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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 such an exceptional fishery. This is their major fund raiser for the year, and funds are used for many good things including stocking trout. You can purchase tickets at UpCountry Sportfishing for $45, and we are also selling $20 tickets for the "75 Ticket Raffle"- this year it's for a Scott Sector 9' #8 rod plus a matching Lamson Litespeed G5 reel & premium Airflo line. These 75 raffle tickets sell out every year so don't wait!

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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"Fly Fishing 101" with Mark Swenson, Sunday June 16th, 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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"Intro to Fishing Wet Flies & Soft-Hackles with Pat Torrey", Sat 6/15/19, 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 [...]

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"FREE Intro to Fly Fishing with Mark Swenson" Sun 5/5/19 10am-noonish

Interested in learning how to fly fish, but not sure how to get started?This free class will be a 1 1/2 hour hands-on presentation of what fly fishing is all about and how to get started. Mark will cover the basics: how to cast & practice, finding trout with a fly rod, how to rig [...]

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