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Title: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 19, 2019, 09:13 AM
Things are firing up.  The large brown and the bright brown lacked elastomers and had intact adipose fins so likely wild to the river where they were caught.  The rest were eager stockies.

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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: filetandrelease on Apr 19, 2019, 10:50 AM

Very nice Jon  🎣
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Apr 19, 2019, 10:59 AM
Nice work Jon.

Whats next after the long rod for you? Togs? My boats are uncovered and ready to go.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Apr 19, 2019, 11:04 AM
I've been chasing some gold and turning it brown.


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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SalmonAndStriper Stalker on Apr 19, 2019, 01:32 PM
Some real nice fish for the long rod. Fly fishing can be so relaxing.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Apr 19, 2019, 03:15 PM
I've been chasing some gold and turning it brown.


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What are those golden covered fish?  I don't think I've ever seen one like that before.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Apr 19, 2019, 03:16 PM
Things are firing up.  The large brown and the bright brown lacked elastomers and had intact adipose fins so likely wild to the river where they were caught.  The rest were eager stockies.

(https://i.postimg.cc/8fFFVgSp/20190418-193538.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/8fFFVgSp)

(https://i.postimg.cc/8JcchgsR/20190418-191128.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/8JcchgsR)

(https://i.postimg.cc/BPW3trFQ/20190412-164743.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/BPW3trFQ)

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Beautiful fish! 

But what the heck is an "elastomer"?  It sounds vaguely kinky.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Apr 19, 2019, 03:31 PM
Great work Jon. Iíve yet to head down that way. Been focusing on the freestones while the flows allow. Got a nice rainbow in the middle branch of the Westfield this AM n had several other takes.  Itís maybe the most scenic branch IMO.  Stoneflies are the name of the game right now.


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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Apr 19, 2019, 03:33 PM
Fish porn! Very nicely done sir!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 19, 2019, 04:00 PM
Beautiful fish! 

But what the heck is an "elastomer"?  It sounds vaguely kinky.

This should help...

https://www.nmt.us/visible-implant-elastomer/ (https://www.nmt.us/visible-implant-elastomer/)

In CT the stocked trout get an elastomer that allows fishery bios to determine what year it was stocked.  On the farmington its important so they can differentiate trout that reproduced naturally vs. Holdovers. 

Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: icefisher47 on Apr 19, 2019, 04:02 PM
Beautiful fish, Thank you for sharing.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: MattyP123 on Apr 19, 2019, 06:38 PM
This should help...

https://www.nmt.us/visible-implant-elastomer/ (https://www.nmt.us/visible-implant-elastomer/)
That's pretty neat!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 19, 2019, 07:02 PM
Nice job Pat and Mike (I'm ready for Tog, hit me up).  I think they call the bright ones palmino's.

Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SalmonAndStriper Stalker on Apr 19, 2019, 08:49 PM
  I think they call the bright ones palmino's.
Yup. Basically a fancy rainbow
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Apr 21, 2019, 07:50 PM
Palomino it is. Just smoked the last batch for Easter. I'll hit you up. Going to do a test run for tog this week.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 22, 2019, 02:48 PM
Let me know Mike.  Spent a ton of time out Saturday.  Landed a 4/5lb bow and right as we were snapping a pic...did the accidental release.  Was a clean specimen.  Landed probably 20 or so in the rain between 2 rivers.  Most on a #8 rubber legs.

Immediately before hooking up, looks shallow...both sides of those rocks are over the waders!

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Here's the botched bow pic...slippery hands!

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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Apr 25, 2019, 06:12 AM
I will let you know Jon. I fish a similar looking spot as well. That botched rainbow looks like  healthy fish for sure!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Apr 29, 2019, 09:25 AM
Smaller freestones are still fishing good even w all the rain. Hit up the middle branch of the Westfield on Saturday. It SNOWED the majority of the day but the fishing was on. Landed 4 fatty rainbows and missed several others. Big streamers were the ticket and you had to strip them back as fast as possible to entice a hit but the ones that were biting sure didnít miss many meals.


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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Apr 29, 2019, 12:23 PM
This seems like a fitting topic to add too.

Took my long rod out chasing trout this weekend and ended up catching about 20 crappie and 10 blue gills. All of the blue gills were over 9" and 2 of the crappie over 12". Mind you this is in RI (sorry no one exists in the RI forum) and any blue gills over 9" and Crappie over 12" are recognized for an award. Not what I was after originally but my game plan shifted quickly after realizing there was some potential for a ton of action. I must say that I had a blast with these species on a 4wt. These crappie are not at all slabs in my opinion but the blue gills were beasts. In the picture is a 13" crappie and a 10" gill.

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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Apr 29, 2019, 12:38 PM
That's an interesting day with the fly rod.  I've never really targeted warm water species much with my fly rod.  I'm curious what kind of flies and presentation you are using.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 29, 2019, 03:27 PM
Pat what are you waiting for?  I love catching bass, crappie, gills on the fly rod.  Great time and you dont really need to match the hatch at all.

Nice fish btw.  I took a ride to granville but it was ripping.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Apr 29, 2019, 03:49 PM
Pat what are you waiting for?  I love catching bass, crappie, gills on the fly rod.  Great time and you dont really need to match the hatch at all.

Nice fish btw.  I took a ride to granville but it was ripping.

I've given it a couple half hearted attempts but always seem to resort to the spinning gear with those species.  I did get a few bass while I was down in FL but it wasn't too exciting on an 8wt.  In two weeks I'll be down at the cape wrestling with some schoolies on the 6wt with the 8wt on standby if there are larger fish around.  Hopefully we get into them like we did last year at the same time of year.  Goal for me this year is to get a pike on the fly.  I found a few nice spots in the fall where they were eager to hit anything on the surface.  Not sure what kind of leader to use since they were breaking the 40lb fluoro pretty easily.  They inhale whatever they hit on the surface so even the heavy fluoro didn't matter.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: manitron on Apr 29, 2019, 07:22 PM
Smaller freestones are still fishing good even w all the rain. Hit up the middle branch of the Westfield on Saturday. It SNOWED the majority of the day but the fishing was on. Landed 4 fatty rainbows and missed several others. Big streamers were the ticket and you had to strip them back as fast as possible to entice a hit but the ones that were biting sure didnít miss many meals.


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Nice work Pat
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Apr 29, 2019, 09:41 PM
I have 2 great spots for pike with a fly. Let me know if you are around my parts.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Apr 30, 2019, 08:12 AM
Thanks Jon.

Matching the hatch is not very important but they did want a large fly. Thy were not interested in anything small.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 01, 2019, 08:15 PM
Fished a farmington trib this evening.  400 or so cfs for a relatively narrow stream.  Tough tight lining, not a sniff...but only an hr spent.  Saturday the very end of the Farmimgton TMA hit 4000 cfs!

Mike I also have a good pike fly river nearby but my attention is quickly turning to nailing a slob striper on the fly.  Its on the bucket list. 

Pat I think they use tie-able wire for leader when fly fishing for them.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 10, 2019, 07:50 PM
It's been a fun week for these, this one ate this evening and fought like a champ.  Hendricksons all over.  Tomorrow will be fun!


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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: MattyP123 on May 11, 2019, 08:12 AM
 :thumbup_smilie:
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on May 13, 2019, 08:11 AM
Nice work Jon.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 16, 2019, 05:38 AM
Thanks guys.  Got a pile more last night but most were small.  Caddis nymph did the damage.


Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 20, 2019, 08:57 AM
Hammered the trout this weekend.  4 wild browns to boot.  2 of which were very nicely sized!  Landed 30 or so others between sat and sunday.  Mostly on a frenchy.


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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 20, 2019, 09:18 AM
Love those wild browns.  I'm going to try to get down there after work this week now that the days are longer.  I'll shoot ya a text.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 20, 2019, 09:33 AM
I'm ready Pat and we'll go right to the spot I caught those.  Its loaded.  Funny thing is I brought Bogtrotter there too!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on May 20, 2019, 02:53 PM
I can attest it's a gorgeous stretch of water, although (if I recall correctly) we hit it sometime in early to mid April 2018, when it was still running high and cold, so, although we caught a few, it was not as productive as (I suspect) it would be at this time of year.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on May 20, 2019, 03:16 PM
nice work Jon!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 20, 2019, 05:24 PM
I can attest it's a gorgeous stretch of water, although (if I recall correctly) we hit it sometime in early to mid April 2018, when it was still running high and cold, so, although we caught a few, it was not as productive as (I suspect) it would be at this time of year.

I checked old notes and the flow was about the same.  Some changes to how I fish that spot with the flyrod upped the anti.  I think we could revisit it high and cold and do much better. 

Im headed to that pool now...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 21, 2019, 08:20 AM
I checked old notes and the flow was about the same.  Some changes to how I fish that spot with the flyrod upped the anti.  I think we could revisit it high and cold and do much better. 

Im headed to that pool now...

I hope you aren't using a 40 foot mono rig like a lot of the numbers guys do on the Farmy.  Talk about glorified bait fishing.  If you are nymphing with WF floating line then I'll need some pointers.  I refuse to go to a 11-13 foot rod and 40 feet of mono and tippet rings and all that nonsense.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 21, 2019, 08:58 AM
I hope you aren't using a 40 foot mono rig like a lot of the numbers guys do on the Farmy.  Talk about glorified bait fishing.  If you are nymphing with WF floating line then I'll need some pointers.  I refuse to go to a 11-13 foot rod and 40 feet of mono and tippet rings and all that nonsense.

This comment is why I dislike most fly fishermen.  Who cares how someone chooses to catch?  Also why let ideals stop you from adapting to catch fish...when at end of the day pat...fly line, mono rig whatever the goal is to only have tippet under water.  How you deliver the flies changes a little.  If I use a tapered leader and then add 10ft of tipet...same thing.  Either works its just a matter of preference. 

More importantly ALL nymph fishing is glorified bait fishing...and also lets not forget why I fish...to catch.  It stuns me to see so much resistance to doing something that works to catch trout.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 21, 2019, 09:06 AM
This comment is why I dislike most fly fishermen.  Who cares how someone chooses to catch?  Also why let ideals stop you from adapting to catch fish...when at end of the day pat...fly line, mono rig whatever the goal is to only have tippet under water.  How you deliver the flies changes a little.  If I use a tapered leader and then add 10ft of tipet...same thing.  Either works its just a matter of preference. 

More importantly ALL nymph fishing is glorified bait fishing...and also lets not forget why I fish...to catch.  It stuns me to see so much resistance to doing something that works to catch trout.

It is different.  The style that you describe I may adopt but the euro/czech nymphing thing is personal preference.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 21, 2019, 09:50 AM
Keep in mind pat I am not trying to get you to change.  I had a guide tell me I was "cheating" the other day.  I told him he must be bored to consider my fishing before his own. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 21, 2019, 10:18 AM
Keep in mind pat I am not trying to get you to change.  I had a guide tell me I was "cheating" the other day.  I told him he must be bored to consider my fishing before his own.

Funny stuff.  Most guides want to put their clients on fish regardless.  I'm always open to changes but I want to be able to fish a dry and nymph without needing a new rod/reel.

I poked fun at a guide on the housy for euro/czech nymphing and got a similar response to yours.  He likes that it allows newer people to the sport to get more action.  Yet he walks down to the river with multiple rods so he can fish dries and nymphs.  To each their own.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on May 21, 2019, 10:31 AM
This comment is why I dislike most fly fishermen.  Who cares how someone chooses to catch?  Also why let ideals stop you from adapting to catch fish...when at end of the day pat...fly line, mono rig whatever the goal is to only have tippet under water.  How you deliver the flies changes a little.  If I use a tapered leader and then add 10ft of tipet...same thing.  Either works its just a matter of preference. 

More importantly ALL nymph fishing is glorified bait fishing...and also lets not forget why I fish...to catch.  It stuns me to see so much resistance to doing something that works to catch trout.

I agree with this and I think the key word was adapting.

I LOVE jig fishing for bass and just about every other species on this planet. But, I still take 10 rods with me (6 spinning & 4 baitcasters ) when fishing bass tourneys. You ever try chucking a 1/8oz drop shot rig with 45lb braid and a 20lb flouro leader on a baitcaster? It doesnt work. Thats why I also have a spinning reel rigged with 15lb braid and 8lb flouro. Night and day. Same bait different presentation. Do what makes you happy.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 21, 2019, 10:38 AM
We need an on river session asap.  I will do all three techniques.  Ill use a mino rig, Ill use a euro rig, and Ill throw dries...same 5 weight.  It takes one knot to change each system.  I often do fish 2 rods but one is for streamers solely. 

Lately ive been fishing a single 5w.  35ft of OPST 35# to 4 ft of maxima chameleon 15 to my umpqua sighter...single tippet ring then then varying lengths of tippet. 

Mike you are on my wave length.  All systems deliver the flies.  All of the systems work!  Some are easier and require less mending!  Each system can achieve the same results...just done differently.

However...if Pat doesnt mend well I will catch way more!   8)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 21, 2019, 10:50 AM
We need an on river session asap.  I will do all three techniques.  Ill use a mino rig, Ill use a euro rig, and Ill throw dries...same 5 weight.  It takes one knot to change each system.  I often do fish 2 rods but one is for streamers solely. 

Lately ive been fishing a single 5w.  35ft of OPST 35# to 4 ft of maxima chameleon 15 to my umpqua sighter...single tippet ring then then varying lengths of tippet. 

Mike you are on my wave length.  All systems deliver the flies.  All of the systems work!  Some are easier and require less mending!  Each system can achieve the same results...just done differently.

However...if Pat doesnt mend well I will catch way more!   8)

I'm not great at mending but can catch some fish here and there.  I know a lot of guys like the maxima chameleon but just an FYI if you hit it with a UV light it lights up like a christmas tree.  One guide/fly tier that I follow stopped using it once he realized it.  Seems like you wouldn't want that effect on line.  On a fly its an attractant so I'm not sure why they'd design a line that does that.  Right now I'm eyeing up Thursday as a day I think I can get down there after work if you are available.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 21, 2019, 10:54 AM
I agree with this and I think the key word was adapting.

I LOVE jig fishing for bass and just about every other species on this planet. But, I still take 10 rods with me (6 spinning & 4 baitcasters ) when fishing bass tourneys. You ever try chucking a 1/8oz drop shot rig with 45lb braid and a 20lb flouro leader on a baitcaster? It doesnt work. Thats why I also have a spinning reel rigged with 15lb braid and 8lb flouro. Night and day. Same bait different presentation. Do what makes you happy.

I've never used a baitcaster so I couldn't tell you.   :P  At this point I should just tie a line to a stick I'm such a neanderthal.  LOL
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 21, 2019, 10:57 AM
Thursday may work and yes you are a cave man.  I will show you what I'm working with...Ill have a entire rig setup for you as well.  Use it as desired. 

As a side note the guy I picked up this rig from successfully fishes dry dropper rigs on it all the time.  I haven't gotten their yet.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SalmonAndStriper Stalker on May 21, 2019, 12:16 PM
I'm so new and oblivious to fly fishing I put a 4x tippett on a 4wt and a pheasant tail and slowly strip it in. Or I will toss a dry and let it drift. I need to learn the art of it more.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on May 21, 2019, 12:25 PM
I'm so new and oblivious to fly fishing I put a 4x tippett on a 4wt and a pheasant tail and slowly strip it in. Or I will toss a dry and let it drift. I need to learn the art of it more.

You just need to tag along with someone that knows what they are doing. I am not even close to a pro but I was self taught years ago. I then tagged along with a new buddy and learned even more. Sometimes you have to keep at it to figure things out on your own but sometimes you just need to stand back, watch and learn. feels good when it all comes together. Catching fish is a whole other thing. Great way to start is panfish to get your casts, and hook set timing down. I will be targeting some smallies in a few weeks with my 4wt, that will be fun!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 21, 2019, 12:51 PM
You just need to tag along with someone that knows what they are doing. I am not even close to a pro but I was self taught years ago. I then tagged along with a new buddy and learned even more. Sometimes you have to keep at it to figure things out on your own but sometimes you just need to stand back, watch and learn. feels good when it all comes together. Catching fish is a whole other thing. Great way to start is panfish to get your casts, and hook set timing down. I will be targeting some smallies in a few weeks with my 4wt, that will be fun!

Yup, I've pretty much taught myself through forums like this and reading online.  By going on trips with friends to various place I've met plenty of people who have taught me a lot but never really had a "mentor" and my father isn't one for fishing.  I've been lucky enough to be able to use a friends hunting camp up near the Salmon River and two other gentlemen were there when we arrive.  Come to find out they are quite possibly two of the best fisherman I've met.  The senior (both named john) was a guide for many many year so he's taught me a lot but those two consistently out fish the rest of us, doesn't matter if we are striper fishing or trout fishing, they can straight up catch fish.  Now that I think about it I've met some great people because of this sports.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 21, 2019, 01:48 PM
I learned fly fishing at 7 and was very much into it.  Read and studied it all.  Tied thousands of patterns.  Got out of it and back into it.  Bit of a learning curve for sure. 

Any of you want to meet up on the farmington by all means come learn along with me.  Just have an open mind and willingness to catch. 

Read Dynamic Nymphing by George Daniels!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 22, 2019, 08:31 AM
I learned fly fishing at 7 and was very much into it.  Read and studied it all.  Tied thousands of patterns.  Got out of it and back into it.  Bit of a learning curve for sure. 

Any of you want to meet up on the farmington by all means come learn along with me.  Just have an open mind and willingness to catch. 

Read Dynamic Nymphing by George Daniels!

Someone's been in UpCountry lately.... ;D
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 22, 2019, 08:36 AM
Someone's been in UpCountry lately.... ;D

I mean there really is no other spot.  Granted I didn't learn about that book from them...but they have thousands of my dollars...

Only one brown last night....16-17" fought hard. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 22, 2019, 08:44 AM
Sadly it is probably the closest fly shop to me as well.  BG has some decent flies but they jacked up the prices on them so I don't really go there much anymore.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 22, 2019, 10:01 AM
Upcountry isnt cheap either and while I use to enjoy tying...id rather spend the money and fish more.  The tungsten perdigons are costing me.  Let me know about Thursday.  If you are not available I'm sticking to taking my sales team to happy hour.  If we fish...that can wait!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 22, 2019, 11:38 AM
Upcountry isnt cheap either and while I use to enjoy tying...id rather spend the money and fish more.  The tungsten perdigons are costing me.  Let me know about Thursday.  If you are not available I'm sticking to taking my sales team to happy hour.  If we fish...that can wait!

I enjoy tying but I'm just not efficient enough to keep up with the amount of flies that I lose and unless I'm following a video I can only tie a handful of patterns.  It is a winter thing for me.  Helps keep me sane when it gets dark at 4-5.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 22, 2019, 01:01 PM
Yes.  Losing flies.  I do that a LOT.  First move that allowed me to catch more.  Risk the nymphs to rocks all day. 

Soon though...June.  Sulphur soft hackles.  I won't be fishing a mono rig for those.  Nice long casts and swings!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 23, 2019, 08:14 AM
Another doz or so last night.  Nothing crazy big.  Just lots of fun.  Same fly combo that ive been using.  The frenchy is killing it.


(https://i.postimg.cc/Pp0kTc7V/20190522-190655.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Pp0kTc7V)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 23, 2019, 08:37 AM
Nice work Jon. I finally had a few hours to fish after work so headed up to the west branch.  Got my first dry fly trout of the year. It was a chunky rainbow. Tons of caddis coming off the water n she crushed my hornberg. Moved downstream and got a nice brookie on a ausable ugly.

Forgot my net so the pics arenít great.


(https://i.postimg.cc/7CwKCjHX/CED64-B77-4-D1-C-408-B-BA00-99-B4-A2362464.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/7CwKCjHX)

(https://i.postimg.cc/0M3GC4sT/F821-FA89-8-E43-4-F63-AEFE-9-CCE833-FC943.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/0M3GC4sT)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 23, 2019, 09:43 AM
Likewise Pat.  See you tonight!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on May 23, 2019, 11:28 AM
Nice work Pat.

Have fun tonight guys!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 23, 2019, 02:13 PM
Nice work Pat.

Have fun tonight guys!

Thanks Mike! 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 24, 2019, 07:46 AM
Good night of fly fishing.  Nice to catch up Pat.  Next time I think it would be wise to avoid a pool I've been hammering for a week.  At least you know a new spot though! 

Now its time for stripers...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 24, 2019, 08:51 AM
Good night of fly fishing.  Nice to catch up Pat.  Next time I think it would be wise to avoid a pool I've been hammering for a week.  At least you know a new spot though! 

Now its time for stripers...

Yup always nice to catch up.  Too bad the fish didn't cooperate more but we got a few to hand.  Once the freestones get too low I'll be doing more exploring down that way.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 24, 2019, 10:27 AM
Hit me up if you want company.  Perhaps granville is in order?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 24, 2019, 11:17 AM
Hit me up if you want company.  Perhaps granville is in order?

Even the MA section of the farmy drops like a rock.  Been seeing good reports from there.  I also want to hit the Housy now that its come down.  I like the fact that you can get into smallies there too.  10 inch smallie will fight like a 20 inch rainbow.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 29, 2019, 07:35 PM
Friday evening fished for 4 hours.  Landed 20.  Mix of bows, browns and brookies.  All tight lining.  I had a giant bow on for quite a long time...probably 8-10lbs.  I was doing well getting it to circle around me and then made a huge mistake....I tried to move it into soft water...got too close to the fast water and that bow took off never to be seen again.  Better is we got the entire battle on tape so I can kick myself in the mid section repeatedly about that mistake.

I fished this evening.  I was not focused and fished horribly.  Poor choice of pools, bad fly selection, crappy haphazard drifts and best...no trout.  Win some, lose some! 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on May 29, 2019, 07:46 PM
Friday evening fished for 4 hours.  Landed 20.  Mix of bows, browns and brookies. 

20 trout in 4 hours are some incredible numbers.  Even with your skunking on your next outing, you're still way ahead of the game.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 29, 2019, 09:03 PM
20 trout in 4 hours are some incredible numbers.  Even with your skunking on your next outing, you're still way ahead of the game.

Jim some of these fish were recently stocked, couple wild and some holdovers.  It was the third best outing for numbers on the fly rod this season....granted what I am after are the big wild browns.  Which are reasonably elusive.  The bycatch of stockies, some large is a nice treat while I continue to learn the subtleties of how those wild browns work.  One of about 24" was recently landed!  I want that! 

The other night, the pool where you caught that rainbow was boiling with trout feasting off what appeared to be the surface....turns out it was caddis pupae. Apparently some of the better anglers are landing 30-40 a day drifting those flies.



Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on May 30, 2019, 09:54 AM
Friday evening fished for 4 hours.  Landed 20.  Mix of bows, browns and brookies.  All tight lining.  I had a giant bow on for quite a long time...probably 8-10lbs.  I was doing well getting it to circle around me and then made a huge mistake....I tried to move it into soft water...got too close to the fast water and that bow took off never to be seen again.  Better is we got the entire battle on tape so I can kick myself in the mid section repeatedly about that mistake.

