The Fisherman

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  1. I've got a tying piece coming up in EFF... Steve Culton
  2. As someone who operates on both sides of the page -- reader and writer -- it's always discouraging to see a magazine go away. There's something magical about seeing your name above all those words on a page. You have evidence that all that research, drafting, editing, re-writing and more re-writing amounted to something tangible. That said, the vast majority of my writing these days is online, whether on my website or for brand/publication websites. It's the modern way. Steve Culton
  3. This has always worked for me: 1) Ice the joint 2) Use two people to pull. Grippies or gloves if you want. Here's the key: Each person needs to have a hand on each section. (You stand facing each other.) It may sound counter-intuitive, but hear me now and believe me later. ;-) 3) Herb is right...it may take some time. If it doesn't work the first time, give it rest and try in an hour. The sections will come apart. Good luck, let us know how you do. Steve Culton
  4. Sage advice from a wise old salt. (Not that you're old or anything like that, Herb.) Be safe, be well. Steve Culton
  5. I love indicator fishing. I use my own home brew yarn indicator, and over the years I've really been able to dial in to its nuances. Many times I've set the hook, without it going under, and been met with that tug-tug-tug we love to feel just because I saw it twitch, shudder or stall in a strange way. I feel that in this sense indicator nymphing is very underrated. Either way, I'm having fun and catching lots of trout. In terms of material and organic properties (I've had trout hit it) it's similar to what Pat uses. Mine has a tiny O-ring attachment. I haven't done the greasing and floating the sighter because a) I like my indicators and b) I'm a believer in the old saw that sometimes the difference between fishing and catching is one split shot (I use the drop shot method for most of my nymphing). So the weight of the rig would be a factor. Great question. Fish on! :-) Steve Culton
  6. An upstream wind is particularly favorable as it tends to slow the indicator down. :-) Steve Culton
  7. Certainly fish the methods with which you have the most confidence. But George himself would tell you that specific nymphing situations call for specific nymphing methods, and one of those methods is indicator nymphing. For example, the Farmy is currently up a little and some feeding lanes are unreachable by wading or tight line nymphing. By fishing under an indicator yesterday, I was able to target some trout that I couldn't otherwise reach. Now you see it... ...now you don't (you can just make out the indicator going under in the dark patch just left of center). Fish on! Of course, some feeding lanes were in the softer water closer to shore, and I tight lined there as needed. Many, many ways. Steve Culton
  8. It's an outstanding program. In any given year, DEEP sampling crews are finding from 30%-40+% wild browns in the Farmington. That river is an amazing resource. Survivor Strain trout are stocked in other CT rivers, too, most notably the Housatonic.Thanks for reading! Steve
  9. Cliff's Notes version: The Survivor Stain program began about 25 years ago when they noticed that many stocked browns (Cortland, Rome, and Bitterroot strains) were holding over in the Farmington. The theory was that these fish have the genetic right stuff to survive and procreate, so let's make more of them. So every September they draw down the dam release and collect fish, ideally around 100. They look for potential genetic elasticity: big, medium, small, wild and even previous generations of Survivor Strain (it's not that difficult to ID a wild or feral Farmington brown, and it's even easier to ID a Survivor Strain). Fish are taken to the hatchery and spawned. You might have a large wild hen mated with a small Survivor buck. Medium wild hen with large wild buck. Etc. Once spawned, the broodstock are returned to the river and IDed as Survivor strain: the adipose fin is clipped and a sometimes a colored elastomer is added to the left eye (there's a chart somewhere that matches colors to years, i.e. red = 2019) Survivor Strain: no adipose Wild: perfect fin edges and rays (not shown) and full adipose. The young Survivor Strain browns are returned to the river usually after a year, and also have their adipose fins clipped; sometimes the elastomer is added, but to the right eye. Hope that helps. For more information, do a search for an article I wrote called "Survivor: Farmington. Browns Built to Last." Steve Culton
  10. Thanks everyone for the kind words. Tight lines and be safe and well! Steve Culton
  11. And then the bottom fought back... One thing's for sure, this Farmington River Survivor Strain brown has been eating well. Look at that tummy. Look at those shoulders. Look at that tail. What a beautiful sparsely spotted brute. Taken yesterday on a size 14 Frenchie variant. Steve Culton
  12. My star pupil. :-) I love what you're doing -- starting with a solid knowledge base, then adding to it by going out and exploring/discovering on your own. Now, to turn you into a dangerous wet fly machine... Steve Culton
  13. Gators, baby! I scored a brown today -- indicator nymphing -- that should be measured in pounds rather than ounces. But well done, you. Great job! Wotta tail on that beastie! Steve Culton
  14. I come from the "It's the archer, not the arrow" tribe. Here's a Farmy truttasaurus from a couple years ago, taken on a streamer, quickly whipped on my 10' Hardy Marksman II 5-weight, in water that I would call high (750cfs). This is a fish that could be clearly measured in pounds instead of inches. As luck would have it, I caught a similar sized pig today on the Farmy, also quickly landed on the same rod (photo coming tomorrow!). Perhaps it's my half-Scottish background, but I often try to make do with what I have. That Hardy is a dedicated wet fly, nymphing, and streamer rod. It gets plenty of streamer action, mostly on the Farmington and the Housatonic. The smallmouth I target on the Hous see a lot of bulkier streamers, so I use a Sci Anglers Anadro taper floating line, 7 or 8 weight. It handily casts the bugs I favor. I also use it for mousing at night. The heavier line is excellent for handling a heavier payload. That's not to say you can't or shouldn't get a 6-weight rod. Whatever makes you happy. But the OP's question is about articulated streamers. We can all understand the protein payoff. However, bigger isn't necessarily better when it comes to productivity in streamer fishing. I wrote a piece for American Angler a few years ago called "Streamer Kings." It's worth finding it online (good stuff from George Daniel, Tommy Lynch, and Chad Johnson). George makes the point that big, articulated flies move more big fish, but he gets more hookups with smaller stuff (the fish above hit a fly that was under 4"). Also, flies that are killer out west don't necessarily translate to rivers back east, and vice versa. Lastly, some articulated streamers cast like a wet sock. Others don't. YMMV. As far as leaders go, the question to first ask is, "What do you want the fly to do?" I use a full sink integrated line, mostly in winter, but the leader length depends on the above question. If I want the fly deep, it's a short (3' or less) leader. If I'm fishing it in September (as I was for the above trout) trying to get a neutrally buoyant effect on a deer hair head fly, my leader is 7' or so. Most of the time, I fish the floater. 7'-8' leader, sometimes just a straight shot of 8#-15#. I hope that helps! Steve Culton
  15. That is a monster hickory. They are a blast on the five weight. :-) Steve Culton