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Fly Fishing the Farmington River in Connecticut

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Farmington River is a fly fishing location in Connecticut. This destination has an elevation of approximately 9 feet. Please view the pinpointed location for Farmington River on the Google Map to the right. If you'd like directions to this destination, please click here for directions (provided via Google Maps).

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john webber II (johnnydesmd) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Date: 10/29/10 Water Flow: 200 CFS Visibility: clear Water Temp: 60°F Water Condition: very low Access Point: upper TMA Hatches (in order of importance): AM: Winter/Summer Caddis 20-24, Blue Wing Olives 22-28, and tiny Rusty Spinners 20-26, Midday: Tan Caddis 18-20, Black Ants 14-18, Beetles 12-16. Evening: Isonychia 10-14, and Cahills 12-14, Flying Ants 16-24. Comments: Some rain has finally come and the river has moved to a more comfortable 200Cfs putting a little bit of water over resident trout! Winter/Summer Caddis all our still going in the early a.m. hours. Tiny Blue Winged Olives fill the air as well. This has been a good reliable hatch with lots of fish taking the small BWO patterns off the top and micro mayflies fished as droppers or along th stream bottom. When the spinners start to fall the fishing has been great on very small spinner patterns down to 26. Nothing but tails, olive thread and a little poly wing on these and your done. Tan Caddis have been hatching sporadically throughout the morning. I like to fish these with a small X-Caddis tied with a CDC wing and a poly shuck. Midday there have been a few flying ant hatches that were just spectacular with pools of rising trout to be found for miles it seems. Every fish in the river rolling for them. Size is crucial here and sometimes these things can be as small as a 28 or so. Iso's are still getting it done in the evening with the nymphs and emergers catching many large trout, this meal being just to big to pass up. Cahills have been spotty but I have seen them on a few occasions in some sections of the river and managed to take trout on them. Last week the Farmington river received it's yearly walk from those carrying the electric sticks and wielding fish barges. I was glad that my daughters and I had the chance again to see them shock, measure, and release many fish while carrying many other large breeders up over the bank and into the trucks off to the hatchery to spawn a new generation of healthy Farmington river Brown trout. I must say it is heartbreaking, to see them go but I'll wish them a safe trip and look forward to their return in the spring. Good luck on the river, see you soon. JW (09/29/10)
john webber II (johnnydesmd) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Date: 8/9/I0 Water Flow: 200 CFS Visibility: clear Water Temp: 59°F a.m. Water Condition: low Access Point: upper TMA Hatches (in order of importance: A.M. Tricos 22-26 Winter/summer Caddis 18-22 Tan Caddis 16-18 Needhami 22-24 Midday Ants, Beetles, and other terrestrials should do the trick. P.M. Isonychia 10-14 Anthopotamus 10-12 Comments: Tricos are coming off in the upper TMA, the Duns start showing up in the early a.m. shortly followed by the spinners into midmorning. I haven't seen any blanket hatches of these insects by any means, hopefully this hatch will materialize into the lower sections of the river this week. Winter/summer Caddis are still blowing up the rivers' edge in the a.m. hours. This is my favorite hatch and it is still going on each morning from the crack of dawn into the late morning. This hatch could almost be fished 365 days a year here on the Farmington River. Tan Caddis are coming off throughout the day and fish slash at them making loud and splashy rise forms, sometimes launching into a full body breech as they chase these emerging pupae. Isonychia have been emerging in good numbers in the evening hours. We have been fishing them at last light and into the darkness. Usually shortly after sunset there is a very strong emergence and fish ruthlessly give chase. Anthopotamus or formally known as Potomanthus, nicknamed Golden Dun, hatch and emerge on the slower sections of the Farmington in fairly good numbers during the evening hours. Given their large size take off can be slow and clumsy causing many fish to give chase. Fishing a yellow parachute style fly during late evening can double as the Golden Dun spinner, which also can be seen at the same time as the emerging Duns. The water is low but we are still having fun and catching lots of fish. I would like to especially thank my nephew Tyler for taking time out of his busy summer and spending it with my family here in Connecticut and on the Farmington River. Tyler, I speak for all of us here at JWflyfishing when I say "We had a great two weeks visiting with you and having you fish along our side." We look forward to doing it again. Great luck out there to all! (08/11/10)
john webber II (johnnydesmd) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Date: 7/20/10 Water Flow: 220 CFS Visibility: clear Water Temp: 60°F a.m. Water Condition: low-water Access Point: upper TMA Hatches (in order of importance): winter/summer caddis 20-22 a.m., Needhami duns 22-24 midmorning, Isonychia 10-14 p.m., midges 22-20 a.m. Comments: The winter summer caddis hatch continues to be a spectacle during the a.m. hours. Many fish line up on soft water seams rising to take these tiny Pupae as they row along in the meniscus to the shoreline to finish their emergence on the rocks and logs near the edge of the river. I had one of my best days on the river this past weekend when this hatch came on at 6a.m. and started winding down at 11a.m., we caught trout on everything from foam pupae patterns to french nymphing small winter/summer caddis larvae patterns. Needhami Duns are rolling off the water midmorning, these small spinners can drive fisherman nuts. Their small sizes make them very difficult to see on the water. The Duns however can be recognized flying in the air by the're long sweeping tails. Isonychia have been filling the skies in the evening hours. Trout like these tasty morsels and will move greater distances from their feeding lanes to swipe at this super sized evening hatcher. When these insects start coming off the water in good numbers I prefer to fish a CDC Iso emerger pattern then as darkness sets in I switch off to a larger Iso parachute pattern, which doubles as a big spinner pattern and I fish this into the darkness. If you are fishing mid day I would suggest using terrestrials such as small ants, beetles, crickets, and hoppers. For all those fishing nymphs you can't be beat fishing green caddis larvae 14-18 and Isonychia nymphs 10-14, with golden stone flies 6-12 rounding out the mix. Fishing on the Farmington River has gotten tougher forcing fishermen to take their tippet down to 7 or 8X when fishing smaller hatches such as winter summer caddis pupae and Needhami's. Good luck on the river. Remember, if you're fishing into the afternoon hours, bring plenty of water it has been scorching out there on the river after 10a.m. JW (07/21/10)
