Farmington River, Connecticut Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Farmington River, Connecticut Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Water levels are higher than average for this time of year, but also a little on the warm side. With the still dumping over 200 CFS into the river, expect water temps to reach into the upper 60's fairly high up on the river. There are plenty of bugs hatching throughout the river right now consisting of ISO's, Cahills, BWO's, Tricos, and some caddis at times. Tricos and BWOs are the heaviest hatch right now and they can be found throughout the entire river primarily in the evenings except for BWOs which can be seen hatching through out the day especially when it is cloudy. 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 the Isos and olives 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 olives. The river is a medium-high currently so fishing streamers could definitely yield some solid results.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
9 / 14 / 2018
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Farmington River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Antoine Bissieux

Water flow: 279

Visibility: 40 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 65 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:

Tricos Flying Ants BWOs Terrestrials Caddis

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

Trico Spinners are hitting the water most mornings. Fish longer leaders and light tippet for these small bugs. When in doubt drop down a size on your spinner if the fish seem finicky. Nymphing remains the name of the game for putting fish in the net. Tight line nymphing in the faster pocket water is very effective during this time of year.

7-Day Forecast

As of today (9/14), there is currently 279cfs coming out of the Goodwin dam in West Hartland, and 194 cfs coming from the still river. As long as we don't see a lot more rain, flows should begin to drop pretty quickly as we head into the weekend and early next week. With decreasing flows, dry fly activity will begin to increase more substantially as well. Water temps range from upper 50's just below the Goodwin dam to mid-upper 60's around Satan's Kingdom. Temperatures for next week look to only get into the mid 70's which should keep water temperatures cool.

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