For this outing, TGF travels to Connecticut to fish the upper section of the West Branch of the Farmington River, a beautiful fishery that holds brown, rainbow, and brook trout and salmon. The Farmington, Connecticut’s only “Wild and Scenic River,” is a tailwater fishery with water temperatures cool enough for quality fishing even in the summer.
The water is easily accessible and offers various types of fishing spots, from long pools, to quick riffles, to heavy water.
Make a day of it by fishing in the morning, gathering for a streamside lunch, and fishing the late hatches in the afternoon and evening. If you stay overnight, join us for dinner.
TGF president Bert Darrow will lead this popular trip, providing tips on where and how to fish this river as well as organizing our midday picnic. I encourage anyone with an idea for another outing, fishing or otherwise, to contact me at the address below to start the conversation.
Please RSVP to Julian Antebi at email@example.com no later than June 19 if you plan to attend so that we can accommodate everyone.
Bert Darrow will give a short introduction to the river and its pools at 9:30 A.M. on Saturday morning at Mathies Grove Recreation Area on East River Road in Barkhamsted. From Route 44, take Route 318 east, go across the steel bridge, and take your first left onto East River Road. Mathies Grove Recreation Area is the first recreation area you will find going north. Park in the anglers’ parking lot or inside the park with a car fee. Note that if you pay to park here, get a receipt so that you can return at lunchtime if you fish elsewhere during the day. If you get lost or expect to be late, call Bert Darrow on his cell phone at (845) 235-4557.
Meet again at Mathies Grove Recreation Area at 12:30 P.M. for lunch, provided by TGF. (See Orientation above for directions.) There will be a $20 charge per person for the picnic lunch. You can pay online HERE.
Either three-day ($22 out-of-state) or annual fishing ($28 CT resident or $55 out-of-state) licenses may be obtained at UpCountry Sportfishing, at any town hall in Connecticut or online at: https://www.ct.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales.
LOCAL FLY SHOP
UpCountry Sportfishing, 352 Main Street, Pleasant Meadow, (860) 379-1952, www.farmingtonriver.com. (Fishing licenses are available here.) Directions to the area will be found on the fly shop Web site.
Hillside Motel, Route 44, Canton, http://www. hillsidemotel44.com (860) 693-4951.
Old Riverton Inn, Riverton, http://www.rivertoninn.com, (860) 379-8678. (Tell Pauline you are with TGF.) Pine Meadow B&B, 398 Main Street, Pine Meadow, (860) 379-8745.
Legends on the Farmington, http://legendsbnb.com, (203) 650 8767.