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Farmington River Resource Page

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March 16, 2017
Category:   Fishing News

Looking to fish the Farmington River for the first time? Then this page is for you!

Are you a seasoned Farmington Angler who’s looking to stay up to date with what’s going on? This page is also for you!

Here you will find fishing access maps, fishing reports, news and more about the West Branch of The Farmington River.

About The Farmington

The West Branch of the Farmington River (usually referred to as just the Farmington River) is a tailwater fishery located in North Central Connecticut. With its cool summer temperatures, dense biomass and ample stocking, the Farmington is probably the most fished trout stream in CT.
The Farmington features two Trout Management Areas. The upper TMA is year round catch and release and requires barbless flies. It runs from just above the Route 318 bridge down to the Route 219 bridge. The lower one is catch and release from September 1 to the third Saturday in April.
The Farmington is most popular with fly fishermen, who take advantage of the consistent aquatic insect activity year round. It is not uncommon to see the banks lined with fishermen even in the dead of winter. On busy days it pays to get away from easy access points to find space. The Upper TMA has plenty of public access for fishermen.
The river can be a very technical place to fish, with many anglers finding success with light tippets, small flies and European nymphing techniques. Dry fly anglers can test their abilities with 7x and small midge and winter caddis patterns as well. A persistent angler can find dry fly activity almost every day of the year, and streamer fishing can be very effective on the systems large brown trout when the conditions are right.


River Flow Level

Here is the river flow (in cubic feet per second) for the Farmington and one of its major tributaries, the Still River. In order to determine the flow of the lower river, please add the discharge from the Still River to the flow of the Farmington in Riverton from this graph.

USGS Water-data graph for site 01186000
USGS Water-data graph for site 01186500


Fishing Report

You will find daily fishing reports from Upcountry Sportfishing in New Hartford, CT. These guys have a wealth of knowledge on the system (it flows through their backyard) and provide a very informative fishing report every few days.

Public Access Maps

Here are a few of the most popular public accesses on the West Branch of the Farmington River.

Special Fishing Regulations


From Goodwin dam (Hartland) down- stream to the old footbridge abutments approximately 1.4 miles downstream of the confluence with the Still River (Barkhamsted).

Season: Open year-round.

Trout: Catch and Release Only from September 1 to 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday in April. Daily creel limit—2, 12″ minimum length from 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday in April to August 31.


From the old footbridge abutments (Barkhamsted) downstream to the Route 219 bridge (New Hartford). This area includes all of the former West Branch Farmington River Trout Management Area:

Season: Open year-round.

Methods: Barbless hooks only

Trout: Catch and Release Only.


From the Route 219 bridge (New Hart- ford) downstream to the route 177 Bridge (Unionville):

Season: Open year-round.

Trout: Catch and Release Only from September 1 to 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday in April. Daily creel limit—2, 12″ minimum length from 6:00 a.m. 2nd Saturday in April to August 31.



Farmington to Windsor; From Route 177 bridge in Unionville Center downstream to Rainbow Reservoir.
Trout: Daily creel limit—5, 9″ Minimum length.

Hatch Chart

This hatch chart is provided by the Nutmeg Chapter of Trout Unlimited

farmington river hatch chart

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