RKMP News: Fly Fishing Club
This past Sunday a dedicated group of Berkshire students got an early start to the fishing season. Although the waters have just started to thaw out and the fish have only just begun to actively feed, eleven students, accompanied by Mr. Nielsen and Mr. Bjurlin, made their way to the New Hartford stretch of the famous Farmington River and tried their luck.
The Farmington is world renowned as one of the best rivers in New England and is hailed for its extremely high fish density and incredible insect hatches. Although the group did see some early Stonefly and Mayfly hatches on the water, it is still a bit early to get a fish to make the effort to rise up from the cold depths and take a fly on the surface. In the end it was one of those days that had great fishing, but not a lot of fish. The Berkshire School Fly Fishing Club, however, was able to get a lot of interested new members out on the water to teach them about the techniques and skills that are required for the sport, as well as show them how a sport such as fly fishing can be seemingly effortless when mastered, but extremely tricky and, at times, frustrating to pick up.
Overall it was a very successful trip for the beginners in the group to get some time on the water so that when the middle of the season hits, and fish are jumping for anything, casting and fly placement won't be an issue. For the more experienced members, the trip was a great opportunity to shake the dust off of some of their more technical casts and to remember the ways that the water works. The club will be taking this next weekend off and instead practice on the tuft for some upcoming trips that will provide better conditions and potentially incredible fishing.
-- Quintin Pollart '14