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"Intro to Fly Fishing" with Mark Swenson, Saturday September 9th, 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 gear you may need. This class is limited to four people to ensure individual attention. A free laminated map of the Farmington River’s pools, riffles and runs along with a new hatch chart will be given out.

At days end after the class, you will be able to fly fish competently on your own. Specific topics include aerial and roll casting, casting with an indicator, dry fly and nymphing casting techniques, mending, rigging leaders & tippet, knots, Farmington River hatches and the associated flies, how to correctly use a wading staff to wade safely, how to locate trout and the major pools to fish on the Farmington River.

Mark Roy Swenson is a commercial artist and illustrator with a Bachelor of Science degree in teaching. He has been a guide in CT for over 40 years. Please review his bio on the Upcountry’s web site under Guides. Class will run from 9am until approximately 4pm, with a lunch break in the middle- please bring a brown bag lunch. These classes are very popular and fill up quickly. Call UpCountry at 860-379-1952 to secure your reservation today. Cost is $150, paid in full in advance, nonrefundable. Class happens rain or shine, so please bring a raincoat.

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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"Intro to Fly Fishing" with Mark Swenson, Saturday August 12th, 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 "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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Aaron Jasper "Nymphing Basics" Clinic, Sat September 16, 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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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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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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