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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  


  11/25/14 12:54 PM

Northwestern Connecticut Weather  

Water levels for the Farmington River & Still River


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Tuesday 11/25/14 Report:

The Farmington is 285cfs from the  dam in Riverton, 450 through the catch and relese. Great level for streamers & nymphs, and the bigger pools should still have rising trout. One last day of mild temps, cloudy with a high of 53. Back into the 30's for Wednesday through Saturday, warming into 40's for Sun/Mon. With the overcast & warm temps I'd guess the fishing will be above average. The cloudy weather today should be great for the Blue Wing Olives(sz 22-26). On a milder day like this one, fishing can be good all day, but the peak is typically in the afternoon/early evening when water temps are highest, insect activity peaks, and the trout's metabolism is highest. Water temps will probably rise into the 50's today. Winter Caddis (sz 20-24) and Blue Wing Olives are the main hatches, but we are still seeing some Tan Caddis (sz 18-22). Big browns are still looking to eat some meat (many are post-spawn now), so make sure to have some streamers with you. Cooling water temps means you may want to slow down your streamer presentations to sync up with the slowing trout metabolisms (think swinging and/or slow stripping)- but as always, play with your presentation and let the trout tell you how they prefer it, they may still want a medium to fast strip some days.

In November, the better fishing mostly shifts to mid/late day, with one exception: the Winter Caddis hatch, which often starts up not long after first light and is definitely an AM deal. Subsurface, egg flies are still hot, along with medium to large stones (8-12), caddis pupa (14-16) & small olive nymphs (18-22). Some days the streamer bite has been very good, and others not so much- it's important to experiment with colors (white has been above average) and let the trout tell you what they prefer- it can very from day to day, and even during the day as light conditions change. Rising trout are a possibility at any point during the day, with afternoons and evenings giving you the best shot. Streamers are producing the biggest fish overall, with some lucky anglers landing fish in the 20" plus class.

Don Butler's 2nd Beginner Class is scheduled for two consecutive Sundays on January 11th & 18th from 10am-3pm, see "Fly Tying Classes" page for details, and call 860-379-1952 to sign up- cost is $125.He's been doing this popular class for 15+ years for us now. If you've wanted to get into fly tying and also learn some Farmington-specific patterns, this will get you ready to make your own flies this winter. See "Events" for details

Visit us at our new: UpCountry Sportfishing Facebook page for daily reports, photos of big fish and information about the Farmington River community.

UpCountry Sportfishing is pleased to present a series of Fly Tying Classes with guest instructor Rich Strolis. Rich's Fly patterns have been featured in various magazine articles, regional fly fishing shows and on his website: www.CatchingShadows.com. This is a rare opportunity to tie with one of fly fishing's best in a small classroom environment. See them on our Fly Tying Classes page.

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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