I fished this evening.  I was not focused and fished horribly.  Poor choice of pools, bad fly selection, crappy haphazard drifts and best...no trout.  Win some, lose some!

Sometimes losing makes winning so much better.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 30, 2019, 10:14 AM
Right on Mike! 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on May 30, 2019, 01:42 PM
Where to this weekend Jon?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 30, 2019, 01:47 PM
Where to this weekend Jon?

Saturday is open. Sunday meeting up with Bogtrotter to do a tour of his neighborhood in search of willing trout. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 30, 2019, 02:26 PM
Saturday is open. Sunday meeting up with Bogtrotter to do a tour of his neighborhood in search of willing trout.

Don't be afraid to strip buggers on those freestones and although I've never fished the rivers he frequents, that caddis pupa you were talking about should work well also.  Tons of caddis on the freestones in that area.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 30, 2019, 02:50 PM
Don't be afraid to strip buggers on those freestones and although I've never fished the rivers he frequents, that caddis pupa you were talking about should work well also.  Tons of caddis on the freestones in that area.

Good advise Pat.  I have a ton of sculpin patterns I can toss as well.  Worse comes to worse Ill do an egg up top and a rubber legs below and slam those stockies.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 30, 2019, 07:41 PM
Tonight was better but not by much.  I landed 2.  One was around 20" and wild.  I went to take a pic and broke my tippet.  I guess I need a net!  Perdigon on point did nothing, red dart on the tag got smoked. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on May 31, 2019, 08:27 AM
Nice work Jon.

Great report.

This forum has completely slowed down. Either people are fishing (which is a great thing) or people have moved on. Seem's like the same 10 guys on here.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SalmonAndStriper Stalker on May 31, 2019, 08:45 AM

This forum has completely slowed down. Either people are fishing (which is a great thing) or people have moved on. Seem's like the same 10 guys on here.
This is true but at least this forum is pure fishing it seems all the other ones talk about politics and weed and everything besides fishing.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 31, 2019, 11:37 AM
Thanks.  I think im skipping the evening hatch to drag myself to the ditch...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on May 31, 2019, 12:17 PM
Thanks.  I think im skipping the evening hatch to drag myself to the ditch...

That's more like it!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 31, 2019, 12:35 PM
That's more like it!

Last weekend was no bueno...someone spot burned me.  Upset.  Going solo and meeting with local buddies.  Ill never show another person around the canal ever again.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on May 31, 2019, 02:16 PM
Last weekend was no bueno...someone spot burned me.  Upset.  Going solo and meeting with local buddies.  Ill never show another person around the canal ever again.

That blows big time. Sorry to hear that man. You give some people an inch and they take a mile.

Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 31, 2019, 04:32 PM
That blows big time. Sorry to hear that man. You give some people an inch and they take a mile.

If I say hey Mike heres my deal I am very concerned about the pressures stripers face so keep it between us id expect you to understand.  Im not insecure about my spots and can travel anywhere I want to chase them...just a respect/loyalty thing.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SalmonAndStriper Stalker on May 31, 2019, 09:54 PM
Last weekend was no bueno...someone spot burned me.  Upset.  Going solo and meeting with local buddies.  Ill never show another person around the canal ever again.
Had that happen to a couple of holes I like to fish. It blows big time. I may probe around the canal Saturday night sunday morning if the seabass dont tire me out too much.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Jun 01, 2019, 02:39 AM
If I say hey Mike heres my deal I am very concerned about the pressures stripers face so keep it between us id expect you to understand.  Im not insecure about my spots and can travel anywhere I want to chase them...just a respect/loyalty thing.

Respect is they key word. I get tips and give tips but it's never someone else's tip.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 01, 2019, 07:39 AM
Respect is they key word. I get tips and give tips but it's never someone else's tip.

Just the tip.  Ha!  I just got back.  Some fish on the east end but not for me.  Time to hit the river before I lose steam.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 01, 2019, 09:23 PM
Well.  I took some extra effort to get to a piece of Farmington I've wanted to fish for years.  What a pay off.  3 hours of bow after bow.  With a few wild browns and brookies mixed in.  Nothing huge but certainly takes the sting out of a canal skunking.


(https://i.postimg.cc/PptsJJQD/20190601-103526.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/PptsJJQD)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 10, 2019, 10:05 PM
Took a walk in the rain this evening.  Caught 7 to 8 brookies, a few bows and browns too.  Nothing huge.  Good sulfur hatch helped.  Fish were hitting almost every drift. 

(https://i.postimg.cc/bZYBwzbz/20190610-190451.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/bZYBwzbz)

(https://i.postimg.cc/dhWS7zmG/20190610-191031.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/dhWS7zmG)

Interesting bit of karma...I sunk a #14 in my index finger releasing a fish.  If it had a barb I would have had a bad time.  Thankfully it was barb less.  Thought that was worth noting.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Jun 11, 2019, 07:16 AM
Interesting bit of karma...I sunk a #14 in my index finger releasing a fish.  If it had a barb I would have had a bad time.  Thankfully it was barb less.  Thought that was worth noting.

Ouch!  Glad you got the hook out without any problems - - and caught a few fish too.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 11, 2019, 08:24 AM
I had the afternoon off yesterday and hit up the east and main branch of the Westfield. Not tons of bug activity but figured the fish would be active before the storms. Ended up w 2 brookies, 2 bows and a nice brown. Brown was a beauty.


(https://i.postimg.cc/qg7VpLpW/45-CE13-A1-DF30-45-EF-AC06-888-CCA236548.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/qg7VpLpW)

(https://i.postimg.cc/5QyZpxPf/74-EF9-BCF-C1-A1-4-BE1-96-D0-5409-E4-E342-CE.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/5QyZpxPf)

(https://i.postimg.cc/BLMrx8Bh/F924-B3-CE-797-E-48-FE-9394-87579-A07-CB9-B.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/BLMrx8Bh)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 11, 2019, 08:56 AM
That is a beautiful brown Pat.  Nice work!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 11, 2019, 09:02 AM
That is a beautiful brown Pat.  Nice work!

Thanks.  I actually tied on a dropper loop and got it on a wire bodied stonefly above my bugger.  Barely felt it hit but saw a fish move so I set the hook and game on.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 11, 2019, 10:20 AM
Thanks.  I actually tied on a dropper loop and got it on a wire bodied stonefly above my bugger.  Barely felt it hit but saw a fish move so I set the hook and game on.

Yesterday in the rain, seeing the flash was the name of the game!  I'm going to hit it after work.  The sulfur hatch is outstanding.  Ive been doing a lot of work with a perdigon on point with a Frenchy on the tag.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 11, 2019, 08:05 PM
Big bows this evening.  Broke of a giant brown trying to grab its tail...probably about 20".  Time for a net.

(https://i.postimg.cc/jL62vv7G/20190611-193244.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/jL62vv7G)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: The Jigger on Jun 11, 2019, 11:11 PM
Took a walk in the rain this evening.  Caught 7 to 8 brookies, a few bows and browns too.  Nothing huge.  Good sulfur hatch helped.  Fish were hitting almost every drift. 

(https://i.postimg.cc/bZYBwzbz/20190610-190451.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/bZYBwzbz)

(https://i.postimg.cc/dhWS7zmG/20190610-191031.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/dhWS7zmG)

Interesting bit of karma...I sunk a #14 in my index finger releasing a fish.  If it had a barb I would have had a bad time.  Thankfully it was barb less.  Thought that was worth noting.

Nice catch Jon.
Sinking that barbless #14 is like what I do when I check my blood sugar every morning.LOL
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 12, 2019, 05:43 AM
Nice catch Jon.
Sinking that barbless #14 is like what I do when I check my blood sugar every morning.LOL

Good to hear from you brother!  I just changed my entire diet to hopefully avoid that routine!

Hope you've been well.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Jun 12, 2019, 08:16 AM
Big bows this evening.  Broke of a giant brown trying to grab its tail...probably about 20".  Time for a net.

(https://i.postimg.cc/jL62vv7G/20190611-193244.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/jL62vv7G)

LMAO! I see what you did there.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 12, 2019, 09:35 AM
LMAO! I see what you did there.

What's that?  The hold?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Jun 12, 2019, 10:35 AM
"time for a net" another thread going on that subject in the NH board.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 14, 2019, 05:44 AM
Great fishing last night...easy 24 or so landed. 
(https://i.postimg.cc/56c5j729/20190613-182355.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/56c5j729)

Despite a crazy sulphur hatch I stayed sub surface and was rewarded over and over.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 16, 2019, 01:43 PM
Red loctite is cleats best friend!


(https://i.postimg.cc/94kwDnsY/20190616-131401.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/94kwDnsY)

(https://i.postimg.cc/qhnqzMsp/20190616-131344.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/qhnqzMsp)

Yesterday was another double digit day:


(https://i.postimg.cc/jWndFdky/20190615-103053.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/jWndFdky)


(https://i.postimg.cc/mhyMw89B/20190615-103524.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/mhyMw89B)


(https://i.postimg.cc/XrmyJPRc/20190615-104626.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/XrmyJPRc)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Jun 16, 2019, 03:52 PM
Tremendous numbers!  Nice pix too.

Happy Father's Day, from one father to another.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 16, 2019, 08:02 PM
Tremendous numbers!  Nice pix too.

Happy Father's Day, from one father to another.

Thank you Jim and right back at you.  Another dozen this evening.  The last few on dries! 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 18, 2019, 08:34 AM
Personal best Brookie and an amazing sunset.  Insane bite.  Fished 6 to 8 landed over 30...mix of brookies, browns and bows. 
 
This one broke my previous pb.

(https://i.postimg.cc/wRQr9NMp/20190617-180936.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/wRQr9NMp)

Then is bigger friend showed himself.

(https://i.postimg.cc/rRjfBLZy/20190617-184604.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/rRjfBLZy)


(https://i.postimg.cc/phx74kVZ/20190617-202800.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/phx74kVZ)

I really need a net for pics...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 18, 2019, 09:38 AM
Great pics Jon.  You fishing around where you brought me or venturing out to new spots?  Seems like they stocked a lot of brookies this year, both MA and CT.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 18, 2019, 10:08 AM
Great pics Jon.  You fishing around where you brought me or venturing out to new spots?  Seems like they stocked a lot of brookies this year, both MA and CT.

18 miles or so south.  Iso's coming off so they are moving a bit to nab the nymphs.  Starting to get the instant hookups when the flies land.  Iso's move fast when they hatch so the trout have been supercharged!  Many of the brookies Ive caught are lacking the elastomers so either are wild to the farmington or the elastomer fell out.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 18, 2019, 11:14 AM
18 miles or so south.  Iso's coming off so they are moving a bit to nab the nymphs.  Starting to get the instant hookups when the flies land.  Iso's move fast when they hatch so the trout have been supercharged!  Many of the brookies Ive caught are lacking the elastomers so either are wild to the farmington or the elastomer fell out.

I've been seeing others on social media catching huge ones as well.  Almost seems the further south you go in CT, the more wild trout there are, especially brookies.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 18, 2019, 11:31 AM
What's a social media?   :)

Ill be out this evening after work.  The bite should be exceptional.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 18, 2019, 11:36 AM
What's a social media?   :)

Ill be out this evening after work.  The bite should be exceptional.

Midweek fishing has been tough for me lately.  You get out trolling at all?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 18, 2019, 11:54 AM
Midweek fishing has been tough for me lately.  You get out trolling at all?

Na I have neglected to use my boat at all.  My 9.8 tohatsu 4 stroke is for sale.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 19, 2019, 07:48 AM
Yesterday was a good night albeit a bit wet.


(https://i.postimg.cc/yk8MnVPV/20190618-190137.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/yk8MnVPV)

(https://i.postimg.cc/47GMcZyR/20190618-190426.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/47GMcZyR)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 20, 2019, 07:53 AM
Yesterday was ok.  Fished new water and was rewarded with some fat rainbows and a pair of wild browns.  Watch out for elitism from the dry fly crowd.  They can be very overbearing.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 22, 2019, 09:50 AM
Off to the battenkill tomorrow.  :)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Jun 22, 2019, 05:46 PM
Off to the battenkill tomorrow.  :)

The VT or NY stretch?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 22, 2019, 09:17 PM
The VT or NY stretch?

NY.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 23, 2019, 07:57 PM
We drifted 4-5 miles of the river...6 browns for me.  One large one that took me downriver quite a ways!

(https://i.postimg.cc/dkBWptQF/20190623-110120.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/dkBWptQF)


(https://i.postimg.cc/tZXk3Q3M/20190623-110043.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/tZXk3Q3M)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Jun 23, 2019, 08:48 PM
Nice looking fish! 

It sounds like you covered quite a bit of water.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 24, 2019, 08:20 AM
Beautiful fish Jon.  Curious what you drifted in?  Was it a fiberglass/aluminum drift boat a raft style?  I've been looking at raft style ones but they sure aren't cheap.

Canal was no fun this weekend.  Spent about 20 hours on the water and I saw two 20 inch fish landed.  Amazing how the crowds thin out as soon as the reports calm down.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 24, 2019, 08:45 AM
This Pat:


(https://i.postimg.cc/yJNvcYfJ/20190623-131918.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/yJNvcYfJ)

Nucanoe. Worked well.  Very difficult river to fish and wade.  Lots of it looks fishy but only certain spots hold them.  Overall there's a lack of structure and few bugs.  Saw only one rise.  Despite reports of them taking small nymphs the #8 rubber legs was the ticket.

Heard the fishing there froze up.  Nature of the beast.  10 years ago there was always bass there.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 24, 2019, 09:16 AM
Very neat.  I never really use my kayak in river systems.  I might need to give it a try.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SalmonAndStriper Stalker on Jun 24, 2019, 09:19 AM
Canal was no fun this weekend.  Spent about 20 hours on the water and I saw two 20 inch fish landed.  Amazing how the crowds thin out as soon as the reports calm down.
Spent close to 20 hours on the canal since Friday and Friday was the last day with fish caught. Lost a nice one Friday evening.  Saturday morning shoulder to shoulder and my buddy next to me got one around 20lbs on a jig. Only fish caught out of the 200 people I could personally see on Saturday. Sunday was nonexistent.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 24, 2019, 10:08 AM
Spent close to 20 hours on the canal since Friday and Friday was the last day with fish caught. Lost a nice one Friday evening.  Saturday morning shoulder to shoulder and my buddy next to me got one around 20lbs on a jig. Only fish caught out of the 200 people I could personally see on Saturday. Sunday was nonexistent.

Guess the west end blew up on Saturday morning, like 430-8, but obviously I was closer to the other end.  I fish it when I'm heading that way so hopefully I can time it right next time.  Not to high jack the thread but I'd advise staying away from St. Croix Mojo Surf Rods.  My buddy was using one rated from 2-6oz and threw a 5oz jig to only have his rod snap right in half.  The top half went flying in the water.  It looked like it broke where the bottom section of the rod starts and the top section begins.  That's the 5th one I know of breaking in the last 2 years.  Just an FYI for those looking for a surf rod.  Things are garbage IMO.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SalmonAndStriper Stalker on Jun 24, 2019, 10:22 AM
Guess the west end blew up on Saturday morning, like 430-8, but obviously I was closer to the other end.
Well I can tell you that is a lie. I was fishing from the rr bridge to the bourne bridge cape side from 2 to 8 am saturday and nothing but small bluefish eating plastics and that 1 20lb out of all those people.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 24, 2019, 10:35 AM
Guess the west end blew up on Saturday morning, like 430-8, but obviously I was closer to the other end.  I fish it when I'm heading that way so hopefully I can time it right next time.  Not to high jack the thread but I'd advise staying away from St. Croix Mojo Surf Rods.  My buddy was using one rated from 2-6oz and threw a 5oz jig to only have his rod snap right in half.  The top half went flying in the water.  It looked like it broke where the bottom section of the rod starts and the top section begins.  That's the 5th one I know of breaking in the last 2 years.  Just an FYI for those looking for a surf rod.  Things are garbage IMO.

6th.  Same thing happened to a buddy.  I told him not to buy it and he did anyways.  Hate to say I told you so moment. 

Anyways...after fishing the Battenkill and being rather frustrated despite positive results I fished from 5-8 on the farmington and tightline bows browns and brookies.  Landed roughly 15 but nothing huge.

Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Jun 24, 2019, 12:14 PM
Nice work guys.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: filetandrelease on Jun 24, 2019, 01:00 PM

 Really nice brown Jon 👍
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 24, 2019, 01:56 PM
Thanks guys!  It was a pain to get him.  1200 cfs waist deep...almost knocked myself over just to stand close enough to the current break he was in.   :)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 30, 2019, 03:21 PM
Next generation...we got out in the afternoon.  The town pond was lackluster and only had some bass follow.  Gills where nowhere to be found.

(https://i.postimg.cc/hfkWtLx1/20190630-153748.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/hfkWtLx1)

It took some waiting but an average afternoon of 4 trout turned into over a dozen when the iso hatch kicked in.

(https://i.postimg.cc/yDRPF8PR/20190630-202357.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/yDRPF8PR)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: trophyhntr on Jul 01, 2019, 06:59 AM
well that's not good to hear. I have a st Croix on its 3rd year now at the canal. but its rated 3-8 so hopefully it'll hold up better
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: trophyhntr on Jul 01, 2019, 07:03 AM
the first rod I bought for down there was a tsunami, not sure on the model but it was around 150-$200. it didn't even last one trip.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Jul 01, 2019, 08:33 AM
Nice work Jon!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 01, 2019, 10:21 AM
Nice work Jon!

Thank you Mike!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jul 01, 2019, 10:44 AM
the first rod I bought for down there was a tsunami, not sure on the model but it was around 150-$200. it didn't even last one trip.

I've got the lowest price Tsunami they have (triumph I believe) and I'm on about my 7th year using it.  Its a haul from here so its only used a dozen times a year at the most but its held up to fish to 45lbs and countless snags in the darn rocks.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jul 01, 2019, 10:48 AM
Nice job Jon.  I unsuccessfully tried in MA on both Saturday and Sunday evening.  Saturday I broke off a big fish in the Chesterfield gorge but it was the only one I hooked.  I moved down stream and couldn't believe the amount of trout rising but I tried everything in my box and couldn't get them to hit.  Soft hackles, emergers, dries, nymphs and they just weren't interested in what I had to offer.  Sunday I went back and there wasn't a fish to be found.  The flow had dropped and I think they went elsewhere.  Either that or the beaver or swimmers put them down.  Westfield branches are low so I'll prob be transitioning to tailwaters.  Smallies are already showing up.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 01, 2019, 12:34 PM
Some smallies by me as well.  They were slamming both iso's and sulphurs. I stayed subsurface and caught most of them on a caddis nymph.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 01, 2019, 09:04 PM
No hatch tonight and a much slower but satisfying bite.  Fished 2 miles or so...landed 19 nothing huge.  Couple of really nice looking brookies. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jul 02, 2019, 08:39 AM
No hatch tonight and a much slower but satisfying bite.  Fished 2 miles or so...landed 19 nothing huge.  Couple of really nice looking brookies.

Odd they were hatching up near Riverton.  I got out for a little over an hour.  Needed to get out after a brutal monday at work.  Got some small rainbows on CDC emergers.  Switched to streamers and had a huge brown follow my fly but wouldn't commit.  Same spot I broke off that monster last year.  He might be a permanent resident of that area.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 02, 2019, 10:52 AM
Odd they were hatching up near Riverton.  I got out for a little over an hour.  Needed to get out after a brutal monday at work.  Got some small rainbows on CDC emergers.  Switched to streamers and had a huge brown follow my fly but wouldn't commit.  Same spot I broke off that monster last year.  He might be a permanent resident of that area.

Im all done with up there until fall.  The numbers where I have been fishing have been 15-20 a night.  Hard pressed to get action like that where you fished. Bailing from work early to take advantage of the cloud cover.  Got a little crazy and have 40 tungsten jig flies on the way.  Ordered some higa sos's that I am excited to try.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jul 02, 2019, 11:29 AM
Im all done with up there until fall.  The numbers where I have been fishing have been 15-20 a night.  Hard pressed to get action like that where you fished. Bailing from work early to take advantage of the cloud cover.  Got a little crazy and have 40 tungsten jig flies on the way.  Ordered some higa sos's that I am excited to try.

Yeah if I have time I head further downstream but I'd rather have 30 more minutes of fishing versus driving.  Still tons of fish up that way from what I'm used so I'll take it.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 02, 2019, 02:08 PM
Yeah if I have time I head further downstream but I'd rather have 30 more minutes of fishing versus driving.  Still tons of fish up that way from what I'm used so I'll take it.


So funny.  That's why I fished south because I didn't have to commute home burning time.  Now that changes in early August.  Moving.  Will be 10 mins from the Housatonic fly fishing zone. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Jul 02, 2019, 02:22 PM


So funny.  That's why I fished south because I didn't have to commute home burning time.  Now that changes in early August.  Moving.  Will be 10 mins from the Housatonic fly fishing zone.

Your moving out even further west huh? Closer to them lakers I like it!  :P
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 02, 2019, 06:33 PM
Your moving out even further west huh? Closer to them lakers I like it!  :P

Further away from the masses, yes.  Further from the lakers but thats alright. Ill take a longer drive to have peace and quiet.

Out this evening.  Double digits so far.  Grabbing a sandwich now and then back at it until sunset.  One large brown ran me across the river and hung the tag.  Oh well.  Yesterday I hung my point fly and the tag got smoked and the trout pulled the point fly out.  Win some, lose some.

Last fish of the evening was a giant sucker.  Shame because I thought I hooked a massive brown!


(https://i.postimg.cc/v1XhgSc5/20190702-182658.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/v1XhgSc5)

(https://i.postimg.cc/tZMzDZdT/20190702-172837.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/tZMzDZdT)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 10, 2019, 09:32 PM
Another solid evening.

(https://i.postimg.cc/SXvBkkp0/20190710-200202.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/SXvBkkp0)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Jul 11, 2019, 07:57 AM
Well done!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 11, 2019, 10:36 AM
Thanks Mike!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jul 11, 2019, 11:00 AM
Thats a beauty Jon.  I can't seem to get the big ones to hit something on the surface.  Got a small bow and decent brookie on a white CDC emerger.  Threw a solid 10 different dries and they'd only hit the emerger once I twitched under the surface.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 11, 2019, 01:12 PM
Thats a beauty Jon.  I can't seem to get the big ones to hit something on the surface.  Got a small bow and decent brookie on a white CDC emerger.  Threw a solid 10 different dries and they'd only hit the emerger once I twitched under the surface.

You and I both!  Why I have stuck with the euro nymphing...I suck at dries. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Jul 11, 2019, 09:18 PM
Nice brookie.  But I like the brown even more.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 11, 2019, 09:45 PM
Nice brookie.  But I like the brown even more.

