Observations from yesterday’s Farmington River outing

I nymphed in and out of the permanent TMA for several hours and found trout in every spot. Water was around 320 cfs, 56 degrees, and clear. Not much in the way of hatch activity, although there were some caddis and midges. Four things stood out to me.

— My fish were evenly divided between the top dropper (sz 14 March Brown wingless wet) and bottom fly (sz 12 BHSHPT). So it’s good to give the fish a choice.

— One of the fish was a juvenile salmon. When I was stripping him in, a big brown gave chase and bailed just as I was lifting the salmon out of the water. I think it’s time to tie up a JV salmon flatwing.

— The last fish, a substantial wild brown in the high teens, took the fly on my first cast after I witnessed a smaller fish clear the water and another boil at the surface. Clearly, there was a caddis emergence in that brief window, and I was not surprised that he took the top dropper (which looks very caddis-y — see point number one.)

— In one spot, there were several anglers fishing in the run above me. All of them blanked. It could have been that it was just a slow day, or it could have been that they were all standing in the same place, fishing the same water for 45 minutes. If you’re not catching, move and find the fish.


5 comments on “Observations from yesterday’s Farmington River outing

  1. Joe GaNun says:

    Last paragraph says it all. Too many guys, FW and salt get married to a spot.

  2. Dwight says:

    I’m amazed that anglers spend so much time standing in one place. Does this work for some people? I’ve seen it on uncrowded water. I’ve never heard or read anyone recommending it.

  3. Ray Hamilton says:

    Yes, if you are not catching do something different which leads to the main point and that is that you are a damn good Fisherman. Key point in this discussion.

  4. Georges Boyer says:

    Do you see many juvie salmon up there? That’s pretty cool!

    • Steve Culton says:


      The CT DEEP stocks Atlantic Salmon fry in the Farmington River as part of their legacy program. Many of the fry grow to the 6-10″ stage. Most anglers view them as a nuisance fish. Others appreciate them for being the fine forage they are for large Farmington browns. Look for an article I wrote on Atlantic salmon in CT in the next issue of American Angler.


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