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

Farmington River - CT

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Temperature 79°



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Orvis Avon's Tip of the Week

Flows are perfect all throughout the river and hatch activity is excellent. Dry fly activity has been exceptional with caddis, Sulphurs, March Browns, and Isos hatching throughout the majority of the river. With lower clear flows, now is the time to lengthen out your leaders, fish 6x with the smaller dries, and start incorporating smaller more realistic on your nymph rigs. Even the stocked fish are quickly keying in on more realistic fly patterns so this will be a crucial key to success.

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Map of Farmington River

Water Flow Data

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

Antoine Bissieux

5-Day Outlook as of 6/14/24

As of today (6/14) the flow coming out of the West-Branch Reservoir is 213cfs and the Still River is flowing at 48cfs making for an easily wadable flow of 261cfs in the TMA. Flows should remain consistent as the week goes on which will continue to enhance the current dry fly bite.

Techniques & Tips as of 6/14/24

Pick your poison for how you want to fish the river this week. Caddis are hatching throughout the day all over the river. Sulphurs, March Browns, and a few Isos in the lower river are the main evening hatches right now. Nymphing with cased caddis, caddis pupa, small pheasant tails, and perdigons are all excellent patterns that will produce fish. Streamers can still be productive but are taking more of a backseat with the increased hatch activity and lower flows

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

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Orvis Avon's Recommended Fly Patterns

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

Name: Colors: Size(s):
CDC Caddis Tan/Olive 16-18
Rosenbauer's CDC Rabbits Foot Emerger Yellow 16-18
Pale Morning Dun Thorax Tan 12-14
Tunghead Stonefly Brown 8-12
Jig Sculpin Olive 10
Croston's Micro Sculpin Tan/Olive 12
Rosenbauer's CDC Rabbits Foot Emerger Olive 18-20
Tungsten Twisted Tactical May Brown/Olive 12-16
Traditional nymphs(pheasant tails, princes) brown, olvie, white 16-22
BWO Nymphs Olive 16-20

CDC Caddis

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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


Sulphurs Caddis March Browns BWOs

Best Time to Fish:


Best Stretch:

Riverton - Canton

Best Access:

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