Flyfishing Fundamentals

The goal of this hands-on class is to make you self-sufficient, and prepare you to head for the lake or river confident and in your ability to assemble your gear, maintain your leader, select a good fly, tie a good knot, and make a good cast.  Now you are flyfishing!  This course is perfect for beginners who know they want to take up fly fishing,  and since the instruction is customized to the abilities of the students, it’s been great for anglers who have flyfished a bit but want to expand on their foundation of skills and knowledge. 

In the classroom session you will become familiar with your rod, reel, backing, flyline, and other essential gear.  You will learn and practice of the most important knots to customize your leaders, and attach multiple-fly rigs.  We will review common bugs that fish eat, and introduce you to a selection of the best all-purpose flies.    After the classroom session we move outdoors to learn and practice basic flycasting, mending and line management (including what to do when the fish eats your fly).   Throughout the course we will be discussing our quarry,  and a basic primer on “reading the water” to determine where the fish are likely to be.
 Sessions last about three and a half hours.  All equipment is provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own rod and reel for the practice session, as well as any personal gear you may have questions about.  

These are private sessions, one-on-one with the instructor, or sometimes small groups of family or fishing companions. The fees are $120 for each individual  Classes are scheduled by appointment, and can be a weekday, evening or weekend, according to your convenience.  To sign up, fill out the form and expect a reply in a day or two.

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    Individual instruction, scheduled by appointment 3.0 hrs
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