Farmington River Fly Fishing Guide & Map

A tailwater fishery issuing from Goodwin Dam, the Farmington River runs for more than 22 miles through historic and scenic Connecticut countryside. Stable flows support an excellent population of holdover browns and rainbows. Two specially regulated Trout Management Areas (TMAs) are located in this section

Map of Farmington River Trout Management Areas

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CT - Farmington River: 41.912369, -72.988358
CT - Housatonic River: 41.823223, -73.374870
Stony Brook (Class 3 WTMA): 41.500388, -72.173649
Shunock River (Class 3 WTMA): 41.447517, -71.891769
Negro Hill Brook (Sessions Woods) - Class 3 WTMA: 41.726749, -72.957930
Roaring Brook (Class 3 WTMA): 41.670578, -72.566727
Pease Brook (Class 3 WTMA): 41.597697, -72.193339
Norwalk River (Class 3 WTMA): 41.278820, -73.444283
Furnace Brook (Class 2 WTMA): 41.825752, -73.356667
Fenton River (Class 3 WTMA): 41.810429, -72.219376
Farm River (Class 3 WTMA): 41.322651, -72.841118
East Branch Naugatuck River (Class 3 WTMA): 41.857121, -73.129189
East Aspetuck River (Class 3 WTMA): 41.670261, -73.358711
Beacon Hill Brook (Class 3 WTMA): 41.466862, -73.017441
Salmon Brook (Class 2 WTMA): 41.718361, -72.594597
Blackberry River (Class 3 WTMA): 42.011902, -73.290909
Wachocastinook Creek (Class 1 WTMA): 42.005199, -73.460702
Deep Brook (Class 1 WTMA): 41.785617, -73.408113
Eightmile River (Class 1 WTMA): 41.600799, -72.903969
Macedonia Brook (Class 1 WTMA): 41.756680, -73.492233
Hawley's Brook (Class 1 WTMA): 41.241792, -73.343483
Merrick-Beaver Brooks (Class 1 WTMA): 41.684021, -72.109901
Mill River (Class 1 WTMA): 41.241039, -73.253860
Quinnipiac River (Class 1 WTMA): 41.620880, -72.874344
Tankerhoosen River (Class 1 WTMA): 41.840553, -72.439599
Housatonic River (Upper TMA) : 41.946724, -73.366700
Housatonic River (CRFFO Section) : 41.858391, -73.374960
HOUSATONIC RIVER AT FALLS VILLAGE, CT: 41.957315, -73.369286
Housatonic River (Lower TMA) : 41.675476, -73.509870
HOUSATONIC RIVER AT GAYLORDSVILLE, CT: 41.653150, -73.489846
Farmington River, CT: 41.990310, -73.019150
Farmington River (TMA - Upper Boundary) : 41.942299, -73.012365
Farmington River (TMA - Lower Boundary) : 41.878360, -72.977113
Farmington River (Seasonal TMA - Upper Boundary) : 41.877332, -72.978341
Farmington River (Seasonal TMA - Lower Boundary) : 41.755777, -72.886686
Farmington River (Hogback Road): 41.971975, -73.018216
Farmington River (Hitchcock Pool): 41.962602, -73.017862
Farmington River (American Legion): 41.932430, -73.002541
Farmington River (Whitemore Pool): 41.944537, -73.015480
Farmington River (People's State Park): 41.923419, -72.996876
Farmington River (Church Pool): 41.912705, -72.986941
Farmington River (Greenwoods Pool): 41.899690, -72.987349
Farmington River (Boneyard Pool): 41.893301, -72.981341
Farmington River (Ovation Pool): 41.884084, -72.980461
STILL RIVER AT ROBERTSVILLE, CT: 41.967922, -73.033444
WEST BRANCH FARMINGTON RIVER AT RIVERTON, CT: 41.962873, -73.017606
FARMINGTON RIVER AT UNIONVILLE, CT: 41.755547, -72.887042
PENDELTON HILL BROOK NEAR CLARKS FALLS, CT: 41.474822, -71.834236
WILLIMANTIC RIVER AT MERROW RD. NEAR MERROW, CT: 41.824011, -72.312847
WILLIMANTIC RIVER NEAR COVENTRY, CT: 41.750654, -72.265635
NATCHAUG RIVER AT MARCY RD. NEAR CHAPLIN, CT: 41.816169, -72.106169
MOUNT HOPE RIVER NEAR WARRENVILLE, CT: 41.843709, -72.168966
FENTON RIVER AT MANSFIELD, CT: 41.833194, -72.242781
NATCHAUG RIVER AT WILLIMANTIC, CT: 41.720100, -72.195575
SHETUCKET RIVER NEAR WILLIMANTIC, CT: 41.700376, -72.182022
LITTLE RIVER NEAR HANOVER, CT: 41.671765, -72.052298
SHETUCKET RIVER AT TAFTVILLE, CT: 41.570003, -72.046244
QUINEBAUG RIVER AT QUINEBAUG, CT: 42.022319, -71.955629
QUINEBAUG RIVER AT WEST THOMPSON, CT: 41.943567, -71.899597
FRENCH RIVER AT NORTH GROSVENORDALE, CT: 41.978464, -71.900514
LITTLE RIVER AT HARRISVILLE, CT: 41.927844, -71.930008
QUINEBAUG RIVER AT PUTNAM, CT: 41.909475, -71.913864
QUINEBAUG RIVER AT JEWETT CITY, CT: 41.597492, -71.984094
YANTIC RIVER AT YANTIC, CT: 41.558709, -72.121467
