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Fly Fishing Salmon Brook, Connecticut
The Salmon Brook consist of the East and West
Branches as well as the main stem of the Salmon Brook.
The East Branch of the Salmon Brook begins in the
state of Massachusetts and flows into Connecticut at
Grandby. The West Branch of the Salmon Brook begins
in Tunxis State Park and flows to its confluence with the
East Branch in Grandby. The main stem is a tributary of
the Farmington River.
Access to the East Branch is available at a number of
bridge crossings and Route #189 which follows along it
in several locations. This stream has salmon fry but they
The West Branch is accessible at a number of bridge
crossing and from Pedersen Road and Route #20. It
flows into the McLean Game Refuge where fishing is
prohibited. Below the Game Refuge it again flows along
Route #20. It is also accessible from Salmon Brook Park.
The main stem flows form Grandby into East Grandby. It
is accessible from Grandbrook Park. It flows into the
Farmington River at Tariffville Park. It has both wild
brook and brown trout and is also heavily stocked.
Both the East and West Branches have plenty of wild
brook trout but both are also stocked by the state.
For the most part, these are small, fast flowing streams
with runs and riffles and some pools. The start out very
small and grow with many small feeder streams and
branches contributing to the flow.
The Salmon Brook has plenty of aquatic insects but the
species and populations vary greatly with the location.
The most plentiful mayflies are the Blue-winged Olives.
There are several other species including Slate Drakes,
Hendricksons, Light Cahills, Blue Quills, Mahogany
Duns, Quill Gordons, and others.
The most plentiful caddis are the Cinnamon Sedges, but
there are plenty of Little Black Caddis, Short-horned
sedges, black dancers, Great Autumn Brown Sedges,
Spotted Sedges and others.
The Salmon Brook has few stoneflies but they are some
Little Winter stoneflies and Little Yellow Stoneflies.
Terrestrial insect imitations work good during the
summer month. Carpenter ants, Japanese Beetles and
Grass hoppers are plentiful along its banks. Moth
larvae, or inch worms, are also plentiful.
The stream has a good population of Sculpin and
baitfish and streamers are sometimes the most
important flies to use.
Our best advice is to call or email us (information is on
your right) and we will suggest flies for you for any given
time you plan on fishing. Please give us a little notice.
You may want to purchase certain patterns from us and
please allow time for shipping. If you tie your own flies,
you can look at the links to our patterns and have an
idea of what you should have.
Springtime is the best time for fly fishing Salmon Brook.
The summer time heat slows down the fishing in some
areas. Look for shade and small tributaries
Fall is a good time to fly fish Salmon Brook.
Trout can be caught on warm winter days but the fishing
is usually slow.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 ft., 5 or 6X Nymphing: 71/2 ft.,
3 or 4X, Streamers 1-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rod:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Loon Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
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with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
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hours for a response.
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you decide which flies you need.
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with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.
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