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MAY 2007

May 3, 2007
fisherman fighting a large fish hooked at the Wall - (click image for video of fight)

Otter in the Meadows - fun to watch but not a good sign


2005

May 23 2005 - 53 degrees - 9:05 PM
tiny sz 22-26 spinners cover the water at dusk

 

small Chub fry along the banks - time for little Bucktail streamers
chub fry

May 15 2005 - 59 degrees - 8:20 PM
thunderstorms and rain arrive at sunset - fish rose through the rain to Olives, Caddis and H spinners

May 10 2005 - 68 degrees - 7:00 PM

May 9 2005 - 63 degrees - 6:40 PM
rises in tailout

May 5 2005 - 59 degrees - 7:30 PM
Ian Forbes works a riser in the tail of the Meadows
Ian Forbes

May 5 2005 - 62 degrees - 12:30 PM

some folk have suggested there weren't enough photos of me on the site, so:
yours truly, sidearm casting on a small Brookie stream

(rollover animation - hold cursor on image until it changes, then move on and off)


IAN FORBES PHOTO/S
casting

And the result:
CT Native Brook Trout

 

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May 26 2004 - 44 degrees - 7:20AM
what a surprise I had with temps in the damp 40s this AM:

but it wasn't snow - it was cottonwood/dandelion fluff
 

backwater looking more typical of the season -

May 24 2004 - 71 degrees - 3:30PM

 

May 20 2004 - 64 degrees - 7:30PM
tiny spinners, sipping fish, patient fishermen

May 19 2004 - 67 degrees - 12:10PM
spider webs tell last night's story:

May 17 2004 - 64 degrees - 7PM
beautiful, calm evening, plenty of insects in the air and on the water - but few rising fish before 7PM

the Stenonemas have arrived:
Steno spinners heavy after dark(L), fresh March Brown(R)

at dark, Crane Flies, at least four types of spinners (szs 10-24) and two kinds of Caddis (szs 14&20) on the water

May 11 2004 - 69 degrees - 9:10PM
Caddis, Caddis shucks and Hendrickson spinners cover the water after dark
And the fish are on them.


May 11 2004 - 85 degrees - 2:30PM - finally, green leaves

May 7 2004 - 78 degrees - 4:00PM - Ken Corey works out a vintage Leonard 4099 at the Farmington

May 2 2004 - 56 degrees - 3:40PM - healthy watershed, healthy amphibians (Spring Peeper - NE coqui)

May 1 2004 - 71 degrees - 9:50AM - the water has cleared-up
Good trout rising to a rhythm for spinners in the morning:

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May 28 2003 - 55 degrees - 9 AM

can anyone identify these wildflowers?
(someone has suggested Monotropa Hypopitys or Uniflower - Pinesap or a pink Indian Pipe?)

May 27 2003 - 50 degrees - 8:45 AM

AM Olives & Caddis
and in flight at 4:30PM:

May 26 2003 - 54 degrees - 4:25 PM

high water & thousands of BWOs in the rain

 

May 25 2003 - 62 degrees - 3:35 PM

male Stenonema takes first flight

May 20 2003 - 63 degrees - 9:15 AM

still a number of spent spinners on the water in AM - as well as the Caddis

May 19 2003 - 80 degrees - 4:25 PM

Smallie on nest


stonefly case

May 19 2003 - 58 degrees - 8:45 AM

May 18 2003 - 72 degrees - 5:00 PM

Caddis pupa

May 16 2003 - 56 degrees - 3:20 PM

plenty of blown-over Olives on the water this afternoon

May 14 2003 - 51 degrees - 9:00 AM
Some Caddis but very few risers this AM


feeding Swallows (above) and Poison Ivy seems to be popping up everywhere

May 13 2003 - 54 degrees - 9:10 AM
more Caddis in the air - some splashy Caddis rises despite the high water


cause/effect

May 12 2003 - 56 degrees - 4:30 PM
no rises to tiny black brine-fly activity - a few Caddis here and there

May 10 2003 - 65 degrees - 12:30 PM


Eastern Water snakes (harmless), feeding on minnows

May 9 2003
Hendricksons continue over on the Farmington


Ken Corey hooks up to a nice fish

May 6 2003 - 61 degrees - 4:30 PM
lots of hungry risers chasing down duns, spinners and the tiny stuff (diptera & a few olives)

May 5 2003 - 50 degrees - 9:30 AM
quiet morning - no spinner fall - few bugs - fewer splashy rises<

some color on the river bank

May 4 2003 - 62 degrees - 5:30 PM

May 3 2003 - 55 degrees -
waiting for a spinner fall - Sat PM


something to think about while wading? (shell 19")


fisherman nets a very nice Brown
 
 

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