Friday, October 11, 2013

Naugatuck Report - October 11, 2013 - Yin & Yang

Not much happening today and no pics taken, so here is
a picture of my dog Otis (who is too crazy to take fishing). 

I didn't expect yesterday's lightning to strike again today, but I expected more solid fishing than what we had. I have a few spots which have been producing consistently all season, but the salmon were having none of it today. 

The only action I had happened less than one hour after arriving. I drew a blank at a normally reliable run and decided to move on. Armed with a #6 Mickey Finn, I only planned on making one quick pass through a popular pool (I had to pass it to get back to my car). I had a fair amount of line out when I saw a salmon roll not to far away from me. I figured it was the perfect time to fish a dry fly. As I retrieved my line, the Mickey Finn happened to pass in front of the salmon and he grabbed it without hesitation. It was another tough guy. For a lone angler, this pool can be tricky to land a fish, made even more difficult with a long rod and 17' leader. 

He jumped a half dozen times and I was finally able to land him in a small clearing downstream. This fish was a male very similar to my lucky #7 fish from the previous day. He was about 6lbs. and very well conditioned, which probably explains why the fight was as good as it was. His enthusiasm to grab my passing Mickey Finn ruined my dry fly plans, but oh well, I'll take it. 

And that was it for the day...I stayed almost all day and fished a bunch of places. I even hiked to some new water. The salmon I landed earlier was the only salmon I saw. I didn't see any fish jump or roll and I didn't see anyone else hook one. I guess they decided to sulk all day. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. 

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