Okay, so it has been 2 weeks since my last post. The new job has me going straight out and, on the positive side, it's been the best decision I have made in a long time. Having been recruited into the company, I feel an overwhelming sense of responsibility to make sure that they are getting what they paid for when I signed on.
That being sad, life has left me very little time for fishing and this past Sunday was my first trip out in April. Due to the crazy low flows, I opted for some water that has held up better than other areas on the Farmington River. I find myself fishing early mornings lately, 5am to 8ish has been my available time. Mostly, I have had the river to myself at that hour however, on this Sunday morning, my spot of choice was occupied by a very interesting character. This person was about 10 feet of the bank in the tail of a pool and he looked my way as I was preparing to walk further up river to another spot. Greetings and some conversation ensued and the next thing I know, this guy is telling me to feel free to drop in right above him and that the action has been pretty good. A very kind gesture given that I watched him hook and land 3 fish within about 10 minutes of my showing up at this spot.
Normally, I would never intrude on someone's space but, at his insistence, I carefully settled into a spot above him and began nymphing some water at the head of the pool. Within a half dozen casts, I was into an energetic brown who took a large cased caddis that was dragging the bottom.
I was congratulated by my new found friend, whose name I still don't know, and, after a quick photo op, it was back to business. As we continued to chat and fish, this fellow was catching nothing but Rainbows as he switched back and forth from a spin rod to a fly rod, stripping a black wooly bugger. I continued to catch nothing but browns and the occasional brookie. I finally latched onto a nice Rainbow that cleared the water a few times before finding its way to my net.
The fishing continued to be pretty consistent for the next hour with lots of cookie cutter browns deciding to cooperate.
Around 9am, I called it a day and headed home for a late breakfast and some back yard baseball with the boys. I was happy to be on the board for April and pleased to have found some time to spend on the river. I made the Monday morning run from 5am to 8am and was greeted with warm temps and cooperative fish. Right as I started to head off the water the fish started rising with some consistency. As much as I wanted to stay, duty called.
By the way, the jury is still out on the Canon PowerShot D10 - I'm not totally convinced that it's going to live up to the billing...stay tuned.