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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 water. The fly will not drag until the S-Curves are removed by the current.. When you are casting a smaller, less dense fly and the tippet straightens out too easily without landing in curves,  lengthen the tippet. When casting larger flies you can shorten the tippet somewhat and use a heavier tippet.

I know this sounds like a lot of work. Most people just jump in the water and start flailing away, but if you are willing to match the leader and cast together and know what the landed cast should look like, you will be way ahead of the game.You can purchase the Frog Hair George Harvey Slack Leader at UpCountry. If you tie your own leaders, the specifications are listed on the internet.

"WET FLIES 101" with Steve Culton, Sunday 7/9/17, 9am-2pm

WET FLIES 101 – The ancient and traditional art of subsurface fly fishingWet flies & soft hackles have been taking trout for centuries - and the fish aren’t getting any smarter. More and more anglers are discovering that a wet fly is often the best way to match a hatch - or find active fish.Join [...]

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Aaron Jasper "Nymphing Basics" Clinic, Sat July 15th, 2017, 9am-3pm

"Don't Skip the Basics"- Looking to get into nymphing but feel lost and overwhelmed by all the info out there? This class is for you beginners and intermediates out there who either don't know how to nymph, or have had frustrating & unsuccessful experiences with it. Aaron has taught countless people how to successfully [...]

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"Intro to Fly Fishing" with Mark Swenson, 2 more separate class dates: Sat 6/3/17, or Sat 6/24/17

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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Thomas & Thomas Contact Euro Nymphing Rod Review by Torrey

2016 has in many ways been the Year of the Fly Rod, with some impressive technology creating some truly groundbreaking rods from many of the major rodmakers. Thomas & Thomas not only joins them, but one ups them all with their new "Contact" series of tight-line nymphing rods. As a veteran Euro Nympher with well [...]

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Douglas Outdoors Sky 11' #3 Euro Nymphing Rod Review by Torrey

From the first time I picked up a Douglas Sky 11' #3 rod and flexed it in the store, I was immediately impressed. Rods for European nymphing are by nature long & limber, and typically bounce a bit when you cast them. The Douglas Sky rod recovered much faster than anything I had tried before, [...]

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Actively Presenting the Winter/Summer Caddis by Pat Torrey

If you find yourself on the river with fish rising everywhere but you can’t fathom what they are feeding on, welcome to the Farmington.The culprit most likely a little black avenger dressed in dark colors and measuring slightly longer than a size 20 or 22 hook. I am referring, of course, to our famous (or infamous) Winter/Summer Caddis (dolophilodes [...]

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Blue Winged Olives and the Wet Fly

Pat Torrey is our resident Zen Master of nymph fishing. Here is a quick tip from his wisdom.Blue Winged Olives and the Wet FlyIf you are the type of angler who is looking for a different kind of fishing experience, UpCountry just might have the answer for you: fish the Baetis with little Blue Winged [...]

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