Me too Jim.  I appreciated that fish after having done the same drift quite a few times with one fly, I switched and boom a couple drifts later he smashed it.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: icefisher47 on Jul 12, 2019, 08:32 AM
Beautiful fish, Canít wait for my surgeries to be over so I can try and learn how to fly fish.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 12, 2019, 10:00 AM
Beautiful fish, Canít wait for my surgeries to be over so I can try and learn how to fly fish.

Let me know happy to help.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 28, 2019, 08:31 AM
Fished 3am until 3pm yesterday.  Caught many fish.  Two were memorable:

Wild both in nature and how it fought:


(https://i.postimg.cc/K4CZnQBf/20190727-092628.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/K4CZnQBf)

Then mid-afternoon I broke off on a rather large brown fishing 6x, so I switched to 5x and landed this a few minutes later, Not wild but large!

(https://i.postimg.cc/dhqgdTHn/20190727-123614.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/dhqgdTHn)

There was also a hot clam bite:

(https://i.postimg.cc/PL6LhZc7/20190727-093519.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/PL6LhZc7)

*I had thought throwing giant mice flies in the dark was more of a novelty....I was wrong.  Buddy I fished with landed a brown over 20" last night.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Jul 28, 2019, 07:00 PM
Nice job.  I particularly like the "clam bite."

I've caught mussels on bait, but never on a fly.  Nice going.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: manitron on Jul 29, 2019, 07:43 AM
Beautiful fish Jon. Nice work.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Jul 29, 2019, 08:25 AM
Nice work Jon!

Did you boil or steam the clam?!?!! HAhaha
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 29, 2019, 09:48 AM
That was my buddy.  He's an expert clam catcher!

Thanks guys.  Turns out the new rod was worth the money spent!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Aug 01, 2019, 09:00 AM
New adventures in long rodding.  Mousing.  It works and I had a photo worthy participant on last night...that was lost after a brief battle.  Boy do they try to kill these things.  0/3 on hookups last night after a couple of hours.


(https://i.postimg.cc/gLzc2n8V/20190731-204854.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/gLzc2n8V)

(https://i.postimg.cc/CdhwDnnD/20190731-204528.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/CdhwDnnD)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Aug 01, 2019, 10:31 AM
Nice job getting out there. I am sure we will see a photo soon.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Aug 01, 2019, 02:28 PM

Interesting.  I have heard of mousing, but never seen it in action.

On a fly (?)/lure (?) (neither term sounds quite right) that big, I imagine whatever fish that would try to hit it would have to be huge.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Aug 01, 2019, 02:59 PM
The first trout I hooked last night stopped my 5w dead in its tracks.  Smaller trout will hit at them depending on the size.  The ones I am after are in the 18-20" class.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Aug 01, 2019, 03:43 PM
The first trout I hooked last night stopped my 5w dead in its tracks.  Smaller trout will hit at them depending on the size.  The ones I am after are in the 18-20" class.

Prob that same SOB thats broken my line twice now.  If the water is warmer the stockers will hit mice in the middle of the day.

http://flyfishingcts.blogspot.com/2019/03/mouse-eaters-and-salamander-larvae.html (http://flyfishingcts.blogspot.com/2019/03/mouse-eaters-and-salamander-larvae.html)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Aug 01, 2019, 03:55 PM
Prob that same SOB thats broken my line twice now.  If the water is warmer the stockers will hit mice in the middle of the day.

http://flyfishingcts.blogspot.com/2019/03/mouse-eaters-and-salamander-larvae.html (http://flyfishingcts.blogspot.com/2019/03/mouse-eaters-and-salamander-larvae.html)

Going off topic a bit, but I have become a big fan of that blog westernmas, and thanks a bunch for letting us know about it!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Aug 01, 2019, 04:00 PM
On the mouse bite, my motherís cousin lives in northern Idaho, and Iíve just found out heís quite the fisherman. Talking to him the other week he told me about his experience ďmousingĒ where he lives and in AK where lived years ago. Between this thread, and his comments I think Iím going to have to give it a try.

He did also mention that under the right conditions he has a mouse pattern and technique he said is killer during mid day. He said he saw one get mowed down by a trout, copied the color and movement and he stumbled upon a repeatable pattern.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Aug 01, 2019, 04:02 PM
In between I use big sculpin patterns that dont sink much past the surface film.  They get smoked.  Ill be out for a bit tonight! 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Aug 01, 2019, 04:19 PM
Going off topic a bit, but I have become a big fan of that blog westernmas, and thanks a bunch for letting us know about it!

No Problem!  He might not even be of legal drinking age and I've learned a ton from him.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Aug 01, 2019, 08:10 PM
Its cold in the water tonight.  Needs to be darker.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Aug 09, 2019, 07:49 AM
Did a little night fishing yesterday. I was rewarded with one possibly wild brown.


(https://i.postimg.cc/0r4ND9Zv/CF16-E6-D9-5-ED3-4-BEA-8-F66-9-E449-B8-D60-D2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/0r4ND9Zv)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Aug 09, 2019, 07:54 AM
Nice work Pat!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Aug 09, 2019, 09:48 AM
Great job Pat.  About an hour before you started I ended in that spot with a decent rainbow.  Euro nymphing has been a bit more difficult lately with the smaller bugs. Still picking away at them but the double digit evenings have been replaced by 2-5 fish. 


(https://i.postimg.cc/H8tLcsvj/20190808-184119.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/H8tLcsvj)

(https://i.postimg.cc/tsc4Vckd/20190808-170113.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/tsc4Vckd)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Aug 09, 2019, 02:52 PM
...mousing to commence 2am Saturday morning.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Aug 13, 2019, 11:46 AM
CHOMP!


(https://i.postimg.cc/MfzvyZBv/3-A329-A25-374-D-4581-B914-541277-A7-DF6-C.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/MfzvyZBv)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Aug 13, 2019, 01:41 PM
Night time is the right time Pat.  Nice work.  Sure beats the canal crowds!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Aug 13, 2019, 01:50 PM
Nice work Pat!

Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Aug 15, 2019, 07:21 AM
How'd you make out last night Pat?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Aug 15, 2019, 08:37 AM
How'd you make out last night Pat?

VERY slow.  Personally I think the full moon makes things worse when it comes to night fishing.  I had a few blow ups but didn't connect on anything.  I did land one bow before dark on a streamer but overall very slow.  I was talking to one gentleman who had driven up from NYC to fish for the day.  I had told him I was going to fish into dark and he was nice enough to give me a mouse fly.  I tried the far bank with the downed trees up in Riverton and flooded my waders a bit when i got off the log.  I was quite soggy so i was off the water by like 930.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Aug 16, 2019, 10:15 AM
I fished for an hr yesterday and landed 9 on this black caddis nymph.


(https://i.postimg.cc/r0MFQfsd/20190810-081633.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/r0MFQfsd)

I also received some more euro nymphs from a friend that does particularly well on the Farmington.


(https://i.postimg.cc/zb62qchv/20190815-200810.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/zb62qchv)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Aug 16, 2019, 11:27 AM
Nice collection there Jon! Nice work on the fish as well. Back at the salt tomorrow.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Aug 16, 2019, 04:09 PM
Impressive numbers for such a short time, particularly at this time of year.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Aug 17, 2019, 03:13 AM
Impressive numbers for such a short time, particularly at this time of year.

They cut the flow so I found some deeper pools that would normally be more difficult to nymph and get down.  The beauty of it is I got to watch many of those trout eat.  They were slashing at both the ice caddis pupa (top fly) and the caddis nymph.  Not a bad way to kill an hour while I waited to grab those nymphs.

In other news I moved to Kent CT and have hit the housy in West Cornwall.  Unfortunately its a bit warm for trout but the smallies are happy to eat a streamer...and I got cleanly cut by a couple pike!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Aug 17, 2019, 07:01 PM
Today was good.  Also weird. Fished 6 to 10.  Cloudy and some showers. Had double digits in the first hour, mostly bows.  One big brown and a surprise double bluegill attack.  The purple haze was getting the job done.


(https://i.postimg.cc/Yvnz3ZRr/20190817-091112.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Yvnz3ZRr)


(https://i.postimg.cc/GTCFtCLQ/20190817-070459.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/GTCFtCLQ)


(https://i.postimg.cc/dkmB81SX/20190817-063104.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/dkmB81SX)


(https://i.postimg.cc/1g06ddcV/20190817-091329.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/1g06ddcV)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Aug 17, 2019, 07:39 PM
Rainbows, browns and blue gills . . . Oh my.

Catching sunfish in the same waters as trout certainly is odd.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 09, 2019, 03:29 PM
New home...new home river.  The housy is big!

(https://i.postimg.cc/4nn6L0MQ/20190908-115414.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/4nn6L0MQ)

Found smallies no issue but trout have been elusive.  Lots of river is closed near the tributaries until 15 September...perhaps then I'll start dinging trout.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Sep 09, 2019, 03:51 PM
Nice to see you are back to fishing.  It's been a while since I have seen a fresh report from you.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Sep 09, 2019, 03:53 PM
Looks like a nice change of scenery.  The trout will start hitting as the water cools down.  Nice thing is the variety that the housy offers.  I wish it was closer!  Pike fishing should be heating up soon.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Sep 09, 2019, 04:33 PM
Iíve yet to run into a swimming thing that fought harder than a river smallmouth. Pound for pound theyíre tough to beat, just not as good looking as their cold water friends.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 10, 2019, 10:08 AM
Nice to see you are back to fishing.  It's been a while since I have seen a fresh report from you.


I've been out a bunch actually.  The farmington has been low, running less than 100 cfs in areas.

I've been catching 5-15 trout an outing depending on duration...usually 2-3 hrs.  Black caddis tungsten nymph with a pupa on the tag has worked very well. 

I did notice a ton of trout rising on the Housy a few nights ago, but was totally tied up in smallmouth that I couldn't convince myself to change leader setups to throw dries.

Wiggles I'd agree except the larger wild browns.  They don't roll like stockies and fight like mad!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Sep 10, 2019, 11:50 AM
I did notice a ton of trout rising on the Housy a few nights ago, but was totally tied up in smallmouth that I couldn't convince myself to change leader setups to throw dries.

SMH.   :whistling:
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 10, 2019, 12:26 PM
SMH.   :whistling:

There are enough dry fly fishermen out there.   ;D

(The smallies were hitting poppers hard) 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Sep 10, 2019, 02:11 PM
There are enough dry fly fishermen out there.   ;D

(The smallies were hitting poppers hard)

LMAO! Boy I hope Joe doesn't read this. Hahahahaha
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Sep 10, 2019, 02:12 PM
Wiggles I'd agree except the larger wild browns.  They don't roll like stockies and fight like mad!

I havenít been lucky enough to set into one of those yet. I did get two teeny tiny browns the other night, that Iím convinced were wild.... or someone is stocking fingerlings in one of my local rivers.

When does your season close down there for trout? You offered to take me out last year, and I would love to take you up on it once I can get my schedule in order.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 10, 2019, 03:18 PM
It doesn't on two of the rivers I fish!  Both of which just received fresh batches of pellet heads.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Sep 10, 2019, 03:36 PM
It doesn't on two of the rivers I fish!  Both of which just received fresh batches of pellet heads.

Yup there are management areas that you can fish all year round.  Probably the best managed river that I've ever experienced.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 11, 2019, 05:41 AM
Caught another dozen or so last night.  Most of the fish I caught were in the fastest water I could find.  Lots of fish rising at dark not sure on what. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Sep 11, 2019, 10:09 AM
Caught another dozen or so last night.  Most of the fish I caught were in the fastest water I could find.  Lots of fish rising at dark not sure on what.

Smallies?

I'm trying to get down to the farmy this evening if work cooperates.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 11, 2019, 12:18 PM
Trout.  Ill be out as well but south of where you normally fish.  I caught a few wild browns mixed in with the bows last night.  Black caddis nymph...similar to a purple haze.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Sep 11, 2019, 02:51 PM
Trout.  Ill be out as well but south of where you normally fish.  I caught a few wild browns mixed in with the bows last night.  Black caddis nymph...similar to a purple haze.

Unfortunately takes too much time for me to get down that way.  I'll be up near Riverton if you want to meet up.  Prob stay until 830-9 and chuck some mice once it gets dark.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 11, 2019, 03:53 PM
Unfortunately takes too much time for me to get down that way.  I'll be up near Riverton if you want to meet up.  Prob stay until 830-9 and chuck some mice once it gets dark.

Ok Ill ping you.  Will fish south first then aim to meet you near/at dark.  Do you know where Ovation is?  Couple miles south of Woodshop...confirmed mice attacks there.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 12, 2019, 09:45 AM
Fished for 3 hours.  Not sure if it was the warmer weather but the bite was slower even fishing different pools.  Even so, landed 10 bows.  Nothing huge.  Purple haze took most of them.  Frenchy nailed a few as well.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Sep 12, 2019, 10:48 AM
Nice work Jon!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 12, 2019, 01:41 PM
Nice work Jon!

Thanks Mike!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 14, 2019, 07:33 AM
Went out last night.  Landed 10...one wild brown was decent around 18".  Flow was up a bit which was nice.  130 cfs.  Praying for 1000 cfs.  I like big water.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Sep 14, 2019, 02:22 PM
Great numbers for this time of year.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 17, 2019, 02:39 PM
8 landed last night, couple of browns.  Flow went from 68 cfs to 158.  I think it took the fish a bit to find new lies.  Swing was the ticket once the "hebes" started up.  Small #16 olive nymph was being crushed on the swing.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Sep 17, 2019, 02:45 PM
8 landed last night, couple of browns.  Flow went from 68 cfs to 158.  I think it took the fish a bit to find new lies.  Swing was the ticket once the "hebes" started up.  Small #16 olive nymph was being crushed on the swing.

Nice work as usual Jon.

I will let the ocean rest this weekend. Although - I have a bass tourney on Sunday.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Sep 17, 2019, 03:02 PM
8 landed last night, couple of browns.  Flow went from 68 cfs to 158.  I think it took the fish a bit to find new lies.  Swing was the ticket once the "hebes" started up.  Small #16 olive nymph was being crushed on the swing.

Good to hear that the flow is up.  I was there Sunday evening up in Riverton and it was still a trickle.  I stuck with the hopper dropper style rig but was using a big foam ant instead of a hopper and rotated the dropper.  I got one stocker bow on the ant but nothing on the dropper.  My girlfriend stuck a beauty of a wild brown using a size 10 bugger like fly.  She's finally starting to get independent when on the river minus tying tippet to the leader she can handle herself.  Funny she picked a fly that I deemed garbage and then she nails a wild brown.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 17, 2019, 07:24 PM
Its been like fishing a blitz down near work.  So many trout on the surface.  I swung a small hares ear and a larger olive lively legs nymph and caught a few.  One bow was pushing 17" and fought like a champ.  I need to stop crossing the river at night...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 18, 2019, 07:20 AM
More fun last night.  All on the swing.  They wanted nothing to do with euro...


(https://i.postimg.cc/06TXNs73/20190917-180148.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/06TXNs73)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Sep 18, 2019, 08:11 AM
Keep given em' hell Jon!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 20, 2019, 08:42 AM
Last night was rough.  There was a solid hatch but the trout were in a funk.  Very few were nailing the spinners falling and only a few were hitting emergers violently.  Usually this equals excellent nymphing for me.  Not the case last night.  I managed a single brown on a #8 rubber legs before calling it a quits.  I have a couple hours after work today to redeem myself.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Sep 20, 2019, 01:29 PM
Last night was rough.  There was a solid hatch but the trout were in a funk.  Very few were nailing the spinners falling and only a few were hitting emergers violently.  Usually this equals excellent nymphing for me.  Not the case last night.  I managed a single brown on a #8 rubber legs before calling it a quits.  I have a couple hours after work today to redeem myself.

Good luck! Go get em' man!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 20, 2019, 01:31 PM
Will do!  Need to hit a different stretch of water!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 20, 2019, 07:17 PM
Skunked!  I sure wish I set up my other rod and swung wet flies...oh well!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 30, 2019, 09:05 AM
Fished the Farmington yesterday from 6 to 10am and caught a half dozen.  Picked up my daughter and later we did a mission from 5-7 on the housatonic...caught a dozen bows and a nice brown.  I think they were eating fall sulphurs.  Was nice to finally get on some trout near home.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Sep 30, 2019, 09:13 AM
Congratulations on getting in some quality fishing time with your daughter!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 30, 2019, 09:29 AM
Congratulations on getting in some quality fishing time with your daughter!

It was nice Jim.  She made a little holding area where a bow would sit for a bit before she let it go.  Good stuff.  More to come this weekend!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Sep 30, 2019, 10:50 AM
It was nice Jim.  She made a little holding area where a bow would sit for a bit before she let it go.  Good stuff.  More to come this weekend!

Nice work Jon!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 30, 2019, 12:43 PM
Nice work Jon!

Thanks Mike!  Have the evening free.  Two rods rigged for 5pm!  Let's go!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Sep 30, 2019, 02:06 PM
Thanks Mike!  Have the evening free.  Two rods rigged for 5pm!  Let's go!

Good luck Jon!  These shorter evenings along with work and family obligations have been a recipe for lack of fishing on my part recently as well.  Been picking up a few fish here and there but they've all been abbreviated outings.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Sep 30, 2019, 02:21 PM
I think we are just in that stage of life. LOL
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 30, 2019, 02:57 PM
Mike I think we all know when to double down and when to be family guys.  I tried to take a shot of a colored up wild brown yesterday and let it slip into the water!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 30, 2019, 06:18 PM
Had a pretty good slip and fall after one decent brown.  Sore.  Called it a night early.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Oct 01, 2019, 07:33 AM
Had a pretty good slip and fall after one decent brown.  Sore.  Called it a night early.

Happens to the best of us.  Glad you are okay and still managed to avoid the skunk.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 01, 2019, 09:01 AM
One of those rocks that the cleats couldn't get traction on.  Bent the handle on my hardy.  Better than breaking the Thomas and Thomas!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Oct 03, 2019, 10:55 AM
One of those rocks that the cleats couldn't get traction on.  Bent the handle on my hardy.  Better than breaking the Thomas and Thomas!

Ouch! Glad you are ok.

Keep at it!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 15, 2019, 10:08 AM
Low flow but was able to nail a couple last night.


(https://i.postimg.cc/NLFLRzzp/20191014-180710.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/NLFLRzzp)


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(https://i.postimg.cc/V5JLJbJh/20191014-173130.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/V5JLJbJh)


Fell in again last week....filled the waders.   Cold and wet!


(https://i.postimg.cc/JtzKZR8v/20191010-180457.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/JtzKZR8v)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Oct 15, 2019, 11:07 AM
My employer doesn't celebrate Columbus Day  >:( but I got out a little early and shot down to Riverton.  Was the water chocolate milk where you fished?  I don't know if they had a water release or if it rained really hard in the morning but I couldn't believe how muddy the water was.  I got a decent rainbow tossing a 4 inch articulated streamer.  Forgot the nice buggers on the tying bench.

Still sitting on the vise......


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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 15, 2019, 12:23 PM
Looks good Pat.  No the water was not muddy where I was.  They have hogsback really low right now and that water is a bit off color.  The sediment must be dropping out in the first couple miles.  Water clarity was clear 18 miles downstream.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 20, 2019, 04:01 PM
This ones eyes were bigger than it's stomach:


(https://i.postimg.cc/gwn54df3/20191020-150501.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/gwn54df3)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Oct 20, 2019, 04:12 PM
This ones eyes were bigger than it's stomach:


(https://i.postimg.cc/gwn54df3/20191020-150501.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/gwn54df3)

Housatonic or Farmington?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SalmonAndStriper Stalker on Oct 20, 2019, 08:47 PM
Busted out my fly rod on one of the cape kettle ponds and wreaked havoc on the stockies. I counted 25 bows brought to hand all on drys and buggers. Was sight fishing the whole time too watching them chase a quickly stripped bugger.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Oct 21, 2019, 08:16 AM
Busted out my fly rod on one of the cape kettle ponds and wreaked havoc on the stockies. I counted 25 bows brought to hand all on drys and buggers. Was sight fishing the whole time too watching them chase a quickly stripped bugger.

Sounds like fun.  Can't beat a streamer bite.  I did the same up in Riverton on Friday but caught a 1/5 as many.  All tank scrubbers so not pic worthy.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 21, 2019, 09:43 AM
Housatonic or Farmington?

Farmington.  The housy went from 200cfs to 4000cfs...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 30, 2019, 08:04 PM
Still at it and will be out tomorrow.

Pair of decent browns caught on the "sex dungeon"


(https://i.postimg.cc/TLkCC7NX/20191123-151716.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/TLkCC7NX)

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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Nov 30, 2019, 08:07 PM
Nice browns!

Glad to see someone else is still out there fishing the streams this late in the season.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 30, 2019, 09:34 PM
Nice browns!

Glad to see someone else is still out there fishing the streams this late in the season.

Thanks Jim.  They didn't photo well in my hand, both were very respectable at least in my opinion.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Dec 02, 2019, 08:59 AM
Started yesterday at 6am.  Bad idea.  15 degrees.  Water was 44.  Felt warm wading in.  Lots of icing on the guides. 

Once the sun came up the streamer bite got started.


(https://i.postimg.cc/jnRmFC81/20191201-105228.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/jnRmFC81)


(https://i.postimg.cc/CBrkWQJV/20191201-103620.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/CBrkWQJV)


Bumped into this guy too:


(https://i.postimg.cc/RJfhXsDd/20191201-130327.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/RJfhXsDd)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Dec 02, 2019, 09:12 AM
Is that Sasquatch?

Nice work fishing Jon! 2 more weeks in the woods for me and then some local cast and blast trips.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Dec 02, 2019, 03:46 PM
Impressive action for this late in the season.

As for the subject of the last photo, he does indeed appear somewhat "Squatchy."
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Dec 02, 2019, 08:34 PM
Haha that would be me. Too funny. My Instagram handle is Patsquatch413. Long story short Iíve got some chest hair.

Got into a few as well. First tiger trout Iíve seen in a while.


(https://i.postimg.cc/p52vSWrr/DFDB473-A-06-A1-4-D49-ADFC-2-D0074-FA4-FCF.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/p52vSWrr)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Dec 02, 2019, 10:27 PM
Sweet!

I love tiger trout.

They're a real rarity in my neck of the woods, and I've only caught a couple in all my years of fishing, but they give one helluva fight.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Dec 03, 2019, 10:18 AM
Sweet!

I love tiger trout.

They're a real rarity in my neck of the woods, and I've only caught a couple in all my years of fishing, but they give one helluva fight.

My understanding is that they are a rarity in the Farmy as well.  I don't think they have stocked them for at least two years.  I fully expected it to be a small wild brown.  I'm not sure if it is possible for them to be born naturally.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Dec 03, 2019, 12:07 PM
My understanding is that they are a rarity in the Farmy as well.  I don't think they have stocked them for at least two years.  I fully expected it to be a small wild brown.  I'm not sure if it is possible for them to be born naturally.

