwich. It’s roughly in the center of the loop that I did as I drove to hit six spots.

The water was a combined 470 cfs, and the flow was quite treacherous in many spots. It also was slightly off-color. So, I decided to throw larger flies or bright flies as anchors.

The morning was its usual spring-slow type of session. It rained off and on and was cloudy all day. BWOs were popping periodically most of the day.

At the first spot, some spin fisherman were doing quite well. They were all smiles and very friendly. I was happy for them, but, then, quite jealous, too, as I kept flinging my nymphs and hoping for a take. You may know that feeling. It’s FOMO, or fear of missing out.

Eventually, I did land a rainbow that jumped three times and was probably still trying to figure out what was edible or not.

I moved on to Spot B. Last time, it yielded quite a few wild browns. But, today, with the water slightly lower than last time, they weren’t taking what I was throwing. Two stockies did show up, though.

Then, I drove to another stretch and was surprised to see no one for as far as the eye could see. Blanked.

Spot D was similarly vacant of anglers. The river was flowing quite strong, but I did see a little quiet seam in the middle. First cast. Bam!

There was no questioning the take as an invisible creature surged quickly into the fast current and downstream of me. That’s the “oh no” position that I hate, for fish often pop off when I’m above them.

The fast current meant that I couldn’t chase the fish, which was a bummer. I used the usual side pressure technique to contain the trout, pointing the fly rod downstream. Eventually, I carefully waded to where the fish was and then quickly pointed my rod upstream to maintain side pressure. I’ve found this to be a good fighting position, when I am just below the fish and can handle what it’s doing. This one was pretty crafty, zipping all around me, and often shook its head violently.

I slowly stepped towards the bank and pulled the fish along. I saw that it was of good size, and my pulse quickened. The fish would surge now and again, but I could sense that it was weakening as I kept it riding in the current. The 2-wt. Euro rod performed admirably.

It was a joy to net this fish.

16.5″ on the tape made for a great day #flyfishing #euronymphing #orvis #syndicateflyfishing #farmingtonriver

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It taped at 16.5″. I noticed that its adipose fin had been clipped, and, so, this was one of the famed Survivor Strain trout. Here’s a video.

I hit some other spots, landing holdovers and more stockies. In the end, it was a double-digit day. I went 10-for-15. Took 12 hours, but, the day just whipped by.

Various versions of Pat’s Legs were on my tippet most of the day, and those did some serious damage, including the version that I tie on a jig hook. Dropper flies were ignored except at one area with shallow and bubbly water. There, #18 soft hackles did well.

A good day.


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9 thoughts on “FOMO

    1. Thanks, Steve! Yes, I didn’t see any come off at all, although I admit I’m a newbie regarding bugs. If I recall, Hendricksons are pretty big. About a #12? When they’re around, I fish larger PTs and don’t tie Hendricksons per se. Let me know if you think I’m missing out.

  1. Way to make the most of a tough day, it is never easy fishing when the rivers are up and stained. Great job playing and landing that brown too. The flows up here in NH jumped up about 100-200 cfs in just a day because of the rains and it made playing/landing fish interesting to say the least.

  2. If you are catching fish on your nymphs, you aren’t missing out during the Hendrickson Hatch! They are big #12/14 and will bring some nice fish up. I would have a few hendrickson emergers in your vest to fish dry on your tight line rig.

    1. Good idea. I use Pheasant Tail Klinkhammers tied with a shuck. They worked well last year but that was on recently-stocked fish at the Farmington. Doubt they were that discerning.

      1. Probably just as good as any pattern if the fish are in the mood. I’ve pruned my many “hot” hendrickson patterns down significantly as you can waste time in a hatch just trying to find that magic fly when a lot of the standards work just fine. Similar to nymphing I suppose.

        1. Yeah, I guess after a long winter, trout are keen to gorge on good-sized bugs. Nice to float a #12 dry vs. the usual small stuff, too. I think things are different by the time August rolls around: Trout are experienced, and the bugs are tiny….

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