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 Post subject: Frosty Morning
PostPosted: November 6th, 2011, 7:20 pm 
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It was a frosty morning today on the Farmington.

The river was high again, but actually I'm starting to get used to wading it. The river has changed a lot since the flooding from Irene and Lee. A lot of fines have washed into the woods. You can feel it as you wade as the rocks are not as stable as they were. After last week-ends snow storm there are lots of big trees down and in the river. This I'm sure will create some unique holding areas as time goes on. One beaver is taking advantage of all the limbs that have been offered as his winter larder really grew since the storm.

I was taking a break and noticed some movement in the top of a sycamore that is filling half of my favorite pool. At first I thought it was a light colored mink climbing out of the water. Second look it was a grey squirrel. It was having a rough time and slipped and was hanging by just its front paws. It was trying to get up and then just hung resting until it lost its grip and fell in again. Luckily it drifted into the upper limbs with leaves of an oak that was filling the next pool down. It took about 5 minutes before the little guy had enough energy to begin making his way down the trunk resting numerous times.

I managed one fish on a streamer and foul hooked this guy.

I finished out the day doing my best imitation of a strike indicator. Bobbing down the river after stepping into a hole next to a rock. That hole will likely be probed with a fly next time I fish there as it would be an ideal lie.

Ron

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