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.)


15 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!

  5. David says:

    What is the best fly around the beaver pool area and the beaver pool in light up in the mornings

    • Steve Culton says:


      The zen answer is: the fly the trout will eat.

      What that fly is will depend on season, water conditions, weather, and other factors. Start here: What are the trout feeding on? What do I have in my box that most most closely resembles that bug in size/color/profile? And (this is important) how can I present that fly so the trout will eat it?

      That’s my best answer. Hope it helps. 🙂

  6. David says:

    Nymph. B.B. 6″ stonefly blk beadhead 16″ bwo 10″ squirrel and ginger fly line in the morning 6am start time. The trout are launching at me all around

    • Steve Culton says:

      Sounds like they are chasing caddis off the bottom. Those are some of the most difficult conditions to catch trout. Your best bets may be a) the Leisenring Lift (I think I have something about it on currentseams) or b) lifting your nymph rapidly out of the water (like you were just about to cast). Good luck!

  7. […] Rainbow Warrior. I like this fly on brighter days. (That’s a general rule of thumb for me: if a fly is based on flash and shine, it won’t do its job as well on overcast days). The Rainbow Warriors are on the cork to the left in the linked shot. […]

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