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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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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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"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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#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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