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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Quietly At Work Perfecting A Different Technique...



So over the past few months I have quietly jumped in with both feet learning the ins and outs of some of the long leader competition nymph techniques.  More commonly known by some as "euro-nymphing, Spanish nymphing, french nymphing", what ever you want to call it.  As luck would have it prior to several guide trips this year and on several of my own personal endeavors I ventured into "dialing in" this method for my home waters, in an effort to be on the upper edge of whats new.  I have found from my experiences that the longer leader methods in my opinion are much more versatile than the typical short line Czech or polish style nymph techniques as it allows you to branch out and fish many different water types very effectively.

Let me tell you about one of my recent experiments just to bring you up to speed with the effectiveness in this technique.  Prior to a guide trip last week, I ventured out into a short section of water that is usually fairly productive.  I had a limited amount of time so I wanted to see just how well I could do within a short window, and for this times sake I was going to count the number of fish I hooked and landed, just as a measure of my success or failure.  Here's the tally:  35 minutes of fishing, 27 trout the largest was 19 inches and the smallest at 12.  To go with that number, 12 Atlantic Salmon Parr were also landed that averaged about 6-7 inches.  Pretty damn effective in my book.  I will be the first to tell you that I spoke down about this stuff a couple years back as I saw no difference between Czech or polish tight lining and high sticking.  But, in all honesty the long leader methods intrigued me and I gave in, and will be the first to admit that I was way off on these techniques. 

My good buddy and fishing partner Mike fell in with this stuff this past week and we amassed a pretty amazing tally of fish on a super tough wild trout fishery.  I won't even begin to tell you how many fish we caught as I don't want to be labeled as a braggart.  Besides, most people who fished there would think I was lying anyway.   The pictures attached are just a few highlights of the fish that were caught that day.   Look for me with my 10-1/2 foot 3 weight Echo Shadow PE from now on, as I will be terrorizing fish in a riffle near you...  More to come on that fly rod, Ive had mine for 2 weeks now, and it is in my opinion, "The Euro-Nymphing Rod", Period.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wondering Why You're Catching More Rainbows On The Farmington??

So if you've been fishing in and outside the Farmington W/B TMA you've probably noticed that a lot more of these guys are showing up in your net than in recent years.  I know a about 4-5 months back Neal from the DEP had mentioned that a viable possibility for boosting the future wild stocks of brown trout on the Farmington may very well be to stock rainbow trout instead.  Well it looks like operation rainbow is already under way.

I found out today that the DEP has had to switch gears in terms of fish production.  Here is what I learned;

"There was a shift in the production of large trophy fish with more rainbows than browns being produced. This is because the rainbows grow better and we can produce a bigger and more consistent product.  In past years about  38% of the fish stocked were rainbows. To date 79% of the fish stocked into the Farmington have been rainbows". 

Hmmm?!?!?  I hope this isn't a sign of what's in store for the future of the "Survivor Program", it would be pretty disheartening to see all that hard work over the past 10 years to build a very strong population of holdover and wild brown trout go down the tubes in lieu of financial constraints.

Don't get me wrong, catching anything with fins is fun, and I am not knocking the rainbows as they can be some of the funnest fish to pull on the end of your line.  But, the success of the survivor strain brown trout program on the Farmington has provided all of us anglers with some fantastic fishing 12 months out of the year, and I would hate to see any of this change.  Hopefully this isn't the case, as I am certain a lot of you who frequent the river enjoy catching fish like these.  Let's wait and see what's in store.

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