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Events

  • 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
    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.


  • 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.


  • 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!


  • NOV
    02
    Free Great Lakes Steelhead Clinic w/ Torrey Sat 11/2/13 at 9am
    All are welcome to attend this free seminar with Torrey, our resident HRO Steelhead fanatic. Clinic will run from approximately 9AM to noonish. Topics covered will include basic rigging (including constructing a simple dead-drift leader), weight usage, simple & proven fly patterns, basic dead-drift techniques, Fall/Winter/Spring fishing, proper tackle selection, and dressing for cold weather. Questions are encouraged. Torrey did a stint as a Great Lakes Steelhead, Salmon & Trout guide in the Salmon River area right after college, and he still regularly fishes there as often as he can. The info you will learn is also equally applicable to the big Lake Run Brown Trout that run up the tributaries with the Steelhead. Expect this to last about 3 hours, and it is recommended that yoo bring a pen & notepad.


  • OCT
    19
    Aaron Jasper Advanced/Master Nymphing Clinic, 9AM Sat Oct 19, 2013
    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 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 10/12.


  • OCT
    12
    Aaron Jasper Intro to Nymph Fishing Clinic, 10AM Sat Oct 12, 2013
    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.


  • OCT
    06
    Davy Wotton Midge & Wet Fly Clinic October 5th & 6th, 2013 9AM-5PM
    Clinic will be two days- 1 of Midge fishing, and 1 of Wet Flies. Wotton is most famous for being the modern champion of Wet Fly fishing (he produced the "Wet Fly Ways" DVD), but he is equally passionate & skilled at Midge fishing. He just released 2 DVD's on the subject. Do not think that Midges mean only #26's fished on the surface. The way Davy does it includes a lot of subsurface fishing with patterns in #14-18 also, and the flies, rigging & techniques he uses will work on any trout stream in the world (midges hatch 12 months a year on 100% of trout streams). When it comes to Wet Flies, Davy is the undisputed champion, he is the most knowledgeable living Wet Fly man in the world, and the techniques he learned in Europe were developed over centuries of fishing for wild brown trout, so they work anywhere. Clinic is 2 days, 9A-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.


  • OCT
    05
    Davy Wotton Midge & Wet Fly Clinic October 5th & 6th, 2013 9AM-5PM
    Clinic will be two days- 1 of Midge fishing, and 1 of Wet Flies. Wotton is most famous for being the modern champion of Wet Fly fishing (he produced the "Wet Fly Ways" DVD), but he is equally passionate & skilled at Midge fishing. He just released 2 DVD's on the subject. Do not think that Midges mean only #26's fished on the surface. The way Davy does it includes a lot of subsurface fishing with patterns in #14-18 also, and the flies, rigging & techniques he uses will work on any trout stream in the world (midges hatch 12 months a year on 100% of trout streams). When it comes to Wet Flies, Davy is the undisputed champion, he is the most knowledgeable living Wet Fly man in the world, and the techniques he learned in Europe were developed over centuries of fishing for wild brown trout, so they work anywhere. Clinic is 2 days, 9A-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.


  • SEP
    29
    Spey Casting w/ Speycasting North East, LLC from 9AM-2PM on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013
    Spend a half day learning the art of two-handed casting with some of the best instructors around. Speycasting North East was started by Jerry Jahns & Fred Krowchenko, and they have been instructing anglers in the use of Spey/Switch rods for years and work closely with several companies. Their experience is unparalleled, and they are superb instructors. The clinic will last about 5 hours, and there will be a 2:1 student/instructor ratio. Bring your own two-handed rod, or one can be supplied for you. The casting techniques you will learn will get you solidly grounded, and can also be used with one-handed rods too. Spey casting & Spey rods are not only applicable to fishing for Steelhead & Salmon with Spey or Switch rods, but also with lighter rods for trout and many other species. What a great opportunity to pick the brains of true experts. Cost is $150 per angler, paid in advance, non-refundable. Clinic happens rain or shine, so bring a raincoat.


