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Water Level Thursday 12/18/14 2070 CFS
Water Temperature low 30's
Water Clarity Stained
Release Schedule Natural Flow (constant/steady release, no flow manipulations)

We are soliciting doantions for our next HRO private stocking of rainbow trout (We also thank everybody that donated), please help out again if you can. These fish average 14-18", with a few topping 20". It's expensive, and every donation helps, be it large or small. Thanks in advance. The CT DEEP has documented them successfully reproducing in quite a few Housy tributaries (unlike most state stocked Rainbows, our fish are true Spring spawners). We increase fishing opportunities on the Housy by stocking these trout both below the TMA/C&R area, as well as in the upper section of the TMA where the state does not stock. OSI (Open Space Institute) manages our “Friends of the Housatonic” non-profit organization that all donations go into for stocking funds, and then they cut us a check when it’s time to stock. Please help improve the quality of the trout fishing on the Housatonic by donating, and remember this is a legitimate tax write-off due to our 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We have the largest collection of fishing and sporting books in New England - we purchase book collections, used and collectible fishing equipment, offer trade-ins – just call the store for an appointment, or click here to send us an email!



We have the largest collection of fishing and sporting books in New England - we purchase book collections, used and collectible fishing equipment, offer trade-ins – just call the store for an appointment, or click here to send us an email!



Water Level 12/18/14 Farmington River above the Still 308 CFS / Still River 251 CFS / Combined Flow Farmington River and Still River below the Still 559 CFS
Water Temperature low 30's
Water Clarity Clear
Release Schedule

Nymphing is the go-to winter technique, look for softer/moderate water where the trout can hang out in the cold water without expending much energy- think mostly pools & deeper/slower runs. While you may see them move shallow to feed during bug activity, they will tend to favor somewhat deeper water most of the time in the winter- when water temps are in the 30's and the trout's metabolism is greatly reduced, security/comfort takes precedence over feeding. For nymphs, try bigger Stoneflies (#6-10), Pheasant Tails (#14-20), Caddis larva (both uncased & cased), Egg patterns, Winter Stoneflies (especially #18-20 black to imitate the Capnia), Polish-style Woven Nymphs (#8-12), Midge larva/pupa (#16-24), and generic/attractor nymphs (Lightning Bugs, Princes, red Copper Johns, etc.)- they all producing at moments. Some days the fishing has been very good, but with all the cold temps it's made the trout sluggish and many days you work your ass off for one or two fish, sometimes none! This usually correlates to water temps (and to weather it warmed or cooled, with rising water temps ideal in winter & early spring), and to fishing pressure, which at moments can be high on the Farmington, especially on milder days & weekends. Don't be afraid to venture outside the year 'round TMA/C&R area and into the newer long seasonal TMA/C&R section, there are trout throughout, but a lot less anglers. If your are fishing tiny dries/emergers on flat water, you may need to go pretty light on your tippet. I recommend lengthening your tippet to 4' or longer before going to ultralight tippets, going longer like that is like dropping down a couple of tippet sizes, it will enhance getting a drag-free float. For nymphing, I mostly use 5x fluoro, sometimes 4x on bigger flies like #8-10 Stonefly nymphs and bigger Polish Wovens, and maybe 6x on the really small stuff. No need to go lighter than 6x for even the tiniest nymphs, and I don't usually find it to be necessary, especially with fluorocarbon tippets. Dry fly fishing will sometimes require some pretty light tippets, especially for small flies fished on flat water, but I always try to use the biggest tippet practical for the situation, so I can play & release the trout quickly and not overly stress them. It's not sporting or ethical in my opinion to play a trout for 10-15 minutes on a ridiculously light tippet, as it can kill the trout.































































































































































































































































In the permanent 5 mile TMA especially, the fish see lots of pressure and can be VERY picky when you are targetting flat water risers in the more popular pools (Church, Greenwoods, Ovation, etc.), so make sure your presentations are top shelf- accurate & drag-free (use a long leader, with an extra-long & relatively light tippet), and change your flies frequently. Under normal flows, nymphers should play around with some smaller flies on fluorocarbon tippets, although Stonefly nymphs & Rubber Legs are exceptions to the small nymphs. Caddis larva in olives to greens in the #12-18 range are very effective at moments too, and don't forget about Cased Caddis, there are a TON of them in the Farmington. The takes on nymphs can be VERY subtle, so stay laser-focused or you won't even detect many of the hits. Set the hook on ANYTHING even remotely suspicious, or you will miss many subtle takes. Dry fly guys will find that CDC patterns, emergers, cripples, and pupal patterns can sometimes work magic on tough fish in flat water.































































































































































































































































New regs in place now- from dam in Riverton down to bottom of lower TMA (21 total miles) is now ALL C&R from Sept 1 thru 6AM on 3rd Saturday in April, and the Upper Year 'Round TMA in Pleasant Valley/New Hartford has now been permanently extended (as in not a seasonal TMA) upstream for about 1.5 miles right up to the bridge abutment at the tail of Whitemore (this includes the entire Campground). So the upper TMA is C&R 12 months a year all the way up to the tail of Whitemore, and all the water above that to the dam, and below the upper TMA all the way down to below the lower TMA (Collinsville) is a SEASONAL TMA (Sept 1st thru 3rd Sat in April) that reverts to Trophy Trout (2 fish, 12") from Opening Day thru the end of August. This means that in March & April, inistead of being stuck in the two modest sized TMA's, you will have 21 miles of river to fish, and the upper TMA has been permanently increased by almost 50%. Excellent move CT DEEP, thank 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