Fly-Fishing Classes 101
Instructor: Nick Teynor - Nick is a long time employee, FFF Certified Casting Instuctor, and Small Streams Guide.
2013 Class Dates: $125.00/person
April 16th, 18th, 20th
June 18th, 20th, 22nd
Teaching people to fly-fish is at the core of our philosophy at Western Rivers Flyfisher. Whether you are just new to fly-fishing or a seasoned angler, we look for ways to help you get more enjoyment out of this great outdoor activity. We have been teaching people to fly-fish for 25 years, and one of the great aspects that seperates this activity from others is that it can be personalized. For all of us who have been involved in this sport for a while, that is one of the great attractions. Another important fact about our sport is that the fish we cast our flies to generally live in very beautiful places.
Our beginning fly-fishing class will teach you about the equipment, philosophies, knots, casting and fishing techniques necessary to begin your journey on your own. It is just the beginning however, and once you begin to wander the worlds waterways, you'll have aquired an activity that will entertain you for a lifetime.
The class is held over two evenings and a morning. The first two evening sessions will cover equipment, techniques, flies, knots and casting. Your final morning will be held on a local stream. There you will learn about reading water, fly presentation, and the insects trout key upon so you can select approptiate flies before putting your new found skills to the test. Our goal is to not only leave you with a great foundation, but to help you enjoy the many great aspects of fishing with a fly where ever you may go or how much time you may have.
Included in the price of the class is; equipment, flies. You will need to purchase a fishing license. A non-refundable 50% deposit is required to hold your space. We don't want to turn the world into flyfishers, but for those who join us, we want to help you get the most out of your days on the water here in Utah, the west or around the world.
Fly-Fishing 101 Class Itinerary
Class Schedule Day 1:
The first evening session is held at Western Rivers Flyfisher between 6-6-30pm. You will receive a packet that you can bring home with you and use as a reference during and after the class. We will take this time to make sure that everybody has paid for the class in full, and see who needs rental gear for Saturday’s session.
7:00-8:00 PM- "What is Fly-Fishing" Discussion, and Basic Gear Requirements/Knowledge.
8:00-8:30 PM-Talk about required accessory items, talk about second class session. Wrap-Up/Q&A.
Class Schedule Day 2:
We will meet at Liberty Park or Sugarhouse between 6:00-6:30 PM. Much of this evening is dedicated to casting. The evening will start with the proper way to set up your rod. This simple act is important, and down the road may save you from inadvertently breaking your rod. Casting is the key to enjoyment and success in fly fishing. It is what seperates fly-fishing from all other aspects of fishing. * Meet at the north side of the pond.
6:30-8:00 PM: Work on basic casts such as the roll cast and the pick-up/lay down, and casting presentations. Basic knots and riggings will also be covered during the evening session.
*Please bring with you on Saturday: Pen, Paper, Sack Lunch(or money to get lunch), Rain Jacket and/or Sweatshirt. If you need a ride over to the Pond, please let me know so that if we need to carpool, we are taken care of.
Class Schedule Day 3:
7:30 AM: Meet at the Parking Lot on the Middle Provo River. Make sure to get there earlier than 8:00 AM so that you can get your gear on, and be ready to go by 8:00 AM.
8:00-9:00 AM: We will be taking bug samples, discussing the basic life cycles of insects, and discussing where fish live in a stream, reading water and were likely trout holding areas when they are active.
9:00-12:00 PM: This is the "hands-on" portion of the class. You will learn three basic techniques and have a chance to see where to best use these techniques. Eventually you will be turned loose to begin your journey.
12:00-1:00 PM: This is wrap up time. We will get together and discuss any questions that you have, concerns, and then I will let you go. Feel free to stay and fish! If you have any rental gear, I would advise that you just take it back to the shop on Sunday if you want to use it for the remainder of the day, or let me know ahead of time and I will bring it back for you.
Items to bring with you for the river portion of the class. First and foremost, check the weather before heading out. Something we are religious about, whether its for a half, or full day or a long weekend. Suggestions for items to bring in general:
Keep in mind that for many of you this will be your first foray into fly-fishing. You will make mistakes-it is part of the learning process. Come in expecting to be challenged, have fun, and laugh when you fail. It makes it much easier to succeed, and if that doesn't work for you, look around. The scenery is gorgeous, and you are in the middle of it.