It is very rare, but definitely possible for it to happen in the wild.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Dec 03, 2019, 03:01 PM
It is very rare, but definitely possible for it to happen in the wild.

Yup they are.  I haven't caught one all season!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: CMD1987 on Dec 04, 2019, 06:26 AM
My understanding is that they are a rarity in the Farmy as well.  I don't think they have stocked them for at least two years.  I fully expected it to be a small wild brown.  I'm not sure if it is possible for them to be born naturally.

I remember reading once that the odds of a natural tiger trout are extremely long. I think theyíve found like 2 Confirmed natural tigers in the entire history of the mass fish sampling survey.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Dec 04, 2019, 08:43 AM
Someone told me once (I don't know if it is true) that the DFW does not stock tiger trout in the Western District because the refrigerated  trucks cannot get out that far from wherever the hatchery is - - so that any tiger caught in the Western District is (presumably) wild.

Personally, I only know of one person (who, I should add, was not me) to catch a tiger trout in the Western District.

The only ones I've caught were in the Pioneer Valley District.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Dec 04, 2019, 04:06 PM
Someone told me once (I don't know if it is true) that the DFW does not stock tiger trout in the Western District because the refrigerated  trucks cannot get out that far from wherever the hatchery is - - so that any tiger caught in the Western District is (presumably) wild.

Personally, I only know of one person (who, I should add, was not me) to catch a tiger trout in the Western District.

The only ones I've caught were in the Pioneer Valley District.

I'm not sure if I believe this notion.  Aren't there hatcheries in the western MA district?  I've only caught a few in my life but one was out of the Chesterfield Gorge which I think is technically the western district.  There is however a possibility that it swam up river from the pioneer valley.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SalmonAndStriper Stalker on Dec 04, 2019, 05:59 PM
all tiger trout in the state come from the sandwich trout hatchery down the cape. they do stock them in the major ponds out west like onota.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SalmonAndStriper Stalker on Dec 04, 2019, 06:01 PM
got a couple browns in the swift on my first attempt at tying flies. wolly buggers worked for me while people were getting skunked on those tiny size 30 midge and nymphs they like to use.
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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Bartman44 on Dec 05, 2019, 03:33 PM
Congrats on the tie and catch. Good looking fish, never liked those size 30s either.

We have a fly tying thread buried in here somewhere that we need to bump up now that it's cold and dark.         
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Dec 09, 2019, 10:18 AM
Nice brown!  I can't bring myself to use those tiny flies too often either.  This time of year you can typically entice them with streamers like buggers but that isn't always the case.  You don't need a size 30 but typically smaller is better once winter sets in, like blood midges, zebra midges, etc. in sizes like 18-20.  You can also tie a small midge in front of or behind a bugger which helps with short strikes.  When the midge is in front it makes it look like a bait fish chasing after a midge.

Winter tends to be the only time I really sit down and do any tying.  The rest of the year i'd rather fish.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Dec 13, 2019, 11:13 AM
Fished last Sunday.  Couldn't buy a fish on a midge.  #8 rubber legs continues to dominate.  It is egg pattern time.

Unfortunately the last rain pushed the flow from 470 to 1900 cfs.  I expect that will happen again this weekend. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Dec 13, 2019, 11:18 AM
got a couple browns in the swift on my first attempt at tying flies. wolly buggers worked for me while people were getting skunked on those tiny size 30 midge and nymphs they like to use.
(https://i.postimg.cc/jCzQfghp/Screenshot-20191201-102113-Messages.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/jCzQfghp)

Big stonefly imitations work well this year.  Nice brown.  Is that OPST lazar line I see?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Dec 13, 2019, 04:17 PM
Nice job keeping at it low!

My last day hunting is Sunday. You still going to keep fishing the moving water, or is the hard water calling your name?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Dec 17, 2019, 09:57 AM
Nice job keeping at it low!

My last day hunting is Sunday. You still going to keep fishing the moving water, or is the hard water calling your name?

1 hr left of work and I will be in the river.  Forgot my simms fleece pants...need to buy them again.

Z I have been testing my skills catching trout on the fly rod later and later into winter.  Im itching for ice and most of my stuff is ready but I am mins away from the Farmington so I take advantage.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Dec 17, 2019, 10:57 AM
[Z I have been testing my skills catching trout on the fly rod later and later into winter.  Im itching for ice and most of my stuff is ready but I am mins away from the Farmington so I take advantage.
[/quote]

I'm amazed you're still able to catch trout on the big rivers.

More power to you.

Given current conditions in my neck of the woods, I'm afraid the only productive open water fishing I'll be able to do for the foreseeable future is likely to be on the little brooks.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Dec 19, 2019, 09:12 AM
Bailed from work during the ice storm. Results 6 bows 2 browns.  #8 rubber legs on point, blood midge on the tag.


(https://i.postimg.cc/ThLGKkdK/20191217-132647.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/ThLGKkdK)

(https://i.postimg.cc/0KmLcBjZ/20191217-141857.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/0KmLcBjZ)

(https://i.postimg.cc/9rH3rCgk/20191217-141849.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/9rH3rCgk)

Cant decide between the river or ice fishing for Christmas eve. 

Jim water temp in the stretch I was in was mid 40's, very bearable.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Dec 19, 2019, 10:41 AM
Jim water temp in the stretch I was in was mid 40's, very bearable.

Nice job.

It wasn't so much the cold as the water levels (which were roaring when I posted) that I was referring to.

Plus the fact that fishing in the "big" streams out this way declines precipitously after November - - partly because most of the stockies have been caught or otherwise died, and the trout that remain become (relatively) inactive - - although fishing for brookies in the smaller streams is generally more dependable.

I know from reports by others that the Swift River (i.e., the one near Quabbin) does a good job of "holding over" into the winter, and I gather from your report that the Farmington (or was this the lower Housatonic?)  does so as well, but it always leaves me surprised (and a bit envious) to hear of others catching multiple trout on larger streams into the depths of winter.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Dec 20, 2019, 10:10 AM
This was the Farmington Jim.  It helps that its a bottom drawn tail water.  So the temps stay moderate.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Dec 20, 2019, 12:10 PM
This was the Farmington Jim.  It helps that its a bottom drawn tail water.  So the temps stay moderate.

Same is true for the swift.  They stay at pretty stable temps for most of the year.  Days that get into the 40s you will start seeing winter caddis crawling up the snowbanks.  Those are the days the trout should become more active.  Jim, the housy in Lee fishes well in the winter but most people I know are throwing very small midge flies.  A small piece of a worm might be able to do the trick but I've never personally fished it in the winter.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Dec 20, 2019, 07:39 PM
Fished today from 3 to 5...1 decent brown on a midge.  Broke the tip off the thomas & thomas on a cast.  I guess that's why they reinforced this year's version of the contact.  Its going back to them and the rest of my long rods will be taken out of the truck and put away until spring.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Dec 20, 2019, 09:20 PM
Fished today from 3 to 5...1 decent brown on a midge.  Broke the tip off the thomas & thomas on a cast.  I guess that's why they reinforced this year's version of the contact.  Its going back to them and the rest of my long rods will be taken out of the truck and put away until spring.

That had to hurt... I would assume a company with that reputation is going to at least soften the blow on a replacement?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Dec 24, 2019, 06:02 PM
That had to hurt... I would assume a company with that reputation is going to at least soften the blow on a replacement?

Lifetime warranty. For the 900 bucks the rod cost I'd certainly hope so.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jan 05, 2020, 09:38 AM
No time to ice fish today so I'm picking up the new Thomas and Thomas, sending the old one back and doing some indicator fishing. 

Pat I will have an extra euro setup for you to try! 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Jan 06, 2020, 03:05 PM
I hope you crushed them Jon! I would take you up on some euro lessons.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jan 06, 2020, 03:58 PM
I hope you crushed them Jon! I would take you up on some euro lessons.

I did not.  Some nonprofit guy was in line at the shop before me and the tax exempt paperwork took forever.  I dropped my kid off with her mom and was right near the river...I decided ice fishing was what I was after...drove home and did neither.

Mike you are on.  Lets talk about this before April.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Jan 10, 2020, 11:08 AM
I did not.  Some nonprofit guy was in line at the shop before me and the tax exempt paperwork took forever.  I dropped my kid off with her mom and was right near the river...I decided ice fishing was what I was after...drove home and did neither.

Mike you are on.  Lets talk about this before April.

You know it man. Its your gear and your time, let me know when you are free and I will make it work.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jan 11, 2020, 07:33 PM
Didn't feel like ice fishing in the warm weather so I took the new T&T for a test drive.


(https://i.postimg.cc/YGbwXzwm/IMG-3145.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/YGbwXzwm)

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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Jan 13, 2020, 08:35 AM
Nice work and beautiful fish!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: filetandrelease on Jan 15, 2020, 05:31 PM

 Nice fish 👍
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Bartman44 on Jan 15, 2020, 07:04 PM
Nice fish. Way to take advantage of the balmy weather.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jan 18, 2020, 12:03 PM
Thanks guys!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SalmonAndStriper Stalker on Jan 20, 2020, 07:49 PM
Big stonefly imitations work well this year.  Nice brown.  Is that OPST lazar line I see?
if it's the fly line your talking that is cheap tactical anglers line. better than what came on the cabelas combo.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Feb 19, 2020, 11:07 AM
Ah...I tightline and use spey line instead of flyline and thought you had the same setup.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Mar 09, 2020, 01:21 PM
Let's get this party started.

Fished right next to my office at lunch, caught 3 in about 30 mins.


(https://i.postimg.cc/67MWgzSC/20200309-123739.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/67MWgzSC)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Mar 09, 2020, 02:51 PM
Let's get this party started.

Fished right next to my office at lunch, caught 3 in about 30 mins.


(https://i.postimg.cc/67MWgzSC/20200309-123739.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/67MWgzSC)

Hey Jon, why do you smell like fish? LOL
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Mar 09, 2020, 03:52 PM
Wow, that's an impressive performance, particularly this early in the season.

Remind me - - Is work closer to the Housatonic or the Farmington?

Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Mar 09, 2020, 07:59 PM
Wow, that's an impressive performance, particularly this early in the season.

Remind me - - Is work closer to the Housatonic or the Farmington?

Next to work.  A co-worker walking on lunch took a couple shots.


(https://i.postimg.cc/nCDgTm3T/imagejpeg-0-61.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/nCDgTm3T)


(https://i.postimg.cc/yDh5CH4Z/imagejpeg-1-9.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/yDh5CH4Z)


I returned after work and landed 4 more:


(https://i.postimg.cc/D4bjjVPm/20200309-184550.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/D4bjjVPm)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Mar 09, 2020, 10:02 PM
Are they hiring?    ;D

Nice fish!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Mar 10, 2020, 07:42 AM
Are they hiring?    ;D

Nice fish!

Thanks Z!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Streamfisha on Mar 10, 2020, 11:02 AM
Let's get this party started.

Fished right next to my office at lunch, caught 3 in about 30 mins.


(https://i.postimg.cc/67MWgzSC/20200309-123739.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/67MWgzSC)

Very nice fish
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: icefisher47 on Mar 12, 2020, 09:02 AM
Very nice fish, Are they hiring?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Mar 12, 2020, 10:24 AM
Very nice fish, Are they hiring?

We are always hiring!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Mar 12, 2020, 02:50 PM
Nice work Jon.  Can't wait to make some casts without having to deal with iced up guides.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Mar 23, 2020, 09:24 AM
Wild brown from yesterday.

(https://i.postimg.cc/06ZR6LgT/20200322-172404.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/06ZR6LgT)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Mar 23, 2020, 09:32 AM
Thatís a beauty!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Mar 23, 2020, 10:26 AM
I got out on Saturday and Sunday as well.  Saturday I explored some new water.  I knew the Westfield would be running high this time of year so I drove up well past where I typically fish.  I knew the stocking trucks had been there earlier in the week and the flow would be more manageable.  I did a lot of exploring and found some very promising spots but there weren't too many fish around.  I finally connected on a fat rainbow using an olive bugger but it slipped out of a hole in my net before I could get a pic.

Sunday I fished a little closer to home and had the same results.  One rainbow on a chartreuse woolley bugger.  Def a stocked fish as its front fin was pretty beat up.

Only pic I managed...


(https://i.postimg.cc/kBLhpXjt/08-BF6-B22-79-A3-4008-A3-D2-532152-DE55-C9.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/kBLhpXjt)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Mar 23, 2020, 11:49 AM
Nice fishes, lowaccord and WesternMass.

I tried some of the local streams and ponds in my neck of the woods yesterday, but, alas, without any success whatsoever.

I did see my first salamanders of the year, though.

It was the first time I held a spinning rod (as opposed to a jig stick or tip up) in my hands since December.

The streams were cold, fast and high, but not as turbid as I had expected.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Mar 24, 2020, 08:32 PM
Thanks Jim.  Fished this evening.  Got skunked.  Water was 200 cfs and cold.  My type of social distancing.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 01, 2020, 10:41 AM
Got out all day yesterday.  Found a pod of stockies and let them have it.  12 hrs fishing 2 hours of catching.  Double digits all on a pair of pheasant tails.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Apr 01, 2020, 11:55 AM
Got out all day yesterday.  Found a pod of stockies and let them have it.  12 hrs fishing 2 hours of catching.  Double digits all on a pair of pheasant tails.

Sweet.  That's quite a total, even if you did have to put your time in to do so.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 01, 2020, 09:05 PM
Only got out for an hour tonight but must have found a pack of fresh stockers.  Landed about a dozen on a sculpin snack streamer.  Was nice to take a break from euro nymphing and touch actual fly line.

(https://i.postimg.cc/wyPzx0ct/IMG-8453.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/wyPzx0ct)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Apr 02, 2020, 07:27 AM
Classic pic Jon. Nice work on the stockers.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 02, 2020, 08:17 AM
Classic pic Jon. Nice work on the stockers.

Gf took it.  Did a good job.  You cant see me I'm a mile from there!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 03, 2020, 08:08 PM
Found a group of rainbows ignoring the social distancing rules this evening.  It took about 2 hours to spread them out between the euro setup and my streamer rod.  I did them a favor!

Pat if you need easy target practice Ill tell you where. 

(https://i.postimg.cc/v4xg5L8P/20200403-173759.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/v4xg5L8P)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Apr 04, 2020, 10:30 AM
Found a group of rainbows ignoring the social distancing rules this evening.  It took about 2 hours to spread them out between the euro setup and my streamer rod.  I did them a favor!

Pat if you need easy target practice Ill tell you where. 


Work has been eating up a lot of my time but I just learned that the deadline for the project that I'm working on was extended to Sept. 2021 due to everything going on in the markets.  Hopefully I'll be able to get down there after work now.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Steve H. on Apr 04, 2020, 05:14 PM
Found a group of rainbows ignoring the social distancing rules this evening.  It took about 2 hours to spread them out between the euro setup and my streamer rod.  I did them a favor!

Pat if you need easy target practice Ill tell you where. 

(https://i.postimg.cc/v4xg5L8P/20200403-173759.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/v4xg5L8P)

Nice!  Great to see.  Gorgeous bow.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 04, 2020, 07:47 PM
My daughter joined me today. 


(https://i.postimg.cc/4KNqHmqs/IMG-8490.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/4KNqHmqs)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Bartman44 on Apr 05, 2020, 08:20 AM
Sweet!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Apr 05, 2020, 12:36 PM
Great shot!  Congratulations.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: The Jigger on Apr 05, 2020, 04:41 PM
My daughter joined me today. 


(https://i.postimg.cc/4KNqHmqs/IMG-8490.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/4KNqHmqs)


Good Dad Jon  She looks like she is enjoying your quality time together. :thumbup_smilie: :thumbup_smilie: :clapping:
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 06, 2020, 08:27 AM
Averi will be dawning some kids waders soon enough.  We're very much in getting her interested in fly fishing mode. 

This weekend was another slay fest...although all stocked fish they were fun...even caught a 1 eyed breeder...


(https://i.postimg.cc/w1d4ntHV/IMG-8504.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/w1d4ntHV)

(https://i.postimg.cc/6yBGSwgZ/IMG-8506-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/6yBGSwgZ)

(https://i.postimg.cc/mz27944C/IMG-8480.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/mz27944C)

Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 10, 2020, 08:25 AM
Note for Pat....

Hendricksons this weekend...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Apr 10, 2020, 09:36 AM
The way the weather is right now (at least up my way), you may be fishing in the snow.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 10, 2020, 09:42 AM
The way the weather is right now (at least up my way), you may be fishing in the snow.

It was just snowing here.  The water temp on the farmington is a surprising 50 degrees!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Apr 12, 2020, 10:44 AM
The freestones have been a grind but got a nice brown at the Swift and nabbed another bow later in the day on the west branch of the Westfield. Not a bad way to spend Good Friday.


(https://i.postimg.cc/bZZPrfqh/09-B9-C5-CD-ED6-B-4309-B29-D-2-BD8-BDAE7813.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/bZZPrfqh)

(https://i.postimg.cc/2qC1g54w/74078-A29-4293-4-FD1-85-D0-58558-C8-E641-C.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/2qC1g54w)

Interesting find while doing some exploring. Guess the sewer grate wasnít cutting it.
(https://i.postimg.cc/gwRPyywt/AF994101-E4-A7-4699-9-B6-F-0-D0-B743-A253-D.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/gwRPyywt)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 12, 2020, 04:42 PM
Good stuff Pat!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 27, 2020, 08:50 AM
6am to 7pm yesterday....lost count of how many...got a really bright tiger trout:


(https://i.postimg.cc/DmPRdDx7/20200426-092917.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/DmPRdDx7)

(https://i.postimg.cc/DS9CKdxC/20200426-082055.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/DS9CKdxC)

Had a good day.  Taught my buddy how to euro nymph and he proceeded to catch a trout on his first drift.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Apr 27, 2020, 10:32 AM
Beautiful fish guys!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Apr 27, 2020, 10:56 AM
Great fish!  I love those tigers.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Apr 27, 2020, 03:08 PM
6am to 7pm yesterday....lost count of how many...got a really bright tiger trout:

Had a good day.  Taught my buddy how to euro nymph and he proceeded to catch a trout on his first drift.

Nice work getting your buddy addicted.  How were the crowds?  I drove over the bridge heading out in my yak and it might as well have been the canal during a new moon phase.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 27, 2020, 04:17 PM
Nice work getting your buddy addicted.  How were the crowds?  I drove over the bridge heading out in my yak and it might as well have been the canal during a new moon phase.

No crowds.  Fished the entire 21 mile stretch.  Was moving up and down the river all day.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 09, 2020, 07:25 PM
Braved the weather the last couple of days. Moved a bunch of fish but only managed to land two smaller trout. What they lacked in size they made up for in beauty. Rainbow was one of reddest of bows Iíve ever seen in person.


(https://i.postimg.cc/NysMZ5Vn/B452-AB21-6450-48-A4-B7-B3-F9-F3-CC95-DC0-B.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/NysMZ5Vn)

(https://i.postimg.cc/sQ8gBKXF/B4736136-6-DBC-46-B8-99-F2-4-AD43790-A015.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/sQ8gBKXF)

(https://i.postimg.cc/BjGtchC4/F0-B78508-8746-4417-BE71-C7-FFCAB065-BE.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/BjGtchC4)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on May 10, 2020, 06:27 AM
Nice bunch of fish.

You're right about the brilliant colors on that rainbow.  Is that supposed to be some mating thing, or does it stay like that all year long?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 10, 2020, 06:57 AM
Nice bunch of fish.

You're right about the brilliant colors on that rainbow.  Is that supposed to be some mating thing, or does it stay like that all year long?

No idea Jim. Thatís the first one Iíve seen with those colors before, especially w all the red in the belly.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 10, 2020, 07:02 AM
Good stuff Pat.  Text me if you are around today im going to put some numbers up from 1-sunset.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 11, 2020, 07:33 AM
It was a slay fest yesterday.  Mostly rainbows.  Probably landed 25 or so by sunset.  Zebra midge in gold was a killer. 

Bad pic, fat bow.


(https://i.postimg.cc/G4jz01XW/20200510-151444.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/G4jz01XW)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 11, 2020, 07:41 AM
Nice work Jon. I only had a small window to fish so stayed up my way. Got my biggest rainbow so far this year. Caddis has been the key up here. Tons of cased caddis on the rocks.


(https://i.postimg.cc/wynLgR76/33-BFD790-2-BDB-4-CAB-B838-B87-A50-AA7757.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/wynLgR76)

(https://i.postimg.cc/HJZbvhm8/FF223091-6-E27-4190-B16-E-0-D4-B0-E49-B28-D.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/HJZbvhm8)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SalmonAndStriper Stalker on May 11, 2020, 11:57 AM
I've been seeing a lot of cased caddies bear me as well.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on May 11, 2020, 12:47 PM
Nice looking fish gentleman!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 12, 2020, 09:21 AM
I've been seeing a lot of cased caddies bear me as well.

They seem much more prevalent in freestones this time of year.  The ones on the westfield have a tan body with dark brown or black head but on the farmy they seem much more green.  Swift and Farmy tailwaters it seems to be scuds, midges and few mayfly nymphs that are around now.  Jon would know better about the Farmy, I haven't been down there in over a month.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 12, 2020, 11:58 PM
Our cased caddis came in heavy about a month ago.   Recently I've been fishing the hendrickson hatch. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 16, 2020, 08:54 AM
Lots of browns this morning.


(https://i.postimg.cc/7GpkbCvG/20200516-063747.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/7GpkbCvG)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on May 16, 2020, 08:09 PM
Sweet!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: filetandrelease on May 17, 2020, 06:25 AM

 Nice fish Jon 🎣
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 17, 2020, 12:12 PM
This morning was a bit slower than yesterday.  Water dropped quickly after the storms.


(https://i.postimg.cc/Y4bmZbtt/20200517-080111.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Y4bmZbtt)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on May 17, 2020, 02:38 PM
Cool to see the color variations in those browns, itís crazy how different they can look
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 18, 2020, 08:49 AM
Cool to see the color variations in those browns, itís crazy how different they can look

The lighter one was stocked the bottom one was wild.  Ill try to take a pic of the elastomer they put in the stockies next time I am out.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 26, 2020, 02:29 PM
After healing (most of the way) from a nearly accident last Monday I hit the Farmington from 5am to 12.  Had a guest approach from Pat which was fun.  5 to 9 am I was already approaching 30 caught and released, a majority being rainbows.  Mixed in a few browns and brookies.  Caddis were hatching all morning so a caddis nymph helped me average 10 or so trout an hour!


