It was his first fish of the day. Third cast. Size 18 Quasimodo Pheasant Tail.
I looked at Carl and said "Well, we may as well get in the truck and head back home, cause you're not going to beat that trout!"
He didn't but he brought more than a dozen more to net.
I'd put the Farmington up against any Western water in terms of size, fight and health of the trout - with the qualifier that I can be on the river in the morning and watching a Broadway show in NYC in the evening without driving more than 100 miles!