University of Tennessee JUNE 2013 Fly Fishing Class
DATES ARE (Tues / Thurs) JUNE 4, 6, 11, 12, 13 with WED, 12th -- a special Wednesday night on the 12th at the local 3 RiversAngler Fly shop. We will cover "Everything you NEED to know about Fly Fishing".
The instruction is a HANDS-ON class covering “Everything you NEED to know about fly fishing” – it is not everything there IS to know. I let the students know what is important and what is needed. It is a complete mind dump from me of all the aspects of fly fishing.
I want the students to be:
Knowledgeable enough to feel comfortable in a fly shop – know what you are looking at…
Functional (ability to catch fish) to be able to read the stream / know where and what direction (upstream or downstream) and make the right presentation with the particular fly – to catch fish
Have the right temperament to handle “problems” like snags / lost flies / falling in / and still enjoy themselves
Class breakdown of about 8 hours of classroom instruction and 4 hours of HANDS-ON casting lessons
Topics that we cover:
We start at the reel and cover what you NEED to know about setup / drag / backing / line / how to rig etc..
We move to the fly rods – covering the variety of weights / What to buy / what to avoid
We then cover lines – what you need to know about them and the different types
We then review leaders / tippets – many money saving tips here
We cover knots / loops / all hands-on
We then cover flies
We cover Safety
We discuss clothing / vests / walking sticks / gear in the vest / types of Waders… all aspects of gear
Where to go / streams in the area / laws or special regulations / trout and bass
We spend about 4 hours of hands-on casting – each student will be able to cast proficiently
DVD – supplemental learning
WEDNESDAY June 12th -- we watch an instructional DVD to cover “on the steam” activity. We watch it in 3 Rivers Angler fly shop because Allen and Jeremy are gracious enough to allow us to have the shop all to ourselves. It is closed to the public.
Class is held at Cedar Bluff Racquet Club -- in any weather because we cast on a Tennis court. We have a classroom section and then a casting lesson each night.
I can supply a student their fly rod if needed – no equipment is required. Most do bring their own rod / reel with them if they have one, of course. We discuss what to buy to make the students an informed buyer as part of the class. 3 Rivers Angler fly shop has a lifetime warranty fly rod for about $160, if you need a great rod at a great price. If you have a rod / reel let me know about it and bring it with you each night. All you NEED to bring is a notebook and pen – each night.
Each student provides feedback at the end of the class and I apply it as I can – I have been teaching for about 5+ years and students love the class. Some have said it was their best class, ever. I put all I have into the class, I teach because I want to and not because I have to for the financial reasons. Read the student comments here – www.FLYFISHINGCLASS.com
Fly Fishing Instructor