(https://i.postimg.cc/8jjv8Bcr/20200525-064830.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/8jjv8Bcr)

(https://i.postimg.cc/F1Kdcgjn/20200525-071142.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/F1Kdcgjn)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on May 26, 2020, 03:05 PM
That rainbow looks like a fatty!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on May 26, 2020, 03:24 PM
Glad to hear you're on the mend, and that the fish are biting.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 26, 2020, 04:37 PM
Nice catching up Jon.  That euro rig sure does crush.  No luck in the evening up in the gorge.  The water is already running much lower than I'd like.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 26, 2020, 11:36 PM
Glad to hear you're on the mend, and that the fish are biting.

Thanks Jim.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 02, 2020, 08:25 AM
The Farmington has been predictably good as of late averaging 30 or more Saturday and Sunday Mornings.  So last night I took some time to fish close to home and hit the Housatonic.  Im glad I did.  Numbers were much lower but I landed a handful of wild browns, and battled a large one for quite a while before being broken off.  There was quite the spinner fall, making the trout go nuts.  A good pod of them was nailing the spinners off the surface but I was unable to wade to them.  Caught one bonus smallmouth as well.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Jun 09, 2020, 06:49 AM
Nice work Jon. I need to get out that way and give that a go.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 23, 2020, 09:07 AM
The hot weather and humidity gave me a hunch that fish might be feeding on the surface at night.  I got to the farmy at 9pm and to my surprise, which seems to be the norm on the farmy this year, there were several people in the spot I wanted to fish. I sharpened my elbows and tied on a mouse pattern.  A couple of dozen casts later and the mouse got sucked underwater and landed a beauty of a wild brown in the 18 inch class. I had a few more short strikes after that but called it at midnight. Pics are bad bc I was swarmed by bugs as soon as I turned on my headlamp.
(https://i.postimg.cc/CzX9LFzy/C3-BA529-A-26-D8-4798-9548-CA5-C633-B9-E34.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/CzX9LFzy)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Steve H. on Jun 23, 2020, 09:11 AM
The hot weather and humidity gave me a hunch that fish might be feeding on the surface at night.  I got to the farmy at 9pm and to my surprise, which seems to be the norm on the farmy this year, there were several people in the spot I wanted to fish. I sharpened my elbows and tied on a mouse pattern.  A couple of dozen casts later and the mouse got sucked underwater and landed a beauty of a wild brown in the 18 inch class. I had a few more short strikes after that but called it at midnight. Pics are bad bc I was swarmed by bugs as soon as I turned on my headlamp.
(https://i.postimg.cc/CzX9LFzy/C3-BA529-A-26-D8-4798-9548-CA5-C633-B9-E34.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/CzX9LFzy)

 :clapping:

Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 23, 2020, 10:10 AM
Way to go Pat.  Let's plan a real mission soon and I'll join.  I have spots people are too afraid to visit at night! 

There are definitely more people fishing. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 23, 2020, 10:17 AM
Way to go Pat.  Let's plan a real mission soon and I'll join.  I have spots people are too afraid to visit at night!

I'm game.  I'm gone this weekend but I'll shoot ya a text when I'm back.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Steve H. on Jun 23, 2020, 02:06 PM
Gonna try it this weekend on the Deerfield.  Any tips?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 23, 2020, 02:26 PM
Gonna try it this weekend on the Deerfield.  Any tips?

Yes here:

https://troutbitten.com/2018/07/11/night-fishing-for-trout-part-one-people-places-and-things/ (https://troutbitten.com/2018/07/11/night-fishing-for-trout-part-one-people-places-and-things/)

Dom is a really good dude and his site has helped my game tremendously.  Then I fished with him...it was unreal how much I learned. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 23, 2020, 03:08 PM
Gonna try it this weekend on the Deerfield.  Any tips?

I like to shorten my leader and increase my tippet strength.  I was using 12lb fluoro last night.  Only other suggestion is that most mammals aren't good swimmers so I try to slow my retrieve down if throwing a mouse.  I'm def no expert so experiment and see what works.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Steve H. on Jun 23, 2020, 03:29 PM
I like to shorten my leader and increase my tippet strength.  I was using 12lb fluoro last night.  Only other suggestion is that most mammals aren't good swimmers so I try to slow my retrieve down if throwing a mouse.  I'm def no expert so experiment and see what works.

Great, thanks!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Steve H. on Jun 23, 2020, 03:30 PM
Yes here:

https://troutbitten.com/2018/07/11/night-fishing-for-trout-part-one-people-places-and-things/ (https://troutbitten.com/2018/07/11/night-fishing-for-trout-part-one-people-places-and-things/)

Dom is a really good dude and his site has helped my game tremendously.  Then I fished with him...it was unreal how much I learned.

Thanks!  I'll be sure to check this out.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 23, 2020, 08:54 PM
Thanks!  I'll be sure to check this out.

Anytime.  I think you'll enjoy the reading there.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 24, 2020, 09:22 AM
Speak of the devil.  One of my favorite blogs also wrote a night fishing article.  Specific to bass but some of the techniques apply to trout too.

http://flyfishingcts.blogspot.com/2020/06/black-bass-after-hours.html (http://flyfishingcts.blogspot.com/2020/06/black-bass-after-hours.html)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 24, 2020, 09:46 AM
I like his blog but I find nothing in that post that is relevant to trout at night.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 24, 2020, 09:56 AM
I like his blog but I find nothing in that post that is relevant to trout at night.

When he discusses fly size.  "Big flies come to mind far too often when night fishing is brought up, regardless of species. Though low light conditions routinely make predator fish drop their guard and feed on larger prey, that's doesn't mean small to medium sized presentations won't fish better. Never underestimate a well tied and well presented Woolly Bugger for bass at night." 

He's written very similar things when writing about night fishing for trout.  Large Iso or Hex flies will only be about 1.5 inches long, max.  They typically struggle to get to a rock and shed their exoskin.  Another reason to slow down your retrieve as well.  A black size 6-8 weightless woolly bugger might be a better offering than a 2-3 inch mouse.

Like this one at the church pool Monday night.  Pics were tough with the fog on the water.


(https://i.postimg.cc/75Rpk1dw/13-B776-EE-4-C6-A-4-A39-BB42-2-D456-AF2-F515.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/75Rpk1dw)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 24, 2020, 12:12 PM
Gotcha.  Read Dom's stuff.  Goes into greater technical depth.  The interesting cross over is the big bugs.  Dom will sometimes swing large wet flies in tandem.  I haven't tried yet but it sounds amazing.

I've had a couple nights where mid sized muddlers get smoked near surface. All this talk I really need to go now! 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jul 14, 2020, 08:17 AM
Finally took out the long rod again yesterday evening.  First spot was well downstream of anywhere that I've tried before and the water was warm and low.  My buddy pulled out two tiny smallies so we moved upstream to colder water.  A bunch of old timers were tossing tiny bugs on the surface per usual, without much luck, PER USUAL, but I know they get bent out of shape if you start fishing subsurface near them so I went upstream to the faster broken water.  Fish were slashing on the surface and there was a lot of bug activity so I threw on a size 14 hornberg and proceed to smash on fish.  I landed 5, one small wild brown, while the rest were bows and lost about the same amount.  Felt great to get a bend in the long rod again, especially on the surface.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Jul 14, 2020, 08:21 AM
Nice! Sounds like a blast
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 14, 2020, 12:55 PM
I was going to go tonight but my g3's are leaking and my Freestones are too. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jul 15, 2020, 09:02 AM
I was going to go tonight but my g3's are leaking and my Freestones are too.

IMO, for the price they should be bomb proof.  I've been using my Redington Sonic Pros lately (you've seen my SIMMS lol).  Half the price and I can't tell much of a difference.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 15, 2020, 12:49 PM
IMO, for the price they should be bomb proof.  I've been using my Redington Sonic Pros lately (you've seen my SIMMS lol).  Half the price and I can't tell much of a difference.

Im buying the g4's and sending both the g3 and the Freestone back.  Good news is simms has taken care of me in the past and its particularly easy to get them to do it when you buy another pair.  Can't have enough waders. 

By the way...the "warmer" water section you fished fishes particularly well this time of year...just like it did last trip...but its my way or the highway!  Euro....
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jul 15, 2020, 02:47 PM
By the way...the "warmer" water section you fished fishes particularly well this time of year...just like it did last trip...but its my way or the highway!  Euro....

Like Avon and Tarrifville?  We fished near the old bridge pilings and the water was moving so I'm sure trout are there but it was tough wading and water felt a tad warm for that time of day at least.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 15, 2020, 03:16 PM
Like Avon and Tarrifville?  We fished near the old bridge pilings and the water was moving so I'm sure trout are there but it was tough wading and water felt a tad warm for that time of day at least.

Oh no.  I never go past Wood N Tap on RT 4.  Speaking of...check those riffles out the next time you pass....no one fishes them.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Aug 19, 2020, 06:50 AM
Night time is the right time.


(https://i.postimg.cc/3yC4MT7m/20200816-201140.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/3yC4MT7m)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Aug 19, 2020, 08:53 AM
Nice fish! Do you usually nymph for them at night, or whatís your preferred technique? Depends on The water?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Aug 19, 2020, 08:59 AM
Nice fish! Do you usually nymph for them at night, or whatís your preferred technique? Depends on The water?

I'll let Jon opine on his night tactics.  But I've heard that night fishing is best on super hot and humid days.  I'm sure last nights new moon might have helped too.

I was slinging eels in the canal last night and managed to pick up a couple 24-26 inch stripers but the ditch seems devoid of bigger stripers this year.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Aug 19, 2020, 03:04 PM
I was fishing a Sulphur hatch that usually cranks up right around dark.  I was tightlining as per usual running a #16 tungsten caddis on point and a #18 sulfur nymph up top.  I caught a few wild browns that I didn't take shots of because they fought for quite a while in warm water.  The bow gave up quickly. 

As evening fades into night I switch to streamers or a mouse pattern.  I haven't done it yet but swinging large wet flies works too!  This time of year I used to throw large Sulphur dries when I couldn't even see and catch them on top.  I lost interest once I started tightlining because I usually catch more than the dry fly guys. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Aug 23, 2020, 09:23 AM
Rainbows have been decent lately.  Catching a noticeable amount of small wild browns.


(https://i.postimg.cc/SXtbSjXH/20200821-191330.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/SXtbSjXH)

Chased some smallies this morning.  Nothing huge but caught a half dozen.  Have to love river smallies.  They put quite the bend in my 5w.


(https://i.postimg.cc/185d8sZS/20200823-083425.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/185d8sZS)

(https://i.postimg.cc/jLRg1t2f/20200823-080422.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/jLRg1t2f)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Aug 23, 2020, 11:08 AM
Rainbows, browns and smallies . . . Oh my!

Sounds like a great multi-species day or two on the water.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Aug 23, 2020, 01:36 PM
The two pics from this morning were from the stretch of the housy that I had intended to show you.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Aug 23, 2020, 06:46 PM
Looks like a beautiful run!

Fortunately, there's always next year for you to show it to me.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Aug 23, 2020, 07:41 PM
Looks like a beautiful run!

Fortunately, there's always next year for you to show it to me.

I'm learning it more and more each day. Loaded with smallies right now.  The trout are all in thermal refuges that are off limits to fishing until end of September I believe. 

Kristin and I went back this evening and caught over a dozen to about 2lbs.  They fought hard! 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: caught_the_fever on Aug 24, 2020, 07:07 AM
Rainbows have been decent lately.  Catching a noticeable amount of small wild browns.


Chased some smallies this morning.  Nothing huge but caught a half dozen.  Have to love river smallies.  They put quite the bend in my 5w.


Beautiful rainbows and I particularly like that action shot of the tight line/bend - gives viewers that feeling.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Aug 24, 2020, 01:51 PM
Beautiful rainbows and I particularly like that action shot of the tight line/bend - gives viewers that feeling.

I'm glad you like it.  One of my friends breaks my stones and says "ya ya you hooked a giant rock"...which in fairness I guess would look the same.  There's a few shots like it in the thread.  For me it's an open log of my river exploits.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 03, 2020, 08:49 AM
So some updates....fished the Ditch Pickle Classic with Westernmass over the weekend, er Saturday.  We were scoring nicely and doing pretty well despite off and on driving rain...then I hit a rock pile at 35mph....tournament over. 


(https://i.postimg.cc/5HfbKQXK/20200829-143620.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/5HfbKQXK)

(https://i.postimg.cc/KR7WqqtF/20200829-143647.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/KR7WqqtF)

(https://i.postimg.cc/9DnYJZgC/20200829-105843.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/9DnYJZgC)

(https://i.postimg.cc/ctCQRJ7r/20200829-104436.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/ctCQRJ7r)

(https://i.postimg.cc/mPNZNWLs/20200829-104425.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/mPNZNWLs)

We limped back the the launch and saw how bad the prop was....


(https://i.postimg.cc/FdLv7y8R/20200829-163920.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/FdLv7y8R)

We instantly decided to bail from VT to save Sunday.  (Avoid the air bnb in Sheldon VT that has an indoor basketball court) and drove 5 hours back...frustrated at my bad luck I took to the housatonic for more bass and was rewarded...

(https://i.postimg.cc/WFGrLHj6/20200830-172755.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/WFGrLHj6)

Flows suck right now.  I fished the night before last on the housy....300 cfs...better than the 100 cfs at the farmington.  Last night I searched there for trout and only found 2.  A small brown and a healthy rainbow.  New prop arrives today...will find out if the lower unit is toast or not...

Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Sep 03, 2020, 10:36 AM
Sorry to hear about the damage to your prop.  Hopefully the price tag is not too steep.

I'm curious when you say the "flows suck" - - Do you mean they're too high or too low? 

I would assume you mean too high (given all the rain lately), but your Housatonic to Farmington comparison would suggest just the opposite.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 03, 2020, 11:31 AM
Too low.  I'm a bit odd in that I like a ton of water for trout fishing.  It keeps the dry fly crew at bay and allows me to do my thing.  Yesterday was 100 cfs...I'm really comfortable between 1000-1500 on most of the farmington...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Sep 04, 2020, 08:42 AM
Sorry to hear about the prop, Jon. Looks like you guys were on your way to victory but it still looks like you slayed it.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 04, 2020, 08:49 AM
As of Saturday evening we were in 1st place for Bass....next year Pat and I will return and maybe we can win.  Tell you what, 8w and 10w warm water flyfishing is addictive.

I replaced the prop last night and confirmed no lower unit damage.  Jim the damage amount ended up being 600.  Plus another 90 or so for a skeg guard....
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Sep 04, 2020, 09:32 AM
As of Saturday evening we were in 1st place for Bass....next year Pat and I will return and maybe we can win.  Tell you what, 8w and 10w warm water flyfishing is addictive.

I replaced the prop last night and confirmed no lower unit damage.  Jim the damage amount ended up being 600.  Plus another 90 or so for a skeg guard....

Jon, glad to hear that it was the cheaper of the two scenarios.  They posted the results yesterday and we were positioned nicely going into Sunday.  We had 7 points while the winner of the individual award had 15 and the team best had 21.  Regardless, I learned a lot about fly fishing for warm water species and had a great time doing so, albeit the weather didn't want to cooperate.  I think if we go back next year, after this years shake down run, we will fair much better.  Also still kicking myself for losing those two bass, as we might have placed in the top 3 if I got those to the boat.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 05, 2020, 07:27 AM
Pat we need to go back up in October.  Pick a weekend and let me know.  My best pike days were around the 4th.  We were getting tons of top water smashes on spinning gear that time of year. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 19, 2020, 03:31 PM
This morning was good.

(https://i.postimg.cc/c6tDy3NG/20200919-071103.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/c6tDy3NG)

The other evening was good for bass.


(https://i.postimg.cc/7fgmby6B/20200917-183024.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/7fgmby6B)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Sep 19, 2020, 06:38 PM
Congrats, Jon!

Looks like a couple great days/nights on the water.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 19, 2020, 08:32 PM
Congrats, Jon!

Looks like a couple great days/nights on the water.

Lots of browns this morning.  Was a good time despite the dismal flow...average would be about 380 cfs....we have 79...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 21, 2020, 08:35 PM
Fished the housy this evening and had a interesting event happen.  I hooked a fish, which fought hard and took me under a rock where I quickly got hung up.  I broke the 5x tippet, tied on new flies and got back to work.  Maybe 10 minutes and a few drifts later I hook up again.  Fish feels similarly heavy.  Imagine my surprise when I pull out a smallie with the tag fly from the previous break off firmly in its jaw.  More interesting is that I nearly hooked it in the same spot twice, and the fact that this fish was hooked, fought for a while, got hung up, got free and resumed feeding only to be captured again.  Wicked cool.



(https://i.postimg.cc/2q3pCc3r/20200921-182131.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/2q3pCc3r)

(https://i.postimg.cc/kByLK3b7/20200921-182157.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/kByLK3b7)

Turns out euro nymphing works exceedingly well for smallies....but that size or larger can quickly max out a 3w.

(https://i.postimg.cc/jn2v7m0S/20200921-180558.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/jn2v7m0S)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Sep 21, 2020, 09:13 PM
Pretty neat. 

I knew that sunfish and brookies are persistent like that, but didn't know small mouth are too.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Sep 21, 2020, 09:40 PM
Thatís funny! Iíve recovered flies from branches before, but never a fish, haha.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 23, 2020, 06:41 PM
Fished the housy this evening.  Smallmouth were being really picky so I spent the last minutes of daylight nymphing.  Caught one brown, all colored up. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 24, 2020, 07:05 AM
Had to go back this morning before work.  Missed way more than I caught but they were fired up.  The housy has some healthy wild browns!


(https://i.postimg.cc/wRxMSKhQ/20200924-065837.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/wRxMSKhQ)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Sep 30, 2020, 07:46 AM
Nice work Jon!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Sep 30, 2020, 02:52 PM
Nice looking fish!

I probably won't get to go out again until this weekend, but am curious to see how yesterday's rain (plus any more we get between now and this weekend) affects the stream levels and the attendant fishing action.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 30, 2020, 03:13 PM
Farmington went from 87 cfs to over 300.  Two windows I fish, rising water, dropping water (as long as its clearing).  You can count on trout repositioning to take advantage of new/better feeding lanes.

I attempted to get out last night and made it half way before my 08 tahoe's rear diff locked and caused the driveshaft to snap.  Wonderful way to end my workday.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 01, 2020, 08:46 AM
Some more housy specimens.  Rock bass displaced the browns one night...rather frustrating.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Cd3pKgz0/20200924-174314.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Cd3pKgz0)

(https://i.postimg.cc/s1QRyXfK/20200924-180004.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/s1QRyXfK)

(https://i.postimg.cc/0M3RDgnp/20200924-180509.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/0M3RDgnp)

(https://i.postimg.cc/V0CyF7Z2/20200924-194957.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/V0CyF7Z2)

(https://i.postimg.cc/PLSkfv8V/20200924-195241.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/PLSkfv8V)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 26, 2020, 08:06 PM
After breaking off a couple sets of flies I decided to throw a streamer on my euro rod and ended up with the largest wild brown I've ever landed in CT.


(https://i.postimg.cc/GBt7Z3SF/20201026-181541.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/GBt7Z3SF)


Makes the recent tough fishing (for me at least) worth it.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: stripernut on Oct 26, 2020, 08:50 PM
Nice job! I love fishing big streams for big brown... Well Done!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Oct 26, 2020, 08:54 PM
Yikes, that's a beauty!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Oct 27, 2020, 08:51 AM
Congrats Jon.  Great fish!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Steve H. on Oct 27, 2020, 09:20 AM
Nice one!!  Good looking brown!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 27, 2020, 10:28 AM
Thanks guys.  Intact adipose and no elastomer!  Man the housy has some large wild browns!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Oct 27, 2020, 12:11 PM
That is a heck of a brown! Especially a wild one!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 28, 2020, 07:14 AM
I broke off a fish last night sometime around 9 that was equally sized it seemed.  Pat I owe you a mouse.  (Don't forget to send the link) What a fun night of casting.  I love the look on the faces of guys wrapping it up at dusk when we are just going out.  Perhaps they dont realize its not that dark out there.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Oct 28, 2020, 08:33 AM
That was a fun night/evening Jon. Donít worry about the mouse.  At least you lost yours to a fish versus a tree on the other side of the river. Iím just glad I was able to stick a nice brownie before it happened.


(https://i.postimg.cc/gLw0vr1b/C996-E568-5923-415-D-AB0-A-B63170130879.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/gLw0vr1b)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 06, 2020, 09:33 AM
Crimping the barbs on some mouse patterns and making a few bucks at work.  Warm weather makes the field mice really active at night so its time to go try to get a big brown.


(https://i.postimg.cc/jnbMtJrd/20201106-102933.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/jnbMtJrd)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Bartman44 on Nov 06, 2020, 03:22 PM
You have quite the rodent infestation there. Good Luck!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Nov 06, 2020, 03:47 PM
Good luck Jon.  I'd like to join ya but I'm foolishly going to try to catch steelhead in 200cfs of water.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 06, 2020, 04:09 PM
Good luck Jon.  I'd like to join ya but I'm foolishly going to try to catch steelhead in 200cfs of water.

6x and light drag LMAO!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 06, 2020, 04:10 PM
You have quite the rodent infestation there. Good Luck!

Thanks Bart.  Its warm, Flows are safe and ill have a river to myself.  Let's hope nothing scares the crap out of me.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Bartman44 on Nov 06, 2020, 07:31 PM
Thanks Bart.  Its warm, Flows are safe and ill have a river to myself.  Let's hope nothing scares the crap out of me.

Despite the potential, I never did like fishing in the dark, freaks me out, there is something out there in the shadows.   
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 06, 2020, 07:37 PM
I had over a decade of striper fishing where I'd be driving home at 5am because I hated chasing them in the daylight...I got quite comfortable at night, on rocks, sand bars, breachway jetties and the like...what scared me there was tide and waves.  Basically drowning. 

The river is much much scarier and I don't know why.  Perhaps when your on the shore there's only behind you to worry about.  In the woods the creepy stuff is seemingly everywhere.  The better the action the less it bothers me.  Beavers have made me ruin waders. 

Tonight I'm solo so I'm sure I'll get goosebumps once or twice.  Anyone that says they don't get jumpy is not honest.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 07, 2020, 06:47 PM
Fished 2am to 11am....one female brown around 9am.  She had a few eggs and was released quickly.  It was bright last night.  I had some half hearted hits up top and that was about it.  Nice night though.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 10, 2020, 01:06 PM
Setup a new reel for this evenings mission.  Glowing fly line should help things.  Went 1 weight heavy on the 5 weight reel to help turn the bigger mouse patterns over. 


(https://i.postimg.cc/qhwb4DHB/20201110-140103.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/qhwb4DHB)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Nov 10, 2020, 02:53 PM
Setup a new reel for this evenings mission.  Glowing fly line should help things.  Went 1 weight heavy on the 5 weight reel to help turn the bigger mouse patterns over. 


(https://i.postimg.cc/qhwb4DHB/20201110-140103.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/qhwb4DHB)

That looks really neat! I wonder how the fish react to it. Maybe an attractor of sorts, or maybe....
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 10, 2020, 03:33 PM
That looks really neat! I wonder how the fish react to it. Maybe an attractor of sorts, or maybe....

