PWWTU – Introduction to Fly Fishing Course

Free Class!

Each Spring, Scott Loughner, assisted by Ed Barger and other PWWTU members, put on a day-long course that covers the essential aspects of Fly Fishing. The course is open to the public and free (thanks to generous support from PWWTU). Lunch is included.  This year’s class session will be held on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, at the Wilkins School Community Center in Pittsburgh’s Regent Square neighborhood.  Classes run from 9:00 to about 3:00.

The course has been well-attended in the past, and attendance is limited to around 30 per session to allow us to provide individual attention to attendees, so sign up early! Contact Ed Barger of PWWTU ( for more information or to sign up for one of the two sessions.  Please use the subject of “Free Fly-Fishing School 2024” in the email when signing up.  Additional information on the classes may be found on the Penn’s Woods West TU Web site, as well as the instructor’s web site,

Course Outline

  • Introduction: Trout Unlimited, instructors’ background
  • Equipment: rods, reels, fly lines, tippets, vests, wading staffs etc.
  • Knots: basic knots including Surgeon’s and Clinch
  • Flies: entomology and fly selection
  • Reading the water: finding fish and casting to them
  • Casting demonstration and practice: outside if weather permits


Learn more about the venue at (412) 244-8458, Learn more about Trout Unlimited and the Pittsburgh chapter at