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Beginner Fly Tying with guide Mark Swenson, Sunday 10/18/20 from 9:30am-4pm

Learn to Tie Trout Flies for the Farmington River & other CT streams with guide Mark Roy Swenson.
Mark has been teaching fly fishing and fly tying for over 40 years. Fooling wary Farmington River trout is more satisfying and rewarding if you learn to tie the flies yourself, plus you can tie your own special weights and variations that are not commercially available. This one day beginner class covers dry flies, emergers, nymphs and streamers, and teaches you to how to construct the go-to flies for use throughout the season, especially on the Farmington. All materials, including vises and tools will be provided, or you can use your own vise and tools. 

The first class is Sunday, October 18th and is SPECIFICALLY geared for RAW BEGINNERS ONLY. Please do not sign up if you have any tying experience. Please note - Mark will be offering additional classes, held during the winter months. November’s class will be geared for novice-beginners to intermediate tyers who want to step-up their tying skills. Tuition is $150.00 paid in advance, by check, to secure your spot. Class hours will be from 9:30am-4pm (1/2 hour to 45 min lunch break, bring a bag lunch). The class size is limited to 4 people and it always fills up quickly, so sign up today by calling Mark at 203-632-0206 studio land line or his cell/text at 203-203-586-8007.

"ADVANCED Modern Euro Nymphing Clinic #3" w/ Antoine Bissieux, Sat 10/17/20, 9am-5pm

Please note: this is NOT an intro to Euro Nymphing, it's for intermediate level Euro anglers who already are competent in the basics of the technique and are looking to move it to an advanced level. You will need to have your own Euro rod and assorted weighted & unweighted nymphs.Local Guide Antoine Bissiuex ("The [...]

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George Daniel Nymphing Workshops #1 & #2 on 10/3 & 10/4, 2019, 9am-2pm

George Daniel is one of the most sought-after fly fishermen in the United States. He is best known for his expert nymphing skills and books he has written on nymphing & streamer fishing. In 2018 his latest book "Nymph Fishing: New Angles, Tactics, and Techniques" was released, it covered what he has learned in the [...]

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"ADVANCED Modern Euro Nymphing Clinic #2" w/ Antoine Bissieux & DJ Clement, Sun 9/13/20, 9am-5pm

Please note: this is NOT an intro to Euro Nymphing, it's for intermediate level Euro anglers who already have are competent in the basics of the technique and are looking to move it to an advanced level. You will need to have your own Euro rod and assorted weighted & unweighted nymphs.Local Guides, Antoine Bissiuex [...]

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"Advanced Modern Euro Nymphing Clinic" w/ Antoine Bissieux & DJ Clement, Sat 8/22/20, 9am-5pm- now FULL

Clinic is now FULL, we have 2nd one on 8/29Please note: this is NOT an intro to Euro Nymphing, it's for intermediate level Euro anglers who already have are competent in the basics of the technique and are looking to move it to an advanced level. You will need to have your own Euro rod [...]

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"Fly Fishing 101" with Mark Swenson, Sunday April 5th, 2020, 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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FRAA Banquet Saturday March 7th, 2020- doors open 5pm, dinner at 6:30pm

Come to what is probably the best fly fishing banquet in CT, and support the Farmington River Anglers Association. The food is legendary (especially the Prime Rib), and their raffle is the best in the state with tons of awesome prizes. The FRAA protects the Farmington River and is part of the reason it is [...]

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Fly Fishing Film Tour 2020 at Legitimus Brewery, 6pm Tues Feb 4th, 2020

Are you ready for the Fly Fishing Film Tour 2020? Coming to Legitimus Brewery in New Hartford, CT on February 4th at 6pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at UpCountry Sportfishing (cash only), Orvis Avon, or on their website at www.flyfilmtour.com. In addition to the main event of some outstanding fly fishing videos/short [...]

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FREE Landon Mayer Presentation "Catching Trophy Trout" Wed, Jan 22nd 2020 at 7pm

Landon Mayer, maybe the top sight fishing trophy trout guide in the country, is doing a FREE presentation on catching trophy trout. It's open to the public and will take place at the upcoming FRAA 7pm meeting this month on Wednesday, Jan 22nd at the Farmington Senior Center in Unionville (321 New [...]

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Mark Swenson Beginner 2-Day Fly Tying Course, Feb 9 & 16, 2020, 10am-3pm

Learn to Tie Trout Flies for the Farmington River & elsewhere with guide Mark Swenson-Mark is a guide who has been teaching fly fishing and fly tying for over 40 years. Fooling wary Farmington River trout is more satisfying and rewarding if you learn to tie the flies yourself, plus you can tie your own [...]

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