Read Dom's stuff on troutbitten....I'm not experimenting, I'm trying stuff that works for a guide that I went with and learned a ton from.  I'm told the best result is from charging the first 6 feet of line.  I'm game. 

They are particularly attracted to the mouse patterns I posted. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Nov 10, 2020, 09:38 PM
Oh cool, thatís the first I had seen of them. I will check them out.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 11, 2020, 09:00 AM
Ya it's already a challenge enough to just fish at night so I'm pulling on those who have more experience.  Its a trip Z.  Empty river and bigger browns. 

I didn't go last night.  Got lazy after work.  Tonight looks real good with the cloud cover.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 13, 2020, 07:42 PM
Fished yesterday 9am to 5pm.  It was a hustle.  Some recently stocked bows (easy targets) and one decent brown in the morning.  Then I covered a ton of water for only a couple small wild browns.  Wrapped up throwing streamers and didn't get a tap.  Good day off from work. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Nov 14, 2020, 03:59 AM
Fished yesterday 9am to 5pm.  It was a hustle.  Some recently stocked bows (easy targets) and one decent brown in the morning.  Then I covered a ton of water for only a couple small wild browns.  Wrapped up throwing streamers and didn't get a tap.  Good day off from work.

Very nice! A day like that does the souls good. If I get a Bambi soon we should link up before it locks.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Nov 14, 2020, 06:30 AM
Very nice! A day like that does the souls good.

X2
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 14, 2020, 12:07 PM
Very nice! A day like that does the souls good. If I get a Bambi soon we should link up before it locks.

The farmington never locks up my man so let's make something happen whenever you are ready.  I'll be there all day tomorrow. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 16, 2020, 11:39 AM
Long day yesterday.  Started at 9 and proceeded to put a hurting to the rainbows on both the fly rod and for the first time in a long time with the spinning rod as well.  The action in the first spot lasted for a few hours.  I stopped counting after the 10th stocked bow.  The rest of the day was slower but we were picking fish here and there.  I was switching back and forth from streamer fishing and euro most of the day.  I think we landed over 30 all together but nothing huge.  No large browns either but did land a number of smaller wild browns.  Rain held out all day too!

Most of the bows looked like this:


(https://i.postimg.cc/8Jh1zhr4/20201115-090801.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/8Jh1zhr4)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Nov 16, 2020, 12:33 PM
Wow, you did well for this time of year! 

You were lucky about the rain holding off too - - although (assuming conditions were the same as in my neck of the woods) the weather was foul enough even without any rain.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Nov 16, 2020, 12:47 PM
Great job Jon!  The Westfield branches have been fishing well with the recent rain.  I got 3 rainbows Thursday and picked up another two on Saturday.  Place was mobbed with hikers saturday but one of the gates is open so after a bumpy ride I was able to get away from the crowds and more importantly find the fish.  Jon the pocket water in the gorge is a euro nymphers dream when the water is up a little.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 16, 2020, 02:12 PM
Lets go Pat
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 16, 2020, 06:54 PM
Wow, you did well for this time of year! 

You were lucky about the rain holding off too - - although (assuming conditions were the same as in my neck of the woods) the weather was foul enough even without any rain.

They stocked the upper section of the farmington from the dam 2 miles down to Riverton.  They do it annually and every year we take a couple hours to educate the newbies. 

Weather wise it was raw, but I haven't had to break out the wax to keep ice of the guides yet! 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Nov 23, 2020, 09:03 AM
I got out for about two hours yesterday evening. Got to the chesterfield gorge by about two. I skipped my usual spots and drove further into the gorge to get away from the hikers and one guy that was in my favorite spot. It took me a little longer to find the fish but I got a smaller bow about 12 inches at the head of the first big pool. I drove down another quarter mile to a spot I havenít fished in some time. I was able to pull out 3 more bows in the 12-15 inch range. Fun couple hours, got my dog out for some exercise and shook off the sadness of losing a solid pike at the net the day prior.


(https://i.postimg.cc/DJ4ymFfw/09-A3-BA9-C-EFEF-459-B-BAD9-0-E189-A3-C54-A1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/DJ4ymFfw)

(https://i.postimg.cc/gr6n2yrH/2-E2-C6-C75-765-F-4039-A933-3-BCC6-EE800-F9.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/gr6n2yrH)

(https://i.postimg.cc/JynhVZ9J/9-E7-DF504-2-CC8-40-F1-BB45-6-A539-E282-F58.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/JynhVZ9J)

(https://i.postimg.cc/vxWYLzVR/ECEB9778-64-B7-405-B-9-C16-FC1-FC37-E9-C8-D.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/vxWYLzVR)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SalmonAndStriper Stalker on Nov 23, 2020, 01:22 PM
hey I finally get to add something to this thread. got a nice tiger and a couple bows on Saturday. tiger hit an orange with green estaz mop fly i found on the ground. bows were caught on a 14 pheasant tail.
(https://i.postimg.cc/grJMy6V5/20201121-100157.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/grJMy6V5)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 23, 2020, 02:07 PM
Nice report fellas.  Pat we will need pike redemption soon!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Nov 23, 2020, 02:32 PM
hey I finally get to add something to this thread. got a nice tiger and a couple bows on Saturday. tiger hit an orange with green estaz mop fly i found on the ground. bows were caught on a 14 pheasant tail.


Nice!  Love those tigers.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Nov 23, 2020, 05:15 PM
Nice job, Pat and Salmon&Striper Stalker (sorry, I've forgotten your real name)!

You both caught a nice bunch of fish.  Particularly that tiger trout - - I too love landing those things.

I had to content myself with a couple mid-sized brown and a few tiny brookies (microfishing at its best) this weekend.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 24, 2020, 07:54 AM
Would love to get a group of us together for some river domination.  I have enough spots to share on the farmington. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SalmonAndStriper Stalker on Nov 24, 2020, 08:42 AM
I might potentially be down. I would be better to go after the new year. looking to get a year ct license next year. I was fishing some ponds west of the Farmington and would always pass over the church pool. looks like an awesome river.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Nov 24, 2020, 10:27 AM
Just got an email about CT's fall stocking and they stocked 70K fish during the fall with a large number of them being very large brook trout and tiger trout.  Hopefully we will see more tiger pics in the future.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 24, 2020, 01:55 PM
I might potentially be down. I would be better to go after the new year. looking to get a year ct license next year. I was fishing some ponds west of the Farmington and would always pass over the church pool. looks like an awesome river.

Its a wicked good time.  Especially when you know all 21 miles of the tma.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: stripernut on Nov 24, 2020, 10:16 PM
Keep me informed, please...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 25, 2020, 07:04 AM
Keep me informed, please...

Would love to have you join to Allan.  I'm still fishing it pretty hard but I think if we want to go as a group and nail a large number of them, spinning or fly the first week in April is the time to do it.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 26, 2020, 02:07 PM
Wet morning but lots of love from rainbows like this guy.


(https://i.postimg.cc/qN0byGtv/20201126-071656.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/qN0byGtv)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: filetandrelease on Nov 26, 2020, 02:28 PM
 
 Well done Jon
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: icefisher47 on Mar 12, 2021, 06:11 PM
Wet morning but lots of love from rainbows like this guy.


(https://i.postimg.cc/qN0byGtv/20201126-071656.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/qN0byGtv)

Nice fish
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Mar 15, 2021, 12:12 PM
Made the first few trips this season.  Dusting off the cobwebs so to speak.  Yesterday I should have stayed home.  Couldn't tight line...it was too windy.  Fished under and indicator unsuccessfully even for recently stocked fish.  No bug activity noticeable.  Flows were nice between 250 and 600 depending on where I fished.  Cold AF!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SalmonAndStriper Stalker on Mar 16, 2021, 09:05 PM
played around with stockies on the cape over the weekend and they were eager to take buggers and mop flies.
(https://i.postimg.cc/7bNQYbTS/20210312-164048.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/7bNQYbTS)

(https://i.postimg.cc/zV6wJ1pn/20210313-055443.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/zV6wJ1pn)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Mar 23, 2021, 09:20 AM
Nice!  My first bow of the season ate a mop fly.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 07, 2021, 06:29 AM
Slow start for me this year.  Been a few times and the catching has been slow despite what I consider ideal flows.  I switched back to fips compliant line and a regulation leader for a bit. 

(https://i.postimg.cc/qNkb2Gcm/20210401-092141.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/qNkb2Gcm)

(https://i.postimg.cc/bGR2kQTR/20210404-115913.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/bGR2kQTR)

So with a slow start I decided to take today off to fish for lakers.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 11, 2021, 10:49 AM

(https://i.postimg.cc/94KPz4bP/20210409-182118.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/94KPz4bP)

(https://i.postimg.cc/K3ynrddR/20210410-083243.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/K3ynrddR)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: BassMaster12 on Apr 11, 2021, 12:59 PM
Nice. Pretty brown there. Gunna be following this thread. Finally got a fly rod this year, should be some fun trial and error.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 11, 2021, 01:56 PM
Very cool.  I'm going to get off the couch in 30 mins and gear up for the evening bite.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Apr 12, 2021, 08:04 AM
Been slow so far for me as well.  I took the ride out to the Deerfield yesterday.  Outside of the Fife Brook Dam catch and release area I didn't see anyone having much luck (saw 2 solid bows landed).  I was really hoping that the overcast day would be in my benefit but I couldn't figure them out.  Water was super low as well.  We already need a good shot of rain.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 14, 2021, 06:23 PM
You can keep the rain.  Perfect flows right now!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 20, 2021, 07:19 AM
Finally the Farmington is waking up.  6-730 last night I found a decent group of rainbows and let them have it.  I stuck a heavy fish I never got to see.  Most likely a larger stocked rainbow.  Ended up with a half dozen.

Interestingly, I had to fish smaller flies than I would this early but hey it worked.  Pat double Tungsten beads tied closer together to get deep.  Top fly (first pic) got more action which could be a decent sign.  They are starting to look up.


(https://i.postimg.cc/WtrQzjdd/20210419-192322.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/WtrQzjdd)

(https://i.postimg.cc/cv1jFnX3/20210419-192308.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/cv1jFnX3)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Apr 20, 2021, 08:13 AM
Finally the Farmington is waking up.  6-730 last night I found a decent group of rainbows and let them have it.  I stuck a heavy fish I never got to see.  Most likely a larger stocked rainbow.  Ended up with a half dozen.

Interestingly, I had to fish smaller flies than I would this early but hey it worked.  Pat double Tungsten beads tied closer together to get deep.  Top fly (first pic) got more action which could be a decent sign.  They are starting to look up.


Hendricksons should be right around the corner.  Should get the fish much more active.  Seeing tons of cased caddis in both the Farmy and westfield branches.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 24, 2021, 10:26 AM
They are finally looking up and I must of happened upon a pile of recently stocked rainbows last night as I was in double digits an hour deep.  Love it when they grab the top fly.  Means they are moving to nab emergers.


(https://i.postimg.cc/dDJqqczJ/Screenshot-20210424-110318-Messages.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/dDJqqczJ)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Apr 24, 2021, 06:35 PM
Congratulations, Jon!  Beautiful fish.  I'm glad to hear the action is heating up in your neck of the woods.

I wish I could say the same thing about things up my way - - The DFW has stocked the local streams, but the fish just don't seem to be hitting.

It's a little odd, too, because the stream levels are just about ideal (albeit low for this time of the year). 

I think it's the cold snaps we've had - - including snow just this past Thursday.

I've had to tide myself over eking out the occasional big sun fish (at Fish Pond) and little (3" to 8") brook trout (at my old reliable stream).
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SalmonAndStriper Stalker on Apr 25, 2021, 01:18 PM
cased caddis everywhere by me
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 26, 2021, 07:07 AM
Fished 11 to 8 yesterday and last count in the first hour.  Great Hendrickson hatch. 


(https://i.postimg.cc/N9fj03mM/20210425-151014.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/N9fj03mM)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 30, 2021, 07:49 AM
2 evenings of slaying on the housy....interupted by a quickly rising river.

(https://i.postimg.cc/0M60XsQr/20210429-191700.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/0M60XsQr)


(https://i.postimg.cc/KR7rHQZ7/20210430-083053.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/KR7rHQZ7)

While most fishermen dislike dams...the benefit is on the farmington you generally won't see the water come up 100 cfs while your out there.  The housy will and did.  Made wading back to the truck more interesting...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Steve H. on Apr 30, 2021, 08:25 AM
Some very nice fish, Jon.  Love that chunk bow.  Need to get down there sometime.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 30, 2021, 10:11 AM
Let me know Steve.  I have about 40 miles of water between two rivers so I'm happy to host anyone from the site that's interested in either river.  (Farmington I have 20 years on, the housy only 2 but the skills are transferable)

The housy is becomes smallie paradise as the water warms up and I have a really good bead on them!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Steve H. on Apr 30, 2021, 11:57 AM
Let me know Steve.  I have about 40 miles of water between two rivers so I'm happy to host anyone from the site that's interested in either river.  (Farmington I have 20 years on, the housy only 2 but the skills are transferable)

The housy is becomes smallie paradise as the water warms up and I have a really good bead on them!

Thanks! 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Apr 30, 2021, 02:54 PM
Very nice, brown!

Holy Toledo, the river really rose quickly according to that chart.

I imagine the high water will continue for awhile given all the rainy weather we've had the past few days.

Presumably, the "drought" that the weather folks have been talking about is over now.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 30, 2021, 03:07 PM
Jim you could tell it was going up while I was out there.  Also I realize I missed an email on our free fishing days.  Newborn aside I'd say you can plan on visiting.  More likely than not I will be able to visit the housy for a bit since it's 20 mins away.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 01, 2021, 08:02 AM
Cold morning.  0 bug activity and the action followed suit.  2 bows one over 18"...probably was a good Morning for streamers with the dropping water.


(https://i.postimg.cc/phpGBNjL/Image-20210501-0745192595626366398254837.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/phpGBNjL)



(https://i.postimg.cc/1876CqMW/Image-20210501-0752575669938089489866323.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/1876CqMW)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 03, 2021, 07:02 AM

(https://i.postimg.cc/bGqckxjw/20210502-153925.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/bGqckxjw)

(https://i.postimg.cc/MctkDnWb/20210502-154324.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/MctkDnWb)

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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: hunts2long on May 03, 2021, 07:44 AM
Nice pictures and great fish. Thanks for sharing...h2l
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 03, 2021, 08:14 AM
Nice pictures and great fish. Thanks for sharing...h2l

You are welcome.  Here's to a good sacandaga season!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 03, 2021, 08:54 AM
Wind and the afternoon storm blew me off of colebrook yesterday so I made the best of it with spinning gear in the MA section of the farmy. Water was a little stained and running a bit high so glad I left the long rod home. Got two solid bows to hand and lost a handful more in the fast water. Almost everyone was doing some aerial maneuvers to get free.


(https://i.postimg.cc/zV4DJ0X0/475216-E3-3301-4-C4-F-B146-49-C99-AE10-B0-F.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/zV4DJ0X0)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Lq3m3Skb/B89395-CC-0388-4739-9-BF1-61-CE07-A12612.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Lq3m3Skb)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on May 03, 2021, 10:02 AM
Jon and Pat:

Those are some great photos of browns and rainbows!

Sounds like a great day out for both of you.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 03, 2021, 10:06 AM
Always wanted to long rod that section Pat.  Forgot to mention that I got bored and added a third Thomas and Thomas contact to my collection.  The contact 2.  I was skeptical that it would be improved but I fished half a day with both the old 10' 3w and the new contact 2 10' 3w.  The new one is noticeably improved.  Pat if you want to borrow/use my 10'8" 3w it's gathering dust.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 03, 2021, 03:24 PM
Always wanted to long rod that section Pat.  Forgot to mention that I got bored and added a third Thomas and Thomas contact to my collection.  The contact 2.  I was skeptical that it would be improved but I fished half a day with both the old 10' 3w and the new contact 2 10' 3w.  The new one is noticeably improved.  Pat if you want to borrow/use my 10'8" 3w it's gathering dust.

I may take you up on that.  Using the mono rig on a normal 8.5 footer isn't cutting it.  We need to meet up soon so you can teach me a few things.  I thought I was a pro after the first time out but been a struggle this spring.  If you want to hit that section I'd do it sooner than later.  It drops quick and was running close to perfect.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Bartman44 on May 03, 2021, 06:16 PM
Nice looking trout and sun shot. I have to get back over there someday.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 04, 2021, 09:43 AM
Nice looking trout and sun shot. I have to get back over there someday.

Happy to host you Bart or at least point you in the direction of pools that are mostly ignored.  It's a tremendous river.  Right now the farmington averages 4000 trout per mile that trims down to 2-3000 per mile by summer with some harvest.  Even so it's really hard to have a bad day on the farmington.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 04, 2021, 09:44 AM
I may take you up on that.  Using the mono rig on a normal 8.5 footer isn't cutting it.  We need to meet up soon so you can teach me a few things.  I thought I was a pro after the first time out but been a struggle this spring.  If you want to hit that section I'd do it sooner than later.  It drops quick and was running close to perfect.

I had some struggles too.  And anytime on the 10'8.  It works well, and I do use it but more when the water is low and I need more reach.  I'm game whenever you are Pat. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Bartman44 on May 04, 2021, 07:07 PM
Happy to host you Bart or at least point you in the direction of pools that are mostly ignored.  It's a tremendous river.  Right now the farmington averages 4000 trout per mile that trims down to 2-3000 per mile by summer with some harvest.  Even so it's really hard to have a bad day on the farmington.

Thanks, I have fished it a few times and there is indeed  a lot of great looking river to explore well beyond the community holes.  I just need to retire so I can spend more time on the water and less time at work. Soon.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 05, 2021, 02:39 PM
The water downstream of the Collinsville dam is lightly fished and has some solid wild browns to tangle with!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 06, 2021, 02:15 PM
Fished the higher water last night right in Riverton.  I generally don't fish up that way so it was nice to land a few despite the bump in flow. (Up 300 cfs from the previous day)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 08, 2021, 07:34 AM
When you think you have a pb brown....and instead it's a giant sucker....



(https://i.postimg.cc/pp7ngTgM/20210507-131100.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/pp7ngTgM)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on May 08, 2021, 08:19 AM
When you think you have a pb brown....and instead it's a giant sucker....



(https://i.postimg.cc/pp7ngTgM/20210507-131100.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/pp7ngTgM)

Haha, definitely disappointing when you think itís a brown, but man do those suckers fight hard!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: ICEHOLE on May 08, 2021, 09:02 AM
Haha, definitely disappointing when you think itís a brown, but man do those suckers fight hard!
Hope you kept it for belly strip trailer and chum   :D
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 08, 2021, 03:18 PM
I let him go.  I think the area I was in will be good for trapping bait when it warms up.


(https://i.postimg.cc/mh7VT05X/20210508-123920.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/mh7VT05X)


Had a few hours this morning.  Landed one bow that was about 4lbs...one fin rotten.  The tiger was really good looking!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on May 08, 2021, 04:06 PM
Nice tiger! Do you run into those often? And what do you mean by rotten fin? Like a stocker fin that wore off in the tank?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 08, 2021, 05:09 PM
Not too often.  Yes one of its fins was like melted off.  Pretty gross.  For a heavy trout it fought like crap too!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 09, 2021, 03:04 PM
Got out 12-330.  Lost count.  Mostly bows, and strangely more brookies than browns.  Flow was a bit high still which I enjoyed. 

One fish came unstuck and got me.  Thankful for barbless...


(https://i.postimg.cc/1n9wYP4W/20210509-133006.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/1n9wYP4W)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 13, 2021, 09:16 AM
Caddis hatch has begun. Had some spinner falls as well last night.  Flow 1000 cfs or so fishing the lower end of the farmington.  All browns last night which was odd!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 14, 2021, 09:26 PM
Another evening of caddis.  Caught a couple handfuls.  One brown was really nice.  Wild roughly 20".  Hit the tag fly.  Wanted a pic badly but the line for my point fly wrapped around his head several times taking all the seconds I had for a pic.

Pat we gotta go soon!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 17, 2021, 06:36 AM
The 5am to 9 session was better than the 2-6 session.  Good day.  Caught a lot of bows like this one.
(https://i.postimg.cc/Vrm4Tdbx/20210516-061044.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Vrm4Tdbx)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 20, 2021, 09:00 PM
Fished 6 to 9 on the housy last night and caught mostly wild browns. Nothing huge but it didn't matter because of how they fight.  Always reminds me of big stripers because they weave around stuff and actively try to break your leader.  I've hooked a couple admirable browns in the housy I had no chance of landing...maybe one day...

Tonight was another great caddis night but on the Farmington.  Fished 5 to 8.  Lots of brookies in the second spot I fished.  The trout are moving into my favorite water.  Fast shallow white water.  When the right flies land they get smashed instantaneously. 


(https://i.postimg.cc/PvhptqT8/20210520-192702.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/PvhptqT8)

(https://i.postimg.cc/dZB7DKVN/20210520-182801.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/dZB7DKVN)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on May 20, 2021, 10:40 PM
Sounds like some great action!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 25, 2021, 07:08 AM
Another decent night on the housy.  Highlight was a wild brown of about 18".  That and I fell...hard....getting down to the water down a rock wall.  Hit my knee pretty hard.  Was happy I didn't rip my waders...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 26, 2021, 09:54 AM
Finally had a few hours to fish after work yesterday. Hit one of my favorite sections of the west branch of the Westfield. Water was much more fish able than last time I visited and I was able to bring a nice brown and a rainbow to hand. Lost a much bigger brown at the net and had a few other takes. Was also visited by a very curious beaver who was in the process of damming up one of the better pools on the river. Feel like there needs to be an open season on them with all of the new lodges and dams Iím seeing.

Adipose would make you think itís wild or a holdover but Iím leaning toward stocked.
(https://i.postimg.cc/tZ8RFMx8/A86556-AE-7-AEE-4195-B33-F-8506-B17-ECCC6.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/tZ8RFMx8)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 27, 2021, 04:30 PM
I need a net just for better pics.  Great work Pat.  On the farmy tonight if you are around.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 01, 2021, 08:43 AM
Got out to the west branch again once the sun popped out of the clouds yesterday evening. There was an insane caddis hatch but nothing seemed to be coming up to the surface. I got my biggest rainbow Iíve caught in a while and one other smaller one with a couple of misses mixed in. Fished 3 different sections of river and saw a GD beaver in every spot.


(https://i.postimg.cc/2VnGJWvt/625-F4-B6-A-40-A2-4403-929-C-4-ED92-FBB1-F03.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/2VnGJWvt)

(https://i.postimg.cc/S25V07DB/ACC9-C817-84-D0-444-D-A73-E-968765608835.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/S25V07DB)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Jun 01, 2021, 10:36 AM
Beautiful bows!

How were the stream levels?  Was it roaring?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 01, 2021, 11:25 AM
Beautiful bows!

