Farmington River, Connecticut Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Farmington River, Connecticut Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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A good portion of the river has thawed out and the fishing is starting to pick up down river. The flow out of the Goodwin dam in Riverton is 257 cfs (2/5) and the Still River is 378cfs making for a combined medium/high flow of 635 in the TMA. Look for fish rising in the morning to winter caddis size (20-24). Fish may also be rising to midges size (20-26) in the afternoon in the slower water. Nymphing will likely be most productive with small flies being the best producers. These include midges, caddis larvae, pheasant tails and other smaller flies ranging in color and sizes (16-22). Concentrate on the slower water that has some depth to it. The fish are going to be close to the bottom so nymphing low and slow will be the most productive. Streamers can also produce a lot of fish and are usually most productive when fished slow and close to the bottom. You can also potentially do pretty well if you just let the streamer swing with the flow of the current.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
2 / 5 / 2018
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Farmington River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Antoine Bissieux

Water flow: 257

Visibility: 40 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 35 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Morning

Best stretch: Riverton - Canton

Best access point: Beaver Pool, Hitchcock Chair, Campground pool, Church pool, Ovation,

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Caddis Midges

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: January 1 - December 31 (Prime: April 1 - November 1)

Nearest airport: Bradley International Airport

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Farmington River Description

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 ...

Techniques & Tips

Nymphing has continued to be a very productive fishing method with some excellent wild and holdover fish coming out of all parts of the river. Suspension nymphing (indicator) techniques and tight line (Euro) style nymphing have proved to be extremely productive when no rising fish can be located.

7-Day Forecast

It doesn't look like we are going to get any extremely cold weather this upcoming week of (2/3) so that is a good thing. Flows should remain pretty consistent and the weather actually looks pretty good with upcoming highs highs in the 30s. Winter caddis should be pretty active in the mornings and nymphing should remain a pretty consistent producer.

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