100 Best: Farmington River

Location: Central Connecticut
Type of stream: Tailwater
Angling methods: Fly, spin, bait
Species: Rainbows, browns
Access: Easy
Season: Year-round
Supporting Services: New Hartford
Short take: Year ‘round big trout 
Handicapped Access: Two locations
Closest TU Chapter Farmington Valley
Only 120 miles or so from New York City and Boston, then Farmington River offers one of the best tailwaters in the Northeast for catching 20-inch trout.  Just ask Andy Butler.  For 115 months without a miss, he’s landed a behemoth of this size.  That’s nearly 10 years, 
The best of the Farmington begins where the West Branch issues forth from the base of Goodwin Dam which impounds a small reservoir below Colebrook River Lake.  From the dam, the river flows through a Trout Management Area (TMA) to the Route 177 bridge in Unionville. Rich with traditional hatches, the Hendricksons, suphurs, and blue-winged-olives we all know, the Farmington is famed for Doliphilodes distinctus – tiny black gold speckled-winged caddis.   As they swim toward the bank, big trout charge them.  Think a skated fly will work?


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