Welcome to Flies by Britton !
For the past few weeks we have been working on remodeling and expanding our new 248 shop/workspace, which is the adjacent storefront to our old unit - for the past few years or so at 244 Water Street. We are still keeping the old 244 unit also for a Carom club.
As of now I am in the new 248 unit - still lots of work to do as I go. I will be open on the weekends as normal. 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 am still keeping busy with the leftover fixing up around the new spot so I am in and out all during the week as well if not guiding so I can make available time for you to come by if you contact me ahead of time.
The old wood dining table and chairs are coming from the house soon, giving us more comfort and room for our "Sunday Fly Tying Table" which will be back Open again this coming weekend.
Lots of Misc. Stuff, Fly Tying, Antique Spin Reels, Etc., will be on Sale as well...
SATURDAY the 26th from 9am - 3pm & SUNDAY the 27th from - 9am - 1pm or so...
Call as we might stay later if moving items to the new side…
Come on by with your tying stuff or say hello !
Basic River Report for Farmington River this week...
The Fishing has been great using BWOs in sizes 18-26 …Potomanthus 10-12 especially at the last of the day… Still some Sulphur and Vitreus duns/spinners still around in sizes 16-18… Light and dark Tan Caddis 14-18, Plenty of Needhami Duns from 22-28… Upstream still a small amount of March Brown and sporadic Lt/cream Cahills in sizes 12-14, Summer Isonychias on the entire river from sizes 12-16
Varied size light colored Craneflies size 12-16, Tiny black and gray midges very early in varied size - then sporadic throughout the day. All Terrestrials - ants, beetles, etc., are fishing good in the early afternoon time… Tightlines' any questions or if you need some custom flies, feel free to hit me up… 860-309-8588
I have some NY shows/trips coming up so 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.
I am always keeping busy. If I am not working or out fishing or guiding, I am usually pretty close and I can usually set a time to meet during the latter part of the week. As of now every other Friday afternoon is booked. So Monday, Tuesday, and every other Friday, I will be on the water. But, please feel free to give a call anytime @ 860-309-8588 to see if I'm available. Schedule can change and long time guide clients can most often be shuffled to accommodate you for a guide trip. Please make sure you take a few moments to leave a message for me if you want to receive a return reply. Then I will follow up with you. Thank You.
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Nestled in the Northwest Hills of Connecticut, surrounded by some of the finest Fishing Waters found in the State. Flies by Britton, the home of Northwest CT Enterprises - Custom Fly Tying was established along the Housatonic River in New Milford CT over 17 years ago, and we are still going strong today.
For a few years now I have set up my fly tying workplace and shop close to Home and Family, enjoying all the prime fishing waters this area has to offer. The new spot on the corner to the left of our other unit with the green awning is coming along nicely, with plenty of room to fill up. Come on by and say hello !
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. This is the home of Flies by Britton. This is just a weekend workspace for me, but we are slowly growing. I am not an outfitter or a large fly shop. Here is 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 small case 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 !
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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 workshop for a visit as many do !
Tightlines' and see you Soon !
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 !