Follow a Learning Path


The VERY FIRST Step to undertake when deciding to take up the sport of fly fishing is to follow a "Learning Path".

Learning to Fly Fish can be viewed as being either Simple or ComplexAmazingly, the more that you learn about the complexities of fly fishing, the more simple it becomes! It's kind of like riding a bike for the first time. Before you know it, you're peddling your way down the road in a perfectly upright and balanced position, traveling at your own desired pace.

Stage 1...  Learn to Cast

The First Stage is found in our "Basic Skills" beginner classes or casting-only classes. Casting is a skill that you can totally control by becoming good at it. Classes will focus on mastering all the major single hand rod casts including the Pick up and Lay Down cast, Side Arm and Back Hand casts, Roll Cast, Reach Cast, and the Belgian (Elliptical) Cast. Two Handed casting classes will concentrate on the four major Spey-style casts as well as the fundamentals of using two hands rather than one.


Stage 2...  Fly Selection, Leader Set-Up, and Line Selection

The Second Stage, sometimes referred to as the "Forgotten Stage", is found in our "Basic Skills" beginner classes or casting-only classes.

Most people start out with a Single Hand rod to learn basic casting skills and want to pursue fly fishing for Rainbow or Brown trout. In general, the larger the species, the greater the weight rod required whether fishing in coldwater, warmwater, or saltwater. Line choices, Leader Set-Ups, and Fly Selection choices follow the rod type, rod weight and species pursued.

The industry standards are different between Single Hand rods and Two Handed rods. Two handed rods support certain grain weight ranges for lines and heads to properly load the rod. These make a big difference in the choice of lines, heads, and even rods that are appropriate for a particular fishing situation.


Stage 3...  Presentation (Depth and Speed + Fly Behavior)

The Third Stage is the final stage where everything comes together on the water. Proficient Casting (Stage 1) skills sets you up so that you can make descent fly "Presentations" in Stage 3. Our "Combo Dry Land + On-Water" Trout School takes you directly into Stage 3 of learning how to fly fish with learning time on the water.


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Do I need a fly fishing instructor to learn to fly fish?

How fast do you want to become proficient at fly fishing? The instruction portion from a qualified instructor is really the least expensive and most worthwhile aspect of this sport. Instruction has the highest payoff and can get you up to speed much more quickly. 

Your instruction payoff is VERY HIGH because:

You don't waste money purchasing "things" that you really don't need;

You significantly reduce your learning curve to become proficient;


Learning from your "expert buddies" can, and often does, prolong the learning process.

You begin to look and feel like a knowledgeable person with some fly fishing experience. What a way to impress your significant other -- or your fly fishing buddies!

Beyond getting fly fishing instruction, your dollar outlay could be very low if you stick to the basics; or, off-the-chart as you travel to exotic places, buy the best rods, invest in beautiful reels, and wear "the right stuff".  And maybe, even drive the "right" car (SUV).

Like any sport, fly fishing does require a personal commitment to try to learn as much as you can about the sport. Practice makes perfect!

Tiger Woods didn't just one day decide to become a championship level golfer; nor, did Jeff Gordon or Dale Earnhart Jr. decide that just because they learned how to drive their parent's car that they would instantly become NASCAR champions.

Become your own champion!

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