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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 your own special variations that are not commercially available. This two day beginner class covers dry flies, emergers, nymphs and streamers, and teaches you to how to construct the go-to flies that you will use throughout the season on the Farmington. Spinners, caddis, mayflies, pupa, parachutes, ants, beetles and more will be covered. All materials will be provided except for thread. Tuition is $150.00 for the two classes, on successive Saturdays of January 5th and 12th from 10am-3pm (1/2 hour lunch break, bring a bag lunch or eat at the deli next door). The size of the class is limited and fills up quickly, so sign up today by calling 860-379-1952. Class is FULL  now, but you can put your name on a waiting list, plus we might schedule a 2nd tying class.

"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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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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#2 Don Butler Begninner 2-Day Fly Tying Course, Jan 6 & 13, 2018, 10am-3pm

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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#1 Don Butler Beginner 2-Day Fly Tying Course, Nov 11 & 18, 2017, 10am-3pm

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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