First Trout of 2013

It’s hard to believe, but due to my personal schedule and the increased distance to really good fishable water, these are the first trout I’ve landed in 2013. Both were caught on the Farmington River using the same dry fly, which not surprisingly resembles a Hendrickson.

The first was caught in a fast moving riffle that was less than 2 feet in depth. Measuring 16″, the brown gave my 9′ 4 wt a really good bend and made several escape attempts before landing in the net. The fin is not cut on this fish and there are darker blue dots on the face, so this may truly be a wild brown.

brown trout, Farmington River, fly fishing, Hendrickson

The second wild brown, which measured, 14″, I’ll refer to as the Accidental Trout. It was caught in a large, slow moving pool. In truth, I was just casually straightening out my line while watching my friend launch a hero cast for a really large fish. I felt a tug and the acrobatics started. This one came to hand pretty quickly, but was a also a healthy fish.

Farmington River, brown trout, hendrickson, flyfishing

Hope you’re spring is starting off well. Enjoy!

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  1. Nice browns, Leigh. Hope you’re having better luck with the Hendrickson hatch this year than I am. Bright skies don’t help. Today, caught lots of wild brookies with a Stimulator dry.
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  2. Those are some mighty fine browns! Congrats! Gotta love ’em on the dry.

  3. Going back next weekend to try again. Should be heading your way to fish the Toccoa end of May.

  4. Thanks Walt. The first was caught around 4 pm in bright sun; the second closer to 7 pm in dusk conditions.

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