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08 Oct '22

Farmington River Fall Fly Fishing Report

Posted by Jack Wilkinson

The Farmington River is fishing well and consistently, with the recent state stocking and the season closed to harvesting the fish while be a bit eaier to come across.  The rain that came spiked the river to around 120 CFS but has dropped back down to 53 CFS above the Still River and currently a combined 103 CFS below the Still River. So back to an all to familiar low flow.

Fishing standard nymphs and streamers like Prince Nymphs, Squirmy worms, Mop flies, and Wooly Buggers should trick the freshly stocked fish until they become used to the bugs in the drift.

Fishing is most productive late morning to late afternoon with the temperatures dropping which also makes trout more willing to move to take your fly so fishing with streamers is a great way to move aggressive fish and cover lots of water improving your chances of catching. The bugs on the water are Blue Winged Olives, Caddis, and Isonychias. The bugs are small this time of year so longer fine leaders, small flies and extra emphasis on good drifts are all important ways of improving your chances.

Weather for this weekend is looking great with temperatures in the 60s and overcast conditions with the sun popping out occasionally. This should make for some fun fall fishing!

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11 Sep '22

Farmington River (Litchfield Co. CT)

Posted by Jack Wilkinson

Farmington River (Litchfield Co. CT)

The Farmington has been good recently for dry fly activity, with the water so low its been making the fish look up and respond to our top water presentations. Long Leaders and light tippet are recommended to give yourself the best presentation possible. The dry fly fishing can be very technical and its all about presentation and drift to get an eat.

The recent rain that came in bumped the flows up to around 135 cfs briefly but it returned to a lower flow of 49 cfs at the moment.

The runoff from the Still River muddied up the water but very quickly recovered to clear again. Fishing up towards the dam in the colder water will help find and produce fish. The further you travel downstream of the Dam the warmer the water will become. You will want to stay up above boneyard in the afternoons to help your chances of catching fish and the fish recovering properly upon release until the water temps drop and are no longer a concern.

Bugs present on the water have been blue winged olives, caddis, isonychia, and we're still seeing sulphurs on the water. Smaller flies are the ticket this time of year but don't be afraid to throw a terrestrial with a nymph dropped off the back in faster water to search for fish.