Click on each part of the Fly Fishing Lessons to see what will be covered!

  • Introduction To Fly Fishing

    Obtain Names/Address/Fishing Experience
    Explain Class Objectives
    Explain Predator Concept
    Explain Fly Vs Conventional

  • About Fly Fishing Equipment

    Fly Reels
    Explain Fly Reel Arbor Size Benefits
    Explain Reel Tension
    Explain Reel Attributes

  • Reel Backing

    Dacron Length/Strength
    Explain Benefits

  • Fly Line

    Floating Line
    How It’s Made
    Line Weight/Match Rod Weight
    General Length And Weight Forward Feature
    Floating Nomenclature On Box
    Line Maintenance

  • Sinking Line

    How It’s Made
    Sinking Line Nomenclature On Box
    Sink Tip Vs Full Sink
    When To Use Sinking Line
    Poly Leaders As Option
    Benefits Of Short Options

  • Leader

    Demonstrate Opening Pkg
    Demonstrate Straightener
    Explain X Factor/Benefits
    Explain Size Features
    Explain Copolymer Vs Fluorocarbon
    Explain The Strengths And Performance Of Both

  • Tippet

    Main Function/Purpose
    Explain X Factor
    Weight Factor/Benefits

  • Fly Rod

    Explain Weight Features
    Explain Length Features
    Show And Explain Action Features
    Discuss Best Rod For Beginners And Why
    Explain Nomenclature On Rod
    Demonstrate Threading Line
    Demonstrate How To Assemble Rod

  • Knots

    Explain Why To Wet Every Knot
    Distribute Line For Practice

Tie Improved Clinch Knot

    Explain Function
    Student Performs Knot

  • Tie Perfection Loop Knot

    Explain Function
    Student Performs Knot
    Illustrate Loop To Loop Function

  • Tie Double Surgeons Knot For Tippet To Leader

    Explain Purpose And Function
    Illustrate Retaining Tag For Drop Fly
    Student Performs Knot

  • Tie Blood Knot For Tippet To Leader

    Student Performs Knot
    Explain The Difference To Double Surgeons

  • Tie Nymphing Loop Knot

    Explain Benefits
    Illustrate Dropper Fly Knot Options
    Student Performs Knot

  • Trout Habitat

    Learn Where Fish Hang And Why
    Any Structure And Why
    Edges And Why
    Seams And Why
    Riffles And Why
    Drop Off And Why
    Runs And Why
    Back Eddy And Why
    Identify Food Channels

  • Water Temp

    Metabolic Rate Is A Major Influence On Feeding And Why
    Illustrate Ideal Trout Temp

  • Entomology /General

    Explain The Life Cycle Of Aquatic Insects
    Explain Roughly 85% Of Consumption Is Subsurface
    Suggest Reading Material For Purchase To Understand Hatch Sequence
    Identify Current Hatch/Study Hatch Pattern
    Research Water To Fish Before Traveling
    Understand Hatch Conditions/Weather Influence
    Make Visual Observations Beforehand
    Shake A Riverside Shrub
    Look For Spider Webs Holding Bugs
    Look Under River Rocks
    Learn Influence Of Water Temp And Sun And Overcast Has On Hatch Activity
    Understand Monthly Hatch Timing

  • Handling Fish Assuming Catch And Release

    Always Pinch Barb
    Bring To Net Quickly
    Keep Fish In Net Underwater
    Release Hook
    If Photoing Hold Fish By Tail And Hold Body By Cupping Belly
    Only 3-4 Seconds Out For Photo

  • Fishing Etiquette

    Flyfishers Appreciate Some Amount Of Distance
    In Moving Water, Ask If He/She Is Fishing Up Or Down

  • Entomology Specific

    Identify Three Major Western Hatches

  • Mayflies

    Bluewing Olives And Pale Mourning Duns
    Importance Of Colors And Sizes
    Discuss Subsurface And Mating Sequence

  • Caddis

    Importance Of Color And Sizes
    Discuss Subsurface And Mating Sequence

  • Stone Flies

    Importance Of Color And Sizes
    Discuss Subsurface And Mating Sequence

  • Casting The Rod (inside The House)

    Explain Rod Loading
    Explain Benefits Of Narrow Loop
    Explain Benefits Of Wide Loop
    Discuss Grip Options And Why
    Discuss Five Essentials Of A Good Cast
    Discuss Importance Of Accurate Casting
    Discuss Importance Of Holding Line With Casting Hand’s Forefinger

  • Casting The Rod Outside (on Grass)

    Review Five Essentials
    Demonstrate Straight Rod Tip And Why It Is Important
    Student Casts Straight Line
    Demonstrate How To Minimize Slackline
    Student Shows Understanding Of Controlling Slackline
    Demonstrate Short Line With Short Pause
    Student Casts Short Line To Learn Pause Length
    Student Casts Long Line To Understand Long Pause
    Demonstrate The Right Power At The Right Time
    Student Learns To Apply Power At The Right Time
    Demonstrate Length Of Stroke Is Increased With Amount Of Being Cast
    The Student Learns The Stroke Increases With The Amount Of Line Out

  • Student Casting (on Grass) For Accuracy

    Pick-up And Lay Downcast
    10’line Straight To Target
    Smooth Acceleration To Vertical Stop
    Hand To Forehead
    Short Pause
    Cast To Target And Stop To Lay Down Line
    Like Throwing Darts
    Execute Until Successfully Reaching Target

  • Student Casting On Water

    When Approaching The River, The Student Will Be Reminded The Importance Off
    Reading Water To Determine The Most Likely Holding Areas For Fish

  • After A Demonstration, Students Will Accomplish A Roll Cast

    Student Learns The Benefit Of The Roll Cast
    Students Will Execute The Roll Cast

After A Demonstration, Students Will Learn About Three Methods Of Mending And Why They Are Utilized

    The Air Mend/Reach Mend
    The Downriver Mend
    The Up River Mend
    The Student Will Execute Each Mend

To Execute Long Cast, The Student Will Learn To Strip Line Off The Reel To Accomplish Distance

    The Student Will Learn The False Cast To Dry A Wet Fly Before The Presentation

  • Because Nymphing Is Becoming More Popular, Letting The Water Load The Rod Setting Up

    The Up Water Cast Is Demonstrated. The Student Learns To Avoid False Casting When
    Implementing A Multiple Fly Rig
    The Student Experiences The Loaded Rod Up River Cast And Mending Techniques To Lengthen A Longer
    Drag Free Drift