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PostPosted: November 8th, 2009, 10:42 pm 
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Fished today on the Farmington in CT. And it won't be my last of the season. I was there bright and early hoping for the Winter caddis to appear. They must not have gotten the invite.

As I waded into position I felt that horrible feeling on my left thigh. Dampness and no matter how I tried to shrug it off wasn't seam seepage. I did manage one fair brown before I had to head to the car to see what the problem was. I had another layer I could add so as to temper the cold I thought.

Upon further inspection I found a 1/4" vertical cut about crotch high in the front of my thigh. As I searched through my gear bag for repair stuff I found a bunch of patches from former waders. Now to check out the Aqua Seal they send with them. Well at least one tube was still fluid. I rubbed the spot vigorously with a fleece glove to dry and build friction to further dry and warm the fabric. I spread the Aqua Seal and waited as per the directions.

As I was working another fisherman wandered by. We struck up a conversation. He had recently moved from Oregon due to work and now lived south of Boston. He was nymphing and had caught a 20" brown and a brookie. He commented that they didn't really put up much of a fight. He was used to the wild bows and steelhead of his home water the Deshutes River.

We had a very pleasant talk and he left to find a less crowded spot. I hope he found one as there were lots of fishermen out today. One thing I noticed later was the indents his studs left. By the depth of the holes he must have robbed some logger of his hob nails from his logging boots. Longest studs I've ever seen.

That got me thinking. He hopped into his truck and drove off. With studs like that a person could impale their gas or brake pedal creating a driving hazard.

Well my patch held. I had to put some plastic wrap from a brownie I ate over the tacky repair spot so I wouldn't have my fleece pants permanently attached.

The only downfall from my repair job was another fisherman moved into the run I had been fishing. I saw him net at least ten fish over the course of an hour or so.

All in all a great day out.

Ron

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