Whenever I guide someone I will always express the opinion that the Farmington River in Connecticut is the best trout stream in New England. Many that I guide, through their own personal experience, will wholeheartedly agree while others have heard the rumors but haven't been there. This post is for the latter crowd.
Ok, where do you start? You start a few weeks before your planned trip by doing two things:
1. Visit the website for UPCOUNTRY FLY SHOP. They have made it a habit to give river updates twice a week for years now! They will not only tell you what flies to use but will tell you where to us them. A great example of this was back in the brutal winter of 2014 - 2015. They gave locations for the best opportunity for surface action. You can't beat that!
2. Get a copy of "A Guide To Fishing the Farmington River" - This Guide, written by the Farmington River Anglers Association, may be the BEST river guide ever written about a New England River. This group certainly cannot be considered tight lipped and secretive like some other "friends of the river" are. Run by run, pool by pool, it's all laid out for you and can save you years of leg work. Want to fish Whittemore, the Wood Shop or Ovation? Now you know where to go and how to do it.
Pick up a copy at Upcountry in person or online.
We owe this group a big "THANK YOU"!
Ok, when do I fish the Farmington? The truth is I used to fish it more often 10 to 15 years ago before my guiding business took off. Now it's my Winter and very early Spring river. By the time the hendricksons begin to pop up I'm back in Ma guiding.
Where are my favorite spots?
Campground Pool - great dry fly pool especially up at the head of the pool. I used to camp there and hit the top of the pool at dawn. Size 24 BWO's in the mist!!!!
Wood Shop Pool - a good spot
Spare Tire Pool - Love this spot because I usually have it all to myself and I've done well there.
Ovation Pool - Caught my first brown on the Farmie right here
Church Pool - Usually packed but if you get lucky and have few other anglers you can have some great fishing here.
Whittemore Pool - some like it a lot. I'm so-so on it. Not my Farmington experience.
Greenwooods - Great water but becoming a very-trendy-to-be-seen location. That's why I opt for Spare Tire right below it.
I should make the time to fish the Farmington this Summer. Hell, I'm less than an hour away!!!!
BTW, I receive no consideration for endorsing the above entities. They deserve it!!