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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  


  10/28/14 09:18 AM

Northwestern Connecticut Weather  

Water levels for the Farmington River & Still River


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

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Tuesday 10/28/14 Report: 
Flow is clear & medium, 201cfs in Riverton (they bumped it about 60cfs from yesterday morning), 296cfs total in permanent C&R section (Pleasant Valley/New Hartford). This is a nice flow- not too high, not too low. Mostly cloudy & mild with a high of 68 today, not too windy either (yay!). Subsurface, egg flies have been hot some days lately, along with big stones, caddis pupa & small olive nymphs. Hatches are olives, caddis & Iso's. 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.
Peak Caddis & Iso activity tends to be in faster, broken water, while Olives hatch in slow to moderate flows. Both Iso's & Caddis are quite active underwater when hatching, so don't be afraid to swing Iso nymphs/wets, and do the same with Caddis pupa/soft hackles. 

Torrey Collins will be doing a FREE 1 hour Euro Nymphing Basics Clinic at 10am on Saturday 11/1/14, show up with a pad and pencil in hand. He has been Euro Nymphing for quite a few years now, and this is your chance to pick his brain and get an overview of what the method is all about. Torrey will also show you how to build a basic Euro leader, a key part of the system.

Don Butler's iconic Beginner Tying Class on November 15th is almost full - 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, and/or call the store at 860-672-1010 to book a spot.

Various treamers and Wooly Buggers are working well on the larger trout- cover plenty of water, experiment with colors & retrieves and the trout will tell you what they prefer. We stocked up with a bunch of new streamer patterns, so peek in the bins & ask for advice. We generally start with a medium to fast retrieve this time of year, and then make adjustments if that is not working. Make sure you are getting your streamers down using either weighted flies, split, shot, sinking leaders, or sinking/sink tip lines. If you want numbers fish, throw small to medium size patterns, if you want larger trout, go big but expect to catch less. Make sure to cover plenty of water when streamer fishing- you are targetting the aggressive trout, and they will generally either hit quickly or not at all, so get in & out fast.

Hatchwise, still look for Tan Caddis sz (16-18), October Caddis (sz 12-14) throughout the day (especially mornings & evenings), Blue Wing Olives (sz 20-26), and Isonychia (sz 14) the afternoon. Rusty Spinners (sz 14-24)  and Steno Spinners (sz 18) are working at dark. Remember that if they are not rising, you can fish nymphs that match the hatch. I find that when it comes to smaller flies like Olives, I catch significantly larger fish on the nymphs than the dries. Usually a #18-20 is small enough for the Olive nymphs, and 5x fluorocarbon tippet will usually do the trick (6x at the lightest).

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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