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UpCountry Sportfishing
352 Main St/PO Box 70
Pine Meadow Ct. 06061

(860) 379-1952


Pat Torrey is our resident Zen Master of nymph fishing. Here is a quick tip from his wisdom.

Blue Winged Olives and the Wet Fly

If you are the type of angler who is looking for a different kind of fall fishing experience, we at UpCountry just might have the answer for you: fish the fall Baetis with little Blue Winged Olive wets.

Almost every afternoon from mid October until the first week of December  the Farmington River has a very consistent hatch of small Baetis mayflies, size 26-28. The extended time frame of the hatch allows the fish to get pretty familiar with this food source. Most anglers fish this hatch with standard dry fly and emerger patterns, which become less and less effective as time goes on.

As an alternative: try fishing the Baetis hatch below the surface with soft hackled wet fly imitations that are seldom used. To paraphrase the late Gary LaFontaine: if you want to catch more fish, fish when other fishermen donít; fish where other fishermen donít, and fish how other fishermen donít.

Blue Wing Olive Wet
Tiemco 100 or 2487

Olive brown fur or olive thread

Blue dun wet hackle or brown zelon

Gold wire (optional)

Blue dun wet hackle

A selection of Patís wet fly patterns are available at UpCountry.


You'll find Don Butler working behind the counter much of the time, but he also guides, ties flies, teaches classes and holds a record
83 months in a row
catching a trout on a dry fly on the Farmington River.

  UpCountry Sportfishing - Farmington River Report  


  09/17/14 08:19 AM

Northwestern Connecticut Weather  

Water levels for the Farmington River & Still River


2014 Fishing Licenses available for residents and nonresidents

  Hours: Mon to Fri 8am - 6pm / Sat & Sun 6am - 5pm

Gift Certificates Available in Store or by Mail 


Wednesday 9/17/14 - The Farmington currently 250cfs through the catch and release area. Winter/Summer Caddis (sz 20-24),  Rusty Spinners (sz 20-26). Black Ants (sz 12-18), Isonychia (sz 12-14). White Flies (sz 12-14), Blue Wing Olives (sz 20-24), Tan Caddis (sz 16-18), Lt Cahill (sz 12-14) are on the water as well and working through the day and evening. White Fly Spinners (sz 12-14) and Steno Spinners (sz 18) are working at dark.

Just arrived at the store: Douglas Outdoors Rods.... Douglas is a new company formed by Jim Murphy, the former head of Hardy/Greys North America. His new line of rods run from $169 to $375 and include a blend of performance and style while offering a wide selection of types including dedicated dry fly rods, all purpose, and long Euro Nymph rods which have gained popularity over the past couple of years

We have recently acquired three collections of fly fishing books. The collections include most of the best titles available at terrific prices so please stop by to take a look or email me if you are looking for a particular book. You are not likely to be disappointed. Additionally, if you are getting into fly tying, there are hoards of great fly tying books in the mix from the most basic to the best advanced titles.

This year, UpCountry will be offering a 900sq foot fully furnished apartment on the Farmington River for rent on a nightly, weekly, monthly and seasonal basis. $100 a night or lower rates for long term stays. Photos can be found on our Lodging Page. If you are interested, please contact the store at 860-379-1952.

We are looking for good used fly rods and reels for trade and purchase. If you have some equipment that you don't like bring it to the store to turn it into something shiny and new. Call to make an appointment for an appraisal or to make a deal.



www.Flyaddict.com has now grown to over 2000 members since its launch and is fast becoming the premier place for fishing reports and conversation in the region. If you haven't yet... I suggest registering for free on the forum page and checking it out. The site is receiving daily reports from the Farmington, plus reports from the Naugatuck, Willimantic, Housatonic and others

Currentseams - Currentseams is outdoor writer, professional fly tier and Farmington River guide Steve Culton's website and blog. Content is added regularly, and includes Farmington River reports, how-to articles, essays, fly patterns, photography, and videos. Currentseams focuses on trout, small streams, striped bass, and steelhead, with an emphasis on wet flies, flatwings, and traditional presentations.

www.Catching-Shadows.com - Rich Strolis's great website featuring information on fishing the Farmington River plus a growing collection of videos detailing Rich's unique fly patterns. 

www.TroutPredator.com - Terrific resource for information on fishing Eastern Rivers including the Farmington. Lots of instructional help on Euro Nymphing including regular posters Aaron Jasper and Davy Wotton.

The CT Yankee is a local blog covering fishing in Connecticut from flyfishing, and surfcasting the coast to fishing the many freshwater streams around the state.









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