In case you didn’t hear, the historic New Hartford House building was gutted by fire earlier this week. The three-alarm blaze happened Monday night/Tuesday morning. New Hartford House was the large, stately building with the clock tower in the center of town. Please send your thoughts and prayers to those who lost their homes and businesses, and also to the first responders who were injured fighting the blaze. You can read more about the fire in this story from the Courant.
Meanwhile, you shouldn’t be fishing the Farmington right now. Here’s the Riverton gauge at noon — and the heat wave has only just begun.
We are certainly going to lose some trout (nature will find a way for others). If you must go fishing, pond bluegills are a blast on a small stream rod and an Elk Hair caddis. Bass, striped or largemouth or smallmouth, are other viable options right now. But please, give these stressed fish a break.
Thanks for the temp charts. Didn’t know they were available. It would be nice if a local fly shop on the Farmington posted these along with flows. Of course both charts can be bad for business from time to time! But so can a big fish die off which will happen with these temps and unrelenting angling pressure. Hope the guides and anglers have some self control during the next few weeks.
Certain stations on the CT USGS Riverdata site have temperature gauges; thankfully, Riverton is one of them. This guide has plenty of self control. 🙂