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11 Sep '22

Farmington River (Litchfield Co. CT)

Posted by Jack Wilkinson

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.