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UpCountry Sportfishing
352 Main St/PO Box 70
Pine Meadow Ct. 06061

(860) 379-1952

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Pat Torrey is our resident Zen Master of nymph fishing. Here is a quick tip from his wisdom.

Blue Winged Olives and the Wet Fly

If you are the type of angler who is looking for a different kind of fall fishing experience, we at UpCountry just might have the answer for you: fish the fall Baetis with little Blue Winged Olive wets.

Almost every afternoon from mid October until the first week of December  the Farmington River has a very consistent hatch of small Baetis mayflies, size 26-28. The extended time frame of the hatch allows the fish to get pretty familiar with this food source. Most anglers fish this hatch with standard dry fly and emerger patterns, which become less and less effective as time goes on.

As an alternative: try fishing the Baetis hatch below the surface with soft hackled wet fly imitations that are seldom used. To paraphrase the late Gary LaFontaine: if you want to catch more fish, fish when other fishermen donít; fish where other fishermen donít, and fish how other fishermen donít.

Blue Wing Olive Wet
Tiemco 100 or 2487

Olive brown fur or olive thread

Blue dun wet hackle or brown zelon

Gold wire (optional)

Blue dun wet hackle

A selection of Patís wet fly patterns are available at UpCountry.


You'll find Don Butler working behind the counter much of the time, but he also ties flies, teaches classes and holds a personal record of 83
 months in a row
catching a trout on a dry fly on the Farmington River.


UpCountry Sportfishing on the Farmington


352 Main Street, Route 44, New Hartford Connecticut

Phone:(860)-379-1952  Email: UpCountrySports@gmail.com 

We are open Monday-Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday & Sunday 6am-5pm

UpCountry Sportfishing is a full service fly shop and fishing tackle store located on the banks of the Farmington River. We provide quality equipment, the finest locally tied flies, and a wealth of knowledge about fly fishing the Farmington & Housatonic rivers. If you are new to the area or looking to brush up on a technique or two, I suggest a relaxed day with one of our experienced fishing guides. 

Our store is only as good as the information we provide so I have designed this website to make your visit to the area more enjoyable. Feel free to drop us an email at upcountrysports@gmail.com for suggestions, questions or anything else that crosses your mind.

                                                                              Grady Robert Allen 


Farmington River Anglers Association

Please support the Farmington River Anglers Association. The FRAA has been instrumental in making the Farmington the great river it is today. To find out more about their efforts and become a member visit fraa.org



Contact Us

Telephone (860) 379-1952

FAX (860) 379-3405

Postal address 352 Main Street, P.O. Box 70, Pine Meadow Ct. 06061 

Email upcountrysports@gmail.com



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