Farmington River Report 5/27/21: Mother Nature hits the reset button

On the heels of Tuesday night’s red-hot wet fly action, I returned to the scene of the crime. We’d had a little rain Wednesday night, so the flow was up 100cfs to 550cfs, which is still a very average flow for the lower Farmington this time of year. I fished from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Despite a warm, sunny day, neither the caddis nor the Light Cahills came off in any numbers. Rather than being surrounded by trout eagerly taking emergers, I experienced a boil here, a boil there, but nothing steady and rhythmic. Whereas all I had to do on Tuesday night was drift my team over a fishy area or target an active riser, on Thursday I had to work hard just to reach a half dozen trout. Not that I mind that. It’s just fascinating to me how unknown factors can have such a dramatic impact on the day-to-day fishing. I also went for my first swim of the season. It’s not an awful time to experience the sensation of water spilling down your waders and soaking into your drawers, but it’s still mighty unpleasant. As I write this today, the lower Farmington has topped 1600 and is no doubt the color of chocolate milk. More rain is on the way. Reset. Pause. Then we’ll start again.

I took a mix of stocked rainbows and wild browns. My first fish came in some pocket water along the bank. Squirrel and Ginger was the winning fly. Parr marks, halos, a never-say-die fighting ethos — man, I love these wild jewels!

8 comments on “Farmington River Report 5/27/21: Mother Nature hits the reset button

  1. apurbano57 says:

    Tried getting out there today. Water was a bit too swift for this 63 year old with a newly replaced hip!

    • Steve Culton says:

      Bonus points for trying! What part of the river did you try to fish?

      • apurbano57 says:

        South of the 202 Bridge in Collinsville. Just above where the Nepaug comes in. Water was murky and couldn’t tell the depth in front of me.

      • Steve Culton says:

        I didn’t mean for you to be that specific…in the future “Collinsville area” works just fine. :-). In any case, good for you for trying to go. The lower river is certainly getting the brunt of the rain flow in this storm.

  2. Bill Giokas says:

    I remember fishing those high water days on the Farmington and the Housy. I fished the edges in chocolate water and got some nice fish. Bill

  3. apurbano57 says:

    Younger buddy of mine has been out the last few days fishing the soft edges. Has done well. They seem to stack up in that soft water.

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