Between the Housatonic and Farmington Rivers, and their many tributaries, there is almost always productive fishing. When conditions are poor on one river, opportunities open up on another.


River Flow

For River flows click on a link below.  Remember to

add the Sitll River cfs to the West Branch cfs for the

net flow of the upper Farmington from Riverton to New











River Report

Sept 18


The Housatonic bass fishing has been excellent this summer.  In general, we have had plenty of rain, which has kept flows up and the Housy trout happy:-)  With higher flows the water is more oxygenated, cooler than normal, and the trout more protected from predators. I, along with many others, have started trout fishing again, although yesterday was one of those border line days as to whether that was a good idea or not.  By late afternoon, water temps. hit 70 degrees.  In the morning, however, temps. were in the mid 60's.  In any event, the fishing was decent.  Slow in the afternoon but we managed to catch a good number of bass and a few trout.  The trout caught and released quickly on heavy tippets! There are ISO's, some caddis and a few white mayflies on the water.  Towards evening the trout are rising.


Going forward the weather forecast is good.  Rain all day today and temps. in the high 60's.  Hopefull the river will come back up to the 1000cfs range.  Evening air temps are in the low 50's for the next week +  This should get water temps into the low to mid 60's and soon the river will be stocked with 9000 trout.  The fall fishing should be most excellent!

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Housatonic Flow

Reading flows and trying to determine whether the Housatonic is fishing well is a tricky business. An angler who states that the "The fishing on the Housatonic is best between 400 and 800 CFS (Cubic Feet per Second)" is making too many assumptions. This statement is by and large true for wade anglers, but how is the fishing when it is at1500 CFS? The answer to this question varies greatly. Look at the graph. If the river has been at 1500 CFS for a period of several days then the fishing is likely to be good, especially for the streamer and nymph fisherman.


On the other hand, if the river has been at a consistent 500 CFS and then jumps up to 1000CFS in one day, chances are the fishing will be poor. What is most important is water clarity and flow consistency. If the river has been flowing at a consistent CFS or is falling, then the clarity is likely to be good and the fishing good .... regardless of the CFS. I have enjoyed excellent fishing at 2000CFS from my drift boat. Water temperature is the most critical factor in terms of trying to determine whether trout will be active or not. As a general rule, the trout on the Housatonic will be most active when the temps are between 55 & 70 degrees. Once the river hits 70 degrees or more look for the bass fishing to improve.

Farmington Flow

In my opinion, there is no bad time to fish the Farmington, unless the river is in excess 2000 CFS. Even then, the upper section above the Still River can have good wading, even after heavy rains, because the water in this section is controlled by the dam. The river will drop and clear very quickly since the Still River is the only "major" tributary from Riverton down to New Hartford that has much effect on water clarity and volume.  Because the Farm is a true tailwater river, water temperature is rarely an issue.  Even during the hot summer months the water temps. are conducive to good trout fishing.



To generalize, the Farmington is best to wade at 600 CFS or less, and it is at these flows that you are likely to have the best dry fly fishing.  In order to understand what the flow is below the Still River in Riverton you must add the flow of both the Still River and the West Branch.


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