You feel the tug of the cool river current against your legs. Breathing in the fresh crisp morning air you feel exhilarated. Somewhere out in the swirling mist you hear a splash. Standing an arm's length behind, your guide smiles and carefully coaches you as you make a flowing, serpentine cast towards the rising trout. Nose up, the trout takes the fly. Strike! This is your moment, your fish!

The rivers of northwest Connecticut provide some of the best flyfishing in New England. Their secrets are many and await your discovery with some expert help from Professional Guide Fred Jeans.

A Connecticut native, Fred has fished these waters for over 45 years. He'll share with you his intimate knowledge of the rivers and Long Island Sound, his expert fishing and casting techniques and his love of the sport- all in a manner customized to your special interests and needs.

Your Interests Come First.

Why hire Fred Jeans to guide you? No other guide in the region has Fred's unique combination of fly fishing knowledge, instructional skills, and sensitivity to your special needs and interests. 

As a Fly Fishers International Certified Fly Casting Instructor, and as a Professional Fly Fishing Guide for 33 years, you can rely on his highly refined skills to build the foundation for your success. The entire experience is customized to your wishes, your abilities and any special needs you may have. 

                                             2023 WALK & WADE GUIDED TRIP RATES             

                        SERVICE                          1 Person       2 Persons    3 Persons            
  • Half Day Guide                                      $300           $350         $400
  • Evening Guide                                       $125           $150          Call
  • Saltwater Half Day                                 $350           $400
  • Flycasting Instruction   1 or 2  people: $100 for the first hour. $50 per hour thereafter                

           Flyfishing half days or evenings on the beautiful Farmington and Housatonic Rivers and Long Island Sound. Outstanding casting instruction that focuses of your specific needs. Call to reserve a date today!!

                              The Selective Angler  LLC

     Fred Jeans, Professional Guide and Certified Fly Casting Instructor

  •                P.O. Box 714, New Hartford, CT 06057
  •                               (860) 841-4164
  •            E-mail:

                       2023 marks my 33rd year as a professional flyfishing guide. 
                    Thanks to all my clients and friends for making it happen!