Farmington River Report 7/19/18: Generation Next

Yesterday I had the pleasure of guiding the next generation of Farmington River fly anglers. Patrick and his cousin David and I spent the afternoon walking a stretch of water I call “The River Wild.” Wow, a lot of anglers were out enjoying the weather. Seemed more like a Saturday than a Thursday in the middle of the summer. The fishing was slow, but both Patrick and David got into fish. I had Patrick fishing a Stim with a small BHPT dropper, and David fishing a two-fly wet team. The trout liked the Stim and the top dropper on David’s rig, a Squirrel and Ginger. Good job, guys. That was fun, and keep on keepin’ on!

David working the seams of run. We moved into this pool moments after another angler left, and connected with a trout on our second cast.



This is Patrick’s first ever Farmington River brown. He hit is a snotty riffle in about 18″ of water. 


Afterwards I went dry fly fishing. Holy crowds, Batman! Nine anglers in Campground Pool at 5pm. So I sought my pleasures elsewhere. I had a tough night of sorts — I fooled well over a dozen fish (they were on larger sulphurs, Dorothea, and tiny BWOs) but only connected with four of them. I completely botched the hookset on one; another broke off at my tippet/leader connection (that’s the end of that old spool, and if you catch a nice brown with a Hendrickson Usual in its mouth, please remove it); the remainder made it in and were released to fight another day. We are now firmly in the summer dry fly fishing pattern. That is, lower water, smaller flies, trout on emergers and spinners, hatches (and therefore action) that seems to randomly wax and wane. I recommend a long tippet/leader setup  (I’ve been going about 13 feet) and be advised that the fish may not be feeding on those bright yellow bugs. The 7:30-to-dark window continues to be productive.

I think it’s about time I headed over to the Hous for some smallies…

6 comments on “Farmington River Report 7/19/18: Generation Next

  1. Andrew Patton says:


    Hi interested in joining you in the fall for some Farmington trout fishing. When do you back to that after the hot weather? Talk soon thx

    Andy Patton

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Steve Culton says:

      Thanks for reaching out, Andy. Anyone interested in booking a trip should contact me through email or phone. I got the ball rolling by sending you an email. 🙂

  2. Greg says:

    Was there at Campgound Pool too downstream.

    As hour grew late fisherman in main pool disappeared to just a few.

    Started using yellow stimulator size 12 with sulphur dropper and moved up the pool.


    Stayed Friday and Saturday at campground.

    During dead of day used iso/stimulator tandem rig to induce 2 fish to hit in other more popular pools and runs. One in slow pool where there were only random ocasional rises and 2nd fish a 17 inch rainbow out of fast deep water. Came up like a torpedo to hit that fly -yes!
    BTW what are 3 good wet flies to use for swinging in water this time of year during lull periods?

    • Steve Culton says:

      Hi Greg,

      I assume you mean for the Farmington? If I were searching for fish with a team of wets, I would be swinging a Squirrel and Ginger on top dropper, a Drowned Ant middle dropper, and a Hopper Hammerdown or a Hackled March Brown on point. I might mix it up and put the Hopper in the top dropper position, dust it up with Frog’s Fanny and fish it like a dry. Glad you got into some fish!

  3. Steve says:

    I saw the crowd at Campground and fished elsewhere too. Found a few willing participants in another spot with no anglers in sight. Lots of fish spread out along the river just have to move a little. Might find another favorite spot!

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