Book a Guided Trip with Shawn

Looking to Book a Guided Fishing Trip with Shawn? 


CT Registered Fishing Guide 

For Detailed Info Click Here

Visit Shawn's Fishing & More... Store


Find Deals at Shawn's Fishing Store on eBay...

Click Here



Welcome to Flies by Britton ~ Northwest CT Enterprises

The Home of Custom Fly Tying & Rivermonk Guide Service




Lets get on the water.



If you have a kayak or canoe and are interested in checking out some new Bass/Trout/Crappie,etc. on the still waters in Northwest Connecticut, learn some different techniques on the fly or perhaps with your spinning rod to improve your catch, I have a few spots that will be productive through the next few months... I'll be on the still waters at least two days per week until the Ice comes.

Hit me up !



FBB Purple & Black Fish Skull Sculpin Head ~ Yummy !


This Season as a Dealer, Commercial Tier & Guide repesenting Flymen Fishing Co., I will be will be bringing much more of the Flymen goodness to the shop and the upcoming Shows, as well as many more of my Commercial patterns and designs. Keep Posted !





Flies by Britton

This coming Weekend Shop Hours

 Saturday October 10th  8am til 4pm or later... Call ~ Sunday the 11th  8am til 2pm

I will be Tying lots of Candy for the Chrome Heads and HOT Chili will be in the Pot !

Come on By !          But....     BYOM

I am still cleaning out/repairing the old barn garage to make much needed room for the Guide Vehicles, Boats & Kayaks before the snow flies.

So, I have been bringing a few Misc. Antiques, lots of old Mitchell fishing reels, a few glass fly rods, a couple new used St.Croix fishing rods, about 30 more fishing/fly fishing titles and some outdoor/hunting books, 10-15 Great East coast seafood books as well... for the next few weeks. Stop on by !

Fishing/Misc. Tag Sale This and the next few Weekends Only through end of October before the big Show Season Starts...

See You There !



~ Click Below to Check out some of what I'm doing on Instagram ~ See you on the Water !


For Posted Fly Inquiries & Pricing DM on Instagram

@bootrout or email @This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



If you are in our neck of the woods, stop on by !



The Patterns I post are the patterns available for purchase, etc. ~ Check out my media and Instagram for an array of various Custom patterns. Generic patterns that can be bought at the fly shop is Not what I do or tie. Unless you want to create a new pattern with me. I tie a lot of flies so it me up "Now" if you need em'... ;)

For Fly order Pick-ups, Call ahead if you are running late when I am here on weekends. I book my guides and fishing kayak trips during most of the week, but am here working on orders when not booked, So making an appointment to see if I can be here during the weekday for you is recommended.  Thank You !

I have acquired a lot of Classic & Great Tying Materials

Coming into a plenty of Vintage Fly Tying materials I have been taking more traditional soft hackle wet fly orders. So any of you guys that have inquired feel free to hit me up. Tightlines'


 Little Brown caught on the FBB Mini "Bug Collar" Intruder in the key of White.  

Click on the Frankenfly Logo Below for a Recipe on my buddy Paul's website for Awesome information and Awesome Fly Patterns from fellow tiers in the field...

Click on the pictures below to Check out my FBB's Mini Bug Collar Intruder as well as some of my other patterns...


Lots of Great fishing/fly tying and non fishing Books from $3.00 up… Some of my new My Artwork will be on display and I will be making prints by request for sale and they can be framed as well for you.

I still have a handful of "new" old overstock of a variety of Fly Tying Materials I have acquired From $1.00 and up ! And some New Fly Tying materials on the wall. I am a Hareline Dubbin' Dealer so I do a lot of special order on fly tying materials and we get it Quick ! Just let me know as we can ship to you as well very reasonably. 

Looking for custom flies ? Or maybe a future Day on the water with me ?

CT Licensed Guide

Feel free to contact me at 860-309-8588 or see you at the weekend shop ! 



