Fly Fishing Classes

Flycasting Clinic – Intermediate Flycasters

Sunday, September 11, 2016    10AM

Flycasting Class for Intermediate Flycasters    

Instruction by:  Jim Tilmant,

FFF Certified Casting Instructor

This 2 hour class is designed to extend the skills of flyfishers who have a handle on the basics, but want to take their flycasting to a new level.  

Focus will be on increasing loop control, increasing distance, overcoming wind problems, and improving ability to get good drifts with your fly.  Students will learn how to improve their overhead casts, shoot line effectively, and will be introduced to hauling for more line speed and distance.  Specialty casts and aerial mends, to avoid fly drag and help adjust to various casting and stream conditions, will be discussed and practiced.    (This class will be on grass and will not involve time on the water) 

Skill Level:     Ability to make simple straight line casts of up to 40 ft, ability to repeatedly false cast 30 or more feet of line while maintaining control.

Class Size:         Limited to 6 Students 

Cost:                $35.00 per person

Class Dates:      Sunday, September 11, 10AM

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Flycasting Fundamentals for Beginners

Flycasting Class for Beginners 

Instruction by:  Jim Tilmant,

FFF Certified Casting Instructor

 

Sign up to reserve a spot in this valuable class on the fundamentals of flycasting.   Walk-ups will be welcome the day of the class, space permitting, but these classes fill fast so you are encouraged to secure your place.

Click here to get to the online signup form.

 

 

Introduction to Fly Tying

Introduction to Fly Tying.  This class is perfect for beginners, even those who have never before seen a fly tied!  You will learn how to use the vise, tools and equipment, then dive right in and tie a fly!   You will leave knowing how to start your thread, bind and wrap materials to the hook, and tie a finishing knot with the mysterious “Whip Knot” tool.   You will leave the class with several useful flies you have tied, and enough hooks and materials to tie a few more at home.

This is a perfect foundation for taking the “Fundamentals of Fly Tying” class.  

You don’t need to bring anything – All tools, equipment, hooks and materials are provided.  The location for all sessions is Elkhorn Fly Shop.

    Fee:                     $35
    Class size:             3-5
    Sessions:              One session, 2 hrs

    Primary Instructor:  Marty Staab

    Dates and Times:        Saturday, July 23, 8AM to 10AM at Elkhorn

Fly Casting Instruction for Experienced Flycasters

 

July 2, 2016      9:00AM  at Elkhorn Fly Shop  

Cost:  $30.00

Instruction by:  Jim Tilmant,

FFF Certified Casting Instructor

 This 2 hour class is designed to extend the skills of flyfishers who have a handle on the basics, but want to take their flycasting to a new level.  

Focus will be on increasing loop control, increasing distance, overcoming wind problems, and improving ability to get good drifts with your fly.  Students will learn how to improve their overhead casts, shoot line effectively, and will be introduced to hauling for more line speed and distance.  Specialty casts and aerial mends, to avoid fly drag and help adjust to various casting and stream conditions, will be discussed and practiced.    (This class will be on grass and will not involve time on the water) 

Skill Level:     Ability to make simple straight line casts of up to 40 ft, ability to repeatedly false cast 30 or more feet of line while maintaining control.

Class Size: Limited to 6 Students 

Knots and Rigging Class

The better your knots, the less often you have to tie them!”

Bring your nippers, because in this class you will be tying knots, knots, and more knots!  Learn to repair your leaders so you don’t have to buy so many new ones!  Even better, learn to customize your leaders to specific techniques!   Learn a variety of knots for attaching your flies, so you stay hooked to the fish!

