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"Intro to Fly Fishing" with Mark Swenson, 2 separate classes: Sun 4/30/17, or Sat 5/13/17

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 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 aeriel 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. This class is being offered on two separate dates: Sunday, April 29th, or Saturday May 13th, both starting at 9:00 a.m and ending at 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.

Aaron Jasper "Advanced Nymphing" Clinic, Sat 5/20/17, 9am-3pm

"Advanced Nymphing: Catching Big Trout Does not Happen by Accident"See the picture? That's your instructor, Aaron Jasper, with a 28" Farmington River brown trout he caught in the Catch & Release section some years back while Euro Nymphing here. So you have the basics of nymphing down, but you've heard how deadly Euro-style nymphing is and [...]

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Aaron Jasper "Nymphing Basics" Clinic Sat 4/29, 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 nymph, and [...]

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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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