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Beginner Fly Tying with guide Mark Swenson, Sunday 10/18/20 from 9:30am-4pm

Learn to Tie Trout Flies for the Farmington River & other CT streams with guide Mark Roy Swenson.
Mark 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 special weights and variations that are not commercially available. This one day beginner class covers dry flies, emergers, nymphs and streamers, and teaches you to how to construct the go-to flies for use throughout the season, especially on the Farmington. All materials, including vises and tools will be provided, or you can use your own vise and tools. 

The first class is Sunday, October 18th and is SPECIFICALLY geared for RAW BEGINNERS ONLY. Please do not sign up if you have any tying experience. Please note - Mark will be offering additional classes, held during the winter months. November’s class will be geared for novice-beginners to intermediate tyers who want to step-up their tying skills. Tuition is $150.00 paid in advance, by check, to secure your spot. Class hours will be from 9:30am-4pm (1/2 hour to 45 min lunch break, bring a bag lunch). The class size is limited to 4 people and it always fills up quickly, so sign up today by calling Mark at 203-632-0206 studio land line or his cell/text at 203-203-586-8007.

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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"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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"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 [...]

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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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"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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