High Water holding you back? Think Again.

     3-29-10  The chilly conditions this weekend held the water temperature at 39 degrees.  The flows to the Farmington River continued to run high this as the feeder streams continued to drain their spring runoff, and water from the dam continued to gush,  narrowing  any anglers preferred method to nymphing and fishing streamers.  I had some success fishing tight to the banks with a Czech nymphing rig.  I hooked what I thought to be an average brown on a #16 Golden Stonefly drifter near the bank in front of me.  I fumbled to shed the gloves from my hands  and free my camera as the fish ripped into my running line almost tearing the rod from my hand.  When I gained control of the situation and realized this was no average fish, I quickly put the backbone of my 20+ yr old LLBean 5/6 to work.  This rod coupled with 5x and chilly river temps made quick work of this trout and made for a great chance for me to admire and greatly appreciate the size and girth of this nice fish.  Others that I came in contact with had some success also on big streamers.  I continued to pull good numbers of size 16 Golden Stoneflies in my stream samples, along with tons of size 18-20 mayfly nymphs.  Caddis larvae in all kinds of sizes still definitely have the largest presence on the stream bottom.  Don’t let the high water this time of year get you down, get out there and give it a whirl along the edges fishing with some small nymphs or streamers.

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