Basic Fly Fishing Instruction

Private Lessons

Never picked up a fly rod? Looking to improve your cast and to learn the ins and outs of fly fishing? Want to learn how to tie a knot? The instruction and classes are customizable for your level of fishing and area of interest.

The half and full day classes are the answer. We will examine the theory and practice of fly casting and provide individual casting instruction at each student’s pace. In addition, we will review equipment and knot tying, trout habitat, insect hatches and fly selection.

On the river, you’ll learn about reading water and presentation as well as catching, playing, and releasing fish. Our classes are held along the banks of the Crystal or Roaring Fork Rivers and its tributaries. Fishing in this beautiful Colorado mountain setting with the expert guidance of your friendly instructor, Paula Fothergill, makes for a truly memorable experience.

Half Day – 4 HoursFull Day – 8 Hours
WHAT IS FLY FISHING?


EQUIPMENT

  • The Rod
  • The Reel
  • Line (WF, shooting, DT, floating, sinking)
  • Leader and Tippet
  • Flies
  • Something to carry it all in
  • Waders, nets, nippers and other handy incidentals

KNOTS – THE BASICS OF CONNECTING YOU TO THE FISH (30 MINUTES)

  • Surgeons knot
  • Improved Clinch knot
  • Perfection loop knot
  • Blood knot

CASTING

  • Basic theory – loading the rod…
  • Overhead cast and variations
  • Roll Cast
  • Tower or Steeple Cast
  • Line Control
  • Wind

TARGET PRACTICE AND CHALLENGE

HALF DAY PLUS LUNCH (PROVIDED) AND THE FOLLOWING:


ENTOMOLOGY, STREAM STRUCTURE AND WHICH FLY TO USE

  • Riffles, pools, pockets and the nature of flowing water
  • The Insects:
  • Mayflies
  • Stoneflies
  • Caddis Flies
  • Midges
  • Terrestrials

LAKES AND PONDS
FISHING THE DIFFERENT FLIES AND HOW THEY BEHAVE
TO THE WATER – PUTTING THEORY TO PRACTICE

  • Finding the fish
  • Presentation and how to fish dry flies, nymphs, streamers
  • Weight and indicators
  • Mending
  • Proper landing and releasing a fish