Fall 2020 (Pending Covid-19, of course. As of Aug 30, 2020, these courses are still happening.)

Days on the Water Fly Fishing Courses

Each course is 8 sessions. Each session is 2.5 hours long, from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm; Tue and Thu. After the course, an optional field trip is scheduled to private fly fishing-only water with your instructors and your classmates. See Field Trip Details for more information.

Below is the tentative schedule that we have proposed for the Fall. Two new Saturday fly tying clinics were added. Dates that we expect to be in the gym for casting are included as are dates for our “on the water” outings. All, of course, pending what happens in the Fall with Covid-19.

Course Day(s) Time Dates Gym days Field trip date
Learn to Fly Fish Tue, Thu 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM 9/8 – 10/1 9/10, 9/17, and 10/1 10/3
Intermediate Fly Fishing Tue, Thu 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM 10/13 – 11/5 10/15, 10/22, and 11/5 11/7
Tying Great Lakes Steelhead Flies I Sat 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM 10/24
Tying Great Lakes Steelhead Flies II Sat 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM 10/31
Advanced Fly Casting Techniques

No class on 11/26 due to Thanksgiving Day

Tue, Thu 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM 11/10 – 12/8

Questions? Please send email to daysonthewaterflyfish@gmail.com.

Learn to Fly Fish

This introductory class explores the fundamentals of fly fishing. Aimed at the novice  fly angler, topics include equipment selection, knot tying, basic entomology and fly selection, reading the water, and where to fly fish in Western Pennsylvania. Fly casting, the most important aspect of fly fishing, is taught.

Intermediate Fly Fishing

This course picks up where our Learn to Fly Fish course left off. At least two full sessions are devoted to fly casting for distance and accuracy. Specific casts, such as the tuck cast, reach cast and slack line cast are taught. Students will build their own leaders during one session, including one for trout and one for warm-water species. Additional knots will be covered. Finally, equipment, rigs, and techniques for success in specific fly fishing scenarios will be discussed: fishing with multiple flies, “dry-dropper”; retrieving streamer flies; fly fishing for other species like smallmouth bass and steelhead.

Advanced Fly Casting Techniques

Designed for the fly angler who wishes to refine their fly casting techniques to effortlessly cast at all distances and to comfortably present flies when faced with on the water obstacles and situations. Specific topics to include: casting tighter loops, learning the single and double haul and when to use them, casting a fly in tight quarters, casting longer distances, dealing with wind, casting weighted flies and sinking lines, fly casting from a seated and / or kneeling position, casting a fly with accuracy, roll casting techniques, and specific presentation casts. Beginner or intermediate fly fishing class experience and/or some fly fishing experience is needed.