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The FRAA is a fellowship of anglers organized to preserve and promote the pleasures and traditions of angling, and to conserve sport fishing waters - especially the Farmington River and it's watershed.

From the Vest - April 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Britton   
Saturday, March 29 2014

From the Vest of the President

~ Andrew Butler ~

Well it’s officially spring on the calendar, although I think old man winter is just now getting the message. It’s been a typical March as far as the fishing goes, with only about one out of every three trips resulting in rising fish. The winter caddis are still hanging on, but the primary hatches now are the winter stoneflies, sizes 16 to 24. I caught a couple of big browns a few weeks ago on a size 16 floating stonefly nymph. There were winter caddis swimming all around me and the rise forms sure looked like they were eating the pupa, but that was not the case. When I finally looked at the water I saw the telltale snake-like swimming motion of the big stones in the surface film. The fish take these flies with the same type of splashy rises as the caddis. My first drift with the stone and I was hooked up. I should have looked at the water sooner!! Well the water temperature has to come up a bit before we start to see some of the blue wing olives that appear before the Hendricksons. Keep the faith.

This year’s banquet was another great success with a good time had by all.  I want to thank all the people involved with planning and running this great event, in particular Tom and Grady.  Tom pretty much runs the whole show, while Grady does a wonderful job of gathering prizes and soliciting donations for the raffle.  I also want to thank all those who donated the prizes that make this raffle one of the best around.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Tight lines, Drew.

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FRAA April 2014 Monthly Meeting

Our final monthly meeting for the Spring Season will be held on Wed. April 16th

Featuring Guest Speaker: Bill Keister

Bill will be talking about The Myth of the Educated Trout – it should be an interesting show.  Doors will open at 6:00 pm with the meeting starting at 7:00 pm... Our usual raffle and refreshments will be provided.

Hope to see you there !

Tightlines' Shawn

2014 75 Ticket Raffle PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Britton   
Saturday, March 29 2014





( $1270  RETAIL VALUE)


New England Spey Clave III PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Britton   
Wednesday, February 29 2012


2014 New England Spey Clave III

Saturday May 17th

Fred and Jerry at Spey Casting Northeast will be hosting another event at Matthies Grove on East River Road along the Farmington River. This will be the third year that Fred and Jerry put this on. It's a great day and there will be a bunch of rod companies and many people including Andrew Moy, Rich Murphy, Mark Sedotti and Fred Wilson will be on hand to show you how to use a Spey and Switch rods. They will have reels as well as all the lines for this on hand to match up with the equipment on hand.

Professional Fly tier Ben Bilello will be tying proven flies for salmon. Trout flies will be tied by the Farmington River Anglers Association, who is sponsoring this event. Raffles for Spey Rods - Proceeds go to FRAA.

Location: East River Rd. ~ Matthies Grove in Barkhamstead CT on the Farmington River.  No Fee and Free Lunch provided by The Complete Angler, Darien, CT

For more information about the Spey Clave III email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
9 AM until 4 PM MAY 17TH


FRAA 2014 Annual Picnic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Shawn Britton   
Saturday, March 29 2014

Farmington River Anglers Association
Annual Picnic

Sunday June 8, 2014
Peoples Forest Picnic Shelter
Meal served at 12:30 P.M.

All members and family members are welcome and invited to attend the FRAA Picnic. There is no charge for members and their family members.  Guests will be charged $10.00 per person.  Please call Tom Karpeichik if you plan to attend by June 1st.  Come and enjoy good food and good conversation.  

Grilled Rib Eye Steak, Hot Dogs, Salad, Assorted Drinks, Dessert and More !

Tom Karpeichik   860-309-5510    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Please respond by June 1, 2013.






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