Session One: Fly Fishing Techniques

Day One: A Discussion of Fly Fishing History How did it start?
What is fly fishing exactly, and why it is so popular today? A study of fly rods, fly rod sizes, fly reels, fly lines and line weights will be discussed and demonstrated .Instructions in fly casting will begin. An evening video on fly casting will be shown after supper.

Day Two: Principles of Fly Casting
During this session Donn and his instructors will teach you how to make 14 different specialized casts. You will learn everything from the basic loop cast to casting accuracy and we will explain how to play, handle, net, and land, large fish.

Day Three: Leaders and Special Knots
In this session we will demonstrate all the knots needed for fly fishing in fresh and salt water. Each student will construct a tapered leader in class.

Days Four and Five: A General lntroductive Study of Aquatic Entomology
For these two days we will cover the major aquatic insect orders; their life cycles, and what fly patterns are used to match them from both indoor and on-site stream side classes. Screening for aquatic insects is done for identification and observation of live specimens on the second day.

Day Six: Basic Trout Fly Patterns and their Construction
In this session we will cover everything from the development of fly patterns to instruction on tying your own flies.

Session Two: Fly Fishing Guide Training

Days Seven, Eight, Nine, and Ten: McKenzie Drift boat Maneuvering Skills and Fish Habitat Identification
A complete discussion of river boat handling and equipment necessary for guided fly fishing on rivers will be discussed and practiced by the student in local river waters. Efficient river crossing, holding in strong currents, sideways drifting (sculling) and emergency cartwheel maneuvers will be demonstrated and practiced in classes on the river. Trout habitats and trout lays will be identified and explained when on the river. Best methods on how to fish them will be discussed with group participation.

Day Eleven: Care, Safety, Responsibility, Handling and Serving Clients on the River
During this session we will discuss client care, boat safety, guide responsibilities, skills needed, legal obligations, and how and what to serve for memorable lunches. We explain the essential equipment needed for guides to have a successful trip and contents needed in a guide’s outdoor first aid kit.

Day Twelve: The Final Test
On day twelve there will be a three- part comprehensive self- test so you can determine the proficiency of your newly acquired knowledge and skills. Following a course critique, a general review and wrap-up discussion will conclude the course.

Diplomas are awarded on the final day of the fly fishing and guide training school.

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