Days on the Water Fly Fishing Courses
Most courses are 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. Dates that we expect to be in the gym for casting are included as are dates for our “on the water” outings. Course descriptions are below!
Learn to Fly Fish
Begins on 3/1/22. 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
Begins on 4/5/22. 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.
Warm Water Fly Fishing
Dates are TBD. Warm water fly fishing refers to fly fishing in waters that aren’t cold enough to support trout or other cold water species like salmon and steelhead. In this course, you will learn how to target panfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, musky, and carp with a fly rod. Why fly fish in warm water? Pound for pound, warm water game fish are some of the hardest fighting fish that swim! Warm water game fish are usually found close to home.
And finally, fly fishing for warm water species can extend your fishing season well into the summer months – after the trout streams have warmed up. All aspects of warm water fly fishing will be covered, including: tackle, fly selection, retrieval techniques, casting, knots, habitat, and catch and release. The last session will be “on the water” at a private fly fishing only bass and panfish lake with your instructors.
Advanced Fly Casting Techniques
Dates are TBD. 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.