352 Main St/PO Box 70
Pine Meadow Ct. 06061
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.
Used & Clearance Fly Rods, Fly Reels
& Store Specials
We buy and sell used fishing equipment for cash or trade. Items on this page don't last long so be sure to contact the shop as quick as possible via email or phone if you are interested in an item. We ship anywhere in the continental U.S. and accept payment via Credit Card and Paypal.
Store Specials - toward the bottom of the page you will find various sale items, closeouts and one of a kind items. Items are limited in quantity, and are sold on a first come, first served basis. Most of these items will not be promoted in the store so please ask about them when you come in or call and we will ship them to your home.
Used Rods and Reels
|Orvis Helios 2 9ft 5 wt. 4 piece tip flex new condition, warranty included|
|G.Loomis GLX FR10810, 9 ft. 10 wt. 4 piece, excellent condition|
|St. Croix Avid, 9 ft. 6 wt. 4 piece, good condition|
|Sage RPLX 890-3, 9 ft. 8 wt. 3 piece, good condition|
|Sage Z Axis 496-4, 9' 6" 4wt. 4 piece, new condition, with cordura tube|
|St. Croix, Imperial I864.4 8'6" 4 wt., good condition|
|Orvis Trident TL, 8'6" 5wt, Tip Flex, 2 piece, good condition|
|Orvis T3, 7'9" 5wt. Mid Flex 7.0, 2 piece, good condition|
|Temple Fork Deer Creek Spey, 14' 6/7 wt, good condition|
|Orvis TLS Power Matrix, 9' 5wt. Tip Flex 9.5, 2 piece, good condition|
|Loop Adventure G3, 796-3, 9'6" 7 wt. 3 piece, excellent condition||$70|
|Cabelas CZN 1104-4 11' 4 wt. 4 piece, like new condition, plastic on handle||$130|
|Echo 2 480-4, 8ft, 4 weight, 4 piece, two tips, good condition||$120|
|Diamondback Carbonite 905/6-2, 9ft, 5/6 weight, 2 piece, good condition||$80|
|Sage 3100, 1 to 3 weight lines, good condition||$175|
Sale and Clearance
|Greys GS2, 8ft, 4 weight, 4 piece, new, clearance, was $129||$90|
|Redington Tempt 490-4, 9ft, 4 weight, 4 piece, new, clearance, was $169.99||$118.99|
|Redington Tempt 386-4, 8ft 6inch, 3 weight, 4 piece, new, clearance, was $169.99||$118.99|
|Redington CPX 386, 8'6", 3 weight, 2 piece, new, clearance, was $280||$130|
Call us at 860-379-1952 during the day to order or email: firstname.lastname@example.org