Noted Farmington guide Zach St. Amand is on the water 200 days a year. Heck, he actually lives right next to the river.
He ties flies, sold at UpCountry, specifically meant for the Farmington. And, what does he do on a day off? He fishes. He was out yesterday and texted me the photos below. Two huge brutes caught while Euro-nymphing.
Wow. A wild brown and a huge holdover rainbow.
The Farmington is a very special river. Starting in 1985, Connecticut Fish and Wildlife realized that, if they controlled the dams’ flows, they could have fish hold over. And, if they started to stock strategically with Survivor Strain DNA, they could have wild fish. And, how about a permanent C&R area?
Mission accomplished, I’d say. Nothing wrong with a catch ‘n keep strategy wherein nearly all fish get depleted in a year and a spring stocking brings in a new crop. That strategy can work, too.
But, I like wild fish. I’ve met a few anglers who, upon retirement, buy a place near the Farmington. I think I now know why.