Masaaki Ishii (Masaaki) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: It had been too bright and too hot weather. Few fishes could not be seen in day time. But 7:00 or later, trouts began to move and I could get 10 fishes in one hour. (07/09/10)
john webber II (johnnydesmd) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Date: 7/5/10 Water Flow: 250 CFS Visibility: clear Water Temp: 58°F Water Condition: good Access Point: upper TMA Hatches (in order of importance): a.m. Needhami Spinners size 22-24, winter/summer caddis size 18-22, p.m.Sulphurs size 16-20, Isonychia size 10-14, Cream Cahills 14-16, Rusty spinners 12-20. Comments: Like clockwork the trout continue feeding on winter summer caddis in the mornings, with foam pupae patterns performing the best,and many trout coming to the net on small pupae patterns while nymphing. When the Needhami spinners hit the water in mid morning, trout boil to take them. You must look at the water closely to see these tiny spinners. The long tails are a dead giveaway. The key after recognizing these insects is to lighten your tippet size and accurately cast to feeding fish making sure your drifts are drag-free. The evening Sulphur Hatch remains good with lots of Duns coming off the water and good numbers of fish feeding on them. I am having good luck fishing a Sulphur emerger as a dropper off of my dry fly. There are also Isonychia mixed in, with plenty of fish willing to strike at these big meaty flies. Gently tickling or twitching Isonychia patterns replicates their struggles to emerge. Trout will travel great distances and strike hard and fast at the commotion caused by these insects. There have been some Cream Cahills sneaking into the mix of insects. I have observed several fish whom at first glance appeared to be taking Sulphurs, upon further investigation they were actually taking Cream Cahill spinners exclusively. Spinners can reliably be seen overhead in the late evening sky. Their dark fluttering silhouettes drift by in the soon to be darkness in a vast array of sizes. Rusty spinners right before dark and before daybreak are still accounting for our bigger trout. Happy Hunting! JW (07/06/10)
john webber II (johnnydesmd) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Date: 6/17/10 Water Flow: 372 Visibility: clear Water Temp: 58*F Water Condition: good Access Point: Upper TMA Hatches (in order of importance): Sulphurs 14-18 March Brown/Grey Fox 12-14, Isonychia 10-12, Winter/summer Caddis 18-22, Tan and Green Caddis 16-20. Comments: Early am the winter/summer caddis have been driving trout bonkers causing them to line the banks and softer water snatching pupae that are swimming toward shore, I prefer to fish Dave Goulet's foam pupae skittering down and across the current. Mid afternoon and evening have been frantic with Sulphurs, Caddis, Isonychia, BWO's, Potomantis, and a few March Browns. When the hatches get frantic like this it can be a frustrating time if you are waiting for a specific hatch. Stay focused and hone your powers of observation by finding a few fish and watching them closely for clues as to what they are feeding on. When watching trout feeding be mindful of escaping insects, and rise forms to help you put the pieces of the puzzle together. Fish aren't taking your dry imitation? Tie a dropper off your dry to imitate the emerger. Switch your flies frequently until you can match the hatch. Rusty Spinners in larger sizes such as 12-14 are putting some of our bigger trout on the line in the late evenings. As far as nymphing we have been catching lots of nice trout during the am Caddis hatch on simple yellow Caddis larvae patterns. There is a strong population of Golden Stoneflies in various sizes my favorite are size 12 and 6. These flies always produce fish for us. I have personally been using the French Nymphing tactics to target some specific hatches with great success. If you have started using this technique don't be afraid to use those hatch specific wet flies on the top of your brace. We have been putting a bunch of fish in the net in the afternoons by positioning Sulphur wets as a dropper on our brace of flies. I am planning to trying this same thing with Isonychias which are a much bigger insect and food source for trout. These larger insects seldom pass without large trout noticing in my opinion. Whether your voice is hoarse from screaming obscenities at the trout or shouting "Fish on!" have a good week and enjoy our wonderful Farmington River. JW (06/17/10)
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Richard Strolis (strolis12) wrote - A northeastern tailwater that can arguably be slated as one of the best trout fisheries the northeast has to offer. With a very viable survivor strain of holdover browns, and an ever growing wild population of browns as well the fishery is a true gem. Miles and miles of Wild and Scenic designated water provide anglers with classic riffles, runs and pools that can have rising fish almost 365 days of the year. A half hours drive from Hartford lies a fishery with very good access, easy wading conditions and a plethora of insect hatches to keep any fly angler occupied from season to season. (04/04/09)
Andy Idema (aidema) wrote - The Farmington River is arguably Connecticuts best fly fishing destination. The West Branch of the Farmington in northcentral Connecticut is a tailwater and has good trout fishing year round. It is stocked with rainbows, brookies, and browns. Dont be surprised to catch browns and rainbows larger than 18 inches. The upper portion of the West Branch from the Hogback Dam to the Still River has deep pools and riffles that hold large fish. Trout in the 20+ plus inch class have been taken on the fly and 15-16 inchers are common. Insect activity is great here so bring a stocked flybox. (06/13/08)
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