Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Two Years & One Mile

In many designated catch and release areas, like the one found in Connecticut's Farmington River, the same trout are often caught over and over again. They gotta eat after all. With the advent of digital photography and cell phone cameras, it's easier than ever to identify previous catches by studying trout markings and past photos. Not often, however, is the same trout recaptured two years apart and more than a mile from its original lie. 

My friend Derrick got the first look at this beautiful brown in May 2008. He caught it on a dry fly during a strong Hendrickson hatch. Fast forward to last Sunday when I fooled the same trout while nymphing with a caddis pupa pattern. The fine specimen grew just about a half inch in two years and moved several pools upstream. We figure the trout must be at least four or five years old; that's a long time to be running the pressured gauntlet that is the Farmington. Hopefully, it's not the last time we cross paths either. 

Caught & released  on May 1, 2008

Caught & released on April 11, 2010

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