This class is designed to cover everything you want to know about your terminal rig, beginning with knots:

  •   the infamous nail knot, for attaching a new leader to a flyline
  •  a surgeons knot and blood knot to splice tippet onto our leader 
  •  alternative knots for attaching the fly, including the improved clinch knot, the Orvis knot, Davy’s knot, and an open loop knot
  • Multi purpose knots such as the Duncan loop, and a perfection loop

As we learn the knots, the class will cover rigging your flies, weight, and strike indicators.  We will have a discussion about tandem rigs, dropper systems, how far apart your flies should be, where to put your strike indicator, and the relationship between the amount of weight and placement of the indicator.  We will also cover stillwater rigs for fishing chironomids and other flies under a slip-style indicator.

It’s an ambitious course, and you are sure to learn a few things that will make your life easier and bring a few more fish to the net!

Knots and Rigging, Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 5:30 – 7:30PM, at Elkhorn Flyshop, Cost:   $35

Knots and Rigging, Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 8:00AM to 10AM at Elkhorn Flyshop, Cost:   $35

Sign up to reserve a spot!  Walk-ups will be welcome the day of the class, space permitting.  

Flycasting Classes – Saturday 9/5/15

If you missed our earlier classes, here’s a great chance to tune up your flycasting!

This Saturday Jim Tilmant will conduct two sessions – a beginner’ class in the morning, and an intermediate class in the afternoon.  

Sign up using the form at the bottom of the page to reserve your spot.

 

FLY CASTING CLASS for BEGINNING CASTERS

DATE: Saturday, September 5, 2015

10:00 am at Elkhorn Fly Shop

Cost:   $30.00

Instruction by:  Jim Tilmant,

FFF Certified Casting Instructor

Want to learn to fly cast, or improve your casting by understanding the essential elements of a good cast? Come join us for this 2-hour session on the basics. 

Elements of instruction will include: Understanding rods, reels, and lines, Handling the line, Steps to completing a good basic cast, Shooting line, Shaping the loop, Presentation of the fly, False casting and changing direction, the roll cast           

(Note: This class will be on grass and will not involve time on the water)

Class Size: Limited to 5 Students (Equipment provided if needed)

 

FLY CASTING CLASS  EXPERIENCED CASTERS

DATE:  Saturday, September 5, 2015

1:00 PM at Elkhorn Fly Shop  

Cost:  $30.00

Instruction by:  Jim Tilmant,

FFF Certified Casting Instructor

 This 2 hour class is designed to help those with fly fishing experience become better casters.

Focus will be on increasing loop control, increasing distance, overcoming wind problems, and improving ability to get good drifts with your fly.  Students will learn how to improve their overhead casts, shoot line effectively, and will be introduced to hauling for more line speed and distance.  Specialty casts and aerial mends, to avoid fly drag and help adjust to various casting and stream conditions, will be discussed and practiced.    (This class will be on grass and will not involve time on the water) 

Skill Level:     Ability to make simple straight line casts of up to 40 ft, ability to repeatedly false cast 30 or more feet of line while maintaining control.

Class Size: Limited to 5 Students 

Flycasting Class for Beginners

  • This date features one session, for beginners. Later sessions will be scheduled for intermediate casters, and for specialty skills.

Rod Building Instruction – Winter 2016

Done-Seats_640We hope you enjoyed Jim Cooper’s presentation last Saturday, along with Brian Chavet, describing the process of rod building and introducing our opportunities this Winter.

To recap, at Elkhorn we are committed to small class sizes so you receive the full benefit of our knowledgeable instructors.  Classes are scheduled for small groups at times convenient for you. Tools and equipment are available for your use, such as rod wrapping stations and the rod turner for applying the epoxy finish.

The class begins with a session in which you fit a grip and reel seat, and assemble the butt section.  Next, you learn how to align your rod sections with the spine, mark your rod guide spacing, and make thread wraps to secure the guides.  Last, you will mix the epoxy and coat your thread wraps.

The fee for our small-group rod building class is $75, of which $25 can be applied as a credit towards the purchase of any Elkhorn rod blanks or components.  We have blanks available for most of our product line, and can certainly provide a suitable blank for any length and line weight.

If you would like to build a rod, fill out and send the form below with your contact information, and we will answer any questions you have and help schedule you for instruction.