Farmington River, Connecticut Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Farmington River, Connecticut Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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With the water temperatures in the 50s- mid 60s, fish are all throughout the river in both the fast, medium, and slow water. There are plenty of bugs hatching throughout the river right now consisting of ISO's, Sulphurs, Cahills and some caddis at times. Sulphurs/Isos are the heaviest hatch right now and they can be found throughout the entire river primarily in the evenings. If there aren't any bugs hatching then it can be a good idea to try an ant or a hopper. Hopper-dropper rigs can be deadly this time of year, especially on shady banks and in faster water. Nymphing has been exceptionally productive, and small mayfly nymphs are extremely effective considering all of the sulphurs hatching. Swinging wet flies can also be deadly especially right before a hatch. Swinging a team of wet flies such as a large darker soft hackle paired with a smaller light colored soft hackle fly can work very well to imitate emerging Isos, and sulphurs.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
7 / 13 / 2018
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Farmington River is currently Hot!

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Antoine Bissieux

Water flow: 265

Visibility: 40 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 63 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Evening

Best stretch: Riverton - Canton

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

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Isos Sulphurs Cahills Caddis

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. Dry fly fishing is also excellent right now, especially in mornings and evenings.

7-Day Forecast

As of today (7/13), there is currently 319cfs coming out of the Goodwin dam in West Hartland, and 13cfs coming from the still river. This is a perfect medium flow for this time of year which means that dry fly fishing should be excellent. Water temps should also continue to stay nice and cool all the way through Canton as highs this week look to only be in the low 80s.

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