CONNECTICUT RIVER AT THOMPSONVILLE, CT: 41.987319, -72.605367
STONY BROOK NEAR WEST SUFFIELD, CT: 41.960839, -72.710486
BROAD BROOK AT BROAD BROOK, CT: 41.913897, -72.549700
WEST BRANCH FARMINGTON RIVER NEAR NEW BOSTON, MA: 42.078861, -73.072883
WEST BRANCH FARMINGTON RIVER AT RIVERTON, CT: 41.962873, -73.017606
HUBBARD RIVER NEAR WEST HARTLAND, CT: 42.037500, -72.939328
BUNNELL BROOK NEAR BURLINGTON, CT: 41.786209, -72.964826
FARMINGTON RIVER AT SIMSBURY, CT: 41.869706, -72.797244
FARMINGTON RIVER AT TARIFFVILLE, CT: 41.908283, -72.759353
CONNECTICUT RIVER AT HARTFORD, CT: 41.769094, -72.667550
NORTH BRANCH PARK RIVER AT HARTFORD, CT: 41.784439, -72.708056
HOCKANUM RIVER NEAR EAST HARTFORD, CT: 41.783155, -72.587311
COGINCHAUG RIVER AT MIDDLEFIELD, CT: 41.520233, -72.706531
CONNECTICUT RIVER AT MIDDLE HADDAM, CT: 41.541766, -72.553145
SALMON RIVER NEAR EAST HAMPTON, CT: 41.552321, -72.449253
EIGHTMILE RIVER AT NORTH PLAIN, CT: 41.441669, -72.332678
EAST BRANCH EIGHTMILE RIVER NEAR NORTH LYME, CT: 41.427517, -72.334778
CONNECTICUT RIVER AT ESSEX, CT: 41.351483, -72.384367
CONNECTICUT RIVER AT OLD LYME, CT: 41.312598, -72.345917
INDIAN RIVER NEAR CLINTON, CT: 41.306172, -72.531033
QUINNIPIAC RIVER AT SOUTHINGTON, CT: 41.603472, -72.883200
QUINNIPIAC RIVER AT WALLINGFORD, CT: 41.450264, -72.841275
MUDDY RIVER NEAR EAST WALLINGFORD, CT: 41.435608, -72.779492
MILL RIVER NEAR HAMDEN, CT: 41.420414, -72.902658
SALMON CREEK AT LIME ROCK, CT: 41.942315, -73.390953
TENMILE RIVER NEAR GAYLORDSVILLE, CT: 41.658764, -73.528683
HOUSATONIC RIVER NEAR NEW MILFORD, CT: 41.593150, -73.449567
STILL RIVER AT ROUTE 7 AT BROOKFIELD CENTER, CT: 41.465822, -73.403203
SHEPAUG RIVER AT PETERS DAM AT WOODVILLE, CT: 41.719575, -73.292603
POOTATUCK RIVER AT BERKSHIRE: 41.406547, -73.273183
POOTATUCK RIVER AT SANDY HOOK, CT: 41.419250, -73.282100
NONEWAUG RIVER AT MINORTOWN, CT: 41.575850, -73.178467
WEEKEEPEEMEE RIVER AT HOTCHKISSVILLE, CT: 41.557708, -73.215353
POMPERAUG RIVER AT SOUTHBURY, CT: 41.481939, -73.224572
HOUSATONIC RIVER AT STEVENSON, CT: 41.383803, -73.166639
NAUGATUCK RIVER AT THOMASTON, CT: 41.673708, -73.069553
NAUGATUCK RIVER AT BEACON FALLS, CT: 41.442300, -73.062283
ROOSTER RIVER AT FAIRFIELD, CT: 41.179819, -73.219002
MILL RIVER NEAR FAIRFIELD, CT: 41.165475, -73.270008
SASCO BROOK NEAR SOUTHPORT, CT: 41.152874, -73.305950
SAUGATUCK RIVER NEAR REDDING, CT: 41.294540, -73.395120
SAUGATUCK RIVER BELOW SAUGATUCK RES NR LYONS PLAIN, CT: 41.245514, -73.349236
ASPETUCK RIVER AT ASPETUCK, CT: 41.228742, -73.324119
SAUGATUCK RIVER NEAR WESTPORT, CT: 41.170731, -73.364817
SAUGATUCK RIVER AT ROUTE 1 AT WESTPORT, CT: 41.140894, -73.363033
RIDGEFIELD BROOK AT SHIELDS LANE NR RIDGEFIELD, CT: 41.314089, -73.492894
NORWALK RIVER AT SOUTH WILTON, CT: 41.163767, -73.419544
FIVEMILE RIVER NEAR NEW CANAAN, CT: 41.174322, -73.511078
STAMFORD HURRICANE BARRIER AT STAMFORD, CT: 41.037042, -73.534289
RIPPOWAM RIVER AT STAMFORD, CT.: 41.066111, -73.549272
BYRAM RIVER AT PEMBERWICK, CT: 41.027297, -73.661750
Hogback dam pool: 41.988600, -73.019700
Beaver pool: 41.974600, -73.021500
Canal pool: 41.971700, -73.018500
Vans pool: 41.968900, -73.016900
Hitchcock Chair pool: 41.963200, -73.017500
Lymans Rock pool: 41.959000, -73.018000
Pipeline pool: 41.955400, -73.014700
Whittemores pool: 41.945700, -73.016700
Hawes pool: 41.940000, -73.005000
Campground pool: 41.933900, -72.999800
Hemlocks pool: 41.927800, -73.002600
High Bank Rapid: 41.924100, -73.000100
Spring Hole: 41.921500, -72.997600
School Bus pool: 41.919300, -72.993300
Halfords Run: 41.917400, -72.989100
Church pool: 41.910300, -72.987000
Drive-In pool: 41.903200, -72.988200
Morgan Brook pool: 41.901400, -72.987300
Greenwoods pool: 41.897400, -72.983100
Central Riffle: 41.894300, -72.980700
Morning Drift: 41.892200, -72.980400
Bone Yard Pool: 41.889000, -72.981200
Ovation pool: 41.883300, -72.981500
219 Bridge pool: 41.878400, -72.977700
The Wall: 41.877800, -72.976800
Black Bridge pool: 41.877900, -72.964600
Six Ds Run: 41.868900, -72.959000
Satans Kingdom Rapid: 41.861300, -72.957400
