Trout Fever is driving me crazy!!! The Millers is weeks away from being fishable and the Swift is running close to 600 cfs. What's a flyfisher to do? HIT THE FARMINGTON RIVER!!! I took a drive with my girlfriend to the village of Pleasant Valley, Ct. on Saturday, March 7 to check the place out, namely the fabled Church Pool. That was all that it took. I spent the next week waiting for Saturday to roll around, tying early black caddis and BWO emergers to add to the arsenal. Finally, I found myself waist deep in the slow water of the lower Church Pool yesterday morning at 9am. There were probably a dozen flyfishers spotted in the three hours that I was there with only four trout caught between them during that time. Most were working the surface imitating the dark winter caddis or the occasional BWO that floated by. I had one trout chase my caddis and it must of been my winter slowed reflexes that let it get away.
The Farmington is a great river and although I've had better results on this stream in the past it was just nice to be basking in the early Spring sun while working my fly rod.