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  • MAY
    31
    Skagit & Scandi Casting Clinic- Saturday May 31st, 9am-4pm, includes lunch
    Spend a day with Spey Casting Northeast, LLC (Jerry Jahns & Fred Krowchenko), learning Skagit & Scandinavian (“Scandi”) spey casting- both techniques/lines can also be used with shorter Switch rods. The day will be split between the two slightly different styles (biggest difference is the actual fly line)- Skagit has a relatively quick learning curve, allowing for a greater margin of error and is great with heavier sink-tips & bigger/heavier flies, while Scandi is more graceful, requiring a little more precise technique and is suited to more suited to lighter flies & tips. If needed, equipment can be provided for you. Class is limited to a maximum of 8 students. Jerry & Fred have successfully taught a ton of people how to cast two-handed rods. Call 860-672-1010 to reserve a spot, clinic happens rain or shine, high water or low, so please bring a raincoat. Full payment of $100 (plus tax) is required in advance, lunch is included with the clinic, no refunds.


  • MAY
    11
    Davy Wotton Trophy Trout & Wet Fly/Soft-Hackle Clinic, Sat & Sun 5/10 & 5/11, 2014, 9AM-5PM
    Two day clinic- 1 of big trout techniques, and 1 of Wet Flies/Soft-hackles. Wotton is most famous for being the modern champion of Wet Fly fishing (he produced the best-selling "Wet Fly Ways" DVD), but he has caught thousands of big trout over 20" via various methods & flies. Many of these were wild browns, the hardest of all to catch, and he's landed them up to 25# plus! There are special techniques, times, places, rigs & flies that will up your odds on getting a trophy trout, and Davy will teach you about them. When it comes to Wet Flies/Soft-Hackles, Davy is the undisputed champion, the most knowledgeable living Wet Fly man in the world. The techniques he learned in Europe were developed over centuries of fishing for wild brown trout, so they work anywhere. It's also Davy's favorite way to catch trout. Expect to be entertained & educated, Davy is quite the character. He also has some unusual but very efficient ways of rigging & leader construction that he will teach you. Clinic is 2 days, 9AM-5PM, includes lunch. Call 860-672-1010 to book a spot, cost is $300, paid in full in advance, no refunds- clinic runs rain or shine.


  • APR
    26
    Aaaron Jasper Advanced/Master Nymphing Clinic, 9AM Saturday April 26th, 2014
    Nymphing has become more popular than ever, and as technology progresses & information improves, it has become even more productive. There are 2 basic styles: Indicator & European/Tight-Line. Aaron has 3 DVD’s on nymphing to his credit, plus numerous articles. He will show you how to improve your indicator fishing, and how to use the deadly Euro-style tight-line methods. Each technique has it’s moments, and Aaron will explain when, where & how. Clinic will include a PowerPoint, and he will cover adjusting to conditions, seasons, temps, reading water, fly selection, rigging, leader construction, weight, etc. You will learn how to make simple leaders for both styles of nymphing. Clinic will be both inside & on the water, bring your gear. This is a full-day 8 hour event, cost is $100, paid in advance, non-refundable, and we go out rain or shine. Call 860-672-1010 to sign up. Please have some experience nymphing, beginners should take his Intro Nymphing clinic on 4/19.


  • APR
    19
    Free HRO Opening Day Pancake Breakfast, Saturday April 19th, 2014, 7AM-10AM
    Will be holding our annual Free HRO Opening Day Pancake Breakfast on April 19th, from about 7AM to around 10AM, all are welcome. There will be plenty of pancakes, bacon, eggs, sausages, donuts, coffee & OJ.


  • APR
    19
    Aaron Jasper Intro to Nymph Fishing Clinic, 10AM Saturday April 19th, 2014
    Nymphing is the deadliest way to put fish on the end of your line with a fly rod. If you are looking to get into the world of nymphing, look no further. Aaron has 3 DVD’s on nymphing to his credit, as well as numerous articles in the magazines. This clinic is approximately 4 hours, and will start with an indoor session that will cover theory, techniques, rigging, flies & fly selection, and a PowerPoint presentation. Then you will put your waders on and go into the water to put theory into practice on the water. Everyone will get some 1-on-1 time with Aaron and have plenty of opportunities to pick his brains. Clinic cost is $75, paid in advance, non-refundable, and we go out rain or shine so please bring a raincoat. You should come away from this clinic with an understanding of the basics of nymph fishing, and he will also show you how to build a simple but very effective nymphing leader.


