Guided fly-fishing trips and instruction include, but are not limited to the following skill areas:
Dry Fly Strategies
Achieve the pinnacle of fly-fishing using traditional and unorthodox flies and techniques. Review searching water, imitation theory ("matching the hatch") and fishing to the rise. Understand how to present your fly in the most natural manner. Enjoy satisfying, rewarding dry fly fishing at its best.
Master productive nymphing strategies and techniques. Capitalize on fishing nymphs, which comprise 90 percent of a trouts diet. Learn methods for taking fish during periods of slowed metabolism (cold weather.)
Wet Fly Methods
Grasp traditional, time-honored wet fly techniques, in existence for generations. Often disregarded, these techniques remain as effective today as they were decades ago.
Investigate forage imitation theories, and traditional/non-traditional techniques for fishing the "big fish" flies. Skilled streamer fishermen take the majority of large fish.
Experience heart-pounding angling excitement with this exhilarating form of fly-fishing. Learn effective surface and sub-surface strategies to afford consistent success. Heighten your knowledge of forage foods and basis for imitation. Explore unique presentation methods in conjunction with various bass flies. Most anglers would agree; pound for pound, the small mouth bass is the strongest fresh water fish that swims.
Terminal Rigging/Knot Tying
Become skilled at knots and rigging systems, which are essential to your fly-fishing success. Understand how leader construction, fly rod design and fly line configuration affect fly presentation.
Discuss and discover insects and forage species. Examine insect hatches and habits of aquatic and terrestrial insects and organisms. Learn how to select appropriate flies and effectively fish all phases of an insect hatch.
Fish Biology and Behavior
Penetrate the mysteries of the underwater world. Ascertain how and why fish feed, and how variables like water temperature, light, oxygen content and cover affect your fishing. Understand how and why fish become conditioned to different aquatic environments, and what methods and strategies can be used to fool them.
Reading Water/Finding Fish
Enjoy a new level of confidence on stream as you explore where to find your favorite species in the waters you fish most. Realize how water levels, velocity changes and stream bed configuration affect fish distribution.
Approach and Presentation
Develop a solid understanding of proven approach and presentation methods to fool the most selective, "stream-wise" fish. Utilize advanced casting skills for an effective presentation strategy.
Achieve a higher level of satisfaction from your time on the water by perfecting your casting and improving accuracy. Casting instruction is designed to accommodate the novice to advanced angler. Learn the substance of fly casting, and enjoy developing your own casting style.
Enhance your time on the water by developing an appreciation for the fish and their unparalleled environment. Review catch and release methods and conservation philosophies. Appreciate the natural history and wildlife our unique waterways have to offer.
Instruction will be given at the location of your choice. You may choose specific flies and/or specific skills you wish to learn and explore. Please inquire for further details regarding materials and equipment.