Needs must have Farmington River flies

The results of a wee tying binge for myself and customers: summer nymphs and dries for ye olde Farmington River. All eagerly awaiting a hungry mouth(s).

Rainbow Warriors, Frenchie variants, soft-hackled PTs, wingless March Browns, Usuals, Catskill Light Cahills, Magic Flies. Be prepared to downsize your dries to 20s this time of year. (Although I had success last week casting big (8-12) stuff to smutting trout in frog water.)


8 comments on “Needs must have Farmington River flies

  1. Steve says:

    Don’t forget an ISO imitation such as a Zug Bug, and a really big dry at dusk(Stimulator, Bomber, etc).

    • Steve Culton says:

      Everyone’s got their favorites for sure. For years now I’ve been fishing large Catskills Light Cahills at dusk, even to the point where I can’t see the fly. I also will sometimes toss a large (12) Usual into the fray.

  2. Greg says:

    Thank you!

  3. Ray Hamilton says:

    Thanks Steve. Great picture.

  4. Ed Bowsza says:

    Can you please provide your definition of “frog water”? I’ve never heard that term before.. Thanks.

    • Steve Culton says:

      Every river has sections of low/no flow water. Absent any significant current, the water takes on pond-like characteristics. That’s frog water. It’s often found at river edges (and often near current seams, which can make it difficult to present a dry fly). If you go to this report and scroll down to the photo of Mark fighting the fish, you can see the frog water extending all the way along the far bank. Note the water that Mark’s standing in is mottled (current) and the frog water is glassy (no current).

      Hope that helps!

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