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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 your line, selecting your first rod/reel/gear, the bugs trout eat & the right flies to replicate them, and where to find fish in the Farmington River. You will also have a chance to cast a fly rod at the end of the class along with a Q&A period. This is a beginner/starter class intended for people who have not fly fished before (or maybe once or twice and struggled). 

Mark Roy Swenson is a commerical artist & illustrator with a BS degree in teaching, He has been a guide in CT for over 40 years. Please review his bio on UpCountry's web site on the Guides page. Class will start at 10am and end noonish.  Class space is limited to please call the store at 860-379-1952 to reserve a spot.

"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 [...]

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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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