How were the stream levels?  Was it roaring?

Thanks Jim!  The main stem was extremely high.  The west branch was fishable but much higher than it was last week when I went there.  The east and west branches will be back to normal in a couple of days as they don't have as many tribs to keep them high.  For a worm fisherman I'd think you would like higher flows due to the run off naturally bringing worms into the equation.  I caught one of my best browns on a worm in the west branch.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 03, 2021, 07:35 AM
Looking good Pat.  I fished last night, not a sniff.   Previous night 1 bow.  High water has slowed me down.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 03, 2021, 09:04 AM
Looking good Pat.  I fished last night, not a sniff.   Previous night 1 bow.  High water has slowed me down.

I tried briefly last night as well.  Same story.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 04, 2021, 11:13 AM
I tried briefly last night as well.  Same story.

I should have over-weighted and fished longer tippet but just wanted to get out.  Sulphurs and iso's starting to pop near the end of the tma.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 16, 2021, 10:58 AM
(https://i.postimg.cc/9z7DwnpH/20210705-063801.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/9z7DwnpH)

(https://i.postimg.cc/grm0r2n8/20210704-174449.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/grm0r2n8)

(https://i.postimg.cc/9zbQ9H7S/20210705-062341.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/9zbQ9H7S)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Jul 16, 2021, 02:13 PM
Great mixed bag, Jon!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 16, 2021, 03:32 PM
Thanks Mike. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Jul 16, 2021, 03:40 PM
Glad to see you're fishing (and posting) again.

Nice fishies too!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Bartman44 on Jul 16, 2021, 07:51 PM
I like that brown, great looking fish. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 17, 2021, 08:02 AM
Thanks guys.  I've been getting out just been extremely busy with the little guy so I haven't been online.

Bart that's one of the larger browns I've landed on the fly.  Jig streamer.  Great fight.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 14, 2021, 07:36 PM
Dusting the cobwebs off and back into the night trout game.  Night creatures galore last night on the housy.  Missed a decent brown before it got dark.  Then nothing but night creature noises to keep me on my toes.  1200 cfs...really would be ideal at 900 especially wading at night.  Bwo's dominated the dusk hatch but dont fish dries. 

(https://i.postimg.cc/FkgwV1YC/20211014-102310.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/FkgwV1YC)

(https://i.postimg.cc/3dYsJjqs/20211013-190442.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/3dYsJjqs)

Looking forward to getting after some streamer browns in the coming weeks.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Steve H. on Oct 14, 2021, 08:10 PM
Love this, Jon.  Not a lot of people are willing to put in the work after dark.  Cool that you're giving it a solid effort.  Good luck and hope you stick a pig.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Oct 14, 2021, 08:19 PM
I'm just glad tp see someone else if still fresh water fishing (and posting about it).

I hope you nail them your next time out.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: stripernut on Oct 14, 2021, 09:07 PM
I have spent the last week out in CO for my son's "None-Covid" wedding. I did not get all that much fishing in but still had a great time and some of the spots were breathtaking...
(https://i.imgur.com/yDErc37l.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/uedhsJbl.jpg)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Oct 15, 2021, 09:15 AM
Beautiful fish and country.  Really wish I was into fishing in college like I am now since I went out to CO, Utah and Whistler.  I saw fliers for wild steelhead fishing in Whistler but back then I didn't even know it was something you could do in the winter.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Oct 15, 2021, 09:17 AM
I'm just glad tp see someone else if still fresh water fishing (and posting about it).

I hope you nail them your next time out.

I'm back on the DL.  Pretty frustrating to not be able to fish my favorite time of year.  Have over a week off to fish the Salmon River in late November but don't think I'll be wading by then.  Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 15, 2021, 09:51 AM
I'm back on the DL.  Pretty frustrating to not be able to fish my favorite time of year.  Have over a week off to fish the Salmon River in late November but don't think I'll be wading by then.  Fingers crossed.

Sailing Sat and Sunday for tog, bring a folding chair and youll be fine!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 15, 2021, 09:52 AM
I have spent the last week out in CO for my son's "None-Covid" wedding. I did not get all that much fishing in but still had a great time and some of the spots were breathtaking...
(https://i.imgur.com/yDErc37l.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/uedhsJbl.jpg)

Looking good Allan!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 15, 2021, 09:53 AM
Love this, Jon.  Not a lot of people are willing to put in the work after dark.  Cool that you're giving it a solid effort.  Good luck and hope you stick a pig.

I love it.  More fun to go with a buddy as things tend to feel less spooky with backup.  Westwrnmass and I have gone together and had a riot of a night.  Lots of hits not many hookups. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Bartman44 on Oct 15, 2021, 06:34 PM
Great brookie and congrats on your son's wedding. Not easy pulling weddings off nowadays, my youngest just got married in July after postponing for  a year.   
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: stripernut on Oct 15, 2021, 10:28 PM
Before Covid my son and bride to be put a bunch of money down to rent out a whole lodge (SilverPick), covid closed the lodge and they would only put off for a year, but not give the money back... So last year we flew out for a small "Covid Wedding", it was very nice (and MUCH cheaper). This year most of her family came for this wedding, a much bigger, more expensive and party in to the morning, celebration happened... But with less fishing.
(https://i.imgur.com/zcxSk4Wl.jpg)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: BassMaster12 on Oct 16, 2021, 05:11 PM
Cool stuff. Been to Colorado once but didn't fish, need to go back some day. And congrats to them.

Anyways, I can finally contribute a little to this thread. Just picked up a fly rod a few months ago and have barley had time to use it. Went out on a local stocked pond earlier today and was getting more of a feel for it. Ended up with 5 sunnies (biggest 9-10") and no trout. Was still a ton of fun. Still have some kinks to work out and a lot to learn but I will say I think I'm starting to go down a whole new rabbit hole in my fishing habit.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 17, 2021, 07:41 AM
I threw the 8w for a bit yesterday when albies approached the boat while blackfishing.  I didnt hook up. 

Great pic Allan.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Dec 14, 2021, 03:07 PM
Still at it.  Couple bigger specimens.

(https://i.postimg.cc/FY6bwCRH/20211211-083722.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/FY6bwCRH)

(https://i.postimg.cc/gw6ypyXq/20211211-070603.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/gw6ypyXq)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Dec 14, 2021, 04:19 PM
Still at it.  Couple bigger specimens.

Kudos! Very impressive that (a) you are still at it and (b) the fish in the stream are still biting at this late stage of the year. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Dec 14, 2021, 06:47 PM
Thanks Jim.  They were in slow moving water on the bottom.  You can catch them all year but the so called "bite windows" get smaller and smaller.  Some of my best river days in the winter are when its snowing.

I can think if a few pools you showed me where they should be stacked.  The one with the cliff in particular.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Dec 14, 2021, 08:47 PM
Thanks Jim.  They were in slow moving water on the bottom.  You can catch them all year but the so called "bite windows" get smaller and smaller.  Some of my best river days in the winter are when its snowing.

I can think if a few pools you showed me where they should be stacked.  The one with the cliff in particular.

Yeah, but I'll have to fix my chest waders to fish it.  Fortunately, I recently bought a can of Flex Paste, so that'll be my project for Christmas break,
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Dec 16, 2021, 06:49 AM
For cheap money loon makes uv wader repair that works well.  I have a pair of simms freestone breathables with a small leak collecting dust.  All yours if you want them.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Bartman44 on Dec 17, 2021, 06:44 PM
Still at it.  Couple bigger specimens.

(https://i.postimg.cc/FY6bwCRH/20211211-083722.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/FY6bwCRH)

(https://i.postimg.cc/gw6ypyXq/20211211-070603.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/gw6ypyXq)

Solid fish right there, way to keep it going.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Mar 18, 2022, 07:24 AM
Might annoint myself in the farmington this evening once were at max temps. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Mar 24, 2022, 02:12 PM
Dusted off the long rod gear and hit a couple spots on the upper Farmington.  The catching was slow but I was focusing on areas that hadnt been stocked yet.  Felt good to get out.  2 rainbows landed one on the 6w fishing and indicator in deep slow water and 1 on the 3w euro nymphing.  Looking forward to the season progressing and really looking forward to hopper dropper season!


(https://i.postimg.cc/JGvhvCYS/20220319-071434.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/JGvhvCYS)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: BassMaster12 on Mar 24, 2022, 03:13 PM
Good stuff man. Might need to make my way up as I'm getting anxious and down here in RI all rivers/ waters deemed to be trout stocked are closed until the 2nd Saturday in April. I know of some of the rivers in Mass, not too familiar with them yet but that's all part of the adventure
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Mar 24, 2022, 09:26 PM
Dusted off the long rod gear and hit a couple spots on the upper Farmington.  The catching was slow but I was focusing on areas that hadnt been stocked yet.  Felt good to get out.  2 rainbows landed one on the 6w fishing and indicator in deep slow water and 1 on the 3w euro nymphing.  Looking forward to the season progressing and really looking forward to hopper dropper season!

Congratulations on your maiden outing for the season. 

I'm amazed at how early they stock down that way (even if you weren't fishing the sections where they stocked).
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Mar 25, 2022, 07:06 AM
Yes Jim they start early.  If I want to avoid them I hit the housy which only gets stocked in the fall. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Jethro on Mar 25, 2022, 01:08 PM
Sorry if I'm off-topic, but has anyone used the DRYFT brand of waders? They seem to be one of the only brands that has a fit for my short, round body and size 10 shoe. The waders I've tried that fit my belly were for a 7 foot tall person with a size 15 foot.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Mar 25, 2022, 06:44 PM
The guys that make lively legs are big fans.  Ive wanted to try them because I have had seam leaks in every pair of simms Ive owned, even the g3's and g4's. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Mar 26, 2022, 02:49 AM
What's up people of the fishfinder forum!?!?! Ill be doing some fly-fishing in the next few days so as long as I remember how to fish, ill have some pics.
Everyone doing well?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Mar 28, 2022, 07:10 AM
All good here Mike!  I fished some wild brown trout water yesterday and got the skunk!


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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: stripernut on Mar 28, 2022, 02:22 PM
My plan is to hit the Chu Sunday morning and then go uncover our new boat...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Mar 28, 2022, 03:41 PM
Got skunked (again) on the Hoosic but managed to "save face" by catching a whopping (4") brookie (LOL) on a smaller stream this past weekend.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Mar 29, 2022, 05:42 PM
Trouting this time of year can be feast or famine.  Small but concentrated bite windows.

Allan thats awesome.  I need to finish paying my slip fees and get a new lower on the big boat.

Jim it wasnt for lack of effort I am sure.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 04, 2022, 08:49 PM
This is as urban as I like to get and the farthest south I fish the farmington.  I started 18 miles upstream for zero hits Sunday afternoon before heading south.  First spot 600 cfs not bad.  South almost 1100 and tricky wading.  One bow one brown and thats all she wrote.  Krelex jig streamer on the 3w.

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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Apr 05, 2022, 01:16 PM
This is as urban as I like to get and the farthest south I fish the farmington.  I started 18 miles upstream for zero hits Sunday afternoon before heading south.  First spot 600 cfs not bad.  South almost 1100 and tricky wading.  One bow one brown and thats all she wrote.  Krelex jig streamer on the 3w.

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Nice work Jon.  I only had a couple of hours Sunday and hit my local freestones.  Although they stated they had stocked I would have guessed otherwise unless they stocked skunks!  There were a considerable amount of bugs coming off the water, mostly small black stones and some cased caddis on the rocks, but I didn't see nor hook anything.  I tried a handful of spots over a few hours and called it quits before the weather rolled in.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Apr 18, 2022, 09:54 AM
After doing some yardwork Saturday before the rain started I figured I would hit the local freestones that have been stocked.  I started up close to Jim's neck of the woods in the Windsor/Cummington area of the Westfield branches.  The rain started right when I exited the truck and I struck out on the first few spots I tried.  I decided to work my way back toward the Huntington area and hit one of my regular spots on the west branch.  I don't frequent this spot to often as it takes some bush wacking to get into but it paid off.  I landed 3 nice bows and dropped a couple of others.  2 of the bows fought well and were around 14" but were thick and even pulled some drag.


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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 18, 2022, 01:23 PM
Nice Pat.  We need to link up soon and beat up the farmington.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 21, 2022, 08:15 PM
Finally a double digit morning.  Found a pod of stockies and let them have it.  They were eating the dropper (sexy walts) and the point fly (pats rubber legs) equally.  Cold morning but it didnt matter.  Also caught this oddball.  I know people like the novelty I hate these dumb things....


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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Apr 21, 2022, 08:36 PM
Finally a double digit morning.  Found a pod of stockies and let them have it.  They were eating the dropper (sexy walts) and the point fly (pats rubber legs) equally.  Cold morning but it didnt matter.  Also caught this oddball.  I know people like the novelty I hate these dumb things....
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Two things.

First, there's really a fly called a "sexy walts"?  Really?

Second, what is the oddball?  It looks kinda like a rainbow, but where did the orange come from?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: The Jigger on Apr 21, 2022, 10:26 PM
Two things.

First, there's really a fly called a "sexy walts"?  Really?

Second, what is the oddball?  It looks kinda like a rainbow, but where did the orange come from?
People call them golden trout. I don't know the technical name.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Apr 22, 2022, 01:53 AM
Palmino is what some people call them.  Funny thing is the water was so high I couldnt see the fish, normally you can pick them out pretty easy.

Jim - walts worm = no hot spot (bright collar of thread near the bead)  Sexy walts = hot spot.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Apr 22, 2022, 12:43 PM
Two things.

First, there's really a fly called a "sexy walts"?  Really?

Second, what is the oddball?  It looks kinda like a rainbow, but where did the orange come from?

It's another cross breed similar to a tiger trout.  It is the product of breeding rainbows with golden trout.

The names of flies have become increasingly ridiculous IMO.  As evidence of Kelly Galloup's Sex Dungeon streamer.  It started out as a walt's worm and they added colored thread to the collar and now its a "sexy walts".
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Apr 30, 2022, 06:50 AM
Got out after work yesterday for a little over a hour and put a hurting on some stockers. I managed to pull in 7 rainbows in the 11-14Ē range. We could already use some rain or freestone fishing wonít last long.


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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Apr 30, 2022, 02:19 PM
Seven fish in a little over an hour is one helluva day in my book!  Congratulations!

While you may well be right, I'm a little surprised you're worried about a lack of rain because the streams in my neck of the woods still seemed kinda "up" today - - although I admit it's still early in the season.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 02, 2022, 07:14 AM
Got out yesterday am and lost count by 730 on recently stocked pellet heads.  One wild brown to make my day.


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Healthy bows.  Jim this was the big rock spot we fished on the farmington in peoples forest.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on May 02, 2022, 07:46 AM
Got out yesterday am and lost count by 730 on recently stocked pellet heads.  One wild brown to make my day.
Healthy bows.  Jim this was the big rock spot we fished on the farmington in peoples forest.

Great looking fish!  Sounds like an awesome day out on the stream,
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Steve H. on May 02, 2022, 07:56 AM
Got out yesterday am and lost count by 730 on recently stocked pellet heads.  One wild brown to make my day.

Nice fish!  Hoping to have similar success on the Deerfield in a couple weeks.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 02, 2022, 11:15 AM
Nice fish!  Hoping to have similar success on the Deerfield in a couple weeks.

Good luck.  Always willing to show you what I know on the farmington.  Usually euro nymphing but do it all aside from drys.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Steve H. on May 02, 2022, 12:43 PM
Good luck.  Always willing to show you what I know on the farmington.  Usually euro nymphing but do it all aside from drys.

For the Deerfield trip, was thinking about picking up an entry-level Echo 10' 3 wt.  Otherwise I'll be nymphing with an older 9' 4wt that I don't particularly enjoy any more.  (For dries and streamers, I have a couple sweet Sage setups.)

I'd love to try the Farmington sometime, thanks for the offer. 

Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 02, 2022, 08:23 PM
Ive heard good things about the Echo, dont think you could go wrong there.

I made it out this evening on the housy.  4 rainbows, 1 brown.  1040 cfs, first time it was low enough to wade safely.  Nymphed first then threw a mouse for a bit.  Mouse got popped once but no fish.


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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 05, 2022, 07:24 AM
Fished last night on the housy, flow wnet up a bit to 1180 but was managable.  3 browns and 3 bows.  A nice night with clouds and showers.  I think the challenging wading and the largeness of the river makes for an exciting evening. 


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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 05, 2022, 09:24 AM
Fished last night on the housy, flow wnet up a bit to 1180 but was managable.  3 browns and 3 bows.  A nice night with clouds and showers.  I think the challenging wading and the largeness of the river makes for an exciting evening. 


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Do they stock bows in the housy down near you?  I believe in MA they only stock browns as they thought the pollution from GE up that way wouldn't allow trout to survive.  They then found wild browns reproducing up there and decided to supplement those with stocked brown trout only.  I did get a good sized bow last year up in Lee but that's the only one that I have seen before.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 05, 2022, 02:45 PM
Yes they do.  Those fish dont seem to stick around though.  State and privately stocked via a club but only a small section of the housy.  Bows ive been getting are smaller, some have really nice par marks.  The wild brown size potential is really solid in this stretch.  Caught a few over 20" last year.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Steve H. on May 06, 2022, 07:51 AM
Caught a few over 20" last year.

Very nice....were those on mice?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 06, 2022, 09:54 AM
Very nice....were those on mice?

No those were nymph fish during caddis/sulphur hatches during the day.  I mouse the housy in a very limited fashion because I am generally alone and the wading is difficult. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 06, 2022, 08:43 PM
Made it out today from 2 to 530 on the farmington.  Probably landed around 20 between 4 pools.  Hendrickson spinner falls were making the trout aggressive but only in a couple pools.  Biggest brown took a bmar hendrickson nymph.  Also Im tired of leaky simms waders.  Time to send them back. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Steve H. on May 07, 2022, 07:09 AM
Biggest brown took a bmar hendrickson nymph.

Just checked out Bruce's website and watched a tying video. Great stuff. Looks like he sells nice flies at a very fair price.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 07, 2022, 07:36 AM
His stuff is good.  We spoke about going on a dry fly trip because its one thing I dont do a ton of and could be better at.  Upcountry sells his flies. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 10, 2022, 06:03 PM
Got into a few fish on the housy this afternoon.  Two bows were large.


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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: taxid on May 12, 2022, 10:18 PM
Got into a few fish on the housy this afternoon.  Two bows were large.


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Wow the colors on that bow are stunning!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on May 16, 2022, 05:47 PM
Wow the colors on that bow are stunning!

X2!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 24, 2022, 12:21 PM
I got out for some stripers on the long rod over the weekend.  I started off on the south facing beaches Sunday with my surfcasting gear but timed the tide wrong wasn't about to wait for it to turn while also casting in a stiff wind.  I opted to take 45 minute ride down the coast to what I hoped was a secluded estuary but the wind didn't care.  I did catch the tide right but couldn't cast all that far with the long rod.  I was able to get a few casts out to the drop off that I like to target and came tight with two small stripers.  It is a little later than typical for me but I got the saltwater skunk off.  Now I'm looking forward to cuttyhunk in a few weeks.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 24, 2022, 06:01 PM
Good stuff Pat.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Bartman44 on May 24, 2022, 06:55 PM
And it begins. I hope to get out there next week, way to break the ice.     
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 27, 2022, 06:53 PM
Made it out from 1230 to 6.  Good bite in the pools I fished.  Flow is a bit low.  Lots of fat rainbows.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on May 31, 2022, 09:46 AM
Decided to let the Memorial Day crowds disperse before I ventured out to fish yesterday. The farmy is starting to become an absolute zoo, sorry Jon. Arrived at the river at like 730 and drove around checking spots for close to an hour but there were multiple people at each pull off. I tried a dry for a bit w no luck and decided to wait for dark. Place cleared out at dark and fished two runs all to myself. I hooked two fish on mice, had two other blow ups and landed one nice wild (I believe) brown of about 17Ē. Put up a good fight but the other one I lost felt much larger as they always do. Hooked both actually on the swinging w almost no movement on the retrieve.


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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on May 31, 2022, 11:10 AM
Great job Pat, love to see it!  Its been quiet where I have been fishing at the tail end of the tma.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on May 31, 2022, 06:34 PM
Decided to let the Memorial Day crowds disperse before I ventured out to fish [the farmy] yesterday. . . . I hooked two fish on mice, had two other blow ups and landed one nice wild (I believe) brown of about 17Ē. Put up a good fight but the other one I lost felt much larger as they always do.

Wow, congratulations!  A 17" brown is one helluva fish.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: BerkshireBass on Jun 01, 2022, 09:42 AM
Made it out to the Deerfield Monday evening with my father. We were on the water at 4pm but there wasnít much happening in the broad sunlight as expected, but as soon as we found a deeper pool in the shade we started catching fish. There was a very light mixed hatch that had the fish looking up but not selective. We were getting rises to mayfly, caddis, and various emerger patterns plus one I picked up swinging a wet. After a while a young couple on a float boat came through, and we were content with the amount of action we had, so we let them have the pool and moved upstream to a pool we donít fish often. As evening turned to dusk and then to dark a steady rise of several fish came about and we were each able to pick off one more fish at the second pool. My total count was nine fish, 3 stocked browns, 2 wild browns, and 4 rainbows. Dad landed 5 including a heavy 17 inch brown. All in dries except for the one swinging a wet. One of the best days of the season so far and it gonna be a hard one to beat
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 01, 2022, 11:41 AM
Thats a good day.  I went to the housy last night with the intention on mousing (pat motivated me) but I went too early and had a decent bite euro-nymphing so I went back early.  Need to get out there when its pitch black.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 01, 2022, 12:36 PM
That is a heck of an evening on the Deerfield.  Congrats on getting them on dries.  It is not something that I tend to get large numbers using.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 09, 2022, 11:43 AM
Had a memorable night Monday night....I was bringing in a small native brown that was smashed by a giant brown on the surface and missed.  Naturally I dropped the poor guy back a bit and he got gobbled but with only 2 #16 flies I knew I wasnt landing the big brown which was only attached to my line by its desire to hold onto and consume the smaller brown.  I let things settle for 35 minutes or so fishing another run, switched to a jig streamer, hooked the big greedy brown and fought it for a while before losing it yet again.  Id estimate it was easily 19-20".  Book marked the spot mentally for mousing.  That brown is a meat eater for sure.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: stripernut on Jun 09, 2022, 02:04 PM
Very cool!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Jun 09, 2022, 05:37 PM
Had a memorable night Monday night....I was bringing in a small native brown that was smashed by a giant brown on the surface and missed.  . .. .  Id estimate it was easily 19-20".  . . .

Out of curiousity, how big was the small brown?

I cann't recall ever seeing a big trout actually gobble up a small one.

