"If I had to take only one fly to the river I would most certainly choose a wet or a soft hackle, as they are without a doubt the workhorse patterns in our tool kit. They can represent nymphs, dry flies/emergers, or in the larger sizes even small streamers, and do so in a more lifelike manner. Unfortunately most people restrict their wet fly presentation to a quartering downstream approach, but there are many other (and often more effective) methods to employ. Our class will demonstrate all of these techniques, teach you how to rig a wet fly leader, and hopefully increase your on stream success!" -Pat Torrey
Learn to fish the most versatile flies in the fly fisherman's arsenal, i.e. the wet flys & soft hackles. Fished the on the top as a dry fly, subsurface as an emerger, on the bottom as a nymph, or anywhere in between, the wet fly can do it all! As a category of flies, one could argue that they are the most versatile of all. Pat will show how to fish & rig these marvelous patterns, along with suggestions on when & where to fish them. Wet Flies/Soft-Hackles are some of the oldest flies in existence (literally hundreds of years old), and they are experiencing a resurgence of interest in them recently as anglers learn both how fun & effective they are. You can cover a lot of water quickly with wets, and without working as hard as you would with nymphs or streamers. It's positively lethal when you are searching water where it's not obvious where the trout are holding.
Pat Torrey is one of the longest running Farmington River guides- he's been flyfishing a long time, and he knows trout & what catches them. He has developed a style influenced by the methods of the great PA angler Joe Humphries and the tutelage of his mentor, Ross Marigold, the late legendary guide on Montana’s Madison River (inventor of the Serendipity fly). Pat is a retired school teacher, so he is an effective educator who knows how to impart knowledge to his students, and he truly enjoys doing so.
Class is limited to a max of 6 people, cost is $90, paid in advance, nonrefundable. Bring your waders, rod/reel, and all other fishing equipment. Bring whatever wet flies & soft hackles that you have, and we will also have them for sale at the shop. This class will mostly take place on the water, so bring a raincoat in case of inclement weather. A pen & pad to take notes is also recommended. There will be a break for lunch somewhere in the middle, so bring a bag lunch & drink, or you can purchase lunch at a local eatery. Call the store at 860-379-1952 to sign up.