Farmington River, Connecticut Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Farmington River, Connecticut Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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The good news is that there has ben a large flow cut from the Goodwin dam. The river is currently medium-high and even though we are reaching cold weather, there is still a lot of good fishing to be had on the river. With the flow reduction look for fish rising in the early morning to winter caddis and midges in the afternoon. With the colder weather setting in look for fish in the moderate-slower currents, stacked behind large rocks/structure, and on soft inside seams. Nymphing and streamer fishing are still mostly the most productive way to fish and it willl remain that way until spring. Make sure your are getting very close to the bottom and when fishing streamers, it is usually most productive when they are fished deep and slow.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
2 / 28 / 2019
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Farmington River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Antoine Bissieux

Water flow: 452

Visibility: 40 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 35 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Late Morning-Afternoon

Best stretch: Riverton - Canton

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

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Winter Caddis Midges

Fish species: Trout

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

Nearest airport: Bradley International Airport

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 and streamer fishing remains the name of the game for putting fish in the net with this high water. Look for fish to be stacked up close to the banks in the slower moving water in an effort to get out of the strong current. Indicator/tightline nymphing from these banks can be effective along with throwing some large streamers.

7-Day Forecast

As of today (2/16), there is currently 452 cfs coming out of the Goodwin dam in West Hartland, and 196 cfs coming from the Still river which makes for a combined flow of 648cfs in the TMA. Flows will continue to change as rain and snow melt occur later this week. Water temps will decrease with snow run-off so continue to use winter-time tactics.

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