Custom Fly Tying ~ Tied and Shipped Daily !  




 Make sure to Give a "Call Ahead" if you plan on coming to Place or Pick up an order on the weekends.



~ I guide all Year and I tend fill up in way in advance. Regular Guide clientele are booked Weekly, but I can shuffle, and can often make room. So Please do not hesitate and Feel Free to Call and contact me now to see about any future Openings ~







Top Rated & Power Seller with 100 % Positive Feedback since 2010




Bugs !




I have spent the past 25 years tying pretty much any pattern there is out there.

But these days I "Only" specialize in Custom flies ~ By Choice.

 Respectfully, I tie a lot of big custom and commercial orders that consist of My custom patterns. Respectfully I do not have time to tie the basic flies that you commonly find anywhere,  or "other" local tier's patterns that you can easily buy at the local fly shop, or contact and buy from them directly.



I do have other fly tyers that I use that will be happy to accommodate with generic patterns, such as woolly buggers, adams, etc.



Flies by Britton Custom Fly Tying ~ From Saltwater to Freshwater ~ Salmon to Steelhead

I also specialize in Old School Streamers and Wet fly patterns as well ! 

Follow me on Instagram @bootrout and by clicking on the Picture below to see just a tiny bit of Variety and Diversity of Fly Patterns I enjoy tying ~ Any of those Patterns can be Tied for You as well !  

So, just a simple phone call, email, or message can Quickly and Easily get you the Flies you Need.  Easy PayPal or Credit Card Billing and Speedy USPS shipping US & Global !

Tightlines' Shawn





~ Check out Weekly Sales on our eBay Store ~  









We are a Top Rated Power Seller since 2010 on eBay. 100% Positive Feedback.   


Check Out some Great Book Deals that I have listed on our eBay store. There are many more titles to browse through at the shop as well. Feel feel to contact me if you are looking for a book title both new or used. I am an Angler's Book Supply Dealer and can order just about any DVD or Book still in publication.





 Click below to Check out a Quick Bit as I chatted With John "Jack" Kovachs on the Yankee Fisherman Radio… ;)




Last Fall at the CFFCM Art of the Anglers Show in Danbury CT, attending fly tiers had a chance to tie a Lee Wullf inspired pattern or two of "what would Lee Wulff tie today" to be showcased in a future display for the museum.. So I tied up a few without the vise - "in my hand" - just the way Mr. Lee Wullf would have done it… I tied a CDC Royal Wulff and an modern synthetic material - inspired Lady Joan streamer… It is Really cool that my flies are placed there next to the picture of Lee tying In hand… More so... All the great flies submitted and placed next to items of Mr. Wulff in the display look so awesome, Thank's !

But myself being a lover of the History of Fly Fishing as well as an old school fly tier at times… this  is so cool to have Lee looking over my flies, even if they pale in comparison.

Made my year ! Tightlines' !

Click on Lee's Picture to visit the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum

For the past few months I have been working on remodeling and expanding our new 248 shop/workspace, which is the adjacent storefront to our old unit of a few years or so at 244 Water Street. We are still keeping the old 244 unit also for a 3 Cushion Carom club.


As of now I am settling in the new 248 unit. I will post more as I move forward adding different items, antiques, etc.. Meanwhile I am back to tying my fly orders, and a bigger fly case to work on filling little by little with my custom fly patterns. I will be open througout the weekends as normal. If I am not guiding, I can make available time for you to come by if you contact me ahead of time.


I have some shows/trips coming up throughout the Fallso call ahead to make sure I am not traveling or have an out of shop event, etc.. I usually post on FB or Instagram as well if I will not be here. Thank You. 


Click on the picture below to visit our Flies by Britton Facebook page. Give us a Like ! Tightlines' !





This 125 year old Corner Storefront to the left of our other front with the "green" awning. Look for the black door with the fishing stickers - located at 248 Water street in the town of Torrington Connecticut. We are Not a Fly Shop or an Outfitter. This is the home of Custom Fly Tying ~ Flies by Britton. This is a great workshop for me, where I tie, sell, and ship my custom flies and eBay items just about anywhere. It is also where I hold my Fly Tying Classes as well as the home base for the Guide Service. We do carry a few small cases of flies for sale as well as a handful of varied Fly Tying materials, some books, antique fishing reels, etc. We are a Hareline Dubbin' Dealer and a few other companies. So the quality products I use to tie my flies are the same products I order for our tying classes and for my weekend customers.

Please Feel Free to Give a Call if you are looking for anything fly tying. If we don't have it here we can usually order it within a few days, or hunt down specific tying materials as well. If you can't come to the workshop or are out of the area, we can ship it to you as well.   Phone: 860-309-8588 




I Specialize in Custom Fly Tying, and my custom orders are tied daily Not only across the good old USA, but Internationally as well. I have been supplying New England Fly shops and also tying fly patterns specific to the region such as the Farmington and Houastonic Rivers for over 20 years. If you need that special fly or local pattern, just ask and I will do my best to accommodate. You don't have to visit to get some of my flies either. Just about any fly can be tied and delivered quickly to your door for you. We ship US & Global ! 







 Click Here and Check out just Some of my Flies, Hobbies and Fishing Related Photos on Instagram !  







Just follow this link to the Shawn Britton Fishing and More Store on eBay.










We are a Top Rated Power Seller since 2010 on eBay. 100% Positive Feedback.   


Check Out some Great Book Deals that I have listed on our eBay store. There are many more titles to browse through at the shop as well. Feel feel to contact me if you are looking for a book title both new or used. I am an Angler's Book Supply Dealer and can order just about any DVD or Book still in publication.





Please Note that my Guide Trips tend to Fill up very quickly.  I still have 4 hour limited openings and my regular weekly clients are already set in.  I would love to get out and bend the rod with you, so don't hesitate to contact me so we can set a time on the water.  Maybe we'll get into some of the finest fish the area has to offer. So feel free to give a call, I look forward to having you stop by the weekend workshop for a visit as many do !


Tightlines' and see you Soon !









(Doliphilodes Distinctus)

Hello Dolly!

By Shawn F. Britton

Winter/Summer Caddis on the Farmington...












There is a few fishing spots if any where you can cast to rising trout throughout the winter months, and the Farmington River is no exception. With the great Winter caddis hatches in the early time, the winter caddis and the little winter stonefly dry fishing over the years has left me with some of my more memorable fishing experiences. 

The winter caddis hatches all throughout the year but are actually at their most abundant from around late October/November until early spring. But the summer fishing can be productive as well. Not so different than most caddis, the winter caddis are most predominant and found hatching a little farther down the slower pools and runs just off the faster water. Then they will make their way to the surface in an attempt to emerge, some to the river’s banks and bushes to finish molting. But… more so at this time of year, many of the females of this winter caddis species are born somewhat wingless, leaving them way more vulnerable in the surface film or poorly making their way to the banks at all. Making an easy meal for the trout and giving us some great dry fly fishing in the winter months.

Typically the best hatches occur on the brighter mornings, but this hatch is around most all of the time early in the day. Thanks to all the unformed winter caddis bathing in the slow water, method of presentation usually works fine with a dead drift over a rising trout, as opposed to typical erratic caddis fly fishing. Although the ever so "slight" twitching within the retrieve of your fly at the last few moments before the ring of the last rise, has brought the pickiest of trout to the wet hand.  I always have a few variations in a few sizes. Pupa, basic foam body with slight hackle collar, or no collar, and a foam body with wing.  Sizes in #20 to #24 are fine. You can always go smaller as well with hook size. Lighter 6x, 7x will do or smaller if you prefer.

On that note… If you have not been on the river all year like the select few diehards… Old Man Winter has packed his bags, Spring is here and I will See you on the river ! 

Tightlines’ Shawn 



























2010 Copyright ©  |  Website by