If you are a fly fisher and would like to expand your skills, a fly fishing school may be just what you are looking for. If you are looking to improve your casting skills, looking to go fly fishing for bass or other large fresh water fish, or maybe you are looking to go saltwater fishing. Then a fly fishing school is just what you need.
When fishing for trout, have you had a hard time reaching the fish you were trying to catch. Maybe you were not able to get the fly close enough for the trout to see it or you put the fly too close and spooked the trout. A fly school will help to improve your casting so that these problems go away or at least the problems are not as bad as they were. A school will teach you to cast further, with more accuracy, and how to avoid making the mistakes that are causing you troubles now.
Larger fish or saltwater fishing require you to be able to cast heavier weight fly rods, cast larger flies and cast with the wind. An eight weight fly rod is standard for saltwater fishing and learning to use one is necessary. If you are looking to do some bass. pike, or musky fishing you will need to learn to cast and fish at least a 6 weight rod and probably an 8 to 10 weight rod. The larger the fish and the larger the flies, the larger rod that is needed.
I am a Federation of Fly Fishers Master Certified Casting Instructor, and my journey to become a Master has lead me to learn more about fly casting and fishing than I thought was possible. I spent one year working on getting my FFF Certified Casting Instructor Certification and then another two years to learn more to move on to Master. I know what I have learned will help you to become a better fly caster and fly fisher. I also attended Joan Wulff School of Fly Casting and Casting Instructor School in New York while working on my Masters. The information I learned there will also help me to instruct you on becoming a better fly fisher.
I have also been fly fishing for bass, pike, musky, and other larger freshwater for more than 15 years and the knowledge I have gained will help you to learn what is required to be a better fly fisher. I have also been guiding clients for bass and other freshwater fish for 10 years and that knowledge will help me teach you to become a better fly fisher. I have also been saltwater fly fishing since 1999 for sea trout, snook, lady fish, red fish, jack, shark, and tarpon.
Fly School will begin with two hours of casting lessons to help you move onto a heavier rod or to help you improve your casting abilities with larger equipment. After casting class we will move onto the water to get you used to casting from a boat and teach you how to controll the line and to give you saftey lessons on casting from a boat so you do not hook anyone or anything in the boat. We will then move onto some knots and assembly of leaders, class tippets, and bite tippets that are used when fishing for larger fish or in saltwater.
We will break for a box lunch in the boat or on shore. After lunch we will teach you how to fish poppers for small mouth bass while actually fishing. Then we will move onto fishing streamers with sink tip lines and what is required while casting sink tip lines. The fishing and learning may be divided between wading and fishing from the boat depending on the fishing conditions and where we are fishing on the Susquehanna River.
Cost of Schools:
Standard 8 hour school - $300
Condensed 4 hour school - $175
All equipment provided unless you have your own and would like to learn to use it or have it evaluated for proper setup.
Items to bring to school: Sun glasses, waders and wading shoes, sun screen, hat with bill, rain gear, stripping guards, and any daily medications you need to take during the day.