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"Tying Competition Flies with Rich Strolis", Sunday 2/4/18, 9am-3pm

For those of you who don't know, Rich Srolis is a talented local tyer, MT Fly Co signature fly designer, magazine & book author ("Catching Shadows"), fishing guide, and he maintains a website where he regularly releases videos on how to tie his latest fly creations. While he is probably best known nowadays for his original streamer patterns, he has a pile of his own deadly nymph & dry fly patterns. This class will focus on tying a variety of relatively simple yet highly effective fly patterns that members of team USA employ while competing. All of these are patterns that competitors Lance Egan, Devin Olsen and Josh Miller employ on a regular basis to put fish in the net. Although this will focus heavily on subsurface nymph patterns, the class will include a surface pattern or two and even a smaller streamer for those situations that will warrant its use. This class, although the flies are relatively simple in nature, will have a variety of very useful tying techniques that will hone the students skills at becoming a better fly tyer.

All materials will be supplied by the instructor, students will need to a bring their own vise, tools and an array of thread colors in the 8/0 or 70 denier size if possible as extra thread will be brought but may not be available to everyone in attendance. If you do not have a wide array of thread colors at your disposal, white and black will suffice. This class will cover 10-14 patterns give or take based solely on the ability of the students to grasp the concepts and techniques. We will break midway through for lunch, bring your own or expect to eat at the nearby deli. Class is $100, paid in advance, nonrefundable, happens rain or shine. Call UpCountry at 860-379-1952 to sign up.

"FREE 1 Hour Crash Intro to Euro/Tight-Line Nymping with Torrey", 10am Sat 2/3/18

Euro/Tight-Line Nymphing continues to be the technique we get more inquiries on than any other. I (Torrey) have been using this as my go-to method for close to 15 years now, and I've learned a few tricks along the way, and made plenty of mistakes too (especially in the beginning!). While there is no substitute [...]

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"Tying Wet Flies & Soft-Hackles with Pat Torrey", Sat 2/10/18, 9am-3pm

Learn to tie the most versatile flies in the fly fisherman's arsenal, i.e. the wet flys & soft hackles. Fished the on the top as a dry fly, on the bottom as a nymph, or anywhere in between, the wet fly can do it all! As a category of flies, one could argue that they [...]

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Tying "Junk Flies" & Winter Nymphs with Torrey, Saturday 1/20/17, 9am-1pm

Sometimes fly fishing ain't pretty, and there are hatchless winter days where piercing trout lips requires some "flies" that push the boundaries of what patterns still qualify as a fly. For those of you not afraid to buck tradition and venture beyond the pale, I (Torrey) will show you some nymph patterns that are down [...]

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#2 Don Butler Begninner 2-Day Fly Tying Course, Jan 6 & 13, 2018, 10am-3pm

Learn to Tie Trout Flies for the Farmington River & elsewhere with Don Butler- Don has been teaching people how to tie flies for many years, and his students number in the hundreds. Fooling wary Farmington River trout is more satisfying and rewarding if you learn to tie the flies yourself, plus you can tie [...]

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#1 Don Butler Beginner 2-Day Fly Tying Course, Nov 11 & 18, 2017, 10am-3pm

Learn to Tie Trout Flies for the Farmington River & elsewhere with Don Butler- Don has been teaching people how to tie flies for many years, and his students number in the hundreds. Fooling wary Farmington River trout is more satisfying and rewarding if you learn to tie the flies yourself, plus you can tie [...]

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"Intro to Fly Fishing" with Mark Swenson, Saturday October 28th, 2017, 9am-4pm

Rapidly advance your learning curve to quickly understand and apply the essential elements necessary to catch trout on a fly rod. The overview of this course will cover casting, rigging, understanding hatches and the related flies that should be in your fly box. Bring your own equipment, or we can make arrangements to rent whatever [...]

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Pat Torrey "Trico Hatch Tips" article & Dry Fly Skills Clinic (8/19/17)

Fishing the Trico hatch is a lot easier than many people think; just keep a few things in mind and you will do fine:1) When you cast, try to put as much slack into your leader as you can. A George Harvey style slack leader can help a great deal (they sell them at UpCountry, [...]

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Pat Torrey "Dy Flies Skills" Clinic, Saturday August 19th, 2017, 9am-1pm

This dry fly skills clinic is based upon the teaching of Pennsylvania legends George Harvey & Joe Humphreys. Pat considers Joe to be one of his personal fly fishing mentors. This approximately 4 hour class (along with some practice) will help put you on the way to being a first class dry fly fisherman. Some of [...]

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Pat Torrey- "Dry Flies: Drag-Free Drifts & the George Harvey Slack Leader"

To fish the dry fly effectively, I recommend you use a George Harvey Dry Fly Slack leader. This leader features a long thin butt section, a long tapered transitional section and a long tippet. When cast properly, this leader will not straighten completely at first but will land in a series of S-curves on the [...]

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