Saturday, January 22, 2011

Farmington River

We have a June trip planned for the West Branch of the Delaware. Having fished the Roscoe area rivers I am sure the West Branch of the Delaware will far exceed my expectations. For close to 20 years I have been fishing the Farmington River in Connecticut and it has never let me down. I am sure that come June the West Branch will keep drawing us in. Here's to the Farmington River and some of its beautiful brown trout.
Bone Yard Brown on Sulphur

Isonychia Mayfly

My Favorite Side Channel

From the other side of my Favorite Side Channel... Lets not wish our lives away. Spring will be here soon enough. DPorreca

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Breakheart Brook

Jim Less and I headed to the back-country in Arcadia to fish for some wild brook trout. We headed to Breakheart Pond to fish the inlet and outflow of the pond. There were a few ice fishers on the pond enjoying a wonderful sunny day. Jim and I spent a short amount of time at the head of the pond with not much access to deeper pools, from there we headed back to the parking area and fish the outflow; Breakheart Brook. What a wonderful stretch with steeper than normal grades for a small Rhode Island Stream. We felt as if we were fishing a White Mountain stream in NH. We just spent a couple of hours on the stream however it was a splendid winter day. I did manage to land a gorgeous little brook trout around 8 inches. I am sure there were many more in the deep pools. A Hares Ear Tungsten Bead did the trick. Jim and I did witness many enthusiast out enjoying the management area. Was truly nice to see.
Wild Rhode Island Brook Trout on a Sage 7'10" TXL O wt Fly Rod with size #16 Tungsten Hares Ear

The old Dam at Breakheart Brook. Can't but to wonder what this river and 30+ acre pond would be like if this dam was restored to better manage the flow of water. Something to think about.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2011 Walk The Wood River

Today January 2, 2011 20 plus anglers both new and regulars joined River & Riptide Anglers for a walk the Wood River day. We met at the shop for some java and then headed to the Flat River Bridge at the Mid Way parking area in Arcadia. The objective was to get new anglers more comfortable with the Wood River. The walk was about 2+ miles and most of the Wood River was wadeable. Several seasoned anglers joined us and they were very open with sharing their techniques and favorite pools along the Wood. We turned over rocks and exposed many of the aquatic mayflies which reside in the stony vegetation. My assessment is the Wood need a little work with some of the debre that may have fallen into the river however, it is in great shape and we look forward to the 2011 fishing season. Special thank to Bob Hines, Joe & Chris Grenon for assisting with the walk. See you all at Monday night tying.

New Flat River Bridge Under Construction