Definitely an interesting experience.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Dirt23 on Jun 10, 2022, 05:51 AM
Where we go in Maine you always play out those 4 to 6 inch brookies because they are on the menu for great grandfather brookies.  Pretty cool maybe next time you'll get him
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: KingPerch on Jun 10, 2022, 06:18 AM
Had a memorable night Monday night....I was bringing in a small native brown that was smashed by a giant brown on the surface and missed.  Naturally I dropped the poor guy back a bit and he got gobbled but with only 2 #16 flies I knew I wasnt landing the big brown which was only attached to my line by its desire to hold onto and consume the smaller brown.  I let things settle for 35 minutes or so fishing another run, switched to a jig streamer, hooked the big greedy brown and fought it for a while before losing it yet again.  Id estimate it was easily 19-20".  Book marked the spot mentally for mousing.  That brown is a meat eater for sure.
That brown will pay next trip!!😈🎣
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 10, 2022, 06:57 AM
Out of curiousity, how big was the small brown?

I cann't recall ever seeing a big trout actually gobble up a small one.

Definitely an interesting experience.

Maybe 5 to 6" max.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 17, 2022, 10:00 PM
First northshore striper trip last night.  Brought the 10w with a fast sinktip and got a skunk, onshore wind and that sinking line made me quit fast.  So I jigged and missed a couple bass.  My buddy landed 2.  Fished 9pm-1am.  Tripped an hour in and got pretty wet and cold and kept going.  Had the entire beach to ourselves. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Jun 19, 2022, 07:13 PM
First northshore striper trip last night.  Brought the 10w with a fast sinktip and got a skunk, onshore wind and that sinking line made me quit fast.  So I jigged and missed a couple bass.  My buddy landed 2.  Fished 9pm-1am.  Tripped an hour in and got pretty wet and cold and kept going.  Had the entire beach to ourselves.

Sounds like a great night to me
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 21, 2022, 06:53 AM
I skipped out fathers day evening and had a good night including what I think may be my pb rainbow on the 3w.  Excuse the poor pic it fought for so long I knew I didnt have much time.  5/6lbs.


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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Jun 21, 2022, 07:14 AM
I skipped out fathers day evening and had a good night including what I think may be my pb rainbow on the 3w.  Excuse the poor pic it fought for so long I knew I didnt have much time.  5/6lbs.

Beautiful fish!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 21, 2022, 11:19 AM
Beautiful fish!

I fished the goose pool yesterday and was surprised there were 0 smallies.  Maybe for the best as the native browns were chewing.  Did you make it back there on fathers day?  I waded down from a couple miles upstream, not sure how grown in the trail is/was.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Bartman44 on Jun 22, 2022, 08:02 PM
I skipped out fathers day evening and had a good night including what I think may be my pb rainbow on the 3w.  Excuse the poor pic it fought for so long I knew I didnt have much time.  5/6lbs.


(https://i.postimg.cc/RJ1TY1hd/20220619-174927.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/RJ1TY1hd)

Cool looking trout, no dots.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 23, 2022, 08:25 AM
Cool looking trout, no dots.

What tickles my curiosity is this river can support native browns that large, there are native bows but to a lessor extent.  I think thats a slobbly stockie but wouldnt it be cool if it was a giant wild bow.  Unlikely but fun to think about.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Steve H. on Jun 23, 2022, 08:37 AM
I skipped out fathers day evening and had a good night including what I think may be my pb rainbow on the 3w.  Excuse the poor pic it fought for so long I knew I didnt have much time.  5/6lbs.

Nice catch and gorgeous colors on that fish!   Must have been a hoot on the 3.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Jun 23, 2022, 08:48 AM
What tickles my curiosity is this river can support native browns that large, there are native bows but to a lessor extent.  I think thats a slobbly stockie but wouldnt it be cool if it was a giant wild bow.  Unlikely but fun to think about.

Out of curiousity, have you caught any good-sized brookies on the Farmington, presumably near the mouth of smaller streams flowing into it?

Or are there "just" browns and rainbows (and small mouth, of course)?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 23, 2022, 02:56 PM
Out of curiousity, have you caught any good-sized brookies on the Farmington, presumably near the mouth of smaller streams flowing into it?

Or are there "just" browns and rainbows (and small mouth, of course)?

Yes there are.  I have caught a few this season in the stretch you fished.  Not that big, I think Ive topped out around 15-17" which are respectable.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 25, 2022, 10:08 AM
Interesting night on the housy 2 nights ago.  Nailed some smallies on streamers then switched to iso dries which got gobbled up by more bass, the trout ignored them.  Evening turned to night and I switched to a mouse...never would have guessed it but a respectable rock bass ate the mouse.  Greedy guy!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 27, 2022, 09:40 AM
Got back from a 10 year old bday party Saturday around 930 and had the itch to fish so I packed up the fly rod plus a couple of mouse flies and headed to the farmy. I fished my usual stretch that has been productive for me. I hooked what felt like a really small fish in the first half hour but heard a few other fish rise in that time. They may have been eating fireflies as the amount out that night was oddly captivating. After an hour I finally landed about a 15Ē brown that fought well for its size. I hooked another that came off due to its violent head shakes. I called it quits around midnight. Iíll take 1/3 for a few hours of mousing.


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Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Bartman44 on Jun 27, 2022, 11:11 AM
Nice brown, you have to get your time in when you can.   
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 27, 2022, 01:15 PM
Nice brown, you have to get your time in when you can.

Thanks, hoping one of these times its something over 20".  The guy I get the mice flies has 2 larger sizes and a rat fly with stinger hook in the tail that I may need to get to entice some larger fish.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: stripernut on Jun 27, 2022, 01:22 PM
Quote
never would have guessed it but a respectable rock bass ate the mouse.  Greedy guy!

Get them on 5/8 Jitterbugs all the time...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 27, 2022, 04:25 PM
Get them on 5/8 Jitterbugs all the time...

They must feed at night a lot.  It is the only species I've ever caught ice fishing Congamond at night.  Granted I have only tried a handful of times.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: stripernut on Jun 27, 2022, 05:03 PM
Get them a bunch on the Conn. River thru the ice and open water...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Jun 27, 2022, 09:11 PM
Got back from a 10 year old bday party Saturday around 930 and had the itch to fish so I packed up the fly rod plus a couple of mouse flies and headed to the farmy. I fished my usual stretch that has been productive for me. I hooked what felt like a really small fish in the first half hour but heard a few other fish rise in that time. They may have been eating fireflies as the amount out that night was oddly captivating. After an hour I finally landed about a 15Ē brown that fought well for its size. I hooked another that came off due to its violent head shakes. I called it quits around midnight. Iíll take 1/3 for a few hours of mousing.

It sounds like the fish really made you work for what you caught!

I'm always ambivalent about days (or, for that matter, nights) like that.

On the one hand, I am grateful that I caught anything at all, but on the other I'm disappointed that I didn't do better.

So I can relate to what you went through.

Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 28, 2022, 07:59 AM
I went last night to the housy and caught another rock bass on a mouse.  Mouse hits were lacking, probably due to the massive sulphur hatch before darkness fell.  I was bailing trout euro nymphing and switched to the mouse for a bit.  That bite sucked so I went to a big 5" streamer and caught some bows.  I haven't broken out the glowing fly line yet, maybe tonight!  (Scientific anglers makes it, super helpful to see where the end of your cast lands)

I can appreciate your recent success Pat.  Night fishing for trout is a lonely mostly boring game outside of weird things scaring you.  (Last night it was a heron for me). 

If you want that 20" you gotta switch rivers!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 28, 2022, 08:02 AM
Thanks, hoping one of these times its something over 20".  The guy I get the mice flies has 2 larger sizes and a rat fly with stinger hook in the tail that I may need to get to entice some larger fish.

The mice I see running accross rt 7 in cornwall are decent size.  Def bigger than the size mouse we got from that guide.  I have some whoppers from flyfishfood that I havent deployed yet.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: stripernut on Jun 29, 2022, 05:22 AM
lowaccord66, let me know if you want to do a night trip on the Deerfield some time...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 29, 2022, 11:21 AM
lowaccord66, let me know if you want to do a night trip on the Deerfield some time...

Never fished it.  Lets plan something.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jun 30, 2022, 11:55 AM
Jon thanks for the company last night. Having a friend at night sure reduces the anxiety levels. Unfortunately I think the air temps and lack of cloud cover limited our success. I did get my biggest trout yet using the mouse but action was pretty limited.

Few different looks at the same fish.

(https://i.postimg.cc/hXqTWSLV/4-B1427-FB-CCE5-4-C59-86-F9-37703117-B907.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/hXqTWSLV)

(https://i.postimg.cc/K1rLmdfw/92-D3-DCF8-B2-C1-4639-95-EF-B985-CDD3-C548.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/K1rLmdfw)

(https://i.postimg.cc/HJYMnBPx/B67-E93-A4-7589-4-C9-F-8-FA2-233-EF197-D636.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/HJYMnBPx)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jun 30, 2022, 09:04 PM
Fun night. Congrats on a great fish.  I fished until a bit past one and only had one more hit.

Just got back from the housy, wanted to stay out longer but im out of juice.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Jul 01, 2022, 06:45 AM
Nice work fellas.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Bartman44 on Jul 01, 2022, 07:19 AM
Pretty fish, almost looks like it has some tiger trout stripes mixed in. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 03, 2022, 05:40 PM
Fished 7am to 9pm yesterday.  Started on the housy but way up in mass on a suggestion from Pat.  Mopped the browns up quickly catching a half dozen in a seam right near the access.  That made me curious.  Several miles later and several more brown trout brought me to 2ish.  Then I drove an hour south and hit the farmington.  That was slow but I landed a couple before heading back to the housy near home to wrap up.  Most of the decent fish ate a size 18 higas sos.  Quite the day. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: stripernut on Jul 04, 2022, 08:36 AM
Great day on the water!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Jul 04, 2022, 08:38 AM
Nice brown pics, and sounds like you all are on a good run of fish :)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Jul 04, 2022, 09:14 AM
Nice brown pics, and sounds like you all are on a good run of fish :)

Spoiled by two great rivers in the state.  Come on down Z! 

Its ironic but I left my phone in my truck only to have one of the best wild brown days of my life.  The blue dots on the cheeks were epic. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Jul 05, 2022, 09:39 AM
Fished 7am to 9pm yesterday.  Started on the housy but way up in mass on a suggestion from Pat.  Mopped the browns up quickly catching a half dozen in a seam right near the access.  That made me curious.  Several miles later and several more brown trout brought me to 2ish.  Then I drove an hour south and hit the farmington.  That was slow but I landed a couple before heading back to the housy near home to wrap up.  Most of the decent fish ate a size 18 higas sos.  Quite the day.

Glad to hear the suggested spot worked out.  The flow always seems to stay up higher in the berkshires.  Freestone fishing in the pioneer valley is all but done for the year with the lack of rain.  I didn't wet a line this weekend so maybe I'll give the mouse another shot later this week.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: taxid on Sep 17, 2022, 08:00 AM
That's really cool. Thanks for sharing.

There's a river in Michigan called the Au Sable (I think NY has one with the same name). I've only fished it once in the day time but a couple of friends caught some monster browns there at night. Some they didn't land because they took them into some deadfalls. I think they were using mouse patterns too. During the day you won't catch them.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 18, 2022, 09:51 AM
Had quite the evening last night.  1/4 mile of boiling stripers and the 8w.  Broke off on a larger one probably 20/30lbs but not before it roasted my fingers pulling the fly line.  Good fun.  O albies. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: stripernut on Sep 18, 2022, 10:19 AM
Very nice! What were the stripers on?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 19, 2022, 08:22 AM
Peanuts and what looked to be spearing.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: stripernut on Sep 19, 2022, 08:57 AM
The little stuff...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Sep 19, 2022, 01:25 PM
Sweet! Did you have to match the hatch, or where they still hitting decent sized presentations?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 19, 2022, 04:26 PM
Sweet! Did you have to match the hatch, or where they still hitting decent sized presentations?

Not exactly but kind of.  Everything I threw was a couple inches max.  First was sandeel and they didnt touch it.  Then the fly I had was an umqua peanut bunker.  Dead ringer that got smoked and its what I broke off on.  Then I went old school with the clouser.  Lots of fun.  I will get back out there for the albies.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Sep 21, 2022, 02:06 PM
I see " O Albies" did you get into them as well Jon? Word on the street is you cannot get away from them this season but this storm may change everything. Unlike a pond where the fish stay in that body of water regardless of weather, the ocean is a beast and the fish do their own thing. My opinion is goodbye mr albie for at least a week or 2 if not for the season. However, if that storm stays off we should be ok.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 22, 2022, 08:38 AM
I missed them entirely...they will stick around and I only say that because theres a ton of them all the way in the western sound.  Ive caught them late october tog fishing.

Speaking of Mike or anyone....if someone knows someone with a commercial tog license they want to sell I am all over it!  I can only get restricted license in CT where you can only take 3 tog.  Which makes it worthless.  Mass, RI, CT, NY you need a license holder to transfer it to you. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 24, 2022, 06:27 PM
Smallies were fun on the long rod last night.  Housy was about 1000 cfs and dirty but they didnt care.

(https://i.postimg.cc/t1gMw2Vh/20220923-171531.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/t1gMw2Vh)

(https://i.postimg.cc/gxs7gfrz/20220923-173552.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/gxs7gfrz)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Lq0bpLzG/20220923-173811.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Lq0bpLzG)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Sep 25, 2022, 11:26 AM
Smallies were fun on the long rod last night.  Housy was about 1000 cfs and dirty but they didnt care.

Some real beauties!  Congratulations
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 26, 2022, 07:08 AM
Thanks Jim!  My normal program was interrupted last night by big brown.  Not the best pic.


(https://i.postimg.cc/gxh8s0Wg/IMG-20220925-191046-01.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/gxh8s0Wg)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Steve H. on Sep 26, 2022, 09:58 AM
My normal program was interrupted last night by big brown.

Nice problem to have!  Great fish.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 26, 2022, 11:36 AM
Nice problem to have!  Great fish.

Thanks Steve.  I found some sipping tricos but I dont play that game well so I just watched them rise. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: zwiggles on Sep 26, 2022, 05:40 PM
Nice colors in the smbís, and thatís a sweet brown! Wild fish?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 26, 2022, 07:29 PM
No elastomer Z so I assume so.  Nit many holdovers at all this season the water got low and very warm. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 02, 2022, 08:05 PM
Slow afternoon in the low flows.  Caught 1 decent wild brown on a stone fly and 2 smaller browns. Took a picture of a rock on a long walk back.


(https://i.postimg.cc/nXzM1TJK/20221002-183326.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/nXzM1TJK)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: stripernut on Oct 03, 2022, 06:30 AM
The fall colors... Soon if not already to many leaves in the water to fish...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 03, 2022, 11:21 AM
The fall colors... Soon if not already to many leaves in the water to fish...

Going to be a sucky leaf hatch if flows stay this low.  MDC/Army Corps and the State are in battles regarding whos controlling the dam because MDC's charter expired...subsequently they've left the dam at the minimum legal flow. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Oct 03, 2022, 12:16 PM
Going to be a sucky leaf hatch if flows stay this low.  MDC/Army Corps and the State are in battles regarding whos controlling the dam because MDC's charter expired...subsequently they've left the dam at the minimum legal flow.

Ouch. Good thing its tog season.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 03, 2022, 06:09 PM
Ouch. Good thing its tog season.

Yup.  Just have to get through a week in MN for work first.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 09, 2022, 10:14 AM
Went yesterday morning from 5-11.  Nearly got skunked.  1 smallie on a stone fly.  The water was full of leaves and other junk.  Saw a couple of rises but you'd think the river was empty.  Funny for a river that averages over 2000 trout a mile.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: westernmas on Oct 10, 2022, 08:06 AM
Went yesterday morning from 5-11.  Nearly got skunked.  1 smallie on a stone fly.  The water was full of leaves and other junk.  Saw a couple of rises but you'd think the river was empty.  Funny for a river that averages over 2000 trout a mile.

I assume you were on the farmy.  I've hit the housy in MA for pike couple times in the last week without much to show for it.  Landed a rat pike and 3lb larry for my efforts.  I def didn't dress appropriately Saturday morning but I'm enjoying the cooler temps.  Water down in the southern part of the state was super low.  had to get out and drag my kayak over a couple spots.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: BerkshireBass on Oct 10, 2022, 10:02 AM
Definitely isnít the finest form of fishing Iíve ever partaken in, but the stockies they put in some of the ponds around here have been willingly rising to a royal coachman. Fun to see rises in front of a fall foliage backdrop
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 13, 2022, 11:31 AM
Definitely isnít the finest form of fishing Iíve ever partaken in, but the stockies they put in some of the ponds around here have been willingly rising to a royal coachman. Fun to see rises in front of a fall foliage backdrop

The biggest challenge is launching the boat around all the locals fishing the launch for the recently stocked pellet heads. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 13, 2022, 11:32 AM
I assume you were on the farmy.  I've hit the housy in MA for pike couple times in the last week without much to show for it.  Landed a rat pike and 3lb larry for my efforts.  I def didn't dress appropriately Saturday morning but I'm enjoying the cooler temps.  Water down in the southern part of the state was super low.  had to get out and drag my kayak over a couple spots.

Yes sir.  Fished the housy yesterday and crushed them.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 13, 2022, 11:33 AM
Ouch. Good thing its tog season.

It was for me.  Got out Monday, took a limit for me and a buddy.  Moon tide got the best of me and now Ill be adding the second brand new lower to my suzuki....those tog filets cost about 6k....doh.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: stripernut on Oct 14, 2022, 05:46 AM
I hope it was not the same set of rocks?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 14, 2022, 07:14 AM
I hope it was not the same set of rocks?

No this time it was in the CT river headed back to the slip.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: stripernut on Oct 14, 2022, 02:26 PM
Bummer. I hope to get down for one more trip to the salt, will let you know if there is a spot on the boat...
Hope you are feeling better now.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: TT on Oct 14, 2022, 06:02 PM
No this time it was in the CT river headed back to the slip.
. I think itís time to find a new hobby.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Oct 14, 2022, 08:14 PM
. . . Moon tide got the best of me and now Ill be adding the second brand new lower to my suzuki....those tog filets cost about 6k....doh.

Sorry to hear that.  It certainly puts the $950 that I just spent for a new alternator for my car into perspective.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 16, 2022, 10:27 AM
Sorry to hear that.  It certainly puts the $950 that I just spent for a new alternator for my car into perspective.

950 x 5 and Ill be back in the game. These things happen.  Ive had some really solid trout fishing on the housy sincs then.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Bartman44 on Oct 18, 2022, 06:55 AM
No this time it was in the CT river headed back to the slip.

Sorry to hear that, CT River has those random rockpiles all over the place.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 18, 2022, 07:02 AM
Sorry to hear that, CT River has those random rockpiles all over the place.

Sure does and I typically dont fish in there so I have no clue where the unmarked ones are.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Bartman44 on Oct 18, 2022, 07:16 AM
I hit one a few years back but just dinged the prop a bit as I was going slow. Was lucky.   Anytime I'm out of the middle of channel now I dump the trolling motor in. I've also way-pointed a number of them. You can actually see some (and they are labeled) on Google Maps satellite images.  Hope you get back on the water. Prime time. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 18, 2022, 11:22 AM
We'll see Bart.  I was told I snagged the last new lower for a df250 in North America.  Meantime I've been beating on the trout pretty good.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 25, 2022, 10:05 AM
Fished the housy last night.  Cloudy and drizzle with a flow around 800 made for a comfortable evening.  Fishing was decent with a few stockers.  I did get tricked by what I thought was a massive wild brown...that turned out to be a giant sucker.   Thing almost ran me into my backing.  Pats rubber legs on point with a waltz dropper performed rather equally.  Leaf hatch was minimal without wind, still lots of leaves to drop.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: stripernut on Oct 25, 2022, 12:35 PM
Leaf hatch, what an apt name...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 25, 2022, 07:51 PM
Leaf hatch, what an apt name...

Its how it seems every year.  Some days are worse than others until they are all down.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: stripernut on Oct 26, 2022, 06:54 AM
I remember one trip years ago we kept thinking the "Acorn Rises" were trout...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 26, 2022, 09:20 AM
I remember one trip years ago we kept thinking the "Acorn Rises" were trout...

That would trick me.  Ive been known to send a dry fly or 2 in the direction of rises that turned out to be fallfish or even rockbass.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: SHaRPS on Oct 28, 2022, 06:00 AM
Lol!

Here is a decent rainbow from Northern most NH, Pittsburg and from the trophy stretch. Felt good to pull 2 of these out on the fly rod considering 20 other guys fishing near me did not catch anything in the hour I was there. Nymphing.

(https://i.postimg.cc/XGSCmWjn/IMG-20221011-110637-226.webp) (https://postimg.cc/XGSCmWjn)
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 28, 2022, 08:52 AM
Love it Mike!  Have to have you come to my neck of the woods!  Fishing has been good but I like it next month.  Post spawn and streamers is a great time.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 05, 2022, 10:31 AM
Housy yesterday afternoon didnt let me down.  Caught a few bows and a real nice tiger trout.  All on a pats rubber legs.  Flow was perfect and the water is clear.  I want to throw big streamers but the 6w is broken and at thomas and thomas getting repaired. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: bogtrotter on Nov 05, 2022, 05:16 PM
Housy yesterday afternoon didnt let me down.  Caught a few bows and a real nice tiger trout.  All on a pats rubber legs.  Flow was perfect and the water is clear.  I want to throw big streamers but the 6w is broken and at thomas and thomas getting repaired.

Bummer about the Thomas & Thomas.

Awesome about the tiger though.  They're awfully rare, and they put up one helluva fight. 
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 05, 2022, 09:47 PM
Bummer about the Thomas & Thomas.

Awesome about the tiger though.  They're awfully rare, and they put up one helluva fight.

Ive heard some guys say this is the first time they stocked them in the housy.  I like them.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: stripernut on Nov 06, 2022, 07:11 AM
Tigers are lots of fun, use to fish a Pond in NH that had them, and a few times they would be busted like Blue fish on pogies and just as easy to catch!
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 06, 2022, 07:42 AM
Tigers are lots of fun, use to fish a Pond in NH that had them, and a few times they would be busted like Blue fish on pogies and just as easy to catch!

Not the salt but Ill take it.  Thinking about doing some night time trout this evening.
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: stripernut on Nov 06, 2022, 10:55 AM
Best of luck! If I can get away (not looking good) I will run out for some possible walleye...
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: Mac Attack on Nov 06, 2022, 11:11 AM
It was for me.  Got out Monday, took a limit for me and a buddy.  Moon tide got the best of me and now Ill be adding the second brand new lower to my suzuki....those tog filets cost about 6k....doh.

Insurance?
Title: Re: Long Rod Chronicles
Post by: lowaccord66 on Nov 06, 2022, 02:19 PM
Insurance?

Only liability and towing but I am about to cancel it because progressive sucks and no one answered the one time I needed a tow....its ok Mac ill pay to have it fixed again and if I have a repeat for a third time Ill sell the boats and stick to fly fishing.