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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 gear you may need. This class is limited to four people to ensure individual attention.

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.

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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"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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