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"Fishing Wet Flies & Soft-Hackles with Pat Torrey", Sat 5/18/19, 10am-4pm

"If I had to take only one fly to the river I would most certainly choose a wet or a soft hackle, as they are without a doubt the workhorse patterns in our tool kit. They can represent nymphs, dry flies/emergers, or in the larger sizes even small streamers, and do so in a more lifelike manner. Unfortunately most people restrict their wet fly presentation to a quartering downstream approach, but there are many other (and often more effective) methods to employ. Our class will demonstrate all of these techniques, teach you how to rig a wet fly leader, and hopefully increase your on stream success!" -Pat Torrey

Learn to fish 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, subsurface as an emerger, 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 are the most versatile of all. Pat will show how to fish & rig these marvelous patterns, along with suggestions on when & where to fish them. Wet Flies/Soft-Hackles are some of the oldest flies in existence (literally hundreds of years old), and they are experiencing a resurgence of interest in them recently as anglers learn both how fun & effective they are. You can cover a lot of water quickly with wets, and without working as hard as you would with nymphs or streamers. It's positively lethal when you are searching water where it's not obvious where the trout are holding.

Pat Torrey is one of the longest running Farmington River guides- he's been flyfishing a long time, and he knows trout & what catches them. He has developed a style influenced by the methods of the great PA angler Joe Humphries and the tutelage of his mentor, Ross Marigold, the late legendary guide on Montana’s Madison River (inventor of the Serendipity fly). Pat is a retired school teacher, so he is an effective educator who knows how to impart knowledge to his students, and he truly enjoys doing so.

Class is limited to a max of 6 people, cost is $90, paid in advance, nonrefundable. Bring your waders, rod/reel, and all other fishing equipment. Bring whatever wet flies & soft hackles that you have, and we will also have them for sale at the shop. This class will mostly take place on the water, so bring a raincoat in case of inclement weather. A pen & pad to take notes is also recommended. There will be a break for lunch somewhere in the middle, so bring a bag lunch & drink, or you can purchase lunch at a local eatery. Call the store at 860-379-1952 to sign up.

10 of Torrey's Favorite Books- December 2018

Those who know me are probably aware I'm a book fiend. My collection numbers in the hundreds and is always growing, I'm an avid reader. The following list covers a variety of topics in the fly fishing world, and each represents what I feel is one of the absolute best in it's category. I tried [...]

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Don Butler Beginner 2-Day Fly Tying Course, Jan 5 & 12, 2019, 10am-3pm- class is FULL

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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"Fly Fishing 101" with Mark Swenson, Sunday October 28th, 2018, 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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"Fly Fishing 101" with Mark Swenson, Sunday September 9th, 2018, 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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George Daniel Nymphing Workshops #1, #2 & #3 on 9/29, 10/20 & 10/21, 2018, 9am-2pm

9/29 & 10/20 classes are now FULL, but we have a 3rd one scheduled for Sunday October 21st 9am-2pm that still has openings.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. Hot off the press is [...]

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George Daniel Streamer Fishing Workshop, Sunday Sept. 30th, 2018, 9am-2pm

Class is now FULL, but we can put you on a waiting list.George Daniel grew up and currently lives in central PA, and he is one of the most sought-after fly fishermen in the United States. He is probably best known for his expert fly fishing skills, books he has written, and successful former competitive [...]

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"Fly Fishing 101" with Mark Swenson, Saturday August 4th, 2018, 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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Free Beginner Overview on Fly Fishing > "How To Get Started", Mark Swenson, guide, Sunday May 6th, 10:30am-12:00 noon

This free class will be a brief overview of what fly fishing is all about. Mark will cover the basic how & why of fly fishing, including what fly fishing is, what trout eat, and some effective flies for trout (dries, wets, nymphs & streamers). He will also give everybody a chance to cast a [...]

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"Fishing Wet Flies & Soft-Hackles with Pat Torrey", Sat 5/12/18, 10am-4pm- FULL

CLASS IS FULL. We are compiling a wait list for another potential future date, call the store at 860-379-1952 to get on the list."If I had to take only one fly to the river I would most certainly choose a wet or a soft hackle, as they are without a doubt the workhorse patterns in [...]

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