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"Fly Fishing 101" with Mark Swenson, Saturday July 7th, 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 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 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.

"Fly Fishing 101" with Mark Swenson, Saturday June 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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"Fly Fishing 101" with Mark Swenson, Saturday May 19th, 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, Saturday April 28th, 2018, 9am-4pm- CLASS IS FULL

CLASS IS NOW FULL, see next class scheduled on 5/19/18.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 [...]

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"Fishing Wet Flies & Soft-Hackles with Pat Torrey", Sat 4/28/18, 10am-4pm- FULL

CLASS IS FULL"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 [...]

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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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"Intro to Fly Fishing" with Mark Swenson, Saturday October 28th, 2017, 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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Pat Torrey "Dy Flies Skills" Clinic, Saturday August 19th, 2017, 9am-1pm

This dry fly skills clinic is based upon the teaching of Pennsylvania legends George Harvey & Joe Humphreys. Pat considers Joe to be one of his personal fly fishing mentors. This approximately 4 hour class (along with some practice) will help put you on the way to being a first class dry fly fisherman. Some of [...]

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Pat Torrey- "Dry Flies: Drag-Free Drifts & the George Harvey Slack Leader"

To fish the dry fly effectively, I recommend you use a George Harvey Dry Fly Slack leader. This leader features a long thin butt section, a long tapered transitional section and a long tippet. When cast properly, this leader will not straighten completely at first but will land in a series of S-curves on the [...]

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