It was really cool watching her excitement as I played a fish, flipped some rocks and spent a little time with her at the waters edge while her kid sister was in school. Tessa is already a pro at catch and release, and handling her first brown trout has surely ingrained something in her that I think we will see a lot more of. Next, to get her sister out there doing the same, looks like that is already in the works. Can you say a family fishing trip?
I'd have to say, this guys condition really struck a nerve with me. In the Trout Management Area of the Farmington, it is a requirement to pinch your barbs. The first thing I do when I set foot in this particular river is mash mine down with my pliers. This particular fish's condition is a direct result of not doing just that. Couple that with the 12 inch piece of heavy mono filament protruding from the fishes rear end and it is a surprise that this fish is still alive and well.
After cutting some of the mono filament, I continued my search of some meat eaters. I had to cycle through some colors after a while as the darker shades were getting nothing but followers. Once I found the right color it was game on for about 4 hours. This guy above is one of the nicer one's that just couldn't resist the tan headbanger. Picked this guy up in a most unlikely stretch of very skinny water. Like I tell people all the time, never pass up even the most unsuspecting of lies.
Today was a numbers day by all accounts. There were a couple of decent fish thrown in but it seemed like everyone wanted some streamer action. A nice mix of recent 2 year olds and holdover fish came to net, but the action shut right off almost as quickly as it turned on.
Prior to lunch I switched over to bugs and brought another nice compliment of trout to hand. The caddis were a little late hatching today, and the fish I managed to fool all fell for larval imitations today rather than pupal. Fishing rivers never ceases to amaze me with the constant change, this is the primary reason why trout fishing just never gets old for me.