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Water flow: 403 on 1/11/2015
Visibility: 48 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 35 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: Mid afternoon- early evening
Best stretch: Riverton to TMA, Collinsville
Best access point: Beaver Pool, Hitchcock Chair, Campground pool, Church pool, Ovation, Collinsville along rte 4
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Nymphs, wooly buggers fished like nymphs, small dark bead head nymphs and winter caddis.
Fish species: Trout
Fishing season: January 1 - December 31 (Prime: April 1 - November 1)
Nearest airport: Bradley International Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader: 12 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 10' 4 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Streamer Stripper Sink Tip Fly Line
The Farmington River is the premier trout fishery in the state. It is a bottom draw tailwater fishery that creates consistent water temperatures, water flows, and hatch activity. The river from Farmington to Riverton is the most consistent stretch. Down stream the river slows and becomes primarily a warm water fishery.
The river is of moderate size. The bottom is consistently softball-sized ...
cobble making wading fairly easy. Access is very good, many roads run along its banks through the best trout water.
Encounters with large trout are most consistent within the trout management area. These fish are, however, difficult to catch due to consistent angling pressure. Accurate imitations and light tippets are typically required.
High stick nymphing and be alert to very subtle takes. Wooley buggers in size 10 can be effective if fished as a nymph. Also, retrieve very slowly, hand twisting is an effective technique. There are winter caddis on the surface with intermitent rising fish in slow water, especially Church pool.
Cold, snow is predicted for this Saturday, however, the river has cleared itself of ice considerably. Be advised that trails are very icy and slick. Use caution when walking and dress in warm layers. Plenty of fleece, icebreaker underlayering, gloves etc. in store.