Rainbow City pool: 41.842300, -72.939600
Natchaug River: 41.832760, -72.094250
Still river, 20170513-Son: 41.965000, -73.027800
20170513-Son: 41.781100, -72.921300
Beacon Hill Brook: 41.467468, -73.028996
Beacon Hill Brook: 41.465396, -73.032097
Beacon Hill Brook: 41.466015, -73.036348
Beacon Hill Brook: 41.466650, -73.039621
Beacon Hill Brook: 41.468910, -73.046248
Beacon Hill Brook: 41.468455, -73.050059
Hopp Brook: 41.403121, -73.039784
Hopp Brook: 41.398198, -73.043678
Kettletown Brook: 41.429096, -73.203722
Kettletown Brook: 41.428504, -73.204332
Kettletown Brook: 41.427896, -73.205044
Kettletown Brook: 41.427234, -73.205729
Kettletown Brook: 41.426558, -73.206212
Limekiln Brook: 41.395769, -73.406424
Limekiln Brook: 41.393262, -73.403504
Limekiln Brook: 41.393185, -73.401973
East Swamp Brook: 41.385962, -73.398436
East Swamp Brook: 41.385667, -73.397364
East Swamp Brook: 41.385672, -73.393000
East Swamp Brook: 41.384434, -73.390704
East Swamp Brook: 41.378126, -73.387907
Eightmile Brook: 41.497519, -73.160328
Eightmile Brook: 41.474314, -73.158118
Eightmile Brook: 41.461941, -73.158304
Eightmile Brook (Papermill Pond): 41.457870, -73.165373
Eightmile Brook: 41.457132, -73.165608
Eightmile Brook: 41.456895, -73.165815
Eightmile Brook: 41.453706, -73.164801
Eightmile Brook: 41.453085, -73.165069
Eightmile Brook: 41.435299, -73.158581
Eightmile Brook: 41.423134, -73.159716
Eightmile Brook: 41.421671, -73.159784
Eightmile Brook: 41.416373, -73.157878
Farmill River: 41.301434, -73.203416
Farmill River: 41.300924, -73.195595
Farmill River: 41.291025, -73.175061
Farmill River: 41.291918, -73.159100
Farmill River: 41.283811, -73.155404
Farmill River: 41.288208, -73.138543
Farmill River: 41.282601, -73.137123
Farmill River: 41.279443, -73.135422
Farmill River: 41.278631, -73.130093
Farmill River: 41.279454, -73.122853
Farmill River: 41.277216, -73.119690
Farmill River: 41.276943, -73.118196
Farmill River: 41.276554, -73.115262
Farmill River: 41.273000, -73.113019
Farmill River: 41.271963, -73.111863
Farmill River: 41.272487, -73.109725
Farmill River: 41.266867, -73.105603
Farmill River: 41.264578, -73.107376
Farmill River: 41.263209, -73.104119
Farmill River: 41.261929, -73.103036
Farmill River: 41.259468, -73.101802
Farmill River: 41.259499, -73.100306
Farmill River: 41.259426, -73.098761
Hemlocks Reservoir: 41.206344, -73.283247
Hockanum Brook: 41.438691, -73.039241
Hockanum Brook: 41.438666, -73.041390
Hockanum Brook: 41.437507, -73.046603
Hockanum Brook: 41.437343, -73.050950
Hop Brook: 41.536643, -73.107040
Hop Brook: 41.534233, -73.105780
Hop Brook: 41.532513, -73.104362
Hop Brook: 41.530907, -73.102471
Hop Brook: 41.529990, -73.100584
Hop Brook: 41.528753, -73.098406
Hop Brook: 41.521444, -73.080160
Hop Brook: 41.521239, -73.079374
Hop Brook: 41.521457, -73.078446
Hop Brook: 41.521839, -73.078079
Hop Brook: 41.522398, -73.077089
Hop Brook: 41.522084, -73.075559
Hop Brook: 41.520975, -73.073765
Hop Brook: 41.511899, -73.062965
Hop Brook: 41.506021, -73.058342
Little River (Oxford): 41.439300, -73.127021
Little River (Oxford): 41.434257, -73.117138
Little River (Oxford): 41.431727, -73.110721
Little River (Oxford): 41.428233, -73.110725
Little River (Oxford): 41.425801, -73.109186
Little River (Oxford): 41.421626, -73.108981
Little River (Oxford): 41.420387, -73.104817
Little River (Oxford): 41.419563, -73.103637
Little River (Oxford): 41.417657, -73.102155
Little River (Oxford): 41.412634, -73.099052
Little River (Oxford): 41.404161, -73.091038
Little River (Oxford): 41.409696, -73.098474
Little River (Oxford): 41.398701, -73.086298
Mill River: 41.438831, -72.902573
Mill River: 41.429781, -72.903842
Mill River: 41.427880, -72.903940
Mill River: 41.427688, -72.903960
Mill River: 41.425547, -72.905405
Mill River: 41.424258, -72.904362
Mill River: 41.421933, -72.902494
Mill River: 41.420519, -72.902776
Mill River: 41.419497, -72.901844
Mill River: 41.417831, -72.899392
Mill River: 41.414385, -72.895553
Mill River: 41.413256, -72.893986
Mill River: 41.404510, -72.893515
Mill River: 41.403948, -72.893500