  • SEP
    15
    FREE Housatonic Bull's Bridge TMA/C&R area Orientation w/ Torrey, 10AM on September 15, 2013
    I'll be doing a FREE Housatonic Bull's Bridge TMA/C&R area Orientation (on Rt 7 about 15 miles South of our shop). Meet at the store, and then we will carpool from there- all are welcome to attend. This lower TMA gets very little fishing pressure overall, and holds some of the biggest trout in the Housatonic. It's a great option for those of you who live closer to this section, or want an escape from the more popular Upper C&R area by shop on crowded weekends when conditions and weather are a little too nice. Some of the access points require light hiking up to about a mile, so please be in reasonable physical shape and bring proper footwear. We will make multiple stops, and you will be taught pool names, accesses, hatches, high water/low water spots, trout stocking/holdovers/wild trout info, seasonal changes, effective flies, history of the TMA & PCB's, etc. This is a flexible event where I encourage lots of questions. Bring a pad & pen to take notes.


  • SEP
    14
    Free Great Lakes Steelhead Clinic w/ Steelhead Steve, 10AM Saturday Sept. 14, 2013

    Spend a few hours with one of the most avid & knowledgeable Great Lakes steelheaders that I know. Steve has fished virtually all over the Great Lakes in search of Steelhead & big browns, including the Canadian side. He is well-versed in the full gamut of techniques, flies & tackle, from single handed rods right up to Spey, from dead-drfit tactics to swinging. He will cover subjects that include rigging, favorite flies (peek in his fly boxes), seasons, info on different tributaries & timing them, tackle, reading Steelhead water, adapting to water conditions, etc. This will be highly interactive, and you will have plenty of opportunity to ask questions. His photo album is impressive, with Great Lakes Steel up to 25# (!!!) in it, not to mention some hellacious browns. Steve is a true fanatic, and a few hours spent picking his brains will be time well spent. This will be an indoor clinic, it's free, and all are welcome. Call 860-672-1010 to get on the clinic list.


  • SEP
    08
    Free Housatonic Upper TMA/C&R Orientation w/ Torrey Sunday, 9/8/13 at 10AM
    Our most popular event every year, I'll once again be doing a driving tour of the Upper Housy TMA/C&R Section, covering from the Rt 7/Rt 4 concrete bridge all the way upstream to Push-Em-Up. The fall season will soon be upon us, this a great time to learn the river. Meet at the store, and then we will carpool from there. We will make multiple stops along the way, and you will be taught pool names, accesses, hatches, high water/low water spots, trout stocking/holdovers/wild trout info, seasonal changes, effective flies, history of the TMA & PCB's, etc. This is a flexible event where I encourage lots of questions. Bring a pad & pen so you can take notes, and also bring your gear so you can fish afterwards.


  • SEP
    07
    Cortland Day/Joe Goodspeed Free Nymph Clinic 10AM, Saturday September 7th
    Cortland’s Joe Goodspeed & Brooks Robinson will set up here w/ their latest goodies. Joe is involved in product development for Cortland. His biggest passion is nymphing up giant browns, he’s damn good at it. Last year he landed a 30"” wild, resident stream brown in a NY public trout stream & this spring he got a 29.5"” brown using a #14 nymph on their new 10.5’ #4 nymph rod!. Joe will do a free Nymph Clinic at 11AM- it will be both indoors & out- call store to sign up. You will get a chance to fish with one of Cortland’s new Competition Nymph rods, they are a steal at $219.95- call me at 860-672 1010 to pick my brains about them, I have all models in stock. All attendees will leave with some sort of free Cortland product. Anyone coming to Cortland Day who gives us their name & email will be eligible for a free raffle- several fly lines and a free Nymph Rod as a grand prize. Jow will do distance casting demo too & give casting pointers. Don't miss this opportunity!


  • JUN
    15
    Streamer Tying Clinic w/ Jim Plante, Sat. June 15, 2013, 10am-4pm
    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). Check out his blog out his fly tying site at www.steelcanvas.blogspot.com as well as www.saltyriffle.blogspot.com Jim is a subsurface minded angler so he really loves nymphing but even more so, 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 full 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.




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