Called on Account of Rain

I found a break in my schedule and decided to take a couple of days off to fish some local waters.  I wanted to spend one day on the Esopus, a river I’d heard much about but never explored, and the Farmington, where I first learned to flyfish. Unfortunately the weekend forecast of light rain and overcast skies turned into much more. Both of these trips were cut short by the weather. That said, here’s a brief summary:

Esopus River

The Esopus

I’ve always heard great things about this river, but up until now, haven’t had a chance to give it a try.  The section I fished is a series of great runs and riffles, with a large glassy pool at the end. The water level was lower than ideal, but I felt quite a few hits from what I believe to be small rainbows.  It was easy to wade and although the water is somewhat milky due to a high concentration of sediment, it doesn’t seem to stop the fish. After a few hours of on-again off-again rain, I called it a day.

Aside from the 2 bears that I encountered during my hike to the river, this was the biggest thing I saw all day.

Espous River

That said, I’ll be back in the spring.

The Farmington

I never cease to find new water here, even though I’ve been fishing this river for years.

Originally this was supposed to be a weekend camping trip, but again, forecasted light and intermittent rain turned out to be much heaver and lasted for hours, effectively ruining the evening hatch.

The first day started out slow, but I had no complaints under sunny skies and mid-70’s temps with low humidity. After 2 hours I put this beautiful fat rainbow in the net. It was hiding in less than two feet of water behind a rock the size of a bowling ball.

A nice 'bow

Midday fishing was slow, but as it started to approach dusk the water began to boil and I brought a few browns, all 10″ – 12″ to hand.  This was not my biggest brown nor my best picture, but it is representative of what I caught.

Farmington River Brown, Spetember 2014

There’s a few more days like this left this year. If you can dodge the rain there’s some good fishing to be had. Enjoy!



On The Fly – Show #3: Interview with Tony Hill of Mianus Trout Unlimited

On The Fly

For the third show I had the chance to interview Tony Hill, the President of Mianus TU.  Not only did I learn more about the chapter and its history, Tony also walked me through a number of its outreach programs. To see the full show, click here. … [Continue reading]

Lake Kenoshia Revisited

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A few weeks ago we shot the second episode of On The Fly at Lake Kenoshia in Danbury CT. While we caught fish, it wasn't exactly spectacular. On Sunday I had an opportunity to give it a second chance. It did not disappoint. Almost from the first … [Continue reading]

A Day in the Catskills with Walt from Rivertop Rambles

Beaverkill Brown Trout #finfollower

Started out Saturday by joining my friend Walt Franklin of Rivertop Rambles at Summerfest on the grounds of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. Summerfest is mainly a fly fishing  flea market, but there are also other events during the day. … [Continue reading]

The First “On The Fly” Cable Access Shows

If you've read the posts about my first and second shows on local cable access, then you might want to see the finished product. To watch the first show, which covers fishing the east branch of the Croton Watershed, click here. For the second … [Continue reading]

Learning the Neversink

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Had a chance to visit the Neversink River with members of both the Hacklebarney and Ridge and Valley TU chapters. I'd heard good things about the Neversink, but never fished it. My guess is that its relative proximity to the Beaverkill and Delaware … [Continue reading]

Working on a Second On The Fly Show

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The FCC did not  ban us from the airwaves after the first broadcast of On The Fly, so Saturday we met at Lake Kenoshia in Danbury CT and began filming our next show. Once again, Frank DeGrazio from the Angler's Den came out and gave some great … [Continue reading]

Product Review: Fishpond Black Canyon Backpack

Fishpond Black Canyon Backpack

Had a chance to review Fishpond's Black Canyon Creek backpack on a small stream hiking and fishing trip.  I don't often need the capacity this pack offers, but I took full advantage and loaded it up. Because we were hiking in and along the … [Continue reading]

A Weekend on the West Branch of the Delaware

Beaverkill River

Had a chance to join some of the members of Ridge and Valley TU  from northwestern NJ for a long weekend on the West Branch of the Delaware River. I had not seen some of them in quite some time, so it was good to catch up and spend some time on the … [Continue reading]

Owl’s Poppers

Owl Jones Popper

The request for the Owl was simple:  Three bass poppers with a camo theme. What I got instead was 6 really nice bass bugs; three with camo paint jobs, and another three that look equally as fishy. Actually they look too good to fish - … [Continue reading]

FinFollower Enters Wayne’s World

Clipboard, first show On The Fly

For the past few years I've considered hosting a fly fishing show. I'm not exactly sure why, given the saturation of high quality, commercially-backed fishing programs readily available on most major networks.  I am completely sure that I don't have … [Continue reading]