In fly fishing, there are a few bad days, some good days, and some occasional great days. Saturday was a great day. I was at a clinic with two-time national champion George Daniel (his must-have nymphing books here and here) and saw challengingly high flows, some good fish, and a huge one that got away.
A quick report on the Farmington, given the high water. Fellow blog writer Damon Matus and I will be at the George Daniel nymphing clinic later today. We met up yesterday and fished in the afternoon. I started off above the Still River and found seven in all: willing stockies, a brown and a brookie.
The stars aligned, and I was able to devote a full day to fly fishing. It seemed fitting, given that Saturday was the first day of autumn. I awoke at 3:30 am and made the pilgrimage to the Farmington. The upper and lower sections of the river had been stocked a week or two ago,
The weather forecast didn’t look promising for a Trico hatch and spinner fall, but I decided nonetheless to head to the Farmington. Tricos comprise my favorite hatch. I first ran into them in Montana, where the spinner falls were absolutely enormous. When conditions are right, they also can happen at the Farmington. Alas, Saturday morning’s