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"ADVANCED Modern Euro Nymphing Clinic #2" w/ Antoine Bissieux & DJ Clement, Sat 8/29/20, 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 ("The French Flyfisherman") and DJ Clement, will be hosting a second advanced nymphing class (the first one filled up in 2-3 days!) that includes a half day on the water, which follows a half day presentation where they will discuss the evolution of tight line nymphing, with a focus on the newest nymphing systems from France and Europe. On the water you will learn the applications of the new euro nymphing systems and how they achieve better presentations. Competitive fly fishing has bred some of the deadliest modern fly fishing techniques, flies, leaders & tackle, and the French Fly Fishing Team has become one of the best in the world (along with the Spanish, Czechs & Polish).

Euro Nymphing has rapidly evolved since it hit the USA scene in the 2000s. The under-the-tip-with-short-leader-and-drag-super-heavy-flies has been replaced by much longer/lighter leaders, lighter/slimmer flies, and newer fly designs like Perdigons. Rods have also gotten longer and lighter. And the technique has become far deadlier and more versatile, especially on highly pressured trout (can you say "Farmington River"?). It not only catches numbers of trout small to medium fish, but it also fools big, tough trout. Once mastered, you don't have to wait for a good hatch to catch a bunch of trout.

Antoine Bissieux was born in France, and he is friends with and in frequent contact with some top French competitive anglers, and other French Anglers who were former world champion anglers. The French are avid trout anglers, with a long tradition of trout fishing techniques passed down for generations. They fish over some of the toughest wild brown trout in the world in gin clear highly pressured spring fed streams (many of which are catch & kill, so the easy trout have been eliminated from the gene pool), and that creates great trout fishermen. Many would say that the French team is currently the best in the world of competitive fly fishing, and they have also learned from their highly skilled rivals in Spain, the Czech Repbulic, and Poland. Antione has taken what he has learned and incorporated it into his own system of French/Spanish style Euro nymphing, and it's very effective. He has also designed quite a few of his own nymphs for this style of fishing. Antoine Bissieux is an Orvis Endorsed guide with many years of experience guiding on the Farmington & Battenkill Rivers. DJ Clement is his protege, an avid and very skilled young fly fisherman who has done competitive fly fishing himself and gotten to fish alongside some of the top anglers in the country and even in the world. They've put together a great PowerPoint presentation that even incorporates some drone footage for a unique perspective on things. Later you will spend a good chunk of time on the water, putting theory into practice while getting advised & critiqued.

Sign up if you are interested in becoming a more effective angler, see what the French Flyfisherman and DJ are ready to show you. This class is not for beginners at Euro Nymphing, it is for those anglers who are at least intermediate level Euro Nymphers (if you don't already know the basics of Euro Nymphing but want to learn it, we recommend booking a guide trip with Antoine/DJ or one of the other local guides who specialize in this). This advanced nymphing class will be on Saturday August 29th, 2020, and runs 9am-5pm with a break for lunch. Cost is $125, class size is limited to 8P. Call UpCountry at 860-379-1952 to reserve a spot- full payment is required in advance, no refunds. Please bring all your appropriate equipment including a Euro rod, waders, and an assortment of nymphs (weighted & unweighted).

"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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Mark Swenson Beginner 2-Day Fly Tying Course, Jan 5 & 12, 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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George Daniel Nymphing Workshops #1 & #2 on 10/5 & 10/6, 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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"Fly Fishing 101" with Mark Swenson, Sunday September 15th, 2019, 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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