"Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it." Harry Middleton
It was around late May of 2004 and I was on the EB one early Sunday morning and frankly I was a bit bored. I had been there the evening before hoping for a tail end hendrickson hatch/spinner fall that never materialized. Even the stoneflies were scarce and I was tired of the standard presentations that one does with nymphs and wets. I wanted DRY FLY ACTION! Time to think out of the box.
On went a large tarantula as my dry fly/indicator and a short 18 inches below that went on a SIZE 8 partridge and yellow. And I didn't cast this fly into the traditional spots but (Bliss Pool, Slant Rock etc) but into the fastest chutes and rapids that I could find (right above the "bend" before the gate and the fast water above Les's Pool.) Would the trout hit either fly? They clobbered both flies especially the over sized SF.
Although my freestone arsenal is still loaded with 12's, 14's and 16's I carry a small supply of the big boys to represent the larger nymphs such as the stoneflies and March Browns which the Partridge and Yellow represents. I can nymph fish and then swing them on the very next cast. I feel that they represent a large stonefly as well as the standard offerings and they are much more fun to fish. They also give you the chance to use those outsized hackles that every partridge skin has!
Historically, the Farmington should be flowing at around 200cfs for this date if 60 years of records are correct. In fact, that's the historical flow average for the last two months BUT the flow this summer is averaging 100 cfs or below which is half the historical flow rate. This will concentrate the massive amount of trout into smaller areas and make them vulnerable to predators with wings or wearing waders! The Farmington needs a LOT of rain to turn things around. It will be interesting to see how the SURVIVOR TROUT do.
The Swift - It keeps chugging along with everything from playful brookies to over sized browns to fish for. This summer it's the best river in New England.