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

Farmington River - CT

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

58

Orvis Avon's Tip of the Week

While dry fly fishing has been great lately, plenty of other methods are catching fish. Nymphing has been producing plenty of fish when nothing is rising on top. Streamers have also been a great way to catch fish especially after heavy rainfall when there is some stain in the water. Swinging a variety of different wet flies is also fun and productive particularly before/during the start of a hatch.

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Map of Farmington River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

Antoine Bissieux

5-Day Outlook as of 6/9/21

As of today (6/9), the USGS gauges read 355cfs from Goodwin dam in West Hartland and 148cfs from the Still River making for a TMA flow of 503cfs. Look for flows to gradually decrease as the week goes on due to little rain being shown in the 5-day forecast.

Techniques & Tips as of 6/9/21

Sulphurs are the most prevalent hatch currently as they can be found all the way throughout the TMA. June is arguably ther best month for dry flies so look for bugs hatching throughout the day depending on conditions. The hotter the air temperature, generally the later the bugs will start hatching in the evening. In addition to sulphers, look for caddis, march browns, and olives to also be hatching on the river.

Current Conditions as of 6/9/21

As of today (6/9), the USGS gauges read 355cfs from Goodwin dam in West Hartland and 148cfs from the Still River making for a TMA flow of 503cfs. Look for flows to gradually decrease as the week goes on due to little rain being shown in the 5-day forecast.

Local Species Available January 1 - December 31 (Prime: April 1 - November 1)

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    Trout

Orvis Avon's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Sulphur Parachute N/A 14-18
Sparkle Dun Yellow 14-18
Rusty Spinner N/A 14-18
TH Cased Caddis Natural 14-16
Articulated Bugger Assorted 4-6
Double D (streamer) Olive 4
Tunghead Pheasant Tail Jig N/A 14-18
Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer Assorted 6-10
Traditional nymphs(pheasant tails, princes) brown, olvie, white 16-22
BWO Nymphs Olive 16-20

Sulphur Parachute

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Orvis Avon's Recommended Gear

Description: About Farmington River

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.

Nearest Airport:

Bradley International Airport

Hatches:

Sulphurs March Browns Caddis BWO

Best Time to Fish:

Mornings/Evenings

Best Stretch:

Riverton - Canton

Best Access:

Beaver Pool, Hitchcock Chair, Campground pool, Church pool, Ovation,