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Fly Fishing The Farmington River
The Farmington River consist of two main branches, the
East and The West Branch, but most all of the better
trout fishing is on the West Branch tailwater. The water
comes from Colebrook Reservoir and the West Branch
Reservoirs. The water from both the East and the West
Branches stays cool throughout the summer and doesn't
ice over during the winter. There are some wild as well
as a huge number of stocked trout with some holdovers.
The dams were built primarily for flood control and
water-reservoirs, not electrical power generation. That
resulted in steady flows of water with no real high peaks
in the flows. Theres a hydroelectric generator on the
Hogback dam on the West Branch but it doesn't affect
the constant flow of the release to any drastic extent.
The water is released from the bottom of the reservoirs
and stays near a constant cold temperature year-round.
The best trout waters are found upstream of Collinsville.
The river has two separate Trout Management Areas in
that section of the river. Both of these areas have
excellent access and plenty of trout but there are miles
of other areas on the river with excellent fishing
This river also has several feeder streams that are
stocked by the state including the East and West
Branches of the Salmon Brook, Sandy Brook, Mill Brook,
Roaring Brook, Cherry Brook, Unionville Brook, Nepaug
River, Still River, and the Pequabuck River.
The season runs year-round in the Trout Management
Springtime is probably the best season for fly fishing the
The water stays cool during the hottest days of summer
and the fishing is generally good.
Fall is an excellent time to fish. There is less pressure
from anglers and good fishing.
The water stay ice free below the dams and can be
fished during the winter.
Fly Fishing Guide to the Farmington River
One of the main features of the Farmington River is its
many hatches of aquatic insects. (Click Here to
|Type of Stream
(stocked, some wild and holdover
North Central Connecticut
Year-round in TMAs
State of Connecticut
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Two Trout Management Areas
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