Farmington River Upper Trout Management Area

The Upper TMA is a 3.5-mile reach beginning approximately one mile above the Route 318 Bridge extending down stream to the Route 219 Bridge in New Hartford. Year round catch-and-release regulations apply and only barbless hooks are permitted. This is a very popular destination for fly fisherman because trout rise 365 days a year. Classic pools abound in the Upper TMA with long deep sections that harbor large trout. Brown trout larger than 20 inches are not uncommon in this reach.

Farmington River Lower Trout Management Area

The Lower TMA begins below the Rt 219 bridge and extends 12.75-miles down river to the Rt 177 Bridge. Fishing here is catch-and-release from September 1 to the third Saturday in April (opening day in CT). A two fish creel limit applies from Opening Day through August 31st. The Farmington in the Lower TMA is more rugged than the Upper TMA and is characterized by large boulders and deep pools that hold some large trout.

Farmington River Fly Fishing Report

Farmington River Fishing Report by UpCountry Sportfishing

Farmington River Flow Conditions

USGS Water-data graph

USGS Water-data graph

Books, DVDs and Maps

Hatch Guide for New England Streams
Flyfisher’s Guide to Connecticut

Additional Information

The Farmington River Anglers Association (FRAA) maintains a hotline (860) 738-7277 that provides hatch information and stream conditions.

Visit our DIY Guide to Fly Fishing in Connecticut for more information on trout fishing in Connecticut.

About the Author Ken Sperry

Ken is an avid fisherman of 40+ years who loves to explore and is on a quest to map the best places for fly fishing in America. He created DIY Fly Fishing and the DIY Fly Fishing App to share this information and help you find new places to fish. Have a question? You can get in touch with Ken here.