  • MAR
    02
    Free Streamer Tying Clinic w/ HRO guide Jim Plante, 10AM Sunday March 2nd, 2014
    HRO Guide Jim Plante is a well-traveled fisherman who loves to teach fly fishing & fly tying, and he is also a signature fly designer for Rainy’s Flies (a purveyor of arguably some of the highest quality flies in the business). Jim is a subsurface minded angler so he really loves nymphing, but even more so in recent years he finds himself chucking big meaty streamers. Jim has a variety of patterns (mostly original) he uses to catch trout on different waters; local and non local. He will share some of these with you during this half day clinic. This clinic will focus on tying articulated and non-articulated streamers in different sizes. Show up with your vise, basic tools, assorted threads, and Jim will provide the materials & hooks. Please have at least basic tying skills. You will have an opportunity to pick Jim’s brain about how he approaches the waters when fishing streamers.


  • FEB
    15
    Free Small Nymph Tying Clinic w/ HRO guide Jim Plante, 10AM Sat. 2/15/14
    Aside from chucking streamers, nymphing is my favorite way to fish for trout. Nymphs come in all shapes and sizes but some of your most productive nymphs come in the tiniest of packages. Small mayfly, caddis, and especially midge nymphs can make your day on the river go from slow to wow! Some tiers shy away from tying flys in small sizes due to strictly the size when some of my best days fishing have been on nymphs size 18-22! In this clinic, learn the skills to tie up an assorted selection of small nymph patterns ranging in sizes 18-22 that for sure will put more fish in your net. Bring your vise, tools, and assorted threads. Materials and hooks will be provided. -Jim


  • JAN
    22
    Matt Supinkski "Selectivity" Book Signing/Trout & Steelhead PowerPoints/Wine & Beer Tasting, 6PM Wedneday 2/22/14
    Matt Supinski is quite possibly the top Great Lakes Steelhead guide, spending 300+ days on the water each season, and he is also an expert on Salmon & Trout. His recent 12th Anniversary re-do of his book "Steelhead Dreams" is already THE Great Lakes Steelhead bible, and his new "Selectivity" book is his magnus opus, his life's work. It is a BIG book, with 600+ new fly patterns (includes pictures & dressings for all), and while focusing on trout, it will cover Salmon/Steelhead too. In 2010 he guided a client to the IGFA all-tackle world record Landlocked Salmon, and it was on a fly! He has two awesome PowerPoint presentations he will do that night on Trout/Salmon/Steelhead. And to give y'all further incentive, there will also be free wine & beer tasting with some of our local producers. This is going to be a super-fun & informative free event that will help cure cabin fever. Please contact us at 860-672-1010 or hflyshop@aol.com and let us know if you plan on coming. Matt contacted us wanting to do this evnet, and he is looking forward to seeing our shop and meeting everybody. Check out his website at www.graydrake.com. Also check out his "Czechmate" article on matching the hatch for Great Lakes Steelhead in the Feb/March 2014 issue of Fly Fisherman magazine.


  • JAN
    11
    Free Streamer Tying Clinic w/ HRO guide Jim Plante, 10AM Sat 1/11/14
    I am a very subsurface minded angler. Aside from nymphing, I am a streamer fanatic! I can't get enough of catching trout on streamers and love chucking meat looking for big trout. In this clinic, learn how to tie up single and articulated streamers using natural and synthetic materials. Please bring your vise, tools, and assorted threads. I will bring hooks and materials. -Jim


  • DEC
    07
    HRO Christmas Party, Saturday Dec. 7th, 12 noon 'till 5PM
    Our annual Christmas festivities will be the first Saturday in December, from noon until about 5PM, and everybody is welcome to attend. As usual, expect some great food & drink, we MAY even have Carol Bonci here doing her famous gourment pizza if she is available. We will have some specials going on for that one day only, that will make it worth your while to do some X-Mas shopping on that day. We usually get a pretty good turnout, stop in & say "hi", and eat & drink on us. We will have the wood stove fired up!


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  • MAY
    31
    Skagit & Scandi Casting Clinic- Saturday May 31st, 9am-4pm, includes lunch
    Spend a day with Spey Casting Northeast, LLC (Jerry Jahns & Fred Krowchenko), learning Skagit & Scandinavian (“Scandi”) spey casting- both techniques/lines can also be used with shorter Switch rods. The day will be split between the two slightly different styles (biggest difference is the actual fly line)- Skagit has a relatively quick learning curve, allowing for a greater margin of error and is great with heavier sink-tips & bigger/heavier flies, while Scandi is more graceful, requiring a little more precise technique and is suited to more suited to lighter flies & tips. If needed, equipment can be provided for you. Class is limited to a maximum of 8 students. Jerry & Fred have successfully taught a ton of people how to cast two-handed rods. Call 860-672-1010 to reserve a spot, clinic happens rain or shine, high water or low, so please bring a raincoat. Full payment of $100 (plus tax) is required in advance, lunch is included with the clinic, no refunds.


  • MAY
    11
    Davy Wotton Trophy Trout & Wet Fly/Soft-Hackle Clinic, Sat & Sun 5/10 & 5/11, 2014, 9AM-5PM
    Two day clinic- 1 of big trout techniques, and 1 of Wet Flies/Soft-hackles. Wotton is most famous for being the modern champion of Wet Fly fishing (he produced the best-selling "Wet Fly Ways" DVD), but he has caught thousands of big trout over 20" via various methods & flies. Many of these were wild browns, the hardest of all to catch, and he's landed them up to 25# plus! There are special techniques, times, places, rigs & flies that will up your odds on getting a trophy trout, and Davy will teach you about them. When it comes to Wet Flies/Soft-Hackles, Davy is the undisputed champion, the most knowledgeable living Wet Fly man in the world. The techniques he learned in Europe were developed over centuries of fishing for wild brown trout, so they work anywhere. It's also Davy's favorite way to catch trout. Expect to be entertained & educated, Davy is quite the character. He also has some unusual but very efficient ways of rigging & leader construction that he will teach you. Clinic is 2 days, 9AM-5PM, includes lunch. Call 860-672-1010 to book a spot, cost is $300, paid in full in advance, no refunds- clinic runs rain or shine.


  • APR
    26
    Aaaron Jasper Advanced/Master Nymphing Clinic, 9AM Saturday April 26th, 2014
    Nymphing has become more popular than ever, and as technology progresses & information improves, it has become even more productive. There are 2 basic styles: Indicator & European/Tight-Line. Aaron has 3 DVD’s on nymphing to his credit, plus numerous articles. He will show you how to improve your indicator fishing, and how to use the deadly Euro-style tight-line methods. Each technique has it’s moments, and Aaron will explain when, where & how. Clinic will include a PowerPoint, and he will cover adjusting to conditions, seasons, temps, reading water, fly selection, rigging, leader construction, weight, etc. You will learn how to make simple leaders for both styles of nymphing. Clinic will be both inside & on the water, bring your gear. This is a full-day 8 hour event, cost is $100, paid in advance, non-refundable, and we go out rain or shine. Call 860-672-1010 to sign up. Please have some experience nymphing, beginners should take his Intro Nymphing clinic on 4/19.


  • APR
    19
    Free HRO Opening Day Pancake Breakfast, Saturday April 19th, 2014, 7AM-10AM
    Will be holding our annual Free HRO Opening Day Pancake Breakfast on April 19th, from about 7AM to around 10AM, all are welcome. There will be plenty of pancakes, bacon, eggs, sausages, donuts, coffee & OJ.


  • APR
    19
    Aaron Jasper Intro to Nymph Fishing Clinic, 10AM Saturday April 19th, 2014
    Nymphing is the deadliest way to put fish on the end of your line with a fly rod. If you are looking to get into the world of nymphing, look no further. Aaron has 3 DVD’s on nymphing to his credit, as well as numerous articles in the magazines. This clinic is approximately 4 hours, and will start with an indoor session that will cover theory, techniques, rigging, flies & fly selection, and a PowerPoint presentation. Then you will put your waders on and go into the water to put theory into practice on the water. Everyone will get some 1-on-1 time with Aaron and have plenty of opportunities to pick his brains. Clinic cost is $75, paid in advance, non-refundable, and we go out rain or shine so please bring a raincoat. You should come away from this clinic with an understanding of the basics of nymph fishing, and he will also show you how to build a simple but very effective nymphing leader.


  • MAR
    02
    Free Streamer Tying Clinic w/ HRO guide Jim Plante, 10AM Sunday March 2nd, 2014
    HRO Guide Jim Plante is a well-traveled fisherman who loves to teach fly fishing & fly tying, and he is also a signature fly designer for Rainy’s Flies (a purveyor of arguably some of the highest quality flies in the business). Jim is a subsurface minded angler so he really loves nymphing, but even more so in recent years he finds himself chucking big meaty streamers. Jim has a variety of patterns (mostly original) he uses to catch trout on different waters; local and non local. He will share some of these with you during this half day clinic. This clinic will focus on tying articulated and non-articulated streamers in different sizes. Show up with your vise, basic tools, assorted threads, and Jim will provide the materials & hooks. Please have at least basic tying skills. You will have an opportunity to pick Jim’s brain about how he approaches the waters when fishing streamers.


  • FEB
    15
    Free Small Nymph Tying Clinic w/ HRO guide Jim Plante, 10AM Sat. 2/15/14
    Aside from chucking streamers, nymphing is my favorite way to fish for trout. Nymphs come in all shapes and sizes but some of your most productive nymphs come in the tiniest of packages. Small mayfly, caddis, and especially midge nymphs can make your day on the river go from slow to wow! Some tiers shy away from tying flys in small sizes due to strictly the size when some of my best days fishing have been on nymphs size 18-22! In this clinic, learn the skills to tie up an assorted selection of small nymph patterns ranging in sizes 18-22 that for sure will put more fish in your net. Bring your vise, tools, and assorted threads. Materials and hooks will be provided. -Jim


  • JAN
    22
    Matt Supinkski "Selectivity" Book Signing/Trout & Steelhead PowerPoints/Wine & Beer Tasting, 6PM Wedneday 2/22/14
    Matt Supinski is quite possibly the top Great Lakes Steelhead guide, spending 300+ days on the water each season, and he is also an expert on Salmon & Trout. His recent 12th Anniversary re-do of his book "Steelhead Dreams" is already THE Great Lakes Steelhead bible, and his new "Selectivity" book is his magnus opus, his life's work. It is a BIG book, with 600+ new fly patterns (includes pictures & dressings for all), and while focusing on trout, it will cover Salmon/Steelhead too. In 2010 he guided a client to the IGFA all-tackle world record Landlocked Salmon, and it was on a fly! He has two awesome PowerPoint presentations he will do that night on Trout/Salmon/Steelhead. And to give y'all further incentive, there will also be free wine & beer tasting with some of our local producers. This is going to be a super-fun & informative free event that will help cure cabin fever. Please contact us at 860-672-1010 or hflyshop@aol.com and let us know if you plan on coming. Matt contacted us wanting to do this evnet, and he is looking forward to seeing our shop and meeting everybody. Check out his website at www.graydrake.com. Also check out his "Czechmate" article on matching the hatch for Great Lakes Steelhead in the Feb/March 2014 issue of Fly Fisherman magazine.


  • JAN
    11
    Free Streamer Tying Clinic w/ HRO guide Jim Plante, 10AM Sat 1/11/14
    I am a very subsurface minded angler. Aside from nymphing, I am a streamer fanatic! I can't get enough of catching trout on streamers and love chucking meat looking for big trout. In this clinic, learn how to tie up single and articulated streamers using natural and synthetic materials. Please bring your vise, tools, and assorted threads. I will bring hooks and materials. -Jim


  • DEC
    07
    HRO Christmas Party, Saturday Dec. 7th, 12 noon 'till 5PM
    Our annual Christmas festivities will be the first Saturday in December, from noon until about 5PM, and everybody is welcome to attend. As usual, expect some great food & drink, we MAY even have Carol Bonci here doing her famous gourment pizza if she is available. We will have some specials going on for that one day only, that will make it worth your while to do some X-Mas shopping on that day. We usually get a pretty good turnout, stop in & say "hi", and eat & drink on us. We will have the wood stove fired up!


  • MAY
    10
    Davy Wotton Trophy Trout & Wet Fly/Soft-Hackle Clinic, Sat & Sun 5/10 & 5/11, 2014, 9AM-5PM
    Two day clinic- 1 of big trout techniques, and 1 of Wet Flies/Soft-hackles. Wotton is most famous for being the modern champion of Wet Fly fishing (he produced the best-selling "Wet Fly Ways" DVD), but he has caught thousands of big trout over 20" via various methods & flies. Many of these were wild browns, the hardest of all to catch, and he's landed them up to 25# plus! There are special techniques, times, places, rigs & flies that will up your odds on getting a trophy trout, and Davy will teach you about them. When it comes to Wet Flies/Soft-Hackles, Davy is the undisputed champion, the most knowledgeable living Wet Fly man in the world. The techniques he learned in Europe were developed over centuries of fishing for wild brown trout, so they work anywhere. It's also Davy's favorite way to catch trout. Expect to be entertained & educated, Davy is quite the character. He also has some unusual but very efficient ways of rigging & leader construction that he will teach you. Clinic is 2 days, 9AM-5PM, includes lunch. Call 860-672-1010 to book a spot, cost is $300, paid in full in advance, no refunds- clinic runs rain or shine.


  • JAN
    22
    Matt Supinkski "Selectivity" Book Signing/Trout & Steelhead PowerPoints/Wine & Beer Tasting, 6PM Wedneday 2/22/14
    Matt Supinski is quite possibly the top Great Lakes Steelhead guide, spending 300+ days on the water each season, and he is also an expert on Salmon & Trout. His recent 12th Anniversary re-do of his book "Steelhead Dreams" is already THE Great Lakes Steelhead bible, and his new "Selectivity" book is his magnus opus, his life's work. It is a BIG book, with 600+ new fly patterns (includes pictures & dressings for all), and while focusing on trout, it will cover Salmon/Steelhead too. In 2010 he guided a client to the IGFA all-tackle world record Landlocked Salmon, and it was on a fly! He has two awesome PowerPoint presentations he will do that night on Trout/Salmon/Steelhead. And to give y'all further incentive, there will also be free wine & beer tasting with some of our local producers. This is going to be a super-fun & informative free event that will help cure cabin fever. Please contact us at 860-672-1010 or hflyshop@aol.com and let us know if you plan on coming. Matt contacted us wanting to do this evnet, and he is looking forward to seeing our shop and meeting everybody. Check out his website at www.graydrake.com. Also check out his "Czechmate" article on matching the hatch for Great Lakes Steelhead in the Feb/March 2014 issue of Fly Fisherman magazine.


  • JAN
    22
    Matt Supinkski "Selectivity" Book Signing/Trout & Steelhead PowerPoints/Wine & Beer Tasting, 6PM Wedneday 2/22/14
    Matt Supinski is quite possibly the top Great Lakes Steelhead guide, spending 300+ days on the water each season, and he is also an expert on Trout & Salmon. His recent 12th Anniversary re-do of his book "Steelhead Dreams" is already THE Great Lakes Steelhead bible, and his new "Selectivity" book is his magnus opus, his life's work. It is a BIG book, with 600+ new fly patterns (includes pictures & dressings for all), and while focusing on trout, it will cover Salmon/Steelhead too. In 2010 he guided a client to the IGFA all-tackle world record Landlocked Salmon, and it was on a fly! He has two awesome PowerPoint presentations he will do that night on Trout/Salmon/Steelhead. And to give y'all further incentive, there will also be free wine & beer tasting with some of our local producers. This is going to be a super-fun & informative free event that will help cure cabin fever. Please contact us at 860-672-1010 or hflyshop@aol.com and let us know if you plan on coming. Matt contacted us wanting to do this evnet, and he is looking forward to seeing our shop and meeting everybody. Check out his website at www.graydrake.com. Also check out his "Czechmate" article on matching the hatch for Great Lakes Steelhead in the Feb/March 2014 issue of Fly Fisherman magazine.


  • FEB
    02
    Northwest CT Trout Unlimited Banquet/Game Dinner 2/2/13 at 6PM
    The Northwest Connecticut Trout Unlimited Chapter (our local chapter) is putting on yet another of their excellent game dinners/banquets Saturday, February 2nd 2013, 6PM at the Elk's Lodge in Torrington. There will be Hors d'oeuveres, 5 courses & desert, as well as bucket raffles, door prizes & a silent auction. For tickets call Jim Fedorich at (860) 482-4544 or Evan Williams at (860) 567-2131.




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