The French Flyfisherman (Antoine Bissieux), CT

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Middletown, Connecticut

The French Flyfisherman (Antoine Bissieux), CT


After teaching thousands at the Orvis Fly-Fishing School in Manchester, Vermont I now offer a variety of guided trips, classes, instructions, etc. - all customized to your expectation.

Date Range

The French Flyfisherman is open year-round in Connecticut.

What is Provided to Customer

All equipment provided: rod, reel, line, wader, flies, leader, tippet, etc.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Farmington River and other pieces of water in Connecticut, plus the Battenkill and other rivers in Vermont.

Typical Weather by Season

It's typical Northeast weather.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

All trips are customized to fit the situation.


Species You Fish for by Season

Brown trout, rainbow trout, and brook trout.


What Should Customers Bring?

Sunscreen, insect repellent, and a smile.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is not included in the rate?
A. Fishing license and gratuity are not included.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 5 reviews


5 of 5 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    As Good as it Gets - 7/27/2014
    By: from New Hartford, CT, USA

    The day was one me and my 10 yr. old son will always remember. Antoine is a highly skilled fisherman and outstanding teacher We caught fish ,shared stories and laughed the entire day . He supplies everything you need if need be. I would recommend him to anyone. Can't wait to spend another day on the river with the French Fly Fisherman.

  • 5/5

    Can't wait to hire him again! - 7/15/2013

    I was given a guided fly fishing trip by my wife and kids for Father's Day and after some research I decided to go with Antoine. I was having a slow year and so I wanted to learn what I was doing wrong as well as catch some fish. In the first few hours Antoine proved himself to be instructional, funny, interesting, patient beyond measure and immensely likable. By the end of the very long and extremely enjoyable day, I had caught some nice fish, learned so much and I felt I was fishing with a friend, albeit one who knows a lot more than me about fly fishing! Do yourself a favor and go with Antoine. Unless you're a jerk. Then go with someone else because he doesn't need the aggravation ;)

  • 5/5

    This guide thinks like a fish! - 5/22/2012
    By: from Scarsdale, NY

    My good pal Tom and I just spent two days on the Farmington River with Antoine and had such a terrific time. We fished our brains out all day (Antoine is tireless), caught fish, were taken to his secret spots, and even tho we're both 50-something, we learned so many useful and fun things about hunting trout. And of course the secret to that is to think like a fish. And Antoine does just that. Wonderful.

  • 5/5

    Grandson's Best Adventure - 5/10/2012
    By: from On the Farmington, NE Connecticut

    Atfer 50+ years of fly fishing - basically everywhere - it was time for me to introduce my teenage grandson to the sport. Turns out Antoine was a brilliant choice...a superb teacher, beautiful demonstrator, patient mentor, tireless helper - full of encouragement and good will. Two Browns and one student were really hooked that day and I could not exaggerate how rewarding was the entire adventure for all of us. If you can "book" Antoine, you're in for a real treat!

  • 5/5

    Outstanding fly fishing experience - 4/27/2012
    By: from Farmington River near Riverton, CT

    Antoine Bissieux is a fly fishing guide not to be missed! Call or email him --he responds quickly. We found him by luck through an internet search for a fly fishing one day adventure. Antoine provided everything including outstanding equipment, gators, lunch, instruction, encouragement and that right blend of camraderie and letting us get comfortable with the fly fishing "zone" and just enjoying the rush of the river past our legs, casting, and searching out the telltale sign of a trout filling its belly on the emerging mayflies!

The French Flyfisherman
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
Antoine Bissieux
257 Carriage Crossing Lane
Middletown, CT 06457

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