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Trout fishing on the Farmington River in Connecticut deedsphotos

Updated on August 27, 2015

Fly Fishing on the Farmington

On our trip to visit my brother and his wife in Simsbury, Connecticut, last week I was treated to a couple of trips to the nearby Farmington River to try my hand at fly fishing for trout . The Farmington is one of the most popular trout streams along the East Coast. It is fed by water from a small water reservoir above where the Farmington joins the Connecticut River. Some of the best stretches of the river are reserved for catch-and-release fishing and in others keeping the fish is allowed.

Connecticut has done a great job of making the most out of its environment. If you weren't aware that residential communities were nearby you might think you were in a remote area in the Rockies. The river is stocked with thousands of mature trout each year. There are enough trophy fish in the river to keep everybody interested. Catching a trout as long as 30 inches is unusual but not unheard of.

We  fished two days and didn't find the big ones or even very many little ones, but the fishing was nevertheless enjoyable.

Waders are necessary because the water temperature is around 59 degrees. We tried several flies and had the best luck with the Caddis which my brother ties himself. (This will be the topic of a subsequent hub.)

Farmington River from Reservoir Dam

Farmington River Reservoir Dam

Farmington River Reservoir

Tom's fishing buddy, Michael

Catching a trout requires intense concentration and a lot of patience.

Trout fishermen load up with gear like paratroopers except it's lighter.

Putting the caddis fly in front of the trout's nose

Tom and Michael fishing downstream in the mist on the Farmington.

Tom's favorite hole. Last month he caught a 28-inch brown trout here.

Success! It's in the net!

The trophy--a 13-inch brown trout.


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    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for your comment. Good fishing!

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      David Legg 7 

      7 years ago from Trout Paradise, Colorado

      Nice hub. You have some nice information ther along with some great photos! Thank you!

      Tight lines!


    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for the report.

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      8 years ago

      we went fishing upriver of you guys at the peoples state forest using a small hook, spit shot, and corn as bait and caught 2 12'' brown trout and 2 15'' rainbow trout

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for the comment! My brother lives in Simsbury and fishes there a lot. Feel free to post the location of your trophy hole! :-)

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      8 years ago

      I been fishing the farmington river up and down for years. About two day ago I found a very good trophy trout hole. I dont do much fly fishing I caught a 20 inch brown trout last night on my first cast useing a trout magnet for my first time. about a hour later I caught a 23 inch rainbow on just plain old worms.A buddy of mine was fly fishing about ten feet away did'nt even get a bite. I usually catch rainbows between twelve fourteen inches long. Thank you for the great photos.


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      9 years ago from Montana

      Great fishing hotspot,as I love to fish for trout.

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      Eric Davis 

      9 years ago

      Awsome! I plan on going here sometime very soon with a bunch of my buddies. I just wanted to see how the bites were. Clearly they are alive and kickin!

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      9 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Glafkos, Sorry I missed your question about the Farmington. Here's the expert. Next time I suggest you contact Barranca. He knows the secrets of the Farmington better than almost anyone.

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      9 years ago

      hey im looking for a good spot to fish on the farmington river this weekend..if you can email me a place that would be great and where its located..thanks so much and nice email is and my name is nick

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      9 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for your kind comment.

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      9 years ago from san mateo

      Very cool photos!

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      11 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for the comment. My brother has caught some big trout in the Farmington. He lives right near to river and spends a lot of time fishing there and knows where the trout are and what they are biting on. I could put you in touch with him if you wish. He participates in HubPages under the name barranca. You could reach him that way. I'm sure he'd be glad to help you get started.

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      Chris Jonas 

      11 years ago

      I am moving to Connecticut in the fall and have been doing research online about my favorite hobby, fly fishing. Your hub has been the best resource I have found so far and I look forward to getting down to the Farmington river and catching some nice trout soon.


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