Friday, June 20, 2014

A Banner Day!

Our guest, Mike F. from Seymour, CT, and Charlie Brown Campground, recently retired and celebrating his birthday joined us on the Natchaug, Saturday, June 14…and what a day!  Having recently taken up fly fishing again after a few false starts over the years, Mike hooked and landed 10 trout on a caddis pattern in clear, low water with a "triple," brookie, brown and rainbow.  Great job Mike!  His comments:  "I learned a lot and thanks so much guys."  We worked on casting earlier and drag free drifts on the water. We set up Mike's outfit after cutting off loops, with a nail-knotted 2' or so butt section to blood-knotted leader to tippet, ending up with 12+ feet of leader, a necessity in the low clear flows now.  You know by now we prefer this set-up and NO loop-to-loop.  We feel the line/leader turns over much more efficiently with this set up.  The butt section must be stiff mono in the 25 lb. test range and Maxima is a good choice.

Levels are dropping fast on the freestones and possibilities still exist for the Salmon River further into central CT.  A good rain will extend the fishing but be mindful of water temps and over stressing the trout.  We'll try and have a Farmington